Concert Review: Thoughts on Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza’s experiment as a four day festival needs to end. Aside from the obvious burden the festival puts on Grant Park and the residents of Chicago, the addition of a fourth day compounds the issue that all festival-goers know very well… the bands we want to see are now spread out even more than they were before. Fuck you Perry Farrell. I don’t know if you are responsible for this but as the creator of Lollapalooza, you deserve the blame. Do you think I want to drag myself through hordes of drunken teenagers in 90 degree heat for another day just to see one good band at 3pm and another at 8pm? No. There is only so much of that any sane human can handle.

This issue is trivial compared to the affliction that “rock festivals” everywhere are suffering from. Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza. All of their rock lineups are garbage. Rock music is not dead but festivals like these are accomplices in murdering it. Lollapalooza’s 2017 lineup has marginally improved from last year’s disgrace but all three festivals are trending in the wrong direction. I have attended Lollapalooza five out of the last six years but I have little intention of going this year. Sure, I like Arcade Fire and the Shins and even Cage the Elephant (even though they’ve sold out) but they are not worth spending roughly $400 to see. I’ll preserve what hope I have for Lollapalooza and wait for another year.

ON-CAMPUS CONCERT: Steep Ravine

Steep Ravine is a badass acoustic quartet hailing from the northern San Francisco Bay Area. If you didn’t hear them play at “Blues and Shoes” last year, take my word that these guys seriously have the chops. They are currently touring from New Orleans to the West Coast and, luckily for us, they will be blessing the Rocky Mountains with their beautiful bluegrass get-down sound. This coming Saturday they will be playing in Armstrong Theater accompanied CC’s very own YouJazz.com and the event is co-hosted by the SOCC. TICKETS ARE FREE AT THE WORNER DESK for CC students, non-students need only pay $5. Worth it!

-Ben Feldman