Hi Christian ~
I've never been to Nashville and sure hope to go some day. Your suggestion is an excellent one, and I know it was being bantied [is that a word?] about some time ago and, apparently, more recently when Leonard's concert was there.
One of the major issues [alongside relevance to Leonard], yet it can become primary, despite
the 'relevance' factor [never mind that we're running out of 'old time' Leonard connections
to places ~ and at least now we're gaining a whole slew of new ones with his recent tours]... is having someone willing to commit to taking responsibility for organizing the Event, with all the major decisions and arrangements, right down to the minutiae; determining what smaller committees will be necessary and getting members for them, etc., all of which requires basic knowledge, know-how, time, energy, commitment
, and possibly even some expenses [some having been picked up in the past by the organizers themselves]. A lot of Internet, email, and phone time, as well as time for the Organizing-Committee meetings; sometimes involving a couple trips to the locale [again, such a major advantage, when Joe has such in-depth knowledge of Madison and his profession involves the hospitality industry]. And, then, there's arranging [and paying] for entertainment by individuals/groups in the music industry [we have our own 'open mic' night for those of us who want to do our Cohen-related stuff]... and that can be a tall order, no matter where the Event is held.
Because of a variety of minor-to-major factors [some listed above], when someone volunteers to take it on, the rest of us breathe a huge sigh of relief and then get pretty excited [can even be heard and seen jumping up and down on occasion]. It seems in other Nashville-related discussions, there was great agreement on how fun it could be... and then came the issue of who was going to be able to take responsibility for really making it all happen.
Joe has expressed his willingness to let others jump in with other possibilities. Nashville is certainly one
. What seems so far to be missing, though, is the person who's willing to say "This is where it ought to be held, I'll be the Organizer, and these are the reasons for both." [Bonnie made a good case for herself regarding San Francisco in 2012, even though she may not have actually had herself
in mind for the Organizer position
.] From my own perspective, it's a huge advantage that Joe has been a part of previous Events and knows what to anticipate. His known level of personal responsibility and reliability are big factors, too, in that at least 250 people will be arranging to drive or fly in from all over the world to attend. Once that final commitment to take the lead has been made and acted upon, backing out ceases to be an option. Just too much is riding on it.
That's why I wholeheartedly threw my support behind Joe when he offered his services for the undertaking. With the Cracow committee awaiting word for the announcement in their Event booklet of where the next one will be, my own position immediately became "Then, let's get moving on the final decision."
Your own willingness to help is especially appreciated.