Day two of Lollapalooza promised to be a day of eclectic music, a hot sun, and lots of dancing and it lived up fully to my expectations.
I discovered John Butler Trio a while back after hearing them on Radio Paradise. The acoustic jam band was a perfect way to start out my second day of Lollapalooza. They played a couple longer instrumental songs that were immensely popular and had the audience enraptured.
I went with my friends to GROUPLOVE even though I didn’t think I was familiar with their music. They were a band that I’ve heard about a lot but I couldn’t actually tell you anything about if you had quizzed me. Even so, their show was a lot of fun and I was surprised to learn there were a couple songs I recognized. The energy music from GROUPLOVE had the audience jumping up and down and dancing throughout.
Foster the People
I enjoy Foster the People, but at this point in the afternoon I was really tired of being out in the sun and needed a break, so I mostly rested in the back during the Foster the People set. They played great though and songs like “Pumped Up Kicks” got me on my feet regardless of how tired I felt.
The Head and the Heart
I really love the Head and the Heart but since I didn’t want to miss Jenny Lewis, I only got to see the first 10min or so of their set. They were lovely, as usual, and a perfect low-key band to see after the high-energy dance craziness of Foster the People. I prefer a smaller more intimate setting when seeing bands like the Head and the Heart rather than the giant festival atmosphere, but they were good regardless and the audience was certainly into the performance.
Jenny Lewis started off with her new single “Just One of the Guys” and took off from there. I was actually surprised there weren’t as many people at her set. I got there just as it was starting and was easily able to walk right up to the front row. The crowd did seem to fill most of the Grove Stage area after 20min or so. The fact that her newest solo album only came out four days before the performance probably had something to do with the lack of hype. Even so, everyone who wasn’t there totally missed out because her set was my favorite from the whole day.
Lewis played a mix of music of older music as well as songs from her new album. She’s an experienced performer (and a headliner at Lollapalooza with Postal Service just last year) and it showed. She sang and danced and had wonderful movement and expression.
The highlight of Lewis’ show came near the end when her back-up band put down their instruments and lined up behind her, creating a mini choir to harmonize with just her and her guitar on “Acid Tongue.”
At one point in the evening she told a story about how she went to Lollapalooza as a fan back in 1994 and was in the front row for Beastie Boys where she had a panic attack and had to be removed via crowdsurfing. So there you go. Jenny Lewis is just like us.
Although both headliners Outkast and Calvin Harris are quite popular, I decided to stick around at the Grove stage for some Cut Copy. I saw them at Lollapalooza a couple years ago and know how great a show they put on.
They played and sang and danced through the night to colored lasers and strobe lights and the audience danced along with them.
The highlight of the evening came as they sang the lyrics “Hearts on fire I reach out to you tonight” and they reached out their arms to the audience as the crowd reached out their arms back toward the stage.
On the last song, guitarist Tim Hoey jumped into the security pit and reached his mic into the audience encouraging a giant, dancing, flashing sing-along. It was the perfect ending to the second night of Lolla.
You can see all the photos I got from the second day of Lollapalooza in the gallery below and all my photos from the entire weekend at my lolla2014 Flickr Set.
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