Statewide Newspaper Casts Doubt on Proposed Fulcrum Festival, Lineup

The organizer of a new Arkansas music festival says he has verbal confirmations from big-name celebrities pictured on the event’s website, but at least one artist told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that there have been no discussions and another told the newspaper that he is not committed.

Cliff Aaron said The Fulcrum may fill the void Riverfest left when it ceased operations after 40 years, which Riverfest announced in mid-2017. But Aaron said it is also going to be something else entirely — a daylong festival with acts chosen by polls on the event’s Facebook page. It’s set to be held on March 17, Aaron’s post and website states.

Listed options on the website include Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Migos, Solange, Jessie J, Bryson Tiller and Joe Jonas with Jimmy Fallon as a host. Clarkson is currently in the lead, Aaron said several weeks ago.

Here’s the promo video from The Fulcrum organizers:

Aaron said he has verbal confirmations from the management of each artist, thanks to his connections in the industry, and acknowledged that it might seem too good to be true.

“We’d love for people to say, ‘This is fake news, girl, this can’t be real,” he said in a Thursday interview.

Claire Mercuri, a spokeswoman for Fallon, told the newspaper in an email that Fallon is neither confirmed or in discussion to host a festival in Little Rock. She declined to offer comment on having Fallon’s name and photograph associated with the event.

Read the rest of this article at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette website.