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blog posted 8.25.14

Festival Phobia

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They entrusted me with their lives. All 30 of them. Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch, but I took my role that seriously. Mine was a made up job description, an idea I came up with on my own and decided to try this year.

I wanted to take 30 adults to Chicago’s Lollapalooza music fest. I called it Concert Concierge and here was the offer: follow me around the fest. My way. We’ll be in the fields with the kids. Your kids. No VIP. No air-conditioned tents, or neck massages, or clean porta potties. No golf cart service, no bottle service, no cell service. Creature comforts? Nope.

I put out the call and 200 people signed up – for 30 spots. These are adults who travel the world, have seen it all, have tried everything, are fearless adventurers, intelligent, successful people. But they haven’t tried this. Said they never would. Not ever. Not this jungle. Not this scene. Not at this age…

I begged to differ. They bagged their doubts. And we did Lolla ’14. Together.

Meet the gang. They were cool, open-minded, fun-loving, brave adults.

AN ECLECTIC MIX:
Our group included an opera aficianado, a yoga instructor, pediatric ICU nurse, an artist, jewelry maker, realtor, financial consultant, small business owner, ad agency CEO, landscape architect, engineer, medical consultant, cooking journalist, chef/caterer, graphic artist, spa technician, fine arts curator, journalist, editor — moms, dads, grandparents.

THEIR FEARS GOING IN:
#1: Claustrophobia. Mosh pits, drunken kids, mob scene, bad scene, chaos, drugs.

THEIR FINDS:
An organized fest, with calm music-loving people. The park was navigable, people were polite, kids were behaving, a cool vibe, humans united by music. Great people watching, retro fest-wear, fans braving the rain, the heat, the crowds – to hear good music. Continue reading …

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Summer fests provide tons of new music … Here’s a mix of Lolla greats plus a few other faves of mine sprinkled in.

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