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

do312 celebrity kickball game

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!

do312 celebrity kickball trophy

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!

Trampled By Turtles Play Lollapalooza 2012

Trampled by Turtles

Formed in Duluth, Minnesota in 2003, Trampled by Turtles is Dave Simonett, Tim Saxhaug (bass, vocals), Dave Carroll (banjo, vocals), Erik Berry and Ryan Young (fiddle). Each band member had original punk and rock band projects before switching to acoustic instruments. The band spent year’s fine tuning their live shows and built a fan base via word of mouth.

Trampled by Turtles is currently out on tour with their newest album STARS AND SATELLITES. This summer they hitting the summer festival circuit hard as they are taking the stage at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands Music Festival, and of course, Lollapalooza, among many others – see the full itinerary below.  There are still a scarce number of tickets left for Lollapalooza. To check on ticket availability head here.

Earlier this year they also hit the late night talk show cicuit and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman. Watch their performance below.

Trampled By Turtle on Tour:
May 21    Belly Up Tavern       Solana Beach, CA
May 22    The Fonda Theater       Los Angeles, CA
May 24    Strawberry Music Festival       Yosemite, CA
May 25    Crystal Ballroom        Portland, OR
May 26   Vogue Theatre        Vancouver, BC
May 27    Sasquatch Festival – The Gorge Amphitheatre       Quincy, WA
June 8      Bonnaroo       Manchester, TN
June 15    Big Top Chautauqua      Bayfield, WI
June 16    Rock The Garden-Walker Arts Center       Minneapolis, MN
June 27    WFPK Waterfront Wednesday      Louisville, KY
June 28    Daleville Music Pavilion      Daleville, Virginia
June 29   Friday Cheers @ Brown’s Island      Richmond, VA
June 30    Opti Park       Indianapolis, IN
July 01    Summerfest – Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage      Milwaukee, WI
July 13   Howelsen Hill      Steamboat Springs, CO
July 19-22     All Good Festival      Thornville, OH
July 21-22     Firefly Music Festival      Dover, DE
July 27      RockyGrass Festival      Lyons, CO
July 29      Newport Folk Festival      Newport, RI
Aug 05      Lollapalooza – Grant Park      Chicago, IL
Aug 10      Somerset Amphitheater      Somerset, WI
Aug 12      Outside Lands Festival      San Francisco, CA
Sept 04     Wilma Theatre      Missoula, MT
Sept 05      Knitting Factory     Boise, ID
Sept 09     Emerson Theatre     Bozeman, MT
Sept 14     Vetter Stone Amphitheater      Mankato, MN
Sept 21     DeLuna Festival      Pensacola , FL
Sept 23     Fresh Grass Festival, MASS MoCA      North Adams, MA
Oct 05      The Festy      Roseland, VA
Nov 29     Town Ballroom      Buffalo , NY

Sharon Van Etten Plays Lollapalooza 2012

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten is experiencing one fantastic year! This talented singer/songwriter released her third album, Tramp, in February, played a series of sold-out shows, and has a slew of summer festivals planned for this year including Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Caldera Festival and ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror. These are just a few reasons why Sharon Van Etten is one of our top 12 acts to catch at Lollapalooza this summer! Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be a striking performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago this summer!

In addition to Lollapalooza, Sharon Van Etten will be touring with Tennis this summer in the US and Canada! The tour kicks off on July 31st. If you are in these cities on these dates you should come check it out!

07/31- Toronto, Ontario
08/02- Milwaukee, WI
08/04- Minneapolis, MN
08/07- Seattle, WA
08-08- Portland, OR
08-14- Solana Beach, CA
08-15- Phoenix, AZ
08-17- Salt Lake City, UT

12 Acts to Watch at Lollapalooza in 2012

Lolla 2012 Santigold Sharon Van Etten Dev

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.

lollapalooza 2012 lineup

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

Lollapalooza Line-up Leaked….Again!??!!?

Pretty Much Amazing has a Lollapalooza memo for the 2012 line-up, but could it be true?! This isn’t the first leak of the supposed Lollapalooza 2012 line-up.  PMA has a photo of the memo (below).  The headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Jack White, Florence and the Machine, and At the Drive-In to name a few. Other musicians that are supposedly set to take the stage include: The Shins, Passion Pit, The Weekend, Miike Snow, J.Cole, Delta Spirit, Dir Antwoord, Dawes, Band of Skulls, Polica, Sharon Van Etten, White Rabbits, and much more.

Do you believe?! The official announcement of the Lolla Line-up comes at 12 midnight tomorrow night, so we shall see if this is the real deal!

Lolla 2012 lineup

The List of Summer Music Festivals!

Every year it feels like there are more and more festivals popping up during the summer.  We’ve decided to start compiling some of them. You’ll find line-ups and ticketing prices.  The festivals listed are Rocklahoma, Rock on the Range, Lollapalooza, The Hangout Festival, Bonnaroo, Metallica’s Orion Music + More, Coachella, Rock Fest, Rock USA, Country Thunder, Country USA, and Country Fest.  At the bottom of the list of festivals are the traveling festivals such as Warped Tour, Rockstar Mayhem, UPROAR and more.

The Rock Festivals

Rocklahoma LogoRocklahoma 
May 25-27
“Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds
Pryor, OK

Who’s on the bill?

