Lollapalooza: Day 3

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The third and final day of Lollapalooza. This was definitely the day for trying new things.

We started out the day with lunch. I got a Baja Chipotle Chicken Burrito from Burrito Beach while Karyn got a Lobster Corn Dog from Grahamwich. The burrito was alright. It was a little dry, but the spices were delicious. I don’t even like black beans, but I didn’t mind them in this burrito.

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We sat around and ate while we waited for Angel Haze. An EDM DJ named Alvin Risk was performing and he really had the crowd going. EDM isn’t really my cup of tea but I enjoyed it. I was impressed that he actually picked up a mic and sang at the end of his set.

Angel Haze started her set at 2:00. She is a rapper from Detroit and was just recently inducted into XXL’s 2013 Freshman Class. I have a decent amount of her music and I am definitely a fan of her Classick EP. She started off her set with an upbeat song where she showed off her skills with a very rapid flow. It was impressive at first, but then I think she got excited and she started rapping too fast and got offbeat. She performed one of her recent songs, “No Bueno,” but she didn’t sing the hook like she did in the recording, she rapped it. It was less intimate and I was really hoping she would showcase her singing ability. At one point, early in the set, she got off stage and joined the crowd on one side, but she was completely invisible to 3/4 of the crowd for about 5 minutes. Another thing I noticed was that her background music/band were a lot louder than her vocals. At this point in her career, I feel like she needs to showcase her talents, specifically her singing and her lyrics. She’s got some things to work on regarding her performances, but she’s just starting out so she has time to work on that, and I know she can get there.

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We left Angel Haze halfway through her set so we could catch all of Lianne La Havas. We stopped for ice cream on the way and got a “Big Scoop” of chocolate chip ice cream from Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe. It was well needed and a delicious treat before the set.

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Lianna La Havas’ set started at 3:00. She is a folk/soul singer from London. We listened to her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, a week ago and decided that she was definitely an act worth checking out. Let me tell you, everything about her is beautiful. We lost it when we found out she was only 23. She started off her set with just her and her guitar. Her voice is so smooth and serene and she seems so comfortable on stage, which is awesome considering how young she is. Her band joined her for the next song and they were sensational. They consisted of a keyboardist, drummer, guitarist, and background singer. The best part about them was that they all sang along with her. Each band member had a mic in front of them and the harmonies they added to her vocals were just amazing. Many of Lianne La Havas’ songs deal with heartbreak and the negative aspects of love; Karyn and I discussed that when we listened to her album. Well, Lianne addressed it in her set. Towards the end of her set she said, “Ok, now it’s time for a love song. There’s been a lot of the negative parts of love.” She then performed a love song that was easily the most powerful song of her set. Interestingly enough, the chord progressions of the song sounded just like Adele’s “Skyfall.” She ended her set with the title track of her album, “Is Your Love Big Enough?” At this point she said, “You can shake your booties to this one if you like or do whatever you want.” She was quite charming and an amazing performer. I can’t wait to hear more music from her.

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We had nothing until our next concert at 7:15 so we decided to check out all the activities at the festival. We headed over to the f.y.e booth so Karyn could get an autograph from Lianne La Havas. The only thing about the process that I disapproved of was that in order to get an autograph, you had to buy one of the artist’ CDs from the f.y.e booth. You couldn’t just bring something for them to sign. It just would have been nice for them to inform people of that beforehand. It was cool, though. I got a copy of Jessie Ware’s Devotion and Karyn got an autographed copy of Lianne’s album along with a nice hug and picture. I sat down and listened to Two Door Cinema Club’s set while I waited for Karyn to get her autograph and they weren’t bad. It’s not the type of music I get excited about, but they were nice to listen to.

We headed to the Toyota booth and won some glow bracelets on the prize wheel and a cool tote bag just for tweeting. Social media was in abundance at this festival. They encouraged us to tweet and Instagram everything. We headed over to Green Street, the environment-friendly section of Lollapalooza. After some persuasion, Karyn got a really nice dress from a place called Synergy Clothing. We made sure to try everything the festival had to offer.

