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Monday, July 27, 2015

Hard Rock Hotel Lollapalooza Afterparties #21+

ChiIL Live Shows has been ChiILin' out in Chi, IL at Hard Rock Hotel every summer when Lollapalooza rolls around. It's always a party! In past years I've gotten a complimentary tattoo there (the permanent kind), sweet fest friendly hair styles, and opportunities to see celebs and rock stars perform in a much more intimate setting than the fest stages.

Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos teams up with Culture Collide to present the "Chicago After Parties" – a series of music-infused post-event celebrations – at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago in conjunction with the city's famed festival weekend. Sure to be the weekend's hottest entertainment and lifestyle venue, the Culture Collide Chicago After Parties Series will roll out the red carpet on the nights of July 31, 2015 and August 1, 2015 at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago – the city's most coveted music-inspired destination adjacently located to the festival grounds.

"The after parties at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago have always been the place to see and be seen during the festival weekend, and this year is certainly no exception," says Matt Watts, director of music and marketing at Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. "With our 10th and most exciting year yet, we're looking forward to continue to build upon this annual party and provide music fans with a truly unique and intimate setting to see performances from an icon like Slick Rick; as well as one of the most exciting new bands this year, Bleachers."

For the tenth year in a row, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago will play home to the most sought-after post-festival event over the weekend long celebration. Keeping music at the forefront, the two-day extravaganza will feature both throwback legends and indie powerhouses. The first night welcomes one of hip-hop's earliest pioneers, the Grammy-nominated Slick Rick, recognized for brilliant lyricism, and hip-hop story telling, as seen in his 1989 smash hit single, "Children's Story." The weekend will close out with an ode to indie culture, with Saturday night featuring emotional melodies by Bleachers, the emerging indie favorite founded by Jack Antonoff of Grammy award-winning band fun.

"Much like Hard Rock, Culture Collide was founded on the belief that music connects us all and we look forward to curating an experience during Lollapalooza weekend that further showcases both our brand's biggest passion – music," says Alan Miller, founder of Culture Collide."

Guests in attendance will enjoy delectable food and wine pairings, as well as creative creations by a fully sponsored open bar. Sponsors of the Culture Collide Chicago After Parties Series include media partners The A.V. Club, as well as Bandsintown, Fender, Shellback Caribbean Rum, E&J and Busy Beaver Button Co., which will be gifting partygoers with custom festival buttons.

Leading up the much anticipated night parties, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago will serve as a retreat where guests enjoy a Vinyl DJ Bar at the main lobby from 5-10 p.m. Presented by Blue Microphones, the Vinyl DJ Bar will provide fans with the ultimate listening experience as a DJ spinning vinyl takes requests and fills the hotel with music. Guests will also have the opportunity to sift through classic vinyl records and experience firsthand what their favorite tracks sound like through premium Blue Mo-Fi headphones, all the while diving into music's treasured vinyl culture.
  • Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at (Tell 'em ChiIL Live Shows sent you)
  • Interact via Twitter @hardrock and @hrhchicago using #thisishardrock
Culture Collide Chicago After Parties Series:
Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
230 N. Michigan Ave

Friday, July 31 Lineup:

10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Slick Rick Performance Plus Special Guests  

Saturday, August 1 Lineup:

10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Bleachers Performance Plus Special Guests
For more information on Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, please visit, and for more information on Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, please visit

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 200 venues in 64 countries, including 154 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney andDubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company's two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Lagos and Busan, South Korea. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit

About Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
Stretching 40 stories tall on Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago gives guests a hotel experience unlike any other with a combination of rich architectural legacy and contemporary amenities. Owned and operated by Becker Ventures, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago resides in the Carbide and Carbon Building, a historic Burnham masterpiece fashioned from green terra cotta and black polished granite. As Art Deco meets the art of hospitality, the luxury lifestyle hotel holds 381 modernized guest rooms, including 20 suites, designed to immerse the senses with soothing tones, modern furnishings and atmospheric lighting. Guests enjoy access to some of Chicago's largest meeting space, in addition to the hotel's two onsite restaurants: Mr. Brown's Lounge and Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen. For more information on Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, visit or call 312-345-1000.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Lolla Bands On Our Radar Saturday & Sunday From Our Friends at Press Here

Saturday, August 3rd
CHERUB * Perry’s @ 12PM

Nashville’s sexy electro-pop duo, Cherub, released the 100 Bottles EP earlier this year and have been described as “…hands down THE hottest music coming out of Nashville…” by KCRW.   Their viral hit “Doses and Mimosas” that hit #1 on Hype Machine’s “most talked about songs” chart!

