My Lollapalooza Schedule – Sunday, Aug. 5th
The third and final day of Lollapalooza – it is a milestone for the brave souls who survived the three day gauntlet and a bittersweet moment for all those who love music. Chicago’s biggest music festival is nearing its end, becoming only a memory, but a memory you won’t soon forget. Hopefully you have made the most of your time at Lolla so far but there is still one day left and don’t take it for granted! Check out my schedule for Sunday below:
2:00-3:00 – Nadastrom – Perry’s Tent
Okay so I said I was going to try to get a wide variety of genres and artists for my lineup but sure enough 90% of my schedule is spent at the electronic rave in the Perry’s Tent. Its not that I don’t like other kinds of music but Perry’s offers some of my favorite artists and at Lolla, it’s all about going to see the artists you love. First up is Nadastrom, a L.A.-based duo made up of DJ-producers Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom who joined forces in 2007 and have been pushing the boundaries of 21st century electronic music ever since. Nada, a first generation Ecuadorian, brings a native, folk sound to the music while Nordstrom finds a way to squeeze it all through the speakers and blast it out toward the crowd. Nadastrom has performed all around the world with DJs like deadmau5, Bassnectar, and Skrillex and is rapidly becoming global sensation. A perfect way to get energized for the day.
Visit Nadastrom’s official website here.
3:15-4:00 – Gary Clark Jr. – PlayStation Stage
Gary Clark Jr. is a rocking man of soul who has been hard at work creating a funky mixture of deep blues and classic rock and roll for the modern generation of music lovers. Clark is an earthy change of pace from the vigorous rave at Perry’s Tent and a chance to catch a breath. Only at a festival like Lollapalooza could you bounce from a DJ like Nadastrom to a ramblin’ soul man like Gary Clark Jr. Clark’s debut was at Eric Clapton’s 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival where his performance of “Bright Lights” has since become legendary. A modern era ode to classic rock and roll, this is one artist I truly can’t wait to see.
Visit Gary Clark Jr.’s official website here.
4:15-5:15 – J. Cole – Bud Light Stage
A rapper out of North Carolina, J. Cole was the first artist to be signed to Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation and has set his sights on revitalizing the face of hip hop. J. Cole has left audiences across the country awestruck through his ability to tell a story in his music, delving deep into the genre that was popularized by legends like Tupac Shakur, Nas, and Outkast. J. Cole is one of the most talented new faces in hip hop and his music is insightful and passionate. And with the rap world currently at a crossroads in the face of declining profits and a shrinking talent pool, hopefully J. Cole isn’t the last of a dying breed. He is defiantly among the top rappers at Lolla and one you don’t want to miss.
Visit J. Cole’s official website here.
5:45-6:45 – Big Gigantic – Perry’s Tent
A jam band hybrid out of Boulder, Colorado, Big Gigantic has been known to fuse elements of electronic, hip hop, and even jazz music, putting a distinctive 21st century spin on an old concept. Live saxophone and drums can be heard on top of rumbling bass tones and futuristic synthesizers, an improvisational dynamic that draws its roots back to 1960s bands like the Grateful Dead. I love live music fused with electronic and they aren’t overly energetic, which is perfect.
Visit Big Gigantic’s official website here.
7:00-8:15 – Zeds Dead – Perry’s Tent
Zeds Dead is comprised electronic producers DC and Hooks and is known for their high energy and bass-heavy performances. The two Toronto-based producers are among the hardest working artists in the electronic music world which has earned them an admirable reputation amongst other producers. They truly have no boundaries, drawing influences from everyone from The Rolling Stones to Sublime and creating their own style in the process. In 2011, they released a stockpile of remixes and originals, showing the world that they don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. They will definitely be one of the best artists on Sunday and after three pretty laid-back performances, just what I need to get my blood pumping.
Visit Zeds Dead’s official website here.
8:45-10:00 – Kaskade – Perry’s Tent
Born in Evanston, Illinois, this Chicagoland native has emerged to become one of the most successful and praised DJs in the world. Since becoming mainstream alongside fellow producers deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner back in 2008, Kaskade has been named America’s #1 DJ by DJ Times and Pioneer DJ and the New York Times even went on to call him the “new face of electronic dance music”. Maybe a “new face” to some, Kaskade has been hard at work as an original recording artist and admired DJ for over a decade. His style is less focused on loud, rumbling bass tones and more on lively vocals that are reinforced by a deep electronic foundation and catchy melodies. So why choose Kaskade as my Sunday headliner? Well, it’s pretty simple. Jack White was outstanding in The White Stripes but since the group split last year, I don’t think he’s anywhere near as good as he was. Childish Gambino is still a new face in rap and, in my humble opinion, not worth a headliner slot. And then there’s Justice, who I used to listen to years ago but have lost my interest since. In other words, Kaskade is at the top of his game and the best there is on Sunday. He loves Chicago and Lollapalooza and will unquestionably give it all he’s got, providing a magical end to the last night of the festival.
Visit Kaskade’s official website here.