California Festival Promoter Dead After Massive Stroke!


We are saddened to report the updated news that indeed Huck Finn’s long-time promoter and founder, Don Tucker has passed away following a massive stroke on Saturday.

The California Bluegrass Association reported the news early this morning on their message board, saying;

“We learned a few days ago that Don Tucker had suffered a massive stroke. This morning we learned that he has passed away. When surveying the bed rock that is California in the growth and formulation of bluegrass music in recent decades it's impossible not to stop and linger long on the name Don Tucker. His Huck Finn festival brought literally hundreds of thousands of the uninitiated to catch their first glimpse of our music; many stayed in the fold. And there was never a time, not once, when, as one of our Association's leaders, I reached out to Don for help or advice or just to vent, he wasn't their for me. Don will leave a gigantic hole, in California Bluegrass and in our hearts.”

Victorville, California Daily Press only reported this morning that  Tucker,had suffered a massive stroke over the weekend and the festivals website didn’t contain anything additional.

“I appreciate Don's enthusiastic willingness to share his expertise (and genius) in the areas of event production and marketing over the years at World of Bluegrass seminars and Leadership Bluegrass sessions. He did a lot to help bring new audiences to bluegrass music--at his event, and through his efforts to help other event producers succeed too. We'll miss you so much, Don!”    - Nancy Cardwell/IBMA Director

Don Tucker, who had an extensive career with San Bernardino County Regional Parks Department, is also the CEO of DVT Marketing, a family-owned business that was created in the mid ’80s. Besides his role with DVT, Don Tucker served as management consultant to the Ramada Hospitality Group, the County of San Bernardino, the City of Barstow, Lake Arrowhead Village, California Desert Tourism Association, and Calico Ghost Town.

“Don was a tremendous supporter of professional bluegrass over many years and was a master at bringing our music to new audiences through the innovations he pioneered with the Jubilee. And he was a good friend to me and to Dry Branch Fire Squad. We will miss you.”  - Bill Evans

Doctors discovered significant swelling in Tucker’s brain after admission to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Riverside, CA. Tucker was taken to the Hospital in Riverside, after his wife, Barbara, noticed that her husband was not acting right according to his son Brian.

“I am so incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Don Tucker, founder of the Huck Finn Jubilee. Over the years we had many conversations about the music business and I always came away from those conversations feeling as if I had learned a little something new. He was such a nice guy, and I will sure miss his expertise and his friendship. My prayers go out to his family and the many friends he made over the years.”   –  Kimberly Williams/The Expedition Show

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