I made a recent discovery about Lollapalooza that changes pretty much everything about my approach to the concert festival heading into the 2010 version.
It’s no longer about the music. Sure, seeing Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga and others will be fun, but really, it’s about Chicago. Lollapalooza gives me one chance each year to spend some time in my favorite city, all while having some cool music as a backdrop.
I’m debating on whether I should bring back my Official Lolla hat for 2010. Thoughts?
Cory and I will head up next Thursday, ready to meet some friends in the city as we go to our usual spots on the pre-Lolla eating extravaganza. We’ll begin with Excelsior (known to most by its actual name of Exchequer), home to what is surely the finest pizza and wings ever created on this earth.
After that, we’ll walk the city streets, pretending we blend right in instead of sticking out like a couple of yokels. In the past, we’ve had much success, to the point we found ourselves in a VIP-only section of the Apple store to catch an up-close performance by The Kills and some other bands. While the staff kept shooing away other wanna-bes, there we sat, casually rocking out like we owned the place.
The good fortune carried over last year, as Chad Birch found himself being heavily courted by a pretty sales clerk. She all but invited herself to Lollapalooza with Chad, who stood there like some sort of statue, clumsily brushing off her advances for reasons Cory and I still cannot determine. On a related note, Chad is not returning to Lolla this year.
I’m counting on some good stories to hear our way this year (Little Feather, this means you), much like we have in past years. That’s really the fun of the time, well, other than enjoying lobster corndogs.
But since there will be music involved, I would like to get some input from you on who I should see. As of now, these are the bands/singers on my list:
These United States
Matt & Kim
The Black Keys
The Ike Reilly Assassination
The complete list can be found here, so please offer some suggestions on who to see. I’m pretty solid on what to eat, though.