People, nothing good comes for free. I'm not sure why people think they shouldn't have to pay in some way for the things worth having.
This has been a wonderful event for 50 years, and I never miss the televised version. It's a huge loss.
The Portland Jazz Festival, a five-year event, has also folded it's stages. Same basic issue: lack of funding.
I fear there will be more to come. Don't let it be us.