LOCAL NATIVES * Red Bull Sound Select @ 4:00PM

Local Natives, who are currently on their most extensive tour to date, will be making a stop at Lollapalooza in support of their latest album, Hummingbird! The band recently swung by The Late Show with David Letterman – PRESS HERE to watch their performance of“Breakers”, and PRESS HERE to watch their new music video for “You & I”.

Sunday, August 4th  

PALMA VIOLETS * Bud Light @ 1:00PM

London’s Palma Violets will be performing at Lollapalooza in support of their debut album 180, which received rave reviews around the globe and spawned a veritable summer anthem in first single “Best Of Friends.”  PRESS HERE to watch the video for “Best Of Friends”.Listen to 180 on Spotify now.


Vancouver’s own electro-dance band, Bear Mountain, have had a crazy year – they released their debut album XO via Last Gang Records, toured with Bloc Party, and their song “Congo” hit #1 on Hype Machine! PRESS HERE to watch the video for their new single “Faded.”

PHOENIX * Bud Light @ 8:30PM

Music festival favorites Phoenix are set to headline Lollapalooza this year! Following the release of their critically acclaimed albumBankrupt! and their highly lauded headlining performance at this year’s Coachella, Phoenix and their live show have become the most talked-about of the summer. PRESS HERE to watch the band’s new video for “Trying To Be Cool”.

Lolla Bands On Our Radar: Shovels & Rope: Saturday at 12:45 at the Red Bull Sound Select Stage #lolla


Shovels & Rope Lead 2013 Americana Honors & Awards Nominations For ALBUM OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR, EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR,

"Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent were
solid singers and songwriters on their own,
but the pairing is truly a thing of magic...”
 – Filter

Playing:  Saturday, August 3 
Red Bull Sound Select Stage

Charleston, SC's Shovels & Rope (Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent) will make their Lollapalooza debut Saturday, August 3 on the Red Bull Sound Select Stage (12:45-1:30pm) in support of their most critically acclaimed album, O' Be Joyful. With the release, Shovels & Rope made their network television debut on The Late Show With David Letterman, debut on Austin City Limits and debut on Billboard Heatseekers chart while receiving accolades from a wide variety of press.  NPR Music, Associated Press, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, The Washington Post, SPIN, Nylon, Filter, American Songwriter, Relix, UTNE, American Public Media, CMT, Austin American Statesman, Garden & Gun and many others have praised the duo's compelling songs and sweat soaked live performances.  Click here for highlights

This week, NPR featured Shovels & Rope in Five New Faces Of Folk saying, "On stage, South Carolina singer-songwriters Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are geysers of goodwill: The husband-and-wife duo's chemistry and ramshackle playfulness make them difficult to resist. But listen to "Hail Hail," from last year's O' Be Joyful, and you'll also hear musicians for whom a smile is just one way to bare one's teeth." 

The electrifying road warriors are making their debut on the major festival circuit this year, beginning with a thrilling performance at Coachella to which the New York Times said, “Of all this afternoon’s young bands, they were the softest, but they might make the loudest crash.” They won over fans at Sasquatch, Hangout, Wakarusa, & Forecastle festivals, with upcoming festival appearances scheduled at Newport Folk Festival, Austin City Limits, Voodoo Experience.

Shovels & Rope just wrapped an opening tour for Dawes with select opening shows for Dave Matthews Band. In September, the duo will hit the road for the remainder of 2013 on a headlining tour. For tour dates and more info, visit:

Highly Recommended Lolla Bands On Our Radar: O'Brother Sunday at Noon on BMI

O'Brother to Play Lollapalooza

August 4th 
12:00PM on the BMI Stage

5:00PM at the Toyota + SpinMedia Soundwave Tent
w/ Guards

O'Brother Premiere "Perilous Love" Exclusively with AV Club!

"'Perilous Love' is equal parts Soundgarden and Alice In Chains, a throwback thrasher that is pretty unrelenting." - A.V. Club

“Genre-bending rockers O’Brother beat the sophomore slump on Disillusion, an album as complex and textured as it is loud. Think Deftones meet Radiohead meet Alice in Chains. From distorted, sludgy guitars (there’s three of them in the band!) to frontman Tanner Merritt’s haunting vocals, this is an album with a beginning, middle, and end—each song building upon the last and masterfully bleeding into the next....Don’t let the name fool you; this is an album that won’t let you down.” – Revolver 

“...genre-bending post-metal that is as operatic as it is destructive... Expect this record to end up on a lot of year-end best-of lists.” – Alternative Press

"As far as I'm concerned, there really isn't an active band that blends ethereal and skull-crushing heaviness as well as O' Brother do. Disillusion has the spacious soundscapes of a Sigur Ros record, the nuance-laced inventiveness of a Radiohead record, the haunting melodies of a Jeff Buckley record and the head banging heaviness of Isis' early work. And it's all blended together tastefully and seamlessly, with a perfect dose of patience to maximize the impact of shifts in dynamics. They set the bar awfully high for themselves after they released Garden Window, and somehow they've manage to raise it again with Disillusion. It's phenomenal." - Riley Breckenridge, Thrice

*Returning to Chicago Sept. 5*
Full routing below...

