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Revisited: My @Lollapalooza 2012 | Running down the festival from top to bottom

8 Aug

I can sum my Lollapalooza experience up quite easy: an incredible time with great friends.

Any chance I get to return to the city of my birth I’m excited but add in a music festival with 100,000 people in Grant Park and you crank it up to 11.  This year I approached Lolla a bit different and wasn’t running from show to show.  I took the pace down a little and really stepped back to enjoy it a bit more. I was late to some shows which was unfortunate but at the end of the three days I was still stoked about who I saw and just wonder what may have happened if the Saturday afternoon storm evacuation didn’t cancel acts like Alabama Shakes, The Temper Trap, B.o.B. and the band I was most hoping to see, The Dunwells.  Props to C3 Presents for acting swiftly to recover and push back start times, reschedule bands like fun., Chairlift, Empires, etc.  C3 also did an incredible job of scheduling overall forcing the crowd to pick and choose like I’ve never seen.  When you are looking at a mile walk from the Bud Light Stage to the Red Bull Stage, it’s just not really possible to get everywhere you want to be unless you are a marathon sprinter.

A breakdown of who I saw each day:

Friday: O Rappa, Michael Kiwanuka, The Black Angels, The War On Drugs, Metric, Die Antwoord, Passion Pit, Black Sabbath, The Black Keys

Saturday: Of Monsters and Men (off the grounds), fun., The Weeknd, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sunday: Outasight, The Devil Makes Three, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark Jr., The Gaslight Anthem, Of Monsters and Men, Florence + The Machine, Miike Snow, Jack White

Headliners:  I have to be honest, you shouldn’t have gone to Lollapalooza just for the headliners. Talented musicians indeed (and ones I like) but you can’t compare The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Avicii, Justice, Jack White and Red Hot Chili Peppers to last year’s of Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, Eminem, Foo Fighters and Deadmau5.

My First Show: O Rappa

My Final Show: Technically Jack White but essentially I caught all four final acts bumping to Kaskade, hearing Childish Gambino drop “Heartbeat” and hearing one of my favorite Justice songs, “On’n’On.”

My Moment of Joy: Seeing the rambunctious overfilled crowd on hand for Of Monsters and Men Sunday night time slot.

My Favorite Show: Didn’t actually happen at Lollapalooza.  Off-site Of Monsters and Men show on the rooftop of a condo tower for Gilt City’s ‘Better Than Backstage’ party.  Thanks to my friend Nicole for making it happen!  Seriously one of the top three bands I was dying to see at the festival and here I am just inches away as they rocked out.  A tip of the hat to an amazing group of musicians doing big things.

Best Overall Show: Die Antwoord, my second time seeing them and this was just flat out awesome. They had the crowd mesmerized and loving every moment of this high energy set.

Best Bud Light Stage Show: For me, Passion Pit – flat out great performance but easily it was Florence + The Machine, she had at least half the festival goers on hand to hear that incredible voice.  I remember the first time I saw her was in a small tent at Bonnaroo and she owned Lollapalooza.  Say hello to next year’s festival circuit headliner.

Best Red Bull Stage Show(s): I guess The Black Keys, those guys are just so honed in and solid in front of big crowds.

Best Playstation Stage Show(s): Die Antwoord, Gary Clark Jr.

Best Sony Stage Show: Last year I spent the most time at this stage.  This year I only really saw Miike Snow.

Best Google Play Stage Show: The Gaslight Anthem, the Jersey rockers did exactly that making the most of their 45 minute set.

Best BMI Stage Show: Well the only one I actually got to this year was Outasight and he had the crowd bouncing.

Best Perry’s Stage Show: In truth, I didn’t even see a show here, passed by a lot but didn’t get caught up in the pandemonium but the stage setup that may have been the best show.  LED bonanza creating quite the visuals.

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: Hands down Google Play, they stacked the deck with this stage and fans responded packing all of these shows. Big time acts like The War on Drugs, Blind Pilot, SBTRKT, Band of Skulls, Dawes, Wale, GIVERS, fun., Washed Out Twin Shadow, Frank Ocean, Of Monsters and Men, The Gaslight Anthem, Hey Rosetta!, The Big Pink, Childish Gambino

Biggest Surprise: How much I enjoyed the Metric show.

Best Legend Show: I just have to say Black Sabbath for the sheer fact that I saw Black Sabbath, even if Ozzy is starring into gigantic teleprompters and not sounding too good.

Random Moment(s) Of Awesomeness: fun. show being rescheduled after the Saturday evacuation and just owning the crowd for a 35 minute set filled with their hits.

Most Entertaining Show: Die Antwoord, if you’ve never seen them, you can’t help but be entertained

Most Disappointing Moment: not getting to see a bunch of acts I was super excited to see for the first time like Milo Greene, First Aid Kit and The Dunwells (the rain ruined that one for me) and some of my favorites like GIVERS, Chancellor Warhol, DAWES.