Rob Zombie, Chickenfoot featuring Joe Satriani, Kenny Aronoff (sitting in for Chad Smith), Michael Anthony & Sammy Hagar, Creed, Megadeth,Slash, Queensrÿche, Chevelle, Theory of a Deadman, Jackyl, Puddle Of Mudd, Hellyeah,P.O.D., Volbeat, 10 Years, Cavo, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, Red, TheDarkness, Art of Dying, Trivium, Aranda, Redlight King, James Durbin, Janus, New Medicine, Rival Sons, Anti Mortem, Gypsy Pistoleros, Wildstreet, Firstryke, Black Tora,Sunset Riot, The Glitter Boys, Fist of Rage, Switchblade Scarlett, Krank and more. Bands will perform on the Main Stage, Second Stage and the Retrospect Records Stage.

Tickets: $99 General Admission to $325 for VIP packages (plus service fees)

Rock on the Range 2012 logoRock on the Range
May 18-20
Columbus Crew Stadium
Columbus, OH

Who’s on the bill?

Incubus, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, Megadeth, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Mastodon, Theory of a Deadman, Volbeat, Down, The Darkness, Halestorm, Escape The Fate, P.O.D., Lacuna Coil, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Cavo, Attack Attack!, Trivium, Bobaflex, Falling In Reverse, Redlight King, Aranda, Emphatic, Otherwise, James Durbin, Black Tide, Kyng, 12 Stones, SOiL, Rival Sons, Eve To Adam, and Ghosts of August.

Tickets: $99.50 to $134.50 (plus service fees)

More more information, go to:

Rock Fest 2012 logoRock Fest
July 19-22
Cadott, WI

Who’s on the bill?

Thursday, July 19
Buckcherry, Art of Dying, Dilana

Friday, July 20
Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Hollywood Undead, Halestorm, Ten Years, Big Deeks, Life Tragic,

Saturday, July 21
Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Papa Roach, Adelitas Way, DoryDrive

Sunday, July 22
Def Leppard, Poison, Firehouse, Cydonia

Tickets: $77.50 General Admission to $250 VIP tickets

For more information, go to:

Rock USA logoRock USA
July 12-14
Ford Festival Park
Oshkosh, WI

Who’s on the bill?

Thursday, July 12
Shinedown, Skillet, Hinder, Skid Row

Friday, July 13
Motley Crue, Telsa

Saturday, July 14
Kid Rock, Hollywood Undead

Tickets: $79 General Admission to $99 Reserved Seating

For more information, go to:

Rockapalooza 2012 LogoRockapalooza
June 23
Jackson County Fairgrounds
Jackson, Michigan

Who’s on the bill?

Puddle of Mudd, and opening acts Saliva, Rehab, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Emphatic. The second stage includes Wayne Static, Woe Is Me, Riven (formerly Motograter), Rotation, Sore Eyes, and Ghosts of August.

Tickets: $30 for General Admission to $100 VIP Tickets

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The Multi-Genre Festivals

lollapalooza logoLollapalooza
August 3-5
Grant Park
Chicago, IL

Who’s on the bill?

Can we guess? Possible 2012 Headliners have been leaked sparking rumors. Metallica, Beyonce, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Beck, and Sonic Youth

Tickets: All tickets are sold-out for 2012

For more information, go to:

Summerfest 2012 logoSummerfest
June 27-July 1/July 3-July 8 (Closed Monday)
Milwaukee, WI

Who’s on the bill?

The Avett Brothers, Steve Miller Band, Common, Cake, Scorpions, Lupe Fiasco, Gary Clark Jr., Head and the Heart, Robyn, Eric Benet, Phil Vassar, Joss Stone, Awolnation, Brantley Gilbert, Tito Rojas, Gavin DeGraw, Atmosphere, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Halestorm, Mutemath, Fitz & The Tantrums, the Joy Formidable, LA India, Anthony Hamilton

Marcus Amphitheater headliners, thus far, include:
Big Time Rush 7/6, Iron Maiden 7/4, The Beach Boys 7/1, Zac Brown Band 7/5, Neil Diamond 7/8, Lady Antebellum 6/30

Tickets: $9 (Single Day) to $36 (3 Day Pass) for Grounds Entry and Grounds Performers. Marcus Amphitheater concerts vary in price per each artist headlining.

For more information, go to:

Pitchfork Music Festival Logo Pitchfork Music Festival
July 13-15
Union Park
Chicago, IL

Who’s on the bill?

Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, AraabMUZIK, A$AP Rocky, The Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker, Willis Earl Beal

Tickets: $45 One Day Ticket to $110 for a 4 Day Pass (very limited)

For more information, go to:

Hangout Music Festival 2012 logoThe Hangout Festival
May 18-20
Gulf Shores, Alabama

Who’s on the bill?

Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers,Jack White,the String Cheese Incident (performing two sets), Wilco, Skrillex, The Flaming Lips Performing Dark Side of the Moon, CHRIS CORNELL, Dispatch, Steve Winwood, STS9,Gogol Bordello, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Mac Miller, Flogging Molly,Coheed & Cambria, Paul Oakenfold, G. Love and Special Sauce,Randy Newman, Young The Giant, Dr. Dog, Cage the Elephant, Dawes, Alabama Shakes, M. Ward, YelaWolf, Switchfoot, Rebelution, Julian Marley, Zeds Dead, Mavis Staples, Shpongle, Gary Clark JR Allen Stone, Big Freedia, The Devil Makes Three, Paper Diamond, Futurebirds, Tribal Seeds, Hey Rosetta!, Sleeper Agent, THE LUMINEERS, ARCHNEMESIS, Rich Aucoin, Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns

Tickets: $209 general admission (payment plan option)

For more information, go to:

Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival 2012 logoBonnaroo  Music & Arts Festival
June 7-10
Manchester, Tennessee

Who’s on the bill?