Aug. 1The Firebird—St. Louis, MO
Aug. 4Lollapalooza—Chicago, IL
Aug. 6Hoosier Dome-Indianapolis, IN
Aug. 14—Bottletree—Birmingham, AL
Aug. 15—Spanish Moon—Baton Rouge, LA
Aug. 16—Warehouse Live—Houston, TX
Aug. 17—Club Dada—Dallas, TX
Aug. 18—Red 7—Austin, TX
Aug. 20—Pub Rock—Scottsdale, AZ
Aug. 21—House Of Blues—San Diego, CA
Aug. 22—Constellation Room—Santa Ana, CA
Aug. 23—Cobalt Café—Canoga Park, CA
Aug. 24—Bottom Of The Hill—San Francisco, CA
Aug. 26—Backspace—Portland, OR
Aug. 27—Biltmore Cabaret—Vancouver, Canada
Aug. 28—Chop Suey—Seattle, WA
Aug. 30—Kilby Court—Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 31—Hi-Dive—Denver, CO
Sept. 1—Record Bar—Kansas City, MO
Sept. 3—7th Street Entry—Minneapolis, MN Sept. 4—Vaudeville Mews—Des Moines, IA
Sept. 5—Bottom Lounge—Chicago, IL
Sept. 6—Musica—Akron, OH
Sept. 7—Pike Room—Pontiac, MI
Sept. 8—Hard Luck Bar—Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 10—Stage AE—Pittsburgh, PA
Sept. 11—Lost Horizon—Syracuse, NY
Sept. 12—Santos Party House—NY
Sept. 13—Brighton Music Hall—Allston, MA
Sept. 14—The Space—Hamden, CT
Sept. 15—The Barbary—Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 17—The Rock And Roll Hotel—Washington, DC
Sept. 18—Local 506—Chapel Hill, NC
Sept. 20—The Basement—Columbus, OH
Sept. 21—The End—Nashville, TN
Sept. 22—Casbah—Charlotte, NC
Sept. 24—New Brookland Tavern—West Columbia, SC
Sept. 25—Roc Bar—Jacksonville, FL
Sept. 26—Crowbar—Ybor City, FL
Sept. 27—The Social—Orlando, FL
Sept. 28—Masquerade—Atlanta, GA 

Lolla Bands On Our Radar: Astro Sunday August 4th at 12:45pm on the Red Bull Sound Select stage #Lolla

Indie-electro band Astro will be performing at Lollapalooza Sunday August 4th at 12:45pm on the Red Bull Sound Select stage

Featured in NPR Music’s “Top 50 Albums of 2012,” Astro’s self-titled debut was celebrated by NPR:  There's not a single track on this record that I don't love; that hasn't gotten me antsy in my seat to dance.”  

The New York Times also raved: “Astro carries the legacy of smart, whimsical, catchy Latin alternative rock into the new electro-pop era, as if Café Tacvba were reprogrammed by Animal Collective and MGMT … a joy that needs no translation.” 

LA’s tastemaker radio station KCRW has been a strong supporter, praising their “electro-indie-rock sound mixed with a feverish enthusiasm, playful songwriting, and immaculate production that elevates it above the rest.”

Highly Recommended Lolla Bands On Our Radar: Guards Sunday at 12:00 on The Lakeshore Stage

**Guards’ play Lollapalooza on Sunday August 4 from 12:00-12:45p at the Lake Shore stage**   Come on.   You're hard core enough to get up early after raging for 2 days at Lolla!   Kick your day off right.   They're worth it.




“One of the year’s best albums.” – Wall Street Journal

Guards are excited to announce that they will be joining Queens of the Stone Age on tour this fall, kicking off September 10 in Toronto. Afterwards, Guards will head overseas for a 4-week trek supporting MGMT on their European run. On tour in support of their acclaimed new album In Guards We Trust, Guards has spent most of the year on the road, including outings with alt-J, Palma Violets, Best Coast, and Portugal. The Man as well as show-stopping sets at Coachella, SXSW and Primavera Sound. The band is currently gearing up to perform at Lollapalooza, Osheaga Festival, and FYF Festival. See below for details.

