He was a big band singer as a young man, a marine, a race car driver, owned radio and television stations, a wine enthusiast, a concert promoter and ultimately turned his passion into the long running Festival that supports and honors songwriters.
Kerrville, Texas (PRWEB) April 25, 2014
Rod Kennedy founded the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1972 and was the Producer for 31 years. He was a big band singer as a young man, a marine, a race car driver, owned radio and television stations, a wine enthusiast, a concert promoter and ultimately turned his passion into the long running Festival that supports and honors songwriters.
The 43rd annual Kerrville Folk Festival, May 22nd - June 8th, will be dedicated to Kennedy and his legacy. The Festival will open with a Celebration of his Life and will continue to honor and remember him throughout the 18 days. Folks that knew Rod, and those that just know that he and the Festival changed their lives, will have opportunities to share stories and songs during designated times and of course during the campfires which are a continuous part of the event, pretty much 24 hours a day.
His friends believe that his reputation in the community for bringing rain, because it rained every festival, is now sealed for eternity because as Rod was leaving, it started to pour down rain. Dalis Allen, the current Producer has hopes that it will rain before and after the Festival, but not during the concerts.
He was attended by friends for the last several days of his life. They read letters and cards to him and many of the artists came by to sing to him including Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul and Mary. Yarrow flew in from New York to say goodbye, sing songs and kiss his longtime friend on the forehead.
His services on Saturday April 26th will include a video created by Neale Eckstein featuring photos of Rod Kennedy with the Joe Crookston song ‘Fall Down as the Rain’ as the background.