Tickets: $244.50 General Admission to $1,399.50 VIP Package (Payment Plans available)

For more information, go to:

Metallica Orion Music and More Festival LogoMetallica’s Orion Music + More
June 23-24
Bader Field
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Who’s on the bill?

Metallica, Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, Liturgy …more to be announced

Tickets: $150 Early Bird General Admission to $750 VIP Tickets

For more information, go to:

Coachella logoCoachella
April 13-15 & April 20-22 
Indio, California

Who’s on the bill?

Friday, April 13, 20

Alesso, Amon Tobin,Arctic Monkeys.Atari Teenage Riot,Band of Skulls,Breakbot,Cat Power,Datsik,Dawes,Death Grips,EMA,Explosions in the Sky,Feed Me,Frank Ocean,GIRLS,GIVERS,Hello Seahorse!,honeyhoney,James,Jimmy Cliff & Tim Armstrong,Kendrick Lamar,LA Riots,M83,Madeon,Madness,Manchester Orchestra,Mazzy Star,Neon Indian,Other Lives,Pulp,R3hab,Refused,Sean Kuti & Egypt 80,Swedish,House Mafia,The Black Angels,The Black Keys,The Dear Hunter,The Horrors,The Midnight Beast,The Rapture,The Sheepdogs,Wolf Gang,WU LYF,Ximena Sarinana Yuck

Saturday, April 14, 21

A$AP Rocky,Andrew Bird,AWOLNATION,Azealia Banks,Black Lips,Bon Iver,Borgore,Buzzcocks,Childish Gambino,David Guetta,Destroyer,Destructo,Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg,Feist,fIREHOSE,Flying Lotus,Gary Clark Jr.,Godspeed You! Black Emperor,Grace Potter and the Nocturnals,Grouplove,Jacques Lu Cont,Jeff Mangum,Kaiser Chiefs,Kasabian,Kaskade,Keep Shelly in Athens,Laura Marling,M. Ward,Martin Solveig,Miike Snow,Mt Eden,Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds,Pure Filth Sound,Radiohead,SBTRKT,SebastiAn,Squeeze,St. Vincent,Sub Focus,Suedehead,The Big Pink,The Head and the Heart,The Shins,The Vaccines,tUnE-yArDs,We are Augustines,We Were Promised Jetpacks,Zeds Dead

Sunday, April 15, 22

AraabMUZIK,At The Drive-In,AVICII,Beats Antique,Beirut,Calvin Harris,Company Flow,Dada Life,DJ Shadow,Dragonette,Fanfarlo,First Aid Kit,Fitz and the Tantrums,Florence and the Machine,Flux Pavilion & Dr. P,Gardens & Villa,Girl Talk,Gotye,Greg Ginn,Housse de Racket Justice,La Roux,Lissie,Metronomy,Modeselektor,Morgan Page,Nero,NOISI?,Oberhofer,Porter Robinson,Real Estate,SantiGold,Sebastian Ingrosso,Sleeper Agent,Spector,The Gaslamp Killer,The Growlers,The Hives,The Weeknd,Wild Beasts,Wild Flag,Zedd

Tickets: $285 to $335 General Admission tickets (Additional add-ons are available such as shuttle, tents, and camping)

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The Country Festivals

Country Thunder
Florence, AZ 4/12-15
Twin Lakes, WI 7/19-22

Who’s on the bill?
Twin Lakes, WI
Thursday, July 19
Big and Rich, The Farm

Friday, July 20
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Steve Holy, Wade Brown

Saturday, July 21
Blake Shelton…more to be announced

Sunday, July 22
Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert, Neal McCoy, Hunter Hayes

Florence, AZ
Thursday, April 12
Dierks Bentley, Craig Morgan, Eli Young Band, Wade Brown

Friday, April 13
Big & Rich, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Sawyer Brown, Steve Holy

Saturday, April 14
Blake Shelton, Thompson Square, Joe Nichols, Neal McCoy, The Farm

Sunday, April 15
Alan Jackson, The Band Perry, Phil Vassar, Brett Eldredge

Tickets: Wisconsin Tickets – $120 4-day General Admission ticket (Early Bird Special) to $350 Reserved Seating ticket
Arizona Tickets – $140 4-day General Admission ticket (Early Bird Special), $375 Reserved Seat, $500 VIP ticket

For more information, go to:
Arizona Homepage
Wisconsin Homepage

Country fest 2012 logoCountry Fest
June 21-24
Cadott, WI

Who’s on the bill?

Thursday, June 21st
Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans, Rodney Atkins, Aston Sheperd, Tim Sigler

Friday, June 22
Sugarland, Billy Currington, Easton Corbin, Chris Cagle, Brett Eldredge, Slamabama, Big Back Yard

Saturday, June 23
Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Joe Nichols, Phil Vassar, Steve Holy, Brushfire, Madison Country

Sunday, June 24
Keith Urban, Big and Rich with Cowboy Troy, Kellie Pickler, Thompson Square, Craig Campell, Jacob Martin Band

Tickets: $82.50 General Admission to $260 Reserved Seating

For More information, go to:

Country USA logoCountry USA
June 19-23
Ford Festival Park
Oshkosh, WI

Who’s on the bill?

