Lollapalooza 2011: A Day in Review

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If there is one thing to know about me it’s that I love getting swept up in the magic of music festivals. The combination of good music and good friends puts a big ol’ smile on my face.

When Lollapalooza first released the 2011 line-up I had no interest (Eminem? really?) in going to the festival. Which was a BIG bummer because I bought tickets minutes after the 2010 line-up was announced (Phoenix, Arcade Fire, The Dodos, The XX, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Hot Chip, Chromeo, The Black Key’s, The New Pornographers, etc… yeah amazing)

Needless to say, as soon as the 2011 schedule was released most of the bands I wanted to see were in the same day, WOO! So my long term concert buddy J and I jumped on Friday tickets.

Here was our line-up…

The Naked and Famous  – We made it just in time and they were awesome. I’d definitely pay to see their show.

Foster the People – Caught the middle/end of the show, and yes of course we heard them play “Pumped Up Kicks” They were alright.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Damn that girl can sing. She was wailing on that mic so passionately – it was pretty moving. In addition to her vocals, she also jammed on the guitar and keyboard.

Two Door Cinema Club – Great band, fun music, and even more fun live. I would also pay to see these guys.

OK Go – It’s always nice to see a good Chicago band make it big. These guys put on a fantastic, energetic show. I’ve always been impressed with thier music videos and now I’m happy to see their live show lives up to the hype.

Coldplay – Yup that’s right, of all the headliners I picked Coldplay. I’ve never been much of a “glam rocker” so Muse was out of the question, I’ve already seen Ratatat and doubt anything could top that experience, and while Girl Talk is fun to listen/dance to I wasn’t about to get sweaty with teenagers at the DJ booth.  This was the perfect opportunity to see a band I’ve always wanted to see but never wanted to pay for, and I was BLOWN AWAY. Wow, they absolutely exceeded my expectations. I mean check out this light show…

Yeah, pretty amazing. They played a lot of tunes off of their “Parachutes” album a few from “A Rush of Blood to the Head” and a few new tunes. Here is Chris Martin jammin’ on the guitar…

Photo curtesy of 93XRT

All in All, I’m really happy I decided to go. I am lucky to live in a city that is home to such a massive music festival, passing up all three days was not an option. Next up, North Coast Music Festival 2011…

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