Chicago Concert Festivalist Lollapalooza

Festivalist '09: Lollapalooza Wrap-Up

I wasn’t able to attend, but luckily, there are more than enough ways to get an insider’s look at this year’s Lollapalooza. Thanks to, I caught partial performances of Henry Clay People, Cold War Kids, Kaiser Chiefs and Bat For Lashes. Besides that, I saw full sets by Ben Harper & Relentless7 (made me rethink my initial thoughts on Ben Harper’s latest venture: amazing), a Snoop Dogg party (how many times can you say his name in 1 concert?) and mad scientist/band leader Dan Deacon. I’m sure it didn’t always get the results Mr. Deacon wanted (multiple sound issues), but the “Ensemble” with the marching band for “Woof Woof” was crazy and Deacon’s crowd particpiation efforts were stunning and hilarious.

When I wasn’t watching the streaming video on Lolla’s simulcast, I read some slick re-caps by Pitchfork writers, caught Twitter updates from Ms. Pop Candy and numerous You Tube and Flickr uploads. Not to mention, the much-appreciated highlights, videos, texts and pictures from my “reporters” in the field, Andrew and Jenny.

If I don’t go to Bonnaroo next year (drive-able, so maybe), I’m going to Lolla ’10 (Aug. 6th – 8th, 2010). End of discussion.

See below for what we missed:
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal – Friday – Playstation Stage
KiD CuDi – Sky High – Saturday – Perry’s Stage
Courtesy of Mr. Barber @ Fake Shore Drive.

Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire – Saturday – Budweiser Stage

Official Lollapaloza Blog

Mp3s courtesy of Fake Shore Drive
KiD CuDi – Day n Nite (Live)
KiD CuDi – Sky High (Live)