Top 5 Must See Lollapalooza 2015 Acts
Well, I am not going to Lollapalooza 2015. This is the first time in three years I will be watching from my computer instead of 10 yards in front of the stage. I’m bummed, but I wanted to make a list of the bands anyone going HAS to check out while there. Some are headlining acts, some are lesser known, either way, just trust me.
5. Gary Clark Jr.
Quite possibly the best blues guitar player you will ever see. He does tons of improvising on stage, has pretty great vocals and a backing guitar player this is always fun to watch. If you want to see an artist that has mastered his crafted, you have to look no further that GCJ. A dirty blues set is a musical oasis in the middle of the ever-growing desert of ridiculous dub-step DJ sets. Plus, it would be interesting to see if he takes off his knit hat in the middle of the outdoor August heat. What better place than Chicago to show off his blues chops? I’ve been able to see him live before and it blew my mind.
4. Delta Spirit
I don’t think they will be playing an acoustic set, but this video is one of the best I have ever seen of a festival performance. The lead singer is pretty crazy at live performances. The down side? They seem to be big in the hipster community. So when you see them, you will surely be surround by “Vintage” clothing and weird facial hair. Oh well, it will be an excuse to get drunk sooner. This is definitely a band I am bummed I won’t get to see. They have a fairly deep catalog as well. Always seems to be a damn good time.
3. Florence and the Machine
Notoriously incredible live shows, Florence and the Machine have a ton to offer. You’ll have to wait until Sunday night for this one, but it will be well worth it. A new album came out earlier this year with some fantastic, classic jams; including the video above. Luckily, she has fully recovered from a broken ankle that kept some of her shows a bit more subdued than normal. So get ready for a crazy dance party with a crazy red-head with an incredible voice.
2. Alabama Shakes
Speaking of incredible voices. Brittany Howard might have the most powerful voice in rock music today. As I wrote about previously, fans adore Ms. Howard, and with good reason. She has a sass and presence that is strictly brought out for her musical performances. Alabama Shakes are more than just Howard though, they create a soulful, Southern sound that harkens back to the days of The Allman Brothers, only if Janis Joplin was on vocals. It’s an incredible experience to witness first hand.
1. Father John Misty
This is a show. I would say his music is good, nothing transcendent, but his show is beyond anything I have ever seen. In between songs, he gives the deadpan humor and audience interaction you would put on par with Zach Galifianakis. While opening for Alabama Shakes in Detroit, he responded to the random fans screaming in between songs with a half-joking “Alright, shut up,” so he could dive into another uncomfortable story behind his next song about a some girl. Father John definitely gives it everything and if you don’t leave this performance with a smile from his music, you’ll have a smile from his performance.
I can’t tell Heaven from Hell, but for Lollapalooza 2015, I wish I was there.