The Chicago music community suffered a loss with the passing of Riot Fest co-founder, partner, and producer Sean McKeough at the age of 42.
His partner Michael Petryshyn wrote in a statement on Riot Fest’s website,
“Sean was Riot Fest’s pillar of strength. I loved him. I admired him. And to lose him is a lonely and barren feeling. I miss my friend immensely. Without Sean and his belief that a little fest could make a positive impact on people’s lives by doing things differently and left of the dial, Riot Fest would have never become such an intimate family. His Herculean-sized heart and volition made that all possible. Anyone lucky enough to have witnessed his kindness and compassion knows Sean’s muddy work boots will never be filled. It’s impossible… he cared when no one else did. He worked when no one else did. And, he believed in Riot Fest when no one else did.”
Aside from Riot Fest, McKeough owned the Cobra Lounge and recently launched All Rise Brewing brewery.