Kidzapalooza’s Rock Star Yoga

Kidzapalooza’s Rock Star Yoga

Kidzapalooza's Rock Star Yoga

Kidzapalooza’s Rock Star Yoga

Having interactive yoga sessions for parents and their broods was one of my favorites! I loved watching new and veteran yogis have a blast with their yoga poses. Kids of all ages rocked sun salutations & meditation from New York’s Sweet Soul Yoga. Little yogis even got to play Yoga Jenga! Each piece had a new pose for everyone to do. Genius!

Yoga teamwork!

Yoga teamwork!

Yoga Jenga!

Yoga Jenga!

Yoga Jenga

Yoga Jenga

That's how you leap like a frog!

That’s how you leap like a frog!


Kidzapalooza 2012

Kidzapalooza 2012

I have to say Kidzapalooza made me sad I didn’t bring my little one this year. Especially since kids 10 and under are FREE!  Kidzapalooza doesn’t only have their own stage and kidz store, they also have interactive play areas to keep your little ones entertained. First I ran into the Q Brothers who were teaching kids how to beat box and rap. It was great listening to kids rap about their favorite colors, foods and animals. Little ones even got to take home a copy of their phat tracks! Next I ran into Lifeway Kefir who had stationary bikes out for kids to ride and a table full of prizes. They were also helping the tikes beat the heat with free popsicles. Rock Star Video Karaoke had kids dancing up a storm in front of green screens singing and dancing to their favorite tunes. offsprings were transformed into rock stars by getting to play their own instruments in the Drumzone. You can’t be a rock star without the right look. No worries! Your rock star in training is able to get glammed with spray on hair-dye from the Punk Hairdoz tent and tatted up with paint on tattoos from the Tattooz tent and really what’s a festival without Tattooz!?

Q Brothers

Rapping with the Q Brothers

Free Ice Cream!

Rock Star Video Karaoke

Chicago Ultimate Tumblers (CUT) Blew My Mind at Kidzapalooza

Chicago Ultimate Tumblers (CUT) Blew My Mind at Kidzapalooza

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Words can’t even describe how amazed I was by the Chicago Ultimate Tumblers. They awed everyone in Kidzapalooza with their ultimate acrobatic moves! Tumblers jumped off of trampolines leaping over other members of the group and volunteers from the crowd. Some tumblers soared over 17 people! It is definitely a sight to see. I suggest catching them anytime you can! President Orpheus R Floyd says the goal of the CUT is to provide positive after school activity and to focus on mentoring, tutoring and self esteem building. The CUT doesn’t only compete in city-wide competitions; they were also on Season 6 of “America’s Got Talent” and have performed at the White House.

You can follow The CUT on their myspace here . To be awed yourself check out some of their videos here 


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Do312 Celebrity Kickball 2012

Do312 Celebrity Kickball Game

Do312 Celebrity Kickball Game

It was a controversial game this year! Teams fought over who the real winners were and will be reviewing the tape for bragging rights! It was a close game though, whether it was a tie or really was 7-6 I can’t say. What I can say is it was a great game!

This was Do312’s 3rd year running their Celebrity Kickball game at Lolla. The line-up was amazing! Many celebrity kickballer’s came back to dual over this year’s trophy from Fender made from a real guitar. Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Har Mar Superstar and Greg Corner of Kill Hannah came back for a 3 peat. A couple of my favorite newbie’s who came out to play were Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Kaylee Defer from Gossip Girl.

Guy was hilarious on the field. Dying to make his way home he yelled “We’re green, we’re mean! Some of us are lean….” It was awesome. He even took over one of the JBTV’s cameras to get a live perspective of the game. He carried it while up at bat and ran around getting shots of the crowd.

This year was the first time fest goers could actually watch the game. It was great to see Lolla fans talk and take pictures with the celebrities. Aaron Paul got to sign an old (not that old) High School year book for a fellow classmate.