In Guards We Trust has received overwhelming acclaim since its release earlier this year. Esquire named the band one of “15 Music Artists to Watch in 2013” and Vogue selected them as “Band of the Week,” with additional praise coming from Stereogum, Pitchfork, Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, and Elle, among others. The music video for their hit single “Ready To Go” premiered a few months back across multiple channels at MTV (MTV2, MTVu, MTV Buzzworthy Blog, MTV Hive and and can be viewed here. Their highly-buzzed SXSW appearances earned them a spot at the top of several festival roundups, including NPR Music, who selected the band as one of “15 Essential Moments From SXSW 2013,” praising, “I walked across the street to the Empire Control Room, toward the sound of good, strong, guitar-laden pop…I loved what I was hearing.”

Founded in New York City by singer Richie Follin, Guards also features Kaylie Church and Loren Humphrey.

(Click HERE for ticket information)

August 2                     Montreal, Canada      Osheaga Festival 2013
August 4                     Chicago, IL                 Lollapalooza 2013
August 4                     Chicago, IL                 Lollapalooza Aftershow (w/ Alt-J)
August 24                   Monterey, CA             First City Festival
August 25                   Los Angeles, CA         FYF Fest 2013

w/ Queen s of the Stone Age
September 10             Toronto, Canada        Air Canada Centre
September 12             Detroit, MI                 The Fillmore Detroit
September 13             Cincinnati, OH           PNC Pavilion
September 14             Pittsburgh, PA            Stage AE
September 15             Columbus, OH           LC Pavilion
September 17             Indianapolis, IN         The Murat Theater at Old National Centre
September 18             Louisville, KY             Louisville Palace
September 19             Charlotte, NC             The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory  
September 20            Asheville, NC             Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

September 26            Cologne, Germany     Live Music Hall
September 27             Brussels, Belgium     AB
September 29            Stockholm, Sweden   Cirkus
September 30            Oslo, Norway              Sentrum Scene
October 1                    Vesterbro/Kongens Enghavem, Denmark  VEGA Main Hall
October 3                    Berlin, Germany        Astra Kulturhaus
October 4                    Vienna, Austria          Gasometer
October 5                    Munich, Germany     Kesselhaus
October 6                    Zurich, Switzerland   Komplex 457
October 8                    Paris, France              Olympia
October 9                    Hamburg, Germany  Docks
October 10                  Utrecht, NetherlandsVredenburg Leidsche
October 12                  Glasgow, UK               O2 ABC
October 13                  Wolverhampton, UK Civic Hall
October 14                  Manchester, UK         O2 Apollo Manchester
October 16                  London, UK                Forum
October 19                  Dublin, Ireland          Olympia Theatre

Lolla You're Killing Me #lolla

Friday at Lollapalooza 2013 made us make some tough choices.   Nine Inch Nails Vs. The Killers.   Queens of the Stone Age Vs. New Order.   Sure with 150 bands and 100,000 fans a day, there's going to be too much going on at any given moment.   But really...   Lolla, you're killing me!

Glowing poi ball spinning and flying glo-sticks at NIN... only at #lolla LOL Never thought I'd see the day.

Here's a sampler of our Galaxy S4 photos/ Instagram Posts.   Saturday & Sunday we'll have the "real" camera along for the ride.   I ditched it at the last minute when yesterday's forecast called for loads of thunderstorms.   The grounds were muddy & wet but happily the rain held off.   

We had every intention of going to New Order at #lolla last night, since they're much more of a rare treat to see, and who knows if/when that'll ever happen again.  But my 10 year old daughter, Sage, tweaked her foot in team gymnastics earlier in the day and we were on the FAR side of Lolla at go time & had already done a LOT of walking. So Queens of the Stone Age was a happy accident. They killed it! And bonus... we were already where we wanted to be for Nine Inch Nails!!   NIN sounded amazing and broke out a full set of old favorites and decent new material too.

Shout out to Sagezilla for being mighty and awesome. Pedometer showed we walked close to 12,000 steps yesterday and she stuck it out!!   We tried to pedicab it back to the car, but the first driver said no outrightly and the last said "That's far.  I'll take you but it'll be $30. Right now I'm just doing short runs to take people to where they can get a cab." 

Really?!   My awesome kid said, "I'd rather walk it if you give me the $30, then did it for free."

Friday we ran into our friend Dan O'Connor who worked for SPIN Magazine for years and spray paints awesome DIY t-shirts for major music fests.   Sage was sporting one of his creations from Lolla 09 yesterday!   We plan to hang with the infamous curly mustache man and his wife and 3 sons over the weekend.

It was also great to see Cara Carriveau  (Chicago's Rewind 100.3 FM radio personality)  & Theresa Carter (of The Local Tourist fame).

We'll be there all day today and tomorrow with full Lollapalooza and Kidzapalooza highlights so check back like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often.

