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Another truly massive music event has been set up in Chicago this summer once again. Lollapalooza is in full swing this weekend beginning yesterday Friday Aug 3rd, and going till tomorrow, Sunday Aug 5th, with multiple stages and last I heard 100+ different musicians an artists performing.
Unfortunately I am unable to attend the music festival this year, but the sheer number of performers would have made it a heck of a show to attend. In the past Perry Farrell's Lollapalooza has produces some pretty great highlights and this year will surely be no different. Just glancing through the list of bands there are plenty of people I'd be interested in seeing, especially the reunited Iggy & the Stooges and Pearl Jam, who will be closing the event. I also thought it'd be interesting to catch, Satellite Party, the Black Keys, Moe, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings of Leon, Interpol, Electric Six, The Hold Steady, Silversun Pickups, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Juliette & the Licks, Spoon, Pete Yorn, Dax Riggs and Silverchair, all bands that have struck me as interesting at one point or another, (Some of these artists might be featured here at the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll eventually, while some already have been). Events like this are great ways to see up and coming bands ...well if you can organize your schedule in a way that you can make your way between stages easily...
In fact, I think that is my only real complaint about massive music festivals like this with multiple stages: it's impossible to see everyone...literally... Multiple bands are schedules at the same time on different stages. You can never get to see every group and it often seems like trying will only cause you to miss a lot. Even when they stagger time slots for different stages it can be difficult to go between the two, but as I've said before, I guess when you have such a huge event, you can't ask for much more... and three days of rock and roll... I definitely wouldn't ask for more.
If you couldn't go to the show like me, they are doing a live webcast online here: http://www.attblueroom.com/music/
I've had some technical difficulties with it... so, beware...
If you're interested in checking out some of the bands you can listen to clips from a bunch of the artists who will be playing/have played here on the Lollapalooza homepage here: http://www.lollapalooza.com/default.asp?fd=1
Just click lineup and then the band and you'll open up a player with a clip by the band. It's a great way to check out some of the music by bands you've never heard of as I've been using it for that purpose all week.
There's lots of other interesting information about the festival throughout their site as well, so check it out if you get the chance. I found it especially interesting to see what steps were taken to make this year's Lollapalooza more of an environmentally friendly festival.
I'll be keeping an eye on some of the major music publications, YouTube, and just about anywhere else that might have reviews and clips of some of the highlights from the event. I'm gonna see if I can put together a bit about the festival once complete, so check back soon.