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San Luis Obispo residents angered by noise from Boots & Brews Country Music Festival

Posted at 6:49 PM, Oct 01, 2018

Country music fans from across the Central Coast got a unique experience on Saturday as the Madonna Meadows hosted Boots and Brews for the first time. 

“We’ve heard an overwhelmingly positive response from folks that attended the event, almost 100 percent positive response, but that is counterbalanced by some folks in the community that were annoyed by it,” said President of Madonna Enterprises, Clint Pearce. 

Gina Kirk is one of the people who were annoyed. She says she got to experience the concert from home.  “It was awful, just awful. It was like the speakers were placed so that they were coming over the freeway rather than to the Inn.”

Kirk says she’s disappointed someone would approve an event like this.

“I intended to call the county and complain about their permitting process – whoever let that happen was not on the ball.”

She’s not alone. The Madonna Inn and the San Luis Obispo City Manager’s office received dozens of calls.

“We’re sensitive to that and are really going to take that into consideration if and when we do any of these types of events in the future,” Pearce said. 

The interim Deputy City Manager tells KSBY this event was located in both city and county limits. They’re now in contact with the property owners and the event staff to discuss how to move forward.  

We reached out to the Boots and Brews team for comment and have not yet heard back.