Highly Recommended Lolla Bands On Our Radar: Reignwolf Saturday at 2:00 PM on the Petrillo stage

Reignwolf is playing Lollapalooza on Saturday, August 3rd at 2:00 PM on the Petrillo stage. Reignwolf’s set has been known to take a “Paul Bunyan-sized axe swing at the nonsense that rock n' roll is dead.” – Crave Online

Track REIGNWOLF’s journey as they “Thrash and Dash” their way to Lolla on Instagram (@REIGNWOLF),  Twitter ( and Facebook (

If you can’t wait and need to have your face melted ASAP, check out these links:

Lolla Bands On Our Radar: LUKAS NELSON & P.O.T.R. Saturday

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real "Old Familiar Pain" - CONAN on TBS

"Nothing wasted, everything gained on 
The Promise of the Real's second full length album."  
- No Depression

"pounding out vibrant blues/rock riffs with propulsive flair...Nelson and his band had the audience on its feet by the end of their set." - Baltimore Sun 

"...blows away crowds at every opportunity."  - Fort Worth Weekly 

For Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., the last couple of years were packed with over 200 performances each year, the chance to spread their unique brand of gritty rock and roll to millions via the greatest of the late night shows, and the adoption of the name "Realers" by their growing base of supporters.
Since then the band - which includes vocalist and guitarist Lukas Nelson, drummer Anthony LoGerfo, percussionist Tato Melgar and bassist Corey McCormick - made good on that promise to keep it real.  In 2012, they found a way to bring their live performance experience to their second full-length release, Wasted, both lyrically and musically.  Nelson penned all of the tracks and produced the record with the band. "There's a lot of magnetism, energy, and that live feel, and a lot of warmth to it. I feel like this record sounds more like what you get when you see us perform," said Nelson
This year, the acclaimed band has already performed at SXSW, on the Delbert McClinton Blues Cruise and the Kid Rock Cruise, jammed with Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Warren Storm. They continue to bring their electric and infectious live performances with more dates including a stop at Billy Bob's Texas in April and at The Gathering of the Vibes music festival headlined by Phil Lesh in July.
The band has truly earned praise after years of honing their unique sound through doing it the old-fashioned way, by touring constantly and gelling as a band live first. And at the core of Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. and Wasted is what their fans know and love best - Rock n Roll that speaks from the heart.


Worlds Collide Alert: CIMM Fest at Lolla Green Street #lolla

We've covered CIMM Fest the past two years, caught original video interviews with filmmakers from around the world, and enjoyed numerous indie films, concerts, and hybrids of the two.   Come check out the music themed film fest peeps AT Lollapalooza.   Love it when worlds collide.

If you're heading out to the Lolla festivities, be sure to stop by the CIMMfest booth, meet the crew and be part of our "Music is..." interactive installation. Mention that you saw this post and they may have some goodies for you.

CIMMfest is at booth #27, located on Lolla's "Green Street South" (just across from Columbus Drive). See ya there.

Martin Atkins' Band:Smart Weekend
Aug. 10th & 11th / Chicago
Join us for two days of amazing information with face to face meetings and lectures, hands on screen printing and mastering sessions, tequila!, a shirt, music, movies!, scorpion shots!, books, and more.
Use discount code: CIMM 

Upcoming events:

Aug. 1st
CIMMfest: Call for Entries Opens!
It's 2014 film submission time, ya'll.

Aug. 20th
CIMMfest Industry Mixer
Come to hang out & network w/ other awesome local music & film industry folks ... or just come to party.

Sept. 20th

Oct 20th
Chicago Film Summit
Info coming soon!.

Samsung Galaxy at Lolla Out Of This World #lolla

Here at ChiIL Live Shows/ChiIL Mama we're a Galaxy Family.   We bought the first Galaxy S right when it came out and currently have the S4 & S3.   They impressed me last weekend at BlogHer at McCormick Place with free engraved cases, new batteries, and sweet tech swag like speakers, chargers and even big giveaways.   This weekend they're rockin' Lollapalooza!

Ryan Walker of the band Imagine Dragons attends the Samsung Galaxy Artist Lounge at Lollapalooza on August 2, 2013

Dillon Francis attends the Samsung Galaxy Artist Lounge at Lollapalooza on August 2, 2013 

Friday in Chicago, Samsung Galaxy kicked off Lollapalooza 2013 with a massive presence throughout the festival.  Concert attendees, artists and VIP's had a chance to check out the latest Samsung Galaxy devices through a number of exciting interactive experiences.

