Who doesn’t enjoy a beautiful Saturday evening outdoors, with friends, some good music, food and libations. What could possibly go wrong. How about everything going wrong. It happened at Naperville’s first and last ever Music Festival at Naper Settlement last Saturday. Ideas are great, plans are wonderful, however without proper execution of the plan and with no plan-B as a back-up, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. Folks were not happy with long lines to enter the venue, and long wait-times for food and beverages
At minimal, a music festival should have a good sound system, and it didn’t. Even if it did, amplified sound was prohibited after 10pm by city code. Don Maclean’s ‘American Pie’, The day (night) the music died, would have been an appropriate final selection for the night.
Amazingly, the sound system worked fine when concert “organizers” appeared on stage to congratulate themselves for staging the absolute best-ever Naperville Music Festival, and also worst-ever. If that wasn’t bad enough, it was followed by local dignitaries aka ‘big shots’ including Naperville’s mayor Steve Chirico, to bestow their presence upon the ‘little people’ attending the event. Not a good idea, on the mayor’s part. More votes were probably lost, rather than won by the mayor with that ill-advised strategy.
It might have been better for the mayor to excuse himself when things began to fall apart by saying he forgot to record a re-run of Gilligan’s Island. The mayor was quoted as saying, “first-time events sometimes have to go through growing pains”. It’s been said, ‘you don’t want to be the first kid on the block with a new Pogo stick’. Looks like the mayor really wanted to use that Pogo stick.