I was shocked, SHOCKED when I read the press release. No Burlington Steamboat Days next year. The annual multi-day festival that has brought in Craig Morgan, Brantley Gilbert, LoCash, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Dustin Lynch, Chris Young and Jake Owen will not happen next year. It's going on hiatus. It's being postponed indefinitely. What's the cause of this? Well... actually some really exciting news.

According to the press release, the Burlington Steamboat Days organization met with their sister organization, the American Music Festival, to fully reexamine what they can offer us, the fans, as far as live entertainment goes.

"The live entertainment business is undergoing a lot of big changes, and venues – regardless of size – are having to adapt. The traditional Steamboat Days music festival model that people are used to is becoming less and less viable," said Burlington Steamboat Days Board President Amy Burkhart.

It looks like instead of one big festival in the middle of the summer, they'll be trying to bring live entertainment to the area, and the newly remodeled riverfront, all year long.

I think this is a smart move on their part. Even the big name festivals are starting to struggle, and if they could transform Steamboat Days into a year long thing, rather than an annual thing, that would be great for area concert going.

We'll be keeping an eye on this to see how it develops.