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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Pulse of Naperville Music Scene – Last Ribfest at Knoch Park


I rode past Knoch Park about a week after Ribfest ended this year. The large space seemed to be comfortably breathing as the baseball diamond glistened like a finely cut gem. I turned off of West Street and found a place to pull over. It seemed necessary to hear that ground exhale; a ground that many Naperville residents have deemed sacred over the years. 

I was fortunate to make it to two great evenings of music this year, and the performances were unforgettable once again. Living Colour and Billy Idol provided a large catalog of hits, while Grand Funk Railroad and Bad Company brought huge legendary swagger to the stage. And, stuck in between all of this was a fabulous new artist known as ZZ Ward. 

But, as I stood at the edge of Knoch, I started to reminisce about my family’s first year at Ribfest almost 20 years ago. I had two toddlers at that time, and I can remember seeing the excitement in their eyes.

The two things I probably love most in my life are music and family, and Ribfest has always been a celebration of those two things. So, when I attended the final day of this year’s Ribfest with both of my adult children by my side once again, I felt as if my last Ribfest in Knoch Park was really not a whole lot different than my first all those years ago. I was still surrounded by the things I love, and I still saw that same excitement in the eyes of my children.

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Scott "Dr. Music" Itter
Scott "Dr. Music" Itterhttp://DrMusic.org
Scott Itter resides in the Willowgate subdivision with his wife, Barbara, and their two children. Contact Scott at DrMusic@wowway.com.

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