Tuesday, June 19
The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Pure Grain, Power Play

Wednesday, June 20
Sawyer Brown, John Michael Montgomery, John Anderson, Joe Diffie

Thursday, June 21
Sugarland, Phil Vassar, Jerrod Niemann, Lukyn Skywyrd

Friday, June 22
Brad Paisley, Lee Ann Womack, Lee Brice, Bella Cain, Broadband

Saturday, June 23

Keith Urban, Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Southbound

Tickets: $89 Early Bird Price (ends 3/3) to $500 VIP Ticket

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Traveling Festivals

Rockstar Mayhem Festival logoRockstar Mayhem

Who’s on the bill?

Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, As I Lay Dying, The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, White Chapel, High on Fire

Tour dates:
6/30 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
7/1 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
7/3 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheater
7/4 – Boise, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/6 – Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion
7/7 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
7/8 – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
7/10 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/11 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/13 – Tampa, FL – 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
7/14 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
7/18 – Oklahoma, City, OK – Zoo Amphitheater
7/20 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/21 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/22 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Center
7/24 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7/25 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
7/27 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
7/28 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
7/29 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
7/31 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/1 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake PAC
8/3 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
8/4 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
8/5 – Hartford, CT – The Comcast Theatre

Rockstar Uproar

Who’s on the bill?

Shinedown, Adelitas Way, New Medicine (March 27th-April 10th) and Art of Dying (April 12th-April 25th)

Tour Dates:

27 Anaheim, CA The Grove
28 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
30 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Theatre
31 Boise, ID Knitting Factory

2 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
5 Houston, TX House of Blues
6 Dallas, TX House of Blues
7 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre
9 Springfield, MO Shrine Mosque
10 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
12 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
13 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
14 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
16 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theater
17 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
18 Providence, RI Lupo’s
20 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
21 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
22 Scranton, PA Cultural Center
24 Richmond, VA The National
25 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head

Vans Warped Tour 2012 LogoVans Warped Tour

Who’s on the bill?

A Loss For Words
After The Burial
Born Of Osiris
Captain Capa
Champagne Champagne
Chelsea Grin
Chunk! No Captain Chunk!
Dead Sara
Divided By Friday
Echo Movement
Every Time I Die
For Today
Funeral Party
Hyro Da Hero
I Am The Avalanche
I Fight Dragons
Impending Doom
It Boys!
Living With Lions
Lost In Society
Machine Gun Kelly
Make Do And Mend
Man Overboard
Mayday Parade
Memphis May Fire
Mighty Mongo
Motionless In White
Oh No Fiasco
Polar Bear Club
Rise To Remain
Senses Fail
Sick Of Sarah
Skip The Foreplay
Sleeping With Sirens
Super Water Sympathy
T. Mills
The Constellations
The Ghost Inside
The Green
The Silver Comet
Title Fight
Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds
Tonight Alive
Twin Atlantic
Vampires Everywhere!
We Are The In Crowd

Tour Dates:
Sat Jun 16 Salt Lake City, UT
Sun Jun 17 Denver, CO
Wed Jun 20 Las Vegas, NV
Thu Jun 21 Irvine, CA
Fri Jun 22 Pomona, CA
Sat Jun 23 San Francisco, CA
Sun Jun 24 Ventura, CA
Wed Jun 27 San Diego, CA
Thu Jun 28 Phoenix, AZ
Fri Jun 29 Las Cruces, NM
Sat Jun 30 San Antonio, TX
Sun Jul 01 Houston, TX
Tue Jul 03 Dallas, TX
Thu Jul 05 St. Louis, MO
Fri Jul 06 Detroit, MI
Sat Jul 07 Chicago, IL
Sun Jul 08 Minneapolis, MN
Mon Jul 09 Kansas City, KS
Tue Jul 10 Indianapolis, IN
Wed Jul 11 Cleveland, OH
Thu Jul 12 Pittsburgh, PA
Fri Jul 13 Toronto, ON
Sat Jul 14 Montreal, QC
Sun Jul 15 Hartford, CT
Tue Jul 17 Buffalo, NY
Wed Jul 18 Scranton, PA
Thu Jul 19 Boston, MA
Fri Jul 20 Philadelphia, PA
Sat Jul 21 New York, NY
Sun Jul 22 Oceanport, NJ
Tue Jul 24 Washington, DC
Wed Jul 25 Virginia Beach, VA
Thu Jul 26 Atlanta, GA
Fri Jul 27 Orlando, FL
Sat Jul 28 Miami, FL
Sun Jul 29 Tampa, FL
Mon Jul 30 Charlotte, NC
Tue Jul 31 Cincinnati, OH
Wed Aug 01 Milwaukee, WI
Sat Aug 04 Seattle, WA
Sun Aug 05 Portland, OR

Lollapalooza 2012 Headliners Leaked?!

lollapalooza logoUPDATE: (4/9/2012) Another leak of the full line-up!!

If you are on Twitter you may have noticed a battle between Perry Farrell (@perryfarrell) and Lolla Leaks (@lollaleaks).  Farrell has gone as far as comparing the Lollapalooza insider that is running Lolla Leaks on Twitter to a sex offender (see images below).