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul signing ’96 school year book

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul signing ’96 school year book

Do312’s Celebrity Kickball games are always a great time. If you missed out this year make sure you come by next year!

Photos of the DO312 Celebrity Kickball game:

Coping with the Heat at Lollapalooza

xrt misting tentLollapalooza started yesterday to a packed crowd and high heat and full sun.  To say it’s hot outside is an understatement.  When patrons pay big money to spend 3 days out in the heat enjoying their favorite artists there has to be a way to cool down.

Having Lollapalooza in Grant Park makes a great location for a festival with great views such as Lake Michigan and Buckingham Fountain, but one drawback is all the concrete that collects all the rays of the sun and lack of trees to escape from it.  Need to find shade? Here’s where to find it and places to avoid.

The Red Bull Soundstage and stages on the north end of the park were good for keeping down the heat due to the fact there was grass and not concrete. It made all the difference especially as the midday and early afternoon hit.

The BMI stage is the best to escape the sun! The stage is nuzzled between a set of trees where many people came to cool down and may not have even known the artist.

The worst stage to be in for the heat was the Playstation stage in the afternoon.  Yesterday during Die Antwoord’s set, there was a handful of us that walked away to find shade as balls of sweat were rolling off our head and back.  It wasn’t pretty.  The good part was, even when finding shade, we could still hear Die Antwoord’s set.

cta cooling bus lollapalooza

The CTA supplies buses around the park for cooling stations.  Yesterday those buses were packed!  Chicago radio station, WRT supplied a misting station for people to stand in or run through.

Forget sun block? No problem! American Family Insurance was around to give out sun block, ear plugs, and hand sanitizer.

Headed downtown today? Don’t forget to dress cool, but sandals are a no-no! Against the steamy concrete, the flip flops will burn your feet!

The Lollapalooza Lowdown!

coldplay lollapaloozaLollapalooza starts tomorrow and we have the lowdown!

2012 tickets sold out in records time, 71 days prior to the event, but those who didn’t score the coveted tickets can stream the show at Live streams and interviews will be available for Jack White, AVICII, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Ocean, The Shins, Florence + The Machine, and more.

Something cool this year is the stand-alone LollaShop.  The Shop is open to the public through August 6th and has Lollapalooza merchandise and merch from Sony, Goorlin Bros. Hats, Baggu plus many more.  The LollaShop is located Thompson Hotel and the Lounge will host events and artist appearances, and yoga.  Make sure to reserve a spot by RSVPing at

When there is just too much to carry, State Farm is providing a bag check. This is free and located west of Buckingham Fountain.

Lolla + Instagram + Free WIFI

This year Lollapalooza is having bands and fans Instagram photos showing up on the jumbotron around the stages.  Remember to tag all Lollapalooza photos this weekend in Instagram with #lolla.  Don’t use Instagram? iPhone and Android photos also show up in the Lollapalooza mobile app that is available for free on Google Play and iTunes.

To assist in uploading all those Instagram photos, Lolla is providing FREE WIFI around the park.  There will be hotspots near Buckingham Fountain, Lederhosen’s Biergarten, Uncorked Win Lounge, all Lolla Lounges, and more.  The network to select is “2012 Lolla.”

What’s Allowed and Not Allowed in the Park

Since it’s been hot around Chicago and the Midwest, festivals such and Summerfest and now Lollapalooza are allowing patrons to bring in 2 SEALED bottles into the festival.  Also allowed is an empty, refillable bottle.  There will be commemorative CamelBak water bottles and packs at merch booths.  The goal is to reduce the amount of plastic containers in the park with partners Boxed Water and Vita Coco Coconut Water.

Along with the sealed bottles the following items are ALLOWED at Lollapalooza:

Blankets, Sheets, Towels

Umbrellas (ONLY Hand-Held)

Soft-Sided Coolers

Baby Strollers


Non-Professional Recording Equipment (Point & Shoot Cameras, Flip Video Cameras, etc.)