Steve Aoki attends the Samsung Galaxy Artist Lounge at Lollapalooza on August 2, 2013 

Flux Pavilion 

Backstage at the Samsung Galaxy Artist Lounge, artists including Steve Aoki, Imagine Dragons' Ryan Walker,  Hot Chip, Ryan Cabrera, Theophilus London, Thievery Corporation, Dylan Francis, Flux Pavilion and more stopped by.  Artists and VIP's could grab a refreshing cocktail at the S Beam Bar, play corn hole, dine on tacos from the Salsa Truck and create customized Chicago-themed postcards using the Samsung Galaxy Camera and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

Joe Goddard and Al Doyle of Hot Chip attend the Samsung Galaxy Artist Lounge at Lollapalooza on August 2, 2013

Theophilus London

At the Samsung Galaxy Experience, Galaxy owners and fans received rewards such as complimentary popsicles and an interactive area for guests to create flower wreaths and personalized henna tattoos using the latest Samsung Galaxy devices including the Note 8.0 and the Galaxy S 4. Attendees also had the chance to win exciting prizes including upgraded concert tickets and a Samsung Galaxy S 4 device.  In addition, by tweeting #PowerOn, Samsung Galaxy owners could receive a fully charged battery for their device at stations located throughout the festival grounds.

Adam Tune, Jr. Flo, and Adam Tune of Keys N Krates at the Samsung Galaxy Artist Lounge at Lollapalooza on August 2, 2013 

Lucky fans that received upgraded tickets from the Samsung Galaxy Experience had access to amazing views of the Lake Shore Stage and could hang out in the Samsung Galaxy VIP lounge where they could enjoy free food, drinks and play ping pong. Aside from lucky consumers, VIP's such as Camilla Belle stopped by the lounge as well.

photo credit:  Neilson Barnard, WireImage/Samsung

Friday, August 2, 2013

Don’t Miss MS MR, The Vaccines, Wild Belle, & St. Lucia Performing at Lollapalooza This Year!


St. Lucia @ The Grove Stage

Last week, Brooklyn-based synth-pop outfit St. Lucia announced the release of their full-length debut, “When The Night,” out October 8 via Neon Gold/Columbia Records. The album, which expands upon St. Lucia’s unique brand of dreamy, nostalgic pop, was produced by the band’s own Jean-Philip Grobler. Complex Magazine named the group one of “20 New Bands To Watch Out For,” while the Onion/A.V. Club describes their music as “pop perfection” and SPIN raves that St. Lucia’s “billowy textures and soaring choruses offer a potent elixir of tropical breezes and distilled sunshine.”
Listen to their just-released new track “Elevate” here.

HAIM & St. Lucia @ Lincoln Hall (Aftershow)
Doors 10pm

Wild Belle & Frightened Rabbit @ Park West (Aftershow)
Doors 10pm


Wild Belle @ Lake Shore Stage

Wild Belle hail from Chicago and released their critically acclaimed debut album Isles earlier this year. The band will play Lollapalooza for the first time on Sunday, August 4.  Noted by the Chicago Tribune for their “breezy sounding pop music,” Wild Belle’s live performances have been recognized for their catchy hooks and infectious sound. 

MS MR @ The Grove Stage

New York City based duo MS MR released their album Secondhand Rapture this May. The Daily Beast noted, at the duo’s sold-out album release show at Bowery Ballroom in June, that “Plapinger’s layered vocals are accentuated by Hershenow’s swirling, swelling electro-pop production replete with synths, drums, and electronic beats” delivering what Time Out New York calls “a finely crafted work of dream pop.” You won’t want to miss these guys at their Lollapalooza debut!

The Vaccines @ Petrillo Stage

The Vaccines will return to Lollapalooza this year to perform songs from their sophomore release Come Of Age and the band’s upcoming EP Melody Calling.  The Vaccines’ live performances are not to be missed, with the Chicago Tribune raving that The Vaccines “deliver the kind of set that should be required by law at music festivals with 2,000 bands clamoring for attention.” 

MS MR & Two Door Cinema Club @ House of Blues (Aftershow)
Doors 10pm

FREE Lolla after parties at American Junkie Friday Through Sunday

Post Lolla shows start at 9pm Friday - Sunday, August 2-4, with free admission before 11pm at American Junkie all weekend!  Grey Goose and Bacardi host!  Lollapalooza wristband is not required to attend.

Line-up at American Junkie:

Friday, August 2:
  • JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound
  • Company Of Thieves
  • Meat Puppets
  • Blackbox
  • Lovehammers 
  • DJ set: Milk & Cookies
  • DJ set: Tony Arzadon
  • DJ set: Josh Royal
Saturday, August 3:
  • Trash Martini
  • Aly Jados
  • Matt Hoffer & Mike Gallagher
  • Just South Of Heaven
  • DJ set: Bag Raiders 
  • DJ set: Anna Lunoe
Sunday, Sunday August 4:
  • Rhymefest
  • Hey Champ
  • Yeah Totally!! (Members of Blackbox, Rihanna)
  • Brighton MA
  • DJ set: Beltek
  • DJ set: Skyler Mendoza

