Lollapalooza gets down and dirty in Chicago

 

By Christina E. Rodriguez

Lollapalooza has come and gone and has left us soaked. The 20th anniversary of Perry Ferrell’s three-day musical extravaganza spanned over 115 acres near the Lake Michigan shoreline with the Chicago skyline as backdrop.

Friday saw a variety of Latino acts such as Ceci Bastida, Los Bunkers, Ana Tijoux and Le Butcherettes. Teri Gender Bender from Le Butcherettes put on an energy-driven show, somersaulting to screams of “We love you!” from the audience.

A Perfect Circle covered John Lennon’s Imagine as a part of their hour and fifteen minute set right before Muse took the stage. Chicago’s OK GO took stage with bright-colored suits and upbeat songs.

Although Coldplay shared the opening night headline spot, Muse stole Friday with their powerful music and light show. Planned or not, fireworks also made an appearance behind the stage to cap off the excitement.

Saturday brought Ximena Sariñana to the stage for a 45-minute set at noon. The Mexican actress turned songwriter cut the set short and ended up performing an early encore of “Mediocre”, one of her most popular Spanish songs.

Chilean cumbia rising stars, Chico Trujillo, took the stage Saturday as well. They attracted passersbys with their upbeat tempo and fun antics on stage. Many of the audience from the Disappears set stopped to check out the danceable fun. Among other acts that performed on Saturday were the Deftones, Cee Lo Green, Lykkke Li and Eminem.

Along with the musical finale of Lollapalooza, Sunday brought buckets of rain. Not only did it cause people to run for cover, but it also packed up Perry’s stage and made it a dance party heaven for Busy P. After the rain finally subsided, puddles of mud remained, which left glowing opportunities for mud wrestling and slip and slide chaos. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Nas performed in the rain as mud slingers created their own entertainment.

The Arctic Monkeys sadly had to burn through their set in half the planned time due to rain. The Foo Fighters took the stage at 8 p.m. to a clear night, only to endure another rapid downpour on to the already soaked through crowd. At that point, no one seemed to care, but decided to jump in puddles, spreading the muddy glory to legs surrounding the chocolate-y lakes.

 

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