There are probably 45,000 people wandering around Grant Park in Chicago every day this weekend, so naturally there's great people watching.
There's also great t-shirt watching. Lots of people are there in Abercrombie-branded gear or whatever, but there's also an amusing array of ironic t-shirts -- "G for Gangsta," read one shirt on a young woman who couldn't be further from thuggish -- and tons of band t-shirts. I saw a bunch of Ted Leo + Pharmacists shirts the first day, and I've counted at least five Sufjan Stevens "Come On Feel the Illinoise" shirts. The Strokes, Modest Mouse, the Hold Steady, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Bob Marley, the Good Life, Wolfmother (whose shirts sold out at the merch booth Saturday in about an hour), Wilco, Tool -- all are represented. My favorite shirt, though, is pictured here. It's completely obscure, but that's what's great about it. (Steven Drozd is the very talented multi-instrumentalist in the Flaming Lips.)
Last year, the four main stages were set up in the corners of one big field laid out with softball diamonds, and two stages were usually going simultaneously.
But there were often problems with sound bleed-over, so this year, they put two stages in Hutchinson Field, and two about three-quarters of a mile away on the other side of Buckingham Fountain, in Butler Field (the whole layout is here). This means a LOT more walking, and by the end of the day, the crowd shuffles between stages like the zombies in "Shaun of the Dead." There's a bit less brain-eating, though.
The PR company running Lollapalooza this year (clearly a disreputable bunch of scenesters) did not deign to grant credentials to The Courant (despite the paper running last year's story on Page 1), which I've been bitching about for three weeks now. But in a way I'm almost glad -- the press tent is at the far end, behind the Corporate Beer Sponsor stage, which would only mean more walking. And who wants to hang out with a bunch of wasted MTV production drones anyway?
My plan for today: What Made Milwaukee Famous, The Hold Steady, Andrew Bird, The Shins and Wilco. Red Hot Chili Peppers? Meh.