This weekend, Saturday Sept 29th through Sunday, September 30th,The Global Citizen Festival will invade New York City's Central Park in an effort to erase extreme poverty once and for all.
The open-air concert will host some of the world's hottest acts including Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, Band of Horses, and the Black Keys. But it's more than just a music lovers festival. This advocacy concert will celebrate the progress already made in fighting extreme poverty, secure financial commitments for tackling extreme poverty and disease, and mobilise thousands of ambassadors for change. We'll unite around a simple yet powerful idea: that by giving every child a chance to thrive, our generation can end extreme poverty.
For those of you still recovering from this year's Coachella, we only have one thing to say: there's no rest for the weary! That's right, Bamboozle 2012 is happening May 18-20 in the great state of New Jersey! Time to give the east coasters out there a chance to live out their festival dreams.
This year, the lineup for Bamboozle is packed with some of the biggest names in rock and EDM. Acts include Skrillex, Mac Miller, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Blink-182, Bon Jovi, Brand New and more. Here's the full schedule.
Day 1: Friday
A breeze blows in as everyone approaches the huge beacon suspended over Michigan Avenue. Big blue and yellow letters announce that Lollapalooza is here, ready to take over Chicago. The excitement started to build on the train ride over. From my seat on the Red Line, I could spy a few fellow concert-goers. The giveaways were anything but slight…a girl sporting multi-colored hair and a leopard tank top, flip-flopped boys with flowing hair, the buzz started to build.
On the way toward Congress Street, the side streets start to fill in. Buckingham Fountain spouts elegantly in the background, a figure of relative calm amidst a veritable sea of people. Walking down Columbus Avenue the atmosphere becomes a little sea sick…the crowds rush around, whirling and swirling through the insular compound of concert stages, food tents, shopping spots and rest areas. Grant Park has a whole new look and feel. Packed to the gills with tie-die shirts, flowing tops, freckled faces and tanned bodies, it’s a three-ring circus in the middle of the city. The crowd is a fantastic mish-mosh of Chicago music-goers and transplants. There are the high schoolers; easy to flag down due to a mysterious lack of clothing, fraternity bros, sorority sisters, the omnipresent hipsters, older couples, couples with kids, and the people from Perry’s Stage whom are in a league all their own. I wandered in that direction to catch Afrojack and was nearly blown away. “The first person to see someone naked gets a point” was the game of choice…there were sweaty bodies covered in glitter, facepaint, short-shorts and the haze of pot defined the party at the southern end of camp Lollapalooza. The set pulsated and wildly entertained…the crowd was literally climbing up the walls with dance-induced euphoria.
There was a beautiful mix of languages and accents, bright and colorful. Waiting for the OK Go set to begin at the Google + Stage (much more on that later), Irish girls giggled and a kind couple from India talked about their experience in the United States. Some cute American boys tried their hand at picking up some coy English girls, fresh from enjoying Two Door Cinema Club’s set.
Day 2: Saturday
This year (August 5-7) the most major musical event of the summer, Lollapalooza, will be taking place at Grant Park in Chicago. The headliners include Eminem, Foo Fighters, Cold Play, My Morning Jacket, and Deadmau5. Other epic acts like Cults, Lykke Li, The Cars, Crystal Castles, Damian Marley & Nas, and Arctic Monkeys will also take to the stage.
The time is nearly upon us. The sold-out Lollapalooza roars into town on August 5th-7th, bringing with it a weekend of scorching hot food, music and entertainment. The Woodstock reincarnate celebrates its 20th summer and the line-up is as jam-packed as ever. Set in the very heart of the city, Lollapalooza is synonymous with summer in Chicago. With nearly 200,000 in attendance and over 130 bands to choose from performing on stages sprawling throughout Grant Park, planning ahead for Lolla can be a daunting task. Not to mention planning a visit to the Graham Elliot-curated Chow Town, promising trendy and tasty Chicago dining (a slice of Lou Malnati’s between sets, perhaps?)
So what to do? A little research goes a long way to get the most out of this gigantic festival. Waltz in to Grant Park knowing who to see, leaving room for pleasant surprises along the way. Creating a custom schedule is easy on Lollapalooza’s website (www.lollapalooza.com), so is downloading smart phone apps for navigation of all things Lolla.
Be sure to check out a map of the festival and all of the diverse offerings in store, including between-set entertainment lounges scattered across the Park, Kidzapalooza and the Green Street market. If this is the first visit to Lolla or the 20th, be sure to enjoy yourself, see as many great sets as possible, stay cool, grab a bite and go a little crazy. From August 5-August 7, it’s Chicago’s time to shine at this incredible event.