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We decided to get food before seeing 2 Chainz and this is where I broke our pact about not eating at the same place twice. The Fried Chicken Sandwich from Goose Island Brewpub was so good that I had to have it again. We waited in line at M Burger for some fries where we met a guy who contemplated whether the M stood for McDonalds and wondered if we were being ripped off. I also met a woman who graduated from my school. We had so many encounters. M Burger was out of fries which was a shame because they were the cheapest at the festival at $4. We headed over to Hummingbird Kitchen and ordered the Italian Fries with shaved garlic, chili flakes, and fresh oregano and “The Smotherload” which were waffle fries with Neukes bacon, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and scallions. The waffle fries were a bit much, but they were delicious. The Italian Fries were the best we had all weekend as the seasoning was perfect.

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2 Chainz’ set started at 7:15 and the set was packed from the beginning. We weren’t too upset because we didn’t really need front row spots for this show. His DJ did a great job of warming everybody up by playing songs that kept the energy high. 2 Chainz came out and put on a crazy show. The only reason I listen to 2 Chainz’ music is because he really knows how to hype me up and this concert was no different. Someone threw a bra on stage, there were people in trees, people climbing poles, and fans lifted up and crowd surfed a guy in a wheelchair and I swear it was the same guy from the Kendrick Lamar concert on Saturday. 2 Chainz loved it though and said, “That’s the dopest thing I’ve ever seen at a concert.”

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While I wasn’t really into songs like “Crack” and “I Luv Dem Strippers,” 2 Chainz had the crowd jumping. Needless to say, we all enjoyed it as he ran through many of his featured verses, including his verse on Drake’s “All Me.” He even performed “Duffle Bag Boy” from his Tity Boi days. He ended his concert ten minutes early and the only reason I can think of for that is because Major Lazer performed at the same time. He might have ended his concert early to go perform Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt” remix. Who knows, though?

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We laid around for Cat Power’s set at 8:45, but people didn’t really file in until right before she started. Cat Power is an indie rock artist from Atlanta; we had only heard one of her songs before the set so we decided to give her a 3 song minimum before we decided if we would stay for the whole concert. Interestingly enough, her set started off with “Bad Religion” by Frank Ocean blasting through the speakers. There was no indication as to why the set began that way and she started her set immediately afterwards, so we’ll never know, but we jammed. She wasn’t bad, but we couldn’t really tell what she was saying. We decided that she was a vocally stronger version of Florence Welsh or Fiona Apple. We decided to leave after becoming tired of the fact that all her songs sounded the same.

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We headed over to Phoenix’s set to hear them play for a bit and it was PACKED. We couldn’t really tell what they were saying either, but when they started playing their hit, “1901,” everyone was rocking, including us.

We walked around the festival for a bit more and then decided to head home, putting an end to our wonderful weekend.

If I could give one piece of advice to upcoming festival goers, it would be this: prepare.

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Preparing for this festival was the best thing we could have done. We saw everyone we wanted to see, got great spots for most of them, and left room for trying out new music. Festival tickets are way too expensive for us not to have made the most out of it.

So what did we experience this Lollapalooza weekend? We saw many artists, artists we knew and artists we were trying for the first time. We saw rude people, people willing to share, generosity, joyful reunions, 2014 Lollapalooza resolutions including ice cream, water, and 3 day passes. We tasted delicious food. We saw event staff members who took their jobs too seriously, we saw event staff members who encouraged our silliness, we saw inebriation, we met great people, WE SAW SO MANY BEACH BALLS, we sanitized our hands like it was our job, we laughed, we were sore, we danced, we sweated, we drank lots of water, we ran out of water, we stood, we saw crowd surfing, mosh pits, wheel chairs, and so much more. Most of all, we have so many memories and those will always last.

We will definitely be planning on a repeat trip for next year. I guess the main thing we learned this weekend, though, was that boxed water is better haha.

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I’m glad I could share my experiences with you all and thanks for reading! Enjoy.

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-HB