The following items are NOT ALLOWED at Lollapalooza:

Weapons of Any Kind, including Fireworks or Explosives of Any Kind

Illegal or Illicit Substances of Any Kind

Large Backpacks (Framed, Hiking Backpacks, etc.)

Glass Containers and Metal Aerosol Cans, including Sunscreen in Aerosol Cans.

Outside Food or Drinks (including Alcohol), except Two Factory-Sealed Water Bottles (up to 1 Liter each)

Skateboards, Scooters or Personal Motorized Vehicles

Bicycles Inside Festival Grounds (Plenty Bike Racks are available near The Box Office).

Carts, Tents & Chairs of Any Kind

Hard-Sided Coolers

Pets (except Service Dogs)

Professional Recording (Photo, Video, Audio) Equipment (NO Detachable Zoom Lense, Tripods or Other Commerical Equipment

No Unauthorized/Unlicensed Vendors Allowed. No Unauthorized Solicitations, Handbills, Sampling, Give-Aways, etc.


For the newcomers to Lolla the food is plentiful and diverse.  Chef Graham Elliot returned as the Culinary Ambassador to oversee the food is top notch.

Not everyone eats meat and besides having some great choices from food vendors, there is also the return of the Farmers Market. The Farmers Market will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to those vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free patrons.


Lollapalooza started with showcasing music, but today Lollapalooza has much more to experience than just music.

Green Workshops

In conjunction with the Farmers Market, there will be brief urban gardening workshops provided by Compass Green. These workshops support education in low-income schools.  These workshops are at the south end of Green Street each day of Lolla at 1p.m.


For those who are bringing the kids along there is Kidzapalooza.  Kids 10 and under enter the festival within Lolla for free.  It has its own stage and interactive games from Rock Star Video Karaoke to hip-hop workshops with the Q Brothers. Face painting is also taken to a whole other level as kids are transformed into rock stars and get a photo shoot all glammed up.

Do312 Celebrity Kickball

For the 3rd year running, DO312 put together a stellar line-up for the game that takes place Saturday morning at 11:15a.m.  at the north end of the festival by the Red Bull Soundstage.  This year’s celebrities include Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Chef Guy Fieri, Ryan Cabrera, Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, Chris Holmes, Greg Corner, Har Mar Superstar, Ryan Paradise, Dave Ziebarth, Kaylee DeFer from Gossip Girl.

For the full Lollapalooza 2012 schedule head over to




Do312’s Celebrity Kickball Game at Lollapalooza This Saturday!

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2012
Time:11:15 a.m.
Place: Grant Park/Lollapalooza Grounds
Who:  Many celebrities

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For the past 2 years the Celebrity Kickball game at Lollapalooza has been quite entertaining.  Most observers that arrived at Lolla early on Saturday ran into the game in full kick-ass mode.  Some walked right past as the likes of Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) and Aaron Paul (Prison Break) showed the crowd their kickball skills, or maybe lack of. This year Aaron Paul is back and will be joined by Chris Holmes, Greg Corner, Har Mar Superstar, Ryan Paradise, Dave Ziebarth, Kaylee from Gossip Girl and more!

So where do you find the kickball game? The game starts at 11:15 a.m. and last year it took place in front of the North side stage, which would be The Red Bull Soundstage this year.

FYI this year the game is presented by Groupon and Fender donated a trophy for the winning team!

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For more info:


Lolla Remix Throwdown 2012

Lolla Remix Throwdown 2012

This years Lolla Remix Throwdown is LIVE! Entrants to the competition will have a chance to win a spot on Perry’s Stage at Lollapalooza! The contest runs from May 23 to June 24th. Artists can enter the contest by submitting their remix of ‘California’ by Lollapalooza artist Delta Spirit. three finalists will be selected by judge votes, and one ‘fan favorite’ will be selected by popular vote. Voting will start on June 25th – 29th. Winners will be accounced on July 2nd. The four finalists will then compete live at Evil Olive in Chicago on July 28th for a coveted prize package, which includes a slot at Lollapalooza on Perry’s stage.