Just 9 hours ago Lolla Leaks posted the supposed 2012 Lollapalooza headliners including Metallica, Beyonce, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Beck, and Sonic Youth (Final Show).  A few of the artists actually make sense.  Metallica hit the East Coast and the West Coast with the Big 4 last year and have their festival this year that IS NOT in the Midwest. For Metallica to completely skip over the Midwest just seems too cruel.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers are also on tour and would fit the Lollapalooza bill.  The only artist that I would have reservations about is Beyonce, but this could be her big post baby show.  I personally hope there is some truth to it, because I wouldn’t mind seeing all the bands, but hot damn it would be insane!

Lollapalooza 2012 headliners Perry Farrell Twitter

Lollapalooza 2012 headliners Lolla Leaks Twitter

Lollapalooza 2012 headliners Lolla Leaks Twitter 2

2nd Annual Do312’s Celebrity Kickball

Do312 Celebrity Kickball Game 2011

I started off my Saturday morning at the 2nd Annual Do312 Celebrity Kickball Game. Elijah Wood, Aaron Paul, Brie Olson, Friendly Fires, Chris Holmes, members of Kill Hannah, Local H, Alkaline Trio, Lovehammers, and some local media personalities battled it out in front of the South Stage at Lollapalooza. Hilarity definitely ensued with missing kicks, players running off with home plate and a three person collision! What an awesome way for bands to chillax and take in a good game of kickball.

Celebrity Kickball Lineup:
Elijah Wood
Aaron Paul
Chris Holmes
Team Bayside
Brian Liesegang
Dave Davison – Maps and Atlases
Billy Dec
Ryan Manno
Jeremy Scheuch
Jim Tankboy Kopeny – Chicagoist
Ernest Wilkins – Redeye Metromix
Dino – Lovehammers
Damon Ranger – Blackbox
Maddox – Kill Hannah
Greg Corner
Scott Lucas – Local H
Debonair Social Club staff
Chelsea and Lauren – Stic of the Week

Lollapalooza 2011 Do312 Celebrity Kickball Game

Lollapalooza 2011 Do312 Celebrity Kickball Game 2

Lollapalooza 2011 Do312 Celebrity Kickball Game 3

Lollapalooza 2011 Do312 Celebrity Kickball Game 4

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Lolla’s Keeping it Green!

rock and recycle lollapalooza tentRock and Recycle Booth

Love how Lolla tries to make the festival as echo-friendly as possible. Here are my top picks of how Lolla Cares:

The use of biodegradable plates and utensils

toyota green bike
Bikes Used to Generate Power for Toyota’s Slushy Machines

A plethora of garbage and recycle bins:

Lollapalooza set up a Rock and Recycle stations that gives concert goers the opportunity to earn free Lollapalooza t-shirts.  Each participate is issued a green recycling bag to take with them around the festival grounds. Once filled the bag is returned to the station for a free t-shirt.  It is a huge success. We witness ticketholders walking around the grounds, even during performance times, walking around asking people if they had anything to recycle. Many obliged to recycling their beer cans and water bottles.  The program this year was so successful that they ran out of green recycling bags and had to use regular garbage bags.

Green Street:

Green Street was made up of a Marketplace made up of organic foods and green vendors.  One of the vendors were giving away 4×4 squares made of recycled and biodegradable paper that is embedded with wildflower seeds that is meant to be planted.

Camelbak Filling Stations:

For those who purchased or owned camelback backpacks for water could refill them for free at several stations on the grounds.  This reduces the amount of water bottles consumed by festival patrons.

Bike Valet:

Taking your car to Lollapalooza is about the worse thing you could do and it’s not just for environmental reasons. With 90,000 ticketholders each day, the amount of people on the busy streets of Chicago gets more crowded.  Public transportation is highly recommended to use and many did. Bikes were also a popular form of transportation.

Lollapalooza Toyota Seasaw

See-Saw That powered the Toyota Tent

The See-Saw and Bikes at the Toyota tent:

Toyota had a clever way to get the attention of passing Lolla fans.  They gave away reusable cloth Lollapalooza bags, bandanas, and slinkies.  They also had a see-saw in the front of the tent and when in use it would power the lights in the tent. There was also a set of bikes in the tent that powered the slushy machine.


In Photos: Cults at Lollapalooza

Google+ Stage
Chicago, IL

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Coldplay at Lollapalooza

Grant Park – Chicago, IL

coldplay lollapalooza stage

What a gorgeous evening! Before the headliners took to the stage the night sky lit up with beautiful laser lights and fireworks. I could not believe the massive amount of people who turned out for Coldplay. Just when you couldn’t think anymore people could fit in the North end they just kept squeezing on in. This was my first time seeing Coldplay and they sounded awesome throughout the grounds. The excitement of the crowd was so uplifting that I forgot just how tired I was from the long hot day. Fans from around the world tuned in to Lollapalooza’s live stream to watch Coldplay. Their Facebook page was swarmed with dedicated fans commenting on how much they enjoyed the show and wished they could be there.

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

Dancing it up at Perry’s Stage with Lady D, Girl Talk & Kid Cudi

Lady D lollapalooza

Lady D at Perry's Stage

So Perry’s Stage was ginormous this year! Everyone who played there was under an enormous tent which was great for hiding from the rain, but ended up being a hot and sweaty place to party with Lady D & Girl Talk. Lady D’s dance party opened up with some samples from The Isley Brother’s “Who’s That Lady”, The Commodores’ “Three Times a Lady” & Modjo’s “Lady”. I honestly thought Lady D would have a bigger crowd since she is a Chicago native. But the crowd got a lil skimpy when she hit the deck. Yet the crowd that was there was fun! Everyone showing their love dancing around and for some in a drug induced state. I swear I was bound to get a contact high just from being in the center of the crowd!