The bracelet or tickets have been delivered. The only thing left to do is wait.
For the full line up, go to www.lollapalooza.com. Headliners include: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Muse, Coldplay, Deadmau5, My Morning Jacket, A Perfect Circle and more.
Been really looking forward to seeing a festival line up all year? The last one was amazing, its competitors were amazing, now you just really need to see the line-up. You hear the hype, you hear it until you can’t take it any longer, “Who’s it gunna be, who’s it gunna be” and then… oh the disappointment! It’s the same headliners you ALWAYS see and like bad smells, there is just no getting rid of them. Now, it’s nice to catch one of the good ol’ rock legends that have been going ever since you were residing in your mother’s womb, but let’s face it -when all they play are festivals, release no new music, play no private gigs and generally hog a slot that could showcase another worthy legend, contemporary or not, that’s where the problem lies.
Been really looking forward to seeing a festival line up all year? The last one was amazing, its competitors were amazing, now you just really need to see the line-up. You hear the hype, you hear it until you can’t take it any longer, “Who’s it gunna be, who’s it gunna be” and then… oh the disappointment! It’s the same headliners you ALWAYS see and like bad smells, there is just no getting rid of them.
Now, it’s nice to catch one of the good ol’ rock legends that have been going ever since you were residing in your mother’s womb, but let’s face it -when all they play are festivals, release no new music, play no private gigs and generally hog a slot that could showcase another worthy legend, contemporary or not, that’s where the problem lies.
A friend once burned me a CD entitled “Green Eyed Fighting Peppers.” It was a mix of Green Day, Third Eye Blind, The Foo Fighters and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’d say throw some Goo Goo Dolls in there and you’ve got one of the best alternative playlists I’ve ever cruised to.
I was never a big fan of the Foo Fighters, not because I didn’t like them, but I had never listened to them much. Sure, I had played Rockband before and so I was familiar with “Learn to Fly.” However, it wasn’t until that CD that I first peered into the Foo Fighters, and my god, it was one hell of a journey.
He started me off with some of the more popular songs like “Times like These,” “My Hero,” “The Best of You,” and “Everlong.” And yet, he exposed me to their second album, The Colour and the Shape, which was hosting “Walking After You”. To this day, “Walking After You” is still one of my favorite songs to doze of too.
Its been 5 years since The Foo Fighters last album so there were many skeptics out there. However, after taking forty minutes to listen I can only imagine people are blown away by what the Foo Fighters have produced.
The first track, “Bridge is Burning,” catapults you into the Foo Fighters rocking world. It starts off with some mean guitar and hits you with the first, ironic lyrics of the album, “These are my famous last words!” Sure, there’s a bit of screaming, but when the chorus comes around Dave Grohl harmonizes better than anyone.
“Rope,” the second track in the album starts off way more relaxed, however the chorus once again, blows my mind. Not only are the lyrics an intense play on suicide, but Grohl is nothing short of fantastic. I find myself only able to dance back and forth as the upbeat vibe of "Rope" strangely complements springs sunshine quite well; and trust me, I'm a great dancer.
Give me some rope I'm coming loose, I'm hanging on you
Give me some rope I'm coming loose, I'm pulling for you now
Give me some rope I'm coming, out of my head, into the clear
When you go I come loose
The third track “Rosemary,” is catchy yet it makes you wonder what goes on in the heads of these talented musicians. Rosemary, if you ask me, sounds like a bittersweet bitch.
You got away got away got away from me
Now get away get away get away from me
I found the fourth track, “White Limo,” to be kind of strange. The vocals consisted of screaming, yet there was a strange distortion to them; as if they were hushed. In a strange way it reminds me of the Beastie Boys, “Sabotage.” This is definitely a song I could rip it up in the gym to. This would also make for one hell of a guitar hero experience.
The fifth track “Arlandria,” brings Dave back to life.
February, 1964 - The Beatles make a rush for the talent entrance at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City, weeding their way through swarms of screaming teenage girls. They wowed the nation with five songs, live on the Ed Sullivan Show; "All My Loving", "Til There Was You" and "She Loves You" opened the show while "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" closed it. The night became known as a milestone in television history with roughly 73 million viewers glued to their screens across the country. The British Invasion had officially begun, and the black suited boys from Liverpool had jump started it.