Next Big Thing: I want to say The Dunwells but the evacuation for the storm forced a cancellation of this show. And I sincerely hope more people discover Michael Kiwanuka; he’s got an incredible voice, great songs and is an absolute treat to listen to live.

Giving it a shot: The Devil Makes Three and I absolutely loved them.

Top Party: I’m giving this to Passion Pit because it was entertaining, full of energy and well I am a fan.

Funky Good Time Show: Gary Clark Jr.

Band I Was Sad To Miss: Sigur Ros

Best Intro: Rahm Emanuel introducing The Black Keys

What Would Have Been Great: Having less scheduling conflicts so I could see more bands

Top Moment: Choosing to skip Milo Greene, Chancellor Warhol, JEFF The Brotherhood and GIVERS for a once in a lifetime moment with Of Monsters and Men on the rooftop with the Chicago skyline serving as the background.

Best Festival Eat/Drink: Uncorked Wine Lounge

Best Place To Cool Off: I didn’t really find one and it was hot and humid

Biggest Waste of Time: The Toyota Crane game thing that totally wasn’t a crane

Evacuation Nation: Wow, getting 100,000 people out of the park in approximately 30 minutes before the torrential storm came in was pretty incredible.  Holed up in a steamy Irish Pub with $6 Bud Lights wasn’t ideal but it was festive and one of those random things you won’t soon forget.

Clutch Move: Popping out a little early on Friday night to head over to Big Star, my favorite taco and mescal joint in town.

Tip For Next Year: Coming a day early again and leaving on a later flight on Monday.

More Tips: drink water, more water, sunscreen is your second best friend after water, if you see someone struggling give them a hand or find someone to help.

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Five For Friday: Lollapalooza Edition No.1

27 Jul

So here we are, one week away from Lollapalooza and the excitement is building.  So many great bands and musicians over three wild and crazy filled days in Chicago!  As Grant Park gets ready to be invaded by 100,000 people, I’m running down a small little guide if you find yourself attending and for those who plan to watch the YouTube stream.

  1. Let’s get it out of the way, headliners.  Night One: pits Black Sabbath vs. The Black Keys – only US date for Black Sabbath, Night Two: Avicii vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers – RHCP dominated Bonnaroo with a fiery set, Night Three: Justice vs. Jack White – what I’m most interested in is how the crowd sways, when Childish Gambino and Kaskade play at the same time.
  2. Some afternoon delights for you.  Bands like First Aid Kit, The Growlers, Michael Kiwanuka, The War On Drugs, Milo Greene, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Kopecky Family Band, Chancellor Warhol, Moon Taxi, GIVERS, Bombay Bicycle Club, Outasight, Hey Rosetta!, Oberhofer and more pull early time slots but I promise will be worth arriving for.  These bands are awesome and this is some new music you should really be checking out.
  3. Time Conflicts.  A tip of the hat to the schedulers for finding the easiest way to pull a crowd a part as there are many times over the three days that will have festivalgoers torn.  For instance, on Saturday at the same time you’ll have to decide between Alabama Shakes, The Temper Trap, The Dunwells, B.o.B and fun.  Good luck!
  4. When the sun goes down, the action heats up.  Late night Lollapalooza brings forth some amazing late night shows and some of the best memories of the weekend.  Tickets are sold out to the advertised shows but make a few friends and you’ll find out where the rocking parties are. (Last year I caught CULTS, The Black Lips, Crystal Castles, Skylar Grey)
  5. Who I’m excited for.  Well I’ve been fortunate enough to see so many of these acts live before that I’m mostly craving the opportunity to see many for the first time like Of Monsters and Men, The Gaslight Anthem, The Dunwells, Miike Snow, M83, The Weeknd, Twin Shadow, Amadou & Mariam, Dum Dum Girls, The Devil Makes Three, First Aid Kit, Milo Greene, DEV, Dry The River and Moon Taxi.  Plus after finally seeing Alabama Shakes live at Bonnaroo, I can’t wait to see them again, simply amazing live.

 

Taking a further look at the Bonnaroo 2012 lineup

16 Feb

As everyone knows, the Bonnaroo lineup was released earlier this week and all I can keep thinking about is, will June 7 just get here already?!

So in anticipation, I put some of my thoughts together on the lineup.  I’m also amazed at how many of the bands I’ve actually seen live before.