Official Lolla Tip Sheet #lolla #kidzapalooza

Lollapalooza 2013 Tip Sheet
Important Facts & Features of Lollapalooza 2013

Lollapalooza returns for its ninth installment in Grant Park August 2-4, 2013. This three-day extravaganza will transform the jewel of Chicago into a mecca of music, food, art, and fashion featuring over 130 bands on eight stages, including The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, and New Order.
Lollapalooza will host 100,000 fans each day, and with so much activity, we wanted to provide some top highlights:

*SAFETY FIRST: In case of emergency, we urge attendees to be alert to safety messaging coming from the following sources:
  • Push notifications through the Official Lollapalooza Mobile App
  • Video screens at the main entrance / exit on Michigan Avenue and Congress Plaza
  • Video screens at 3 stages
  • Audio announcements broadcast from all stages
  • Lollapalooza Twitter & Facebook
In the event of a weather evacuation, all attendees should follow the instructions of public safety officials. Festival patrons can exit the park to the lower level of one of the following shelters:

25 N. Michigan Avenue
(Between Washington and Madison - enter via vehicle entrance on Michigan)

325 S. Michigan Avenue
(Between Jackson and Van Buren - enter via vehicle entrance on Michigan)

5 S. Columbus Drive
(Michigan between Jackson and East Adams - enter via vehicle entrance on Michigan)

For a map of shelter locations, visit

NOTE: Shelter locations will be opened by the Festival organizers in coordination with the City only in cases of extreme weather to ensure the safety of event patrons.

*BAG SEARCH AND NEW EXPRESS LANES: The safety and security of our fans is our top priority.  Please be aware that ALL bags will be searched each time attendees enter the festival grounds.  This will require more time during the entry process. We ask all attendees to plan ahead to allow extra time entering the festival.  For faster entry, Express Lanes at both the North and Main entrances are available for those not carrying a bag.  A full list of prohibited items can be found at

*TICKETS: All Three-day, Single day, and VIP passes to Lollapalooza 2013 are sold-out. All wristbands contain RFID technology and will be authenticated upon entering the gates. Lollapalooza organizers do not condone purchasing passes from secondary markets, and ask fans to beware of purchasing counterfeit wristbands. Passes purchased from any source besides or Front Gate Tickets may not be honored at the gates.

*FESTIVAL HOURS: Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4 from 11am to 10pm.
*BOX OFFICE HOURS: Wednesday, July 31 - Thursday, August 1 from 3pm-8pm. Friday, August 2 - Sunday, August 4 from 10am - 10pm.
*FESTIVAL ENTRANCES: Fans can enter the park at the Main Entrance at Michigan Avenue and Congress Plaza, or at the North Entrance at Columbus and Monroe.

*KIDZAPALOOZA: Kids ten and under rock for free at Lollapalooza. Kidzapalooza, the family-friendly festival within the festival, has its own stage and tons of interactive activities from video Karaoke presented by Snyder's to a hip-hop workshop with the Q Brothers. The kiddos will transform into rockers with funky hairdooz, tatooz and photo shootz, between games of twister and world turning performances by Chicago's Ultimate Tumblers.

*GETTING TO LOLLA: Fans are encouraged to use eco-friendly transportation to get to Grant Park, including public transit, walking and bicycles. If you're riding a bike to Lollapalooza, bike parking will be available south of the main entrance on Michigan Avenue. You'll find bike racks both north and south of Balbo Avenue. Be sure to bring your own lock! 

*ECONOMIC IMPACT: In 2012, Lollapalooza was responsible for injecting $120 million into the local economy. The festival earned 2.4 billion media impressions at a value of nearly $51 Million dollars. This year, 70% of event attendees reside outside of Chicago, with 3% of all ticketholders residing in other countries. After festival hours, the 100,000 music-lovers each day will fill local bars, restaurants and music venues across the city, where there are 45 official after-shows!

*WEBCAST: Fans worldwide who can't make it to Grant Park will be able to get the Lollapalooza experience streamed live at The live webcast will feature sets from The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Nine Inch Nails, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Band of Horses, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Postal Service, Imagine Dragons, The National, The Lumineers and many more.  
*IPHONE/ANDROID APP: Powered by Hard Rock Hotel, the FREE mobile app for iPhone and Android users will help attendees easily navigate the festival.Users can view artist profiles, create and maintain personal custom schedules, interact with the Festival map, plus view and share Instagram photos -- all in the palm of their hand!

*LOLLASHOP: The official Lollapalooza pop-up store returns after its debut in 2012. Conveniently located at 332 S. Michigan Ave. just across from Grant Park, LollaShop opens a full week before the festival gates to give fans extra time to prep for the big weekend. Shoppers will find the complete lineup of Lolla commemorative goods, including the official t-shirt provided by Gap, along with special selections to get music fans ready for the big event. For a full list of activities and store hours, visit:  

* LOLLA CART: Located in the Shops at North Bridge in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, the LollaCart offers many of the items available at the festival, along with several exclusive items. LollaCart is located at 520 N. Michigan Ave. on level 1, and is open regular mall hours through Aug. 5.