Girl Talk mixed it up at Perry’s! I was so excited to see the Gregg Gillis’ hot and sweaty body but I was nowhere even close to seeing anything! The party was so mammoth it was spilling outside of Perry’s tent into the streets. The party was definitely hoppin’ and I was so sad to not be in the center of it all.

Kid Cudi Kanrocksas

Kid Cudi @ kanrocksas 8/5/2011 Photo By Dan DeSlover

 The third day of Lollapalooza can make you feel like a slacker. I mean 3 days in the sweltering heat can take it out of you!  Cudi was scheduled to headline Sunday night against Foo Fighters & Deadmau5. Rumors flooded the grounds saying Kid was gonna cancel his show. Many fans ended up heading out early due to all the rain that hit the grounds in the afternoon. But there were some troopers that hung in there for the long hall!

More photos are on their way! (photos of Kid Cudi are from his 8/5 performance at Kanrocksas)

Dancing to Ween at Lollapalooza

Grant Park – Chicago, IL

Ween Kanrocksas

Ween @ Kanrocksas 8/5/2011 Photo By Dan DeSlover

Where are all my ol’ skool hippies at? Probably seeing Ween at a stage near you! Ween was at the top of my list of acts to see on Saturday and boy am I glad I got to catch them! So much fun…from the awesome lyrics to the random dance circles that spread across the South end there were good times to be had by all. So what if Gene thanked Bonnaroo? Then tried to recover jokingly by saying “Thanks Kansas City”. I don’t even care! Cause with lyrics like; “Stuck in my Cabana, living on Bananas and Blow” or “She gonna be my cock professor, studying my dick / She’s gonna get a masters degree in fucking me” who could stay made at him!?



Eminem at Lollapalooza

Grant Park – Chicago, IL

Out of the entire fest I was most excited about Eminem. Even though there were some pretty amazing acts this year my main focus was seeing Slim Shady. Sadly, I was highly disappointed – at no fault to Eminem. He looked great up there! The fault all laid in Lolla’s hands. First of all Perry’s stage was so loud it was seeping throughout the North end. The whole North side was overcome by a sea of people. I was standing around the middle of the field just out by the jumbotron and I could barely hear him. Souded like his mic kept going out, the music wasn’t very loud and even the screen nearby kept losing its signal. While talking to my peeps we used our normal voices. We didn’t even have to shout. This is not good my friends! It’s a concert, I should have to yell to talk to the person next to me.

Anyway! Other than the tech malfunctions Shady was fantastic! Playing new songs from Recovery and of course playing some oldies; “Stan”, “The Way I Am”, “The Real Slim Shady”.

Em’s backdrop’s were filled with all sorts of images, some cheesy but cool. During “Stan” the music video played, while playing “No Love” there was a beating heart, Shady also showed some Detroit love and had car moldings being formed and sprayed.

Eminem had special guest Bruno Mars come out for “Lighters”.

Shady called Chicago crazy and said he was gonna prove it. He asked the crowd “Who gets fucked up?”…..crowd cheered….”Who gets fucked up to the Recovery album?”….more cheers….”I told you!”

Even tho Eminem has his funny side he also took a moment to be serious. While talking about sexual escapades throughout the festival season he went into Nate Dogg’s “Area Codes” and paid tribute to Nate Dogg. RIP 1969-2000.

Overall I loved being able to see Eminem. Words can’t even express how tickled I am that Shady is back! It has been too long since I have seen him live and his shows just keep getting better and better. Love you Shady!

Cee Lo Bombed at Lollapalooza

Cee Lo
Lollapalooza 2011
Q Unlimited Stage
Chicago, IL

I really hate to be writing this review – scratch that- I can’t believe I am writing this review. I caught the last 15 minutes of Cee Lo’s set on Saturday at the south end of the festival at Q Music Unlimited stage.  I apparently only needed to hear the last 4 songs to get the feeling for the entire set.  I walked into the show right before he was going to play a cover that he said, “Some of you may recognize.”  I didn’t recognize it, but that is neither here nor there because the song had to be restarted to get the introduction correct.  If having to restart one song wasn’t nerve-wracking enough, the band had to restart the next song, “Crazy”,  also!  It was obvious that this wasn’t going as planned for Cee Lo.  There was a point in “Crazy” where it sounded like he was mumbling lyrics as if he forgot them.

He announced that the next song was going to be his last.  I turned to the man standing next to me, that I had never met before in my life, and he said, “It’s only 7:10!”  Cee Lo cut his set 15 minutes short of what was listed on the official Lollapalooza schedule. The set was so disappointing because Cee Lo can really kill it when he’s hot. For example his group performance on The Voice.  That was sensational! I think that’s what we were all expecting. After the show I had to ask several others that were there if they heard the same thing. We were all in shock at the train wreck that happened on the stage.

The positive of it all is he looks fabulous! His stage show alone is entertaining, but he doesn’t seem to be the live performance type.  I’d rather have Cee Lo stick to writing, recording albums, and collaborating with other artists. That is where he truly shines!