  • Radiohead – never been a big fan of them (a little shocker, I know) but seeing them in the middle of nowhere should be awesome
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – yes, yes, yes! If you’ve ever been to a RHCP show you know what I’m talking about
  • Phish – been a while since I’ve seen them live, can’t wait (Bart Scott voice)
  • Bon Iver – have to be honest, not a big fan but will check them out
  • The Beach Boys – this one is growing on me, I am just imagining hanging out in the field listening to the Beach Boys on a hot summer day in Tennessee
  • The Avett Brothers – if you have never seen these guys live, WOW!
  • The Shins – yes! Catching them this spring too!
  • Foster The People – seen them way too many times in the last 12 months and thrilled to see them getting bigger and bigger
  • Skrillex – just doesn’t fit in Bonnaroo if you ask me but I’m sure the kids will be going crazy
  • Aziz Ansari – crazy to me he’s getting a big slot this year as the “comedy headliner” – introduced the Black Keys last year
  • Dispatch – one of my dreams coming true, finally getting to see them live
  • Feist – actually excited about this
  • The Roots – there is nothing quite like a Roots show, simply amazing
  • Alice Cooper – I can hear “School’s Out For Summer” in my head
  • SuperJam – oh who will it be this year
  • Black Star – yes sir!
  • The Word (featuring John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars) – are you effen kidding me!
  • Ludacris – throw dem bows!
  • Ben Folds Five – I hope this is better than just a Ben Folds show
  • Flogging Molly – woohoo, let the ruckus begin!
  • Spectrum Road (featuring Cindy Blackman Santana, Jack Bruce, John Medeski and Vernon Reid) – solid!
  • Mac Miller – get to check what this kid is all about
  • Childish Gambino – my surprise of the festival last year, should be a blast
  • Major Lazer – I love this call!
  • tUnE-yArDs – mad excited to see them live
  • Afrocubism
  • Flying Lotus – late night bonanza
  • Umphrey’s McGee – yes, the jamming
  • Little Dragon – stoked!
  • St. Vincent – really intrigued with all the press and push over the
  • City and Colour – big fan of Dallas Green
  • The Civil Wars – super excited for this performance although I wonder if Joy Williams’ pregnancy will prevent them from performing.  Let’s hope not.
  • Young The Giant – so stoked for these guys and having seen them live in tiny rooms, concert halls and a festival atmosphere, I can’t wait for Bonnaroo to get rocked by them
  • Two Door Cinema Club – one of the more energetic and fun live bands
  • Punch Brothers – ready for a get down
  • NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Fitz & The Tantrums – if you’ve never seen Fitz live, it is a must
  • Bad Brains – taking it back, let’s rage!
  • Yelawolf – never got into his music, maybe I’ll give it a gander
  • Dawes – awesome live, incredibly talented, can’t wait to see them on The Farm
  • Battles
  • Danny Brown – YES YES YES! His coming out party continues
  • The Black Lips – there is really nothing like a Black Lips show, trust me
  • SBTRKT – I am just picturing a late night get down!
  • Phantogram – continuing to rise
  • Kendrick Lamar – one of the breakout artists of 2012, let’s see it!
  • Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires – oh man this may be one of the best shows at the festival
  • The Kooks – another band from across the pond I can’t get enough of
  • The Joy Formidable – fun live if you’ve never seen them before
  • The Antlers – dreams are starting to come true, can’t wait for this performance
  • Kathleen Edwards
  • Mimosa – just starting to listen to them, getting excited
  • Kurt Vile & The Violators – yes, another artist everyone should get excited to see
  • Alabama Shakes – HOLY AMAZING – when I first heard them I was in lvoe
  • Das Racist – kinda indifferent
  • Delta Spirit – just saw one hell of a rocking show with these guys.
  • Gary Clark Jr. – welcome back to Roo! Incredible talent
  • Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk – oh yeah!
  • Laura Marling – love, love, love her voice
  • Trampled by Turtles – JUST A LITTLE EXCITED!
  • Mogwai – not my cup of tea but…
  • The War On Drugs – Thanks, Kurt Vile!
  • Ben Howard – killer voice
  • Grouplove – they had my favorite album of 2011, are incredible live and will take the energy of Bonnaroo through the roof!
  • Blind Pilot
  • ALO – been a minute since I’ve seen them live. Fun show!
  • The Devil Makes Three
  • White Denim – get ready to take yourself on a rock experience
  • EMA
  • Here We Go Magic – P A R T Y
  • K-Flay
  • The Lonely Forest – on tour with Portugal. The Man right now
  • Mariachi El Bronx – oh this is going to be a special one at Bonnaroo!
  • Big Freedia
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Detroit Rock City
  • The Soul Rebels
  • Kvelertak
  • SOJA – Jah ready for a reggae good time? Don’t miss this show
  • Steven Bernstein’s MTO Allstars Plays Sly
  • Big Gigantic – hello late night!
  • Sarah Jarosz
  • Orgone – one of the more entertaining and talented bands I’ve seen live. F U N
  • Darondo
  • Fruit Bats – feeling a mid afternoon slot for them
  • Moon Taxi – holy can’t believe they are on the line-up, so stoked for me and them!

So there you have it, some quick thoughts on the initial Bonnaroo 2012 lineup.  The best part is we still have more acts to be announced!

Can’t wait to be in Tennessee again! A little over 100 days away, I’m not counting or anything.

BONNAROO 2012 LINEUP IS HERE! WOW!!!

14 Feb

Holy Bonnaroo!  Are you kidding me?  What a line-up SuperFly put together this year.  Looks like The Farm is going to be a rocking for four amazing days.  Sweet headliners! Tons of legendary acts! A stellar list of the rising stars of tomorrow!  Bonnaroo favorites! I mean this is going to be B A N A N A S.