In addition to performing on Perry’s stage the winner’s prize package also includes a flight stipend of up to $500 plus lodging to spend one 9-hour day with an engineer in the Los Angeles Red Bull Studio, full Ableton Live 8, scholarship to Dubspot for the Mixing and Mastering Certificate program, $1,000 cash, Lollapalooza artist pass with access to catering and artist lounge, artist guest pass, hotel for four nights in Chicago for Lollapalooza weekend and promotion on the festival website. The three remaining finalists will each receive two festival tickets, Ableton Live intro and a $750 prize.

Good Luck to all of you who enter!

12 Acts to Watch at Lollapalooza in 2012

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It’s been awhile since a festival has seen this much speculation about its line-up.  Lollapalooza’s line-up was “leaked” twice before the actual announcement come down the pipe from Lollapalooza.  The first was a Twitter hoax and the second came just a few days ago with a nice visual of the full line-up for 2012.  As the second leak appeared online the chatter spun into high gear.  The talk of the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing in Chicago and Milwaukee so close to Lollapalooza was brought up in defense of how “off” the leak had to be.  Also no one could believe that Black Sabbath would play a show without Bill Ward, and possibly, Tony Iommi due to his cancer.  Yet some people forget that Black Sabbath is probably getting paid a pretty penny to be a headliner and I am going to gander that Black Sabbath didn’t reunite because they thought of some killer new material to perform.  It all comes down to money and if Bill Ward won’t play they will find someone else to, and if Tony can’t make it, the same will happen.

Aside from the conversation above, people aren’t exactly salivating at the mouth about the line-up, as it was very apparent on Lolla’s Facebook page when the leaks began and started to be confirmed.  The thing is The Black Keys just played Chicago and hit Milwaukee May 16th, Florence + The Machine is set to play Milwaukee at the end of April, and as previously stated, The Red Hot Chili Peppers is playing dates in Chicago close to Lolla.  That being said, there isn’t much of a draw for the Midwest as most of the headliners have or will hit the area relatively close to Lolla time.  It would be nice if Lolla announced a really large act that would be more of a draw, and the one thing missing from the line-up is the hip hop/rap act.  It was starting to be a staple of the fest for a couple years running, but it looks like Coachella took that thunder this year.  Heck even Summer Camp snagged Common.

So why go? There are so many talent acts performing that it’s not even funny.  Here’s our list of the 12 non-headlining acts that are sure to grab attention at Lollapalooza.

Dev – Pop/Dance

She likes her bass down low…really:

Her debut album, The Night the Sun Came Up, is currently available for download.

Metric -Pop/Rock

We’ve covered them through the years and still can’t get enough!

SYNTHETICA, their follow-up to Fantasies, is set to be released on June 12, 2012 right in time for fans to memorize the album and sing along at Lollapalooza.

Gold Guns Girls

Expecting To Fly

Santigold – Pop/Dance

Another artist to be stoked about is Santigold. She’s been around since 2008 and is about to drop her newest album Master of My Make Believe May 1st.

fun. -Pop

It’s all in their name. The band is also having a great year with their newest single “We Are Young” sitting at the #1 spot of Billboard.

We Are Young ft. Janelle Monáe

Dawes – Soul/Americana

Their newest album, Nothing is Wrong, was released back on June 7, 2011 and they’ve been touring since.
When the weather decides to turn up the heat at Lollapalooza, take to the Dawes set to sit back, relax, and enjoy.

If I Wanted Someone

Die Antwoord – Rap

Die Antwoord is an acquired taste with their imagery, but their set will be something to behold!  Their sophomore release, Tension, dropped back in February.

