The PR firm I work for has hosted this massive outdoor concert every Fourth of July weekend at Memorial Park. Last night’s show, which we guess attracted more than 50,000 people, featured Three Dog Night and the Doobie Brothers.
There were literally people everywhere. Walking posed a problem, as the massive waves of bodies didn’t move as fluidly as one would hope.
The weather was ideal for an outdoor musical experience. I’m told last year’s show was literally rained out.
I answered questions at the information tent and stuffed myself on a slice of cheese pizza, an ice cream sandwich and an ice cream cone, not to mention a huge glass of lemonade.
At the end of the evening, my only duty was to power up a massive generator for outdoor lighting. Two tries and I was successful.
Earlier in the day, I watched a parking lot to ensure only staff and volunteers parked their vehicles there. One gentleman, and his teenage son, tried to park in the lot. When I told him no, he replied:
“Why are you torturing us like this?”
So riddle me this: How can an annual outdoor concert that is absolutely free and open to the public be considered torture?