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Battle of the Bands battles the weather

MINOOKA – Music wasn’t the only battle at the Minooka Summerfest’s Battle of the Bands Thursday night.

Promoters Kyle McComb, John Kauffman, Jake Stonebraker and Zack Kraft battled getting insurance and won, but they battled the weather and lost.

“We took over this year,” McComb, a 2014 Minooka Community High School graduate said. “The Minooka drumline, from the high school, used to arrange the event. For some reason, they weren’t this year so we decided to pick it up.”

McComb and Kraft are not newbies to the music scene. Together, they own and operate Senex DJs of Minooka, and separately, they perform in local bands.

“I was confident he could do it,” Ken McComb, Kyle’s father said. “You won’t catch him cutting the grass or doing dishes, but anything to do with music, he becomes focused and works diligently to get it done.”

The first obstacle was the village of Minooka’s requirement of insurance – a $2 million insurance policy was needed for the event, something the organizers didn’t have.

“We didn’t have the insurance until the day before the event, the woman’s club stepped in to help,” Kyle McComb said.

The event started with an open mic night for anyone who wanted to come down and play an instrument or sing.

Fifteen-year-old Kathy Patino of Minooka played her guitar and sang two songs, while the people gathered clapped along to the music.

“I write a lot of music, I had to come out,” she said. “It’s a good experience, especially for people looking to perform. There should be more venues.”

As open mic time was drawing to a close, dark skies started to roll into the area.

The show went on despite the raindrops that started to fall until a little bit after 9 p.m. when lightning shut the show down.

“We were only able to get three bands in before we had to call it for rain,” McComb said Friday. “I was upset. They are all very talented people, and the bands I wanted to hear didn’t get to play.”

One of those bands was McComb’s, How & Why. Along with his own band, last year’s winner, The Monocle Project, and Asendancy were canceled. The Meandering Cranberries, Loose Belief and Leisure Hours went on as scheduled.

McComb is attempting to finish the show by finding a pavilion or someplace the remaining bands would be able to play.

“If we are able to put something together it would be free admission,” he said. “We want people to get their money’s worth, and we want to make it up to both the fans and the bands.”

Admission for Thursday night was $5.

“We can’t control the weather,” he said. “It just wasn’t safe to be out there any longer.”

They will get the word out via social media if they are able to reschedule something, just as they promoted Thursday night’s event. Search “Minooka Teen Music Fest 2014” on Facebook for information.

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