*COMMEMORATIVE POSTER: The 2013 poster was designed by acclaimed contemporary artist Michael Sieben. For his spin on Lolla, he explores one of his favorite themes, optimism in the face of adversity, with his band of stranded sailors celebrating the sinking of their own ship. They've chosen to make the best of a bad situation and welcome the misfortune with musical merriment, despite the fact they don't even have real instruments. Offered in three special editions for every level of collector, including editions signed by the artist and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell. The official poster can be purchased at the festival or online at  

*HYDRATION: Hydration is paramount to the health and safety of patrons. Lollapalooza is committed to keeping fans hydrated via CamelBak Filling Stations. Fans can bring up to 2 factory sealed bottles into the park, or preferably an empty, refillable bottle. It also helps Lollapalooza minimize its environmental impact. Since 2010, Lollapalooza has avoided using over 700,000 water bottles! Last year fans poured enough water to fill over 249,000 water bottles. Our continued partnerships with Boxed Water and Vita Coco Coconut Water continue our efforts to eliminate the sale of plastic bottles at Lollapalooza while still hydrating attendees.

*CHOW TOWN: Renowned chef Graham Elliot has returned as Lollapalooza's Culinary Ambassador, bringing some of Chicago's favorite eateries straight to fans in Grant Park. Some new and notable editions are Chef Tony Mantuano's Bar Toma, Chicago's famous "Cheezborger" staple, The Billy Goat Tavern and Grill, and nationally acclaimed Pastry Chef, Gale Gand's Root Beer stand. Other fan staples returning to Lollapalooza include Wow Bao - Hot Asian Buns, Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe, Franks 'N' Dawgs, and Elliot's own Grahamwich. For a full list of food vendors and menu items, visit: 

*RED BULL SOUND SELECT: Red Bull Sound Select is an innovative program that celebrates local music and the people who push it forward: hard working artists, taste makers that shape scenes and YOU, the passionate fan. Join us today at to listen to Lollapalooza artists like Chance the Rapper, Rivals of the Peacemaker, and Cherub. Use #SoundSelect to show YOUR influence on music; the more you tag your music experiences with #SoundSelect, the greater your chances of winning tickets to Lollapalooza and it's aftershows! @RedBullCHI | #SoundSelect

*BE A FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHER WITH INSTAGRAM:Back by popular demand, photos from bands and fans around the park will be featured on the Jumbotrons at multiple stages. Select Instagram photos tagged with #lolla will have the chance to make it up on the big screen, all thanks to Citi.
*FARMERS MARKET: Another way to stay healthy and hydrated at Lolla is by eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables from the farmers market. Locavores, as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eaters will find plenty of options to satisfy every craving.
*GREENING & SUSTAINABILITY: Lollapalooza's commitment to the environment is integrated into every area of the park. Each trash can includes a recycling bin. Chow Town has both front and back of house composting, and food vendors are required to use eco-friendly plates, napkins and utensils. Sustainability guidelines are in effect throughout the Festival which include a ban on styrofoam, plastic bags, and flyers. Festival merchandise comes in organic and eco-friendly options. Festival producers offset the carbon dioxide emissions of festival vehicles, generators, shore power, staff travel and this year, artist travel, by purchasing certified carbon offsets from Green Mountain Energy. Lollapalooza engages over 200 volunteers a day that are dedicated to greening efforts.
*ART AT LOLLA:This year, Lollapalooza is partnering with the Art Institute of Chicago to present some features of current exhibition "Fashion, Impressionism, and Modernity" throughout Green Street. Lollapalooza wristbands will receive $2 off entry into the exhibit, as well.
*LOLLA CARES: Take action and get involved with one of the many organizations at Lolla Cares. Social, environmental, and health advocacy causes will have an audience of 100,000 people per day at Lollapalooza. Lollapalooza fans can join Oxfam's mission to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice, learn how Working Bikes distributes refurbished bikes to those who need them the most, and more. In the past three years, Love Hope Strength has found 12 potentially lifesaving bone marrow matches from the 644 Lollapalooza fans who registered on Love Hope Strength's "Get on the List" campaign. Since 2008, 2,367 fans have registered to vote at the Festival through Rock the Vote and HeadCount.

Lollapalooza takes place August 2-4, 2013 in Grant Park.
Lollapalooza 2013 is generously sponsored by Red Bull Sound Select, Bud Light, Samsung Galaxy, BMI, Toyota, Citi, Thorny Rose Wines, f.y.e., Gap, Hard Rock Hotel, Boxed Water and CamelBak.

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