This is a throwback to my very first music festival ever, Lollapalooza in 2009 with TiFunk. We did a quick stop in Chicago for the festival on our way to Costa Rica. This will be an atypical post in that I’m pretty much ripping the content off of my old blog, where it was originally posted. Please keep in mind, I posted it while we were in Costa Rica, we were kicking it in the hammock in our B&B, listening to the birds and getting ready to head out to the local reggae bar. I was braindead from all the traveling and mayhem, so I had Tiff help me with the captioning. It was an experiment, you let me know if it worked or failed =)
T: On our waaaayyy …
J: Can you tell how excited we were? Three days of some really amazing bands?!?!
(Good to note here, that Friday was really, really wet and rainy. We weren’t expecting it, but we did love and appreciate it! Especially since Saturday and Sunday were nearly 100 degrees, hot and sweaty!!)
Sound Tribe Sector Nine (STS9)
T: They were so good. Blew my mind.
J: Matty was super right. These guys put on an unreal live show. Amazing.
T: The drummer was fucking tight.
J: We can’t swear on the blog.
T: Wow, Dave looks drenched.
J: We should mention here that, although we were on different itineraries most of the time, we actually hit the concert with Tiff’s bro, Jon, his gf Jen, and college buddy Dave.
J: I feel like I need you to do this one.
And then …. Boom! Down she went!
Haph: I’m surprised my sweater didn’t get dirty.
J: Yeah I’m pretty sure it’s cuz you face planted.
Haph: No, it was my hands! I remember my hands being really muddy.
J: I’m pretty proud of my photography skills.
Peter Bjorn and John
T: Their t-shirt said “Peter Bjorn & John T-Shirt.”
J: I decided I only really like one song of theirs. But I do like it a lot.
T: I actually think that hat looks good on dave.
J: “Take our picture! Take our picture!”
J: Even though Tiff kept wanting to move, Of Montreal put on a pretty good show.
T: Our Friday Crew.
T: Look at my feet!
J: Look at how happy we are! Lolla Day One, Baby!!
I’m not even kidding you. They were sheer insanity. Especially when they played their smash hit, Knobbers.
They had the crowd moving. So I neglected to tell you, but this was the first year that Lollapalooza had an expanded stage and world class DJs. The DJ stage, named after Lolla creator (and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell), was the only stage in Grant Park to be spinning music non-stop during the 3 days. All the other stages had breaks in between performances.
I mean The Bloody Beetroots, Crookers, BassNectar, Animal Collective, MSTRKRFT, DeadMau5 … They had the heavy hitter DJs spinning at Perry’s, and on top of all the live acts at Lolla, this stage was just gravy. The only way they could’ve made it better would be to have invited Benny Benassi!!
Tiff and Dave ditched Crookers to split time between Kings of Leon and Depeche Mode, but I wasn’t having it. So I made friends in the crowd … This is Scotty, with the broken arm.
As soon as I saw Kid Cudi and Crookers overlapping in the lineup, I knew they were going to do the Crookers Remix of Cudi’s “Day and Nite.” I mean seriously, who gets to see that live? Um, practically no one. But I did!!
Kid Cudi is solid. He’s a great rapper and puts on a really solid performance. I was definitely feeling it, as was the entire crowd at Perry’s! Honestly, it’s pretty hard to put on a good rap show. I’ve only been to a few that I really liked, and most of them – with the exception of maybe Kanye – were back in the 90s. But mann, Cudi can rock it. I mean, You know you’re good when you and Snoop Dogg are the only two rap artists billed for Lollapalooza! (side note: he was only 25 at the time of this performance!!)
Jared and Scotty, my Crookers/Kid Cudi buds.