Budget Constraints Shorten 2009 Blues, Jazz Fests

Blues Fest and Jazz Fest, two of the city’s most popular outdoor music festivals, will be reduced from four days to three and feature fewer stages because of spending cuts tied to Mayor Richard M. Daley’s bad news, 2009 budget.

Daley’s Holiday Sports Festival will also be shortened — from three days to two. Great Chicago Places and Spaces, the Viva Latin Music Festival, Celtic Fest and the Mayor's Cup Soccer Festival will likely shrink to one-day festivals, although internal research is still going on, officials said.

The Chicago Sun-Times has the full story.

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