But on Monday, September 17, the day after the first-time festival had wrapped, Orr had one point to convey: The festival's promoter, Superfly, mitigated the chaos as best it could and was responsive to the neighborhood.
"I don't lie," she says. "I'm not going to say something different to maintain my argument."
Even the unexpected got addressed quickly. Orr says she woke up Saturday to a "BOOM BOOM BOOM" soundcheck — that began at 8 a.m. She messaged David Ehrlich, Superfly's liaison for the neighbors, asking if the soundcheck could start an hour later the next day. Not only did Ehrlich come through, but Orr also suspects the music wasn't as loud. When the crowd wildly poured out into the neighborhood on Friday night after the festival had ended, neighbors complained, and the Denver Police Department beefed up its security measures on Saturday and Sunday and prevented all but a few disruptions, Orr says.
Her neighbors to the west, Paul Bodor and Terry Pasqua, were probably the biggest proponents of the music festival, and both were singing Grandoozy's praises on Monday. Bodor says they had a party at their home four nights in a row and even argues that the overall noise level "was in ways easier to deal with than during a busy golfing weekend." His only gripe? Sunday headliner "Stevie Wonder almost felt dated to me at my 73 years."
A spokesperson for Superfly says 55,000 attended the festival over the weekend. Orr says if Grandoozy returns to Overland at capacity, it would be nothing short of a "nightmare."
But for now, Orr is looking forward to getting some rest and relaxation. Superfly has spent the better part of September setting up for the music festival, and Orr is looking forward to the day when the tractor and car traffic ends. She expects all traces of the festival will be gone by October.
"I'm exhausted just hearing the constant noise," she says, as a loud semi goes down her street. "But the main takeaway for me is that [Superfly] has done an incredibly professional job. They're experts and they know what they're doing. [But] it'll be nice to think about something else for a while. Do some drawing, listen to some music!"