Chicago’s Very Own Gold Motel Rocks Lollapalooza

Gold Motel
Lollapalooza 2011
Playstation Stage
Chicago, IL

Gold Motel is:
Greta Morgan – vocals, keys
E. Hehr – guitar
Dan D. – guitar, vocals
Matt Minx – bass
Adam Coldhouse – drums

It was their first time playing Lollapalooza for these hometown rockers. For those unaware of Gold Motel, the band is composed of the former lead singer of The Hush Sound, Greta Morgan, this Is Me Smiling’s Dan Duzsynzski, Adam Kaltenhauser, and Matt Schuessler. along with the Yearbooks’ Eric Hehr.  After her stay in Southern California she returned back to Chicago with a five song EP in hand and started collaborating with friend Duzsynzski.  It didn’t take long for the duo to turn into a full band, thus creating Gold Motel.  They released the physical copies of their debut Summer House in December 2010.

Their set at Lolla was hot! Literally… there were actual misters onstage to cool down the musicians. Many Lolla patrons hit up the Playstation Stage at 12:15 to hear Gold Motel.  For some having the first time slot at a stage can mean performing to just a handful of people, not for Gold Motel.  They had an advantage of being hometown performers.  They played “Summer House” along with their new single, as of last week, “Leave You in Love”. Also on the setlist, “the Cruel One” and “Slow Emergency”.  Greta also made note to the crowd that it was her mother’s birthday.  The fans were happy to oblige in wishing her mother a happy one.

If you missed them at Lollapalooza, there are still chances for you to catch them live in the Midwest.  They have a couple dates with fellow Chicago rockers, Company of Thieves, which we spotted in the media lounge!

Gold Motel on Tour: 

Aug 11th –  Blind Pig w/Company of Thieves Ann Arbor, MI
Aug 12th – ES Jungle w/Company of ThievesIndianapolis, IN
Aug 28th – Songwriting + Growing an Independent Band Workshop: Directed by Greta Morgan @ Schuba’s Chicago, IL
Sep 23rd – Midpoint Music Festival Cincinnati, OH
Sep 24th – Marietta College Marietta, OH

Check out Eric’s recent interview with Greta here.

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Deftones at Lollapalooza Chicago

Lollapalooza Chicago
Playstation Stage

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Lollapalooza Expands to Brazil

lollapalooza brazil logo

lollapalooza chile logo

Perry Farrell kicked off Lollapalooza this morning with exciting news! Last year Perry and the gang expanded the Lollapalooza franchise to Chile and next year not only will Lolla take place in Chile on March 31-April 1, but also in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Jockey Club April 7-8th. The Jockey Club is an iconic site in Brazil. It is in the heart of Sao Paulo which is the largest city in South America. The location is prime for the 20,000,000 locals. The stage setting is on a racetrack where Eminem performed his historic concert last year. Perry said, “The Brazilians have a very rich history of celebration. If we (Lolla) can rub together with them, there’s no telling what heights that party will reach.” The two international locations are natural expansions for the historic Lollapalooza brand.

This morning at the press conference talk of the economic impact on Chicago was touched upon. Lollapalooza brings in $85 million into the local economy. Roughly 40% of Lollapalooza crowd is from out of state and the festival sees 90,000 fans, or weirdoes as Perry called them, walk through the gates each day.

The Parkways Foundation has teamed up with Lollapalooza and takes in $8.5 million from the festival. The money isn’t just reinvested back in the rehabilitation of the Chicago lakefront, where Lollapalooza calls home for 3 days, but expands into the city where neighborhoods need it most.

If partnering with The Parkways Foundation wasn’t enough, Berkley School of Music also teamed up with Lolla to give out a full scholarship to Berkley School of Music each year to students who audition and meet their criteria. The scholarships are backed by Goldman Sacs.

For more information on Lollapalooza Chile and Brazil visit:





Metro and Smart Bar are pleased to welcome Lollapalooza performing artists Wednesday August 3 through Saturday August 6, 2011. This series of evening shows, taking place the week of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, will provide music fans the opportunity to see some of today’s brightest stars in an intimate club environment. Tickets to all shows go on sale this Friday June 24 at 10am at the Metro Box Office and at /

On Wednesday August 3, the Lolla-related festivities begin with Nelarusky: A Pre-Lollapalooza special event benefiting Special Olympics Chicago featuring Cold War Kids, Gold Motel, Carbon Tigers, Katz Company and Rachel McClusky. California’s Cold War Kids have been making music together since 2004. Their full length albums Robbers & Cowards and Loyalty To Loyalty led to non-stop touring around the world for several years on end, including a 2009 gig opening for Death Cab For Cutie. In between tours, they somehow found the time to record songs for their latest release, Mine Is Yours, which came out on Downtown Records in January. Come be among the first to see the new songs performed live in Chicago! Tickets are $26, and all proceeds will benefit the work of Special Olympics Chicago. The show is 18 & over and starts at 7pm.

The fun continues on Thursday August 4 with Death From Above 1979 and Metz. Toronto’s Death From Above 1979 took the dance-punk world by storm with the release of their album, You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine in 2004. Certified as a gold record in Canada, the album was released on Vice Recordings in the U.S. and brought the music of Jesse Keeler and Sebastian Grainger to American audiences. The band broke up in 2006, but after five years of silence, they recently announced their reunion and will play Lollapalooza as well as a handful of other shows this summer. Don’t miss the return of Death From Above 1979! Tickets are $26. The show is 18 & over and starts at 9pm. [Read more…]

BMI Presents & Sponsors Festival Stages at Lollapalooza & Austin City Limits Music Festival



19 must-see, hear-it-first performers, including The Pretty Reckless, Christina Perri, and Skylar Grey, to converge in Chicago for a memorable three-day lineup of performances

The BMI/Lollapalooza stage, a superstar forecaster, has been a launching pad for performers such as Neon Trees, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, and Semi Precious Weapons

NEW YORK, June 15, 2011 – Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), the U.S. performing right organization that represents over 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, is proud to present the performers on its 2011 Lollapalooza stage. Running August 5, 6, & 7 at Grant Park’s Hutchinson Field in Chicago, IL, BMI’s stage will kick off performances at 12:00 p.m. each day, setting the pace at the mammoth music festival.

