Music festival rocks neighbor's house

EUGENE, Ore. - The electronic music blasting from the stages at the Kaleidoscope Music Festival at Emerald Meadows rocked Jim Evonuk's house.

"Friday night, literally the house was shaking," said Evonuk, who lives nearby. "The pictures on the wall were leaving the wall and banging back up against it. The stove was clattering."

In the last year, Lane County government started leasing the Emerald Meadows venue in the Howard Buford Recreation Area for performances, generating revenue for park maintenance.

The 80-acre site has hosted three musical events in 2013, but organizers admit that the number of complaints was unusually high for the Kaleidoscope event.

Daily crowds numbered between 6,000 and 9,000 people, causing traffic jams and congestion on the roads leading in and out of the venue.

Music at the Kaleidoscope festival started Friday evening and lasted through Sunday night. Headline acts included Bassnectar and hip-hop legend Nas.

Bands played as late as 3 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings on what organizers called the "midnight stage," causing several complaints to be phoned in from across Eugene and Springfield.

"The idea behind the midnight stage was it was less amplified and quieter," said Mike Russell, Parks Manager with Lane County Department of Public Works. "We were taking measurements around the park to make sure we were meeting decibel requirements, but still it was heard."

The festival was organized by One Eleven productions of Eugene.

Jason Lear, the COO of One Eleven Productions, said this is one of the biggest shows his company has organized. He said the first Kaleidoscope festival was a learning experience.

"Many things went phenomenally well," Lear said. "We are still working to improve things. Two immediate priorities are clear: We will do whatever is necessary to ensure sound levels work for the neighborhood. We will also work to make certain the traffic delays that happened on Friday will not occur again."

The production company has a 3-year contract with the county to produce Kaleidoscope festivals through 2015.