I Fink U Freeky


Bloc Party – Pop/Rock

They are back from their hiatus and hitting the road which includes Lollapalooza. For a great dance party:

One More Chance

Passion Pit –Indie/Electro-Pop

These guys have been around for years (as long as we have) and rightfully earned all the praise they’ve received.  Anticipate a huge crowd when they hit the stage this summer in Chicago as this their catchy electro-pop sound will keep the crowd on their feet.  The band is still riding high on their 2010 release of Manners.


Band of Skulls -Indie Rock

Watch this band hit it really big after Lollapalooza! The band’s newest release Sweet Sour was released back on Valentine’s Day.

Sweet Sour

Yellow Ostrich – Indie Rock

Indie Rock newcomers, Yellow Ostrich, spent 2011 touring and making their mark on the US with their newest release, Strange Land.  This year catch their infectious harmonies at Lolla.


Sharon Van Etten – Indie Folk/Rock

This lady is a busy woman! She’ll be spending the majority of 2012 on tour with some support from The War on Drugs. Her indie rock vibe is a must-see at Lolla especially if you didn’t get in to her slew of sold-out performances.

Laura Warshauer (pronounced War-Shower) – Pop/Singer/Songwriter

Jay-Z saw her perform at a Grammy after party and told her that “You are fantastically talented.” Enough said.

Tonight Tonight


The 2012 Lollapalooza Line-Up is HERE!

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Update 12:01 a.m. CST: The official announcement for Lollapalooza is in.

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Update: The Sun-Times article is currently not loading…or alas it has been pulled.  Chicago Tribune and Pitchfork are now posting the line-up. See below.

Apparently the leak was true and the 2012 Lollapalooza headliners  include Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black KeysBlack Sabbath, Jack White, Florence and the Machine, and At the Drive-In to name a few. The Chicago Sun Times, COS, and even the Brooklyn Vegan are confirming. Also posting Chicago Tribune and Pitchfork!

The only tickets left are the 3 day tickets that are currently going for $230.  All single day tickets, souvenir, and early bird tickets are sold-out.  Check for more ticketing information.


Full line-up:
Lollapalooza AUGUST 3-5, 2012 

Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Black Keys
Black Sabbath
Jack White
Florence + the Machine
At the Drive-In
The Shins
Passion Pit
Sigur Ros
The Weeknd
Miike Snow
The Afghan Whigs
Bloc Party
Franz Ferdinand
Frank Ocean
J. Cole
Childish Gambino
Delta Spirit
The Temper Trap
Die Antwoord
The Head & the Heart
The Big Pink
Twin Shadow
The Tallest Man on Earth
Toro y Moi
Dr. Dog
Of Monsters and Men
Gary Clark Jr.
Alabama Shakes
The Gaslight Anthem
Amadou & Mariam
Band of Skulls
Tame Impala
The Walkmen
JJ Grey & Mofro
Neon Indian
Dum Dum Girls
Washed Out
Aloe Blacc
Trampled by Turtles
Bear in Heaven
Blind Pilot
The Black Angels
Yellow Ostrich
Bombay Bicycle Club
Sharon Van Etten
White Rabbits
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Devil Makes Three
The War on Drugs
Michael Kiwanuka
O Rappa
Orchard Lounge
The Growlers
Hey Rosetta!
JEFF the Brotherhood
First Aid Kit
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
Milo Greene
Los Jaivas
Kopecky Family Band
The Jezabels
Walk Off the Earth
Animal Kingdom
The Sheepdogs
The Dunwells
DJ Mel
Kevin Devine
Dry the River
Haley Reinhart
Imaginary Cities
DJ Zebo
Chancellor Warhol
Laura Warshauer
Red Oblivion

Perry’s stage
Calvin Harris
Knife Party
Zeds Dead
Big Gigantic
Skream & Benga
Little Dragon- Little Dragon @ Lollapalooza (Chicago) — Friday, August 3 at 2:30am in Chicago, Illinois.
Porter Robinson
Sub Focus
Paper Diamond
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Star Slinger
DJ Nihal
Kid Color