Festival-goers seeking an eclectic lineup and a bucolic respite from the Chicago heat flock to the BMI Lollapalooza stage, known for emitting disco-dunked sounds, acoustic balladry, and pop-rock rhapsodies from a slew of singer/songwriting acts. Performers on this year’s BMI stage range from the swaggering attitude of The Pretty Reckless to the Aussie exports Boy & Bear; the genre-jumping of The Chain Gang of 1974; and the expressiveness of siren Christina Perri. The lineup will provide a blend of sounds, reflecting Lollapalooza’s wide-ranging approach in offering attendees performances that are unique and remarkable.

Find the schedule for the BMI-sponsored Lollapalooza stage after the jump: [Read more…]

Eminem Heads Up Lollapalooza 2011


Oh how Lollapalooza has grown! It’s amazing how a farewell show for Jane’s Addiction could manifest into a growing mass of 115+ acres of multiple stages showcasing 130-something artists, festival grounds filled with farmers markets, hosting local gourmet fair, and enough arts and crafts to make your head spin!

In case you have been living under a rock these days the rumor of Eminem playing this year’s Lollapalooza is soooo true! Eminem will be one of the main acts headlining Lollapalooza! One of the summer’s biggest music festivals will set up camp in Grant Park in Chicago August 5-7th. Eminem is said to mark one of the greatest hip-hop moments in Lolla’s 20 year history! I know I am personally ecstatic to see Slim Shady’s performance this summer!

Check out the full Lolla lineup and come celebrate Lolla’s 20th Birthday!

Coldplay Headlines Lollapalooza 2011

Coldplay Lollapalooza

Coldplay will be one of six headliner’s for this year’s Lollapalooza. I hear Chris Martin has outstanding stage presence. I am intrigued to see what all the hubbub is about. This summer’s lineup is…..drum roll please….Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket & Deadmau5. Lollapalooza is celebrating their 20th anniversary this summer.

Bright Eyes, Atmosphere, Deftones, Cee Lo Green, Ween, Crystal Castles, Lykke Li, The Cars, & Flogging Molly are also on the bill. Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell will host a dance and electronic music tent, which will feature performances from Girl Talk, Kid Cudi, Lady D and more.

Check out the full Lolla lineup and come celebrate Lolla’s 20th Birthday!

Kid Cudi Plays Perry’s DJ Stage at Lollapalooza 2011

Kid Kudi Lollapalooza

Kid Cudi is also set to headline over on Perry’s DJ stage. Cudi is headlining alongside Girl Talk and Pretty Lights. Word on the street says Cudder is a game-changer in hip-hop, he’s even claimed to be the on the top ten most blogged about artists. I have read very mixed reviews on Cudi’s performances. I will let you know how well-received he is by this year’s Lolla enthusiasts.

Lollapalooza turns 20 in 2011 and the BIGGEST acts are coming out to party! Headliners include Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket & Deadmau5. Check out the full Lolla lineup and come celebrate Lolla’s 20th Birthday!

DJ Lady D Mixin’ it up at Lollapalooza 2011

DJ Lady D Lollapalooza

In it’s 20th year Lollapalooza has manifested itself into a growing mass of 115+ acres of multiple stages showcasing 130-something artists, festival grounds filled with farmers markets, hosting local gourmet fair, and enough arts and crafts to make your head spin! Among the 130 artists this year is Lady D. Lady D will be mixin’ it Perry’s DJ stage. Lady D’s performances are known to be soulful with her poetic spoken words. She is a world renowned DJ who has played for names like Billy Corgan, Queen Latifah, Dennis Rodman and now she will grace us with her presence performing during the Lolla weekend.

Check out the full Lolla lineup and come celebrate Lolla’s 20th Birthday!

Ween Plays Lollapalooza 2011

Ween Lollapalooza

Words could not express how pumped I was to hear Ween was going to be rocking Chicago this summer at Lollapalooza. This 80’s alternative rock group is best known for hits like “Hey Fat Boy” or one of my all time fav’s “Push Th’ Little Daisies”. I am super stoked to rock out with Ween this summer. August can’t come fast enough!

Check out the full Lolla lineup and come celebrate Lolla’s 20th Birthday!

Girl Talk Headlines Perry’s Stage at Lollapalooza 2011

Girl Talk Lollapalooza

I’m sure you have all heard Lolla is turning 20 this year! To help celebrate Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket and deadmau5 are at the top of Lolla’s 2011 lineup. Other bands on the bill include A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo Green, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Nas, the Cars and Ween.

But enough about the headliners lets talk Girl Talk! Girl Talk will be mixing it up on “Perry’s” club-themed DJ. I have not been able to see Girl Talk live yet but have witnessed some of Gregg Gillis’ sweaty & sexy onstage photos. I am told Girl Talk puts on a raging good time and can’t wait to see what will go down!

Check out the full Lolla lineup and come celebrate Lolla’s 20th Birthday!