Lollapalooza 2006 | Day Three, Review, Photos

Lollapalooza 2006

Day Three of Lollapalooza started off rather gloomy and mild — perfect weather for me and my Irish/Swedish skin — and it would serve as a fitting start to a slow-starting Sunday for most of the festival goers. It seemed that everyone was moving a little slower on Sunday but that didn’t stop the music…


The Duo

We started off our day with the Benevento/Russo Duo — truly one of my favorite musical acts right now — and caught a fantastic set featuring many songs I hoped and wanted to hear. It was heavy on the Play Pause Stop material (not surprisingly). Also, I got to meet up with my buddy Patrick from down south and we both saw the mysterious figure known to all as Banana Man amidst the Duo fans…

Benevento/Russo Duo

Banana Man @ The Duo

From there, we went over and grabbed a spot in the shade for part of Pepper’s set. Totally unimpressive, by the way…

The Shins were started soon so we went over and tried to get a spot early. The crowd was really fillin’ in over there and it was clear that it would be one of the more popular sets of the day. Once the band came on and started playing, the only indication of this was the jumbotron showing the band playing — no one could hear anything from where we were standing. First song ends and the crowd begins chanting “turn it up! turn it up!” Next song begins and the bass drum is noticably more punchy and crappy sounding. Second song ends and the crowd chants “louder! louder!” with no noticable difference on song three.

It totally sucked. They didn’t even come close to having good sound for the set and yet the band soldiered on. About 4:50pm rolls around and we realize that we’ve got ten minutes until Of Montreal starts playing on the other side of the park — we decide to head over…

Of Montreal

This turned out to be one of the smarter decisions we made all weekend. Of Montreal completely dance-rocked the crowd into a fun frenzy. It was great and it definitely made up for the sound problems plauging The Shins’ set…

Wilco was playing across the park again and we blasted through a few small segments of the crowd to get a spot with good views of the monitor. The set was awesome. Jeff Tweedy was clearly having fun — more banter than usual, plenty of joking, plenty of hometown Chicago references, etc. “I’m proud of you, Chicago…you clearly know how to go to a music festival!” says Jeff…

Good times.

Tweedy on the Jumbotron

Nels

Lollapalooza is definitely well-run and definitely worth the money (especially considering the lineup) — they still deserve some criticism but that’s the subject of another blog post — and I would definitely go again next year if I have the chance.

8 COMMENTS

  1. I was ourt on the lake sailing yesterday afternoon and could hear all the music going on, but I have no idea what I was hearing…at one time what sounded like a whole orchestra or lots of strings, and in the back ground a sort of sonic sound, or a guitar being played on a high note soaring higher,
    . Does anyone have any idea what that was, or who and how can I hear more of their music?????
    Thanks

  2. I was ourt on the lake sailing yesterday afternoon and could hear all the music going on, but I have no idea what I was hearing…at one time what sounded like a whole orchestra or lots of strings, and in the back ground a sort of sonic sound, or a guitar being played on a high note soaring higher,
    . Does anyone have any idea what that was, or who and how can I hear more of their music?????
    Thanks

  3. Could have been Broken Social Scene. At one point I believe they had about 16 people on stage with the fullest sound of the whole weekend. Their show was one of the best live concerts I’ve ever seen and the band and the crowd knew it. For 15 minutes after the set, with the band standing behind their instruments, the crowd started chanting “we’re not leaving” demanding an encore that was unfulfilled.

    They had strings/horns/and just a really amazing sound. They’re a great band out of Canada. Broken Social Scene. Go see them.

  4. Could have been Broken Social Scene. At one point I believe they had about 16 people on stage with the fullest sound of the whole weekend. Their show was one of the best live concerts I’ve ever seen and the band and the crowd knew it. For 15 minutes after the set, with the band standing behind their instruments, the crowd started chanting “we’re not leaving” demanding an encore that was unfulfilled.

    They had strings/horns/and just a really amazing sound. They’re a great band out of Canada. Broken Social Scene. Go see them.

  5. Good call on Of Montreal, I’ve been professing my undying love since seeing them last spring, in what I’ve begun calling the-best-live-show-i’ve-been-to-yet.

    Sad to hear about Pepper, I saw them 5-7 times between 2003-2005 and they’ve long been a favorite band of mine. It has been a year and a half, though…

  6. Good call on Of Montreal, I’ve been professing my undying love since seeing them last spring, in what I’ve begun calling the-best-live-show-i’ve-been-to-yet.

    Sad to hear about Pepper, I saw them 5-7 times between 2003-2005 and they’ve long been a favorite band of mine. It has been a year and a half, though…

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