Lollapalooza is not just a '90s relic
When Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell organized the first Lollapalooza in 1991 as a summer tour, he envisioned a traveling music festival in which he and his fellow alt-rock artists could perform raucous sets to the lovingly wild 90's punk-grunge audience.
21 years after its conception, the Chicago-based festival has changed a lot.
Once a concert tour exclusively made up of acts like Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against The Machine, now is home to a more pop music set of performers. 2010 Lolla headlined Lady Gaga as one of its premiere acts. Athough many fault the venue for not staying true to its rockin' roots, in its defense, Lollapalooza has adapted incredibly well to the changing music scene in its own alternative way.
Over the past two decades, Lolla has not totally transformed itself, as it still features many alternative and punk artists, but more expanded its musical horizon. It has taken on hip-hop and rap, indie-folk, and the beast that is electronic dub/dance music. Not many concert venues can successfully host both Avicci and Dum Dum Girls as the festival has lined up for the 2012 festival next weekend, but with 8 different stages, Lolla will without a doubt it do it flawlessly.
Between August 3rd and 5th, Grant Park, Chicago will turn into a music haven for the 16th annual festival. Last year over 160,000 people attended the three day event. With acts like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, and Jack White headlining, the concert is sure to have just as much if not more than last years absurdly large attendence.
Stay tuned for the concert review in a week and a half -- should be a doozy.