We woke up Sunday to heavy rainstorms, but by late morning the skies had cleared and it was hot! and humid! We started our day at Lolla with Rodrigo y Gabriela. You know – flamenco meets Led Zeppelin. They were a hit.
Grant Park offers some nice shady places to get relief from the sun. It was needed today.
That is Amy Winehouse way up there. OK, so you’re going to have to trust me on that. . . I was unfamiliar with her music, but really enjoyed her sultry voice and soulful songs.
The Stooges together again after 30 years. I saw Iggy Pop a couple times in the late ’70s / early ’80s – including a memorable performance at Headliners. . . Yes, I did sing along with “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”
Yo La Tengo was another highlight set for me – but it seems like I say that after every one of their performances. What can I say, I love ’em. Ira Kaplan was unhinged from the get go. They started with Sugarcube, played Pass the Hatchet and ended with a 15 minute Story of Yo La Tengo.
I had my best spot of the festival for YLT, and so took lots of great pictures. YLT fans can check them out here. (I think you will enjoy them!)
Kudos to new friends Laurie and Daniel who came out for a last hurrah before the new baby arrives. (You can’t tell from this picture, but she is very pregnant!) Keep on rockin’ kids!
TV on the Radio
was great. This was their last show of a 14 month tour.
Some say Grant Park offers the best urban festival venue in the nation. I’m now in that camp. Lollapalooza is well run, a nice diversity of bands brings in a great crowd, and the energy was high for most every set I attended. . . I will return.
The crowd begins to amass for Pearl Jam. (Can you see the stage in the distance?). But we head the other way so that we can get home before Monday arrives. . .