"It's a good idea to have this and raise the money for the city, but if you tried to get through this part of town, it'd take you 15 minutes," Poper said.
Poper's wife and daughter declined to comment about Blues Fest and quickly slammed the door shut. A three-word sign hanging in the residence's window illustrated the household's overall disapproval of the event.
Lynn Drurry also said she likes the Blues Fest concept, but the noise was too much of a weekend-long distraction this year. She said the bass sounds from the speakers made the windows, walls and shelves inside her apartment vibrate.
"I like how it's set up, don't get me wrong, but it shouldn't be that loud," Drurry said. "If they'd keep that music down, it wouldn't be so bad for the people that live in here. A woman over there just had that baby on Monday."
Dickie Hughes said along with the noise, the festival made it difficult, sometimes impossible, to access a private parking lot for tenants in the nearby building.
"People pay for these spots, and they're setting up little parties," Hughes said pointing to a group sitting on a blanket in the lot. "It could be a little more under control."
He also said it brought too many people to the area near the residences.
There was an estimated 3,000 to 3,500 people in the lot for Sunday's event, which was held there instead of City Park after storms earlier in the weekend left the park grounds too wet and muddy for such an event.
"What's wrong with having it at the fairgrounds?" he asked hypothetically.