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Lollapalooza 2009: Day 1

Lollapalooza 2009 was a three-day music festival held August 7-9 in Chicago’s Grant Park. Lunch Money got to be a part of this extravaganza of awesomeness, playing two shows on the Kidzapalooza stage. What follows is a brief photographic journey through our first day, with posