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MEDIA CONTACT: Rand or Cindy Cook                        

                                Co-Owners, The Candyman Strings & Things




The Candyman Strings & Things Announces
The Candyman Celebrates 1969 Festival


In Honor of 50th Anniversary and to Raise Funds for Beneficiaries,
Soldier Songs and Voices and The Candyman Scholarship Fund


Santa Fe, NM, August 31, 2019—Rumors have been flying about a unique music festival being planned by The Candyman Strings & Things to celebrate their 50th Anniversary, and today the esteemed music store and education center puts the rumors to rest as they announce the event, The Candyman Celebrates 1969.

The one-day music festival will be held on Sunday, September 22, at the Santa Fe Brewing Company’s The Bridge, at 37 Fire Place Santa Fe, NM. This event is FREE and open to all ages so long as minors are accompanied by a parent/guardian. There will be a variety of musical acts on Santa Fe Brewing Company's outdoor stage, emceed by non-other than KBAC 98.1 Radio Free Santa Fe’s, Lisa C., from 12:30pm to 6:00pm.

There will also be a myriad of vendor booths and interactive activities throughout the day. From 6:00pm to 9:00pm, there will be a tribute to the legendary Woodstock concert, also celebrating its 50th, led by local concert producer, Mikey Baker. The tribute concert will showcase songs from 1969’s original Woodstock Festival, performed by some of Santa Fe and New Mexico’s most loved musicians. This grand finale is sure to bring home the nostalgia, thus tying together a day of Peace, Love, and Music! 

The Candyman’s General Manager and one of the festival organizers, Francesca Tharpe, describes the event as “a step back in time to 1969" and conveys the team has come up with a multitude of off-stage activities including: an inclusive drum circle with Santa Fe's favorite drum teacher, Mark Clark, a kids play area and instrument petting zoo, Do-it-Yourself craft booths such as tie dye shirts, flower crowns, hippie head bands, and hula hoops, artist booths providing henna tattoos and face painting, vendor booths, a 60's costume contest with local celebrity judges Sheryl Roberts, Jono Manson, and SFBC's Pepe Loco, raffle giveaways and a silent auction!

The Festival will not only celebrate The Candyman’s 50th year of making lives better through music, but its mission is to also raise much needed funds for two deserving beneficiaries, The Candyman Scholarship Fund, supporting and assisting lower-income music students with access to musical programs, and Soldiers Songs and Voices, a local non-profit serving US military veterans and their families through a creative arts for recovery program, as a form of post-conflict care.

Rand Cook, The Candyman Strings & Things Co-owner explains, “Although the event is absolutely free, there will be amazing food trucks and beverages provided by SFBC, a donation station for our beneficiaries, a silent auction, vendors and lots of fun DIY booths -- so be sure to bring your cash and cards with you to enjoy the day to the fullest for two great causes. Bands representing both programs will take the stage and perform some of their favorite songs from 1969, showing us what a little help from our friends can accomplish!”

The Candyman Co-owner and Rand’s wife, Cindy Cook, describes the event as “a unique experience, reminiscent of the 60s with the intimacy of a local fair. Not to mention the multitude of huge talent to take the stage (and a few surprises from the stage) to the many interactive booths, a few of Santa Fe’s favorite food trucks, an indoor video display recounting The Candyman’s 50-year history, and a plethora of ways to win prizes including the 60s Costume Contest with local celebrity judges, this is sure to be the event of the year and not to be missed!”

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The Candyman Strings & Things is New Mexico’s premier full-line music store and a welcoming music hub and education center serving people from all walks of life; from families to professional musicians, and everyone in between. Winning the prestigious NAMM Dealer of the Year Award (the best music store in 104 countries!), The Candyman also offers an instrument rental program as well as repair and commercial sound installation services.

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