It’s August. Damnation!
Even though we’re in the sixth month of the music festival season, which started way back in March with SXSW, as it does every year, it’s still going strong, especially with Lollapalooza kicking off this weekend.
Founded 21 years ago as a traveling alternative-rock circus by Perry Farrell, which helped introduce kids everywhere to bands like Tool, Green Day and Rage Against the Machine, Lolla has found a cozy modern nook as an always sold-out two-day fest in Chicago that pairs big rock bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath (this year’s headliners) with indie mainstays like Bear in Heaven and Toro y Moi. Also, Chicago is only pleasant two months out of the year and August is one of them so it’s a good time to go.
There are over 100 music fests in August (there’s even one in Croatia), but the other biggie is San Francisco’ Outside Lands. Outside Lands is considerably more hippie-dippie than Lolla. The headliners are Metallica, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young and it would be rad as Moses if they all jammed on “Have a Talk With God.” OL also does a great job of wrangling new indie darlings like Caveman and pairing them with oldies and goodies like Granddady.
You have 27 days left to enjoy some rock and summer evening air. Don’t say we didn’t tell you to get out there.