Oswego considers holding ‘suburban Pitchfork’ music fest
By Jenette Sturges firstname.lastname@example.org April 4, 2013 12:18PM
Vampire Weekend closes Pitchfork Festival Sunday July 15, 2012 in Chicago. Oswego is looking at hosting a suburban version of the music festival. File photo | Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 6, 2013 6:21AM
Oswego is looking at holding a new summer music festival that one trustee has characterized as a “suburbun Pitchfork.”
The Pitchfork Music Festival is held every summer in Chicago and features a variety of acts. The Oswego Village Board recently had its first look at the proposed new fest, which would be held at Prairie Point Park.
If approved, Oswego Beats and Eats would be an all-day music festival and include musicians and food vendors with local and regional followings.
Beats and Eats would “celebrate diversity through music, food and art,” Oswego Community Relations Director Michele Brown said.
She added that event planners are seeking musicians with local, regional and national recognition, though she did not divulge any specific acts being sought.
“This would really attract visitors and a new demographic,” Brown said. “We’re looking to bring in more of those 20-somethings.”
In addition to featuring up-and-coming musicians, the festival would include gourmet food trucks and local restaurants, and local community groups would be given the opportunity to volunteer in exchange for a portion of the beer sales.
Tickets for the event, which would accommodate up to 10,000 concert-goers, would likely cost between $15 and $25, Brown said.
The budget for the festival is expected to range from $50,000 to $75,000, according to a village memo. About half of that is expected to come from event sponsors, with the remainder to be funded from ticket sales and up to $10,000 from the Oswego Visitors Bureau.
Oswego businessman and former Chicago Bear Macey Brooks, who first proposed an all-day music festival in Oswego, is assisting the village in recruiting musicians and producing the festival, and will split the profits of the event, Brown said.
The Oswegoland Park District has already given its approval for use of Prairie Point for the festival, Brown said.
Oswego Village Board members seem to support the proposal, but have some questions on details, including how the proceeds from the fest would be split up.
If approved, Oswego Beats and Eats would be held Aug. 10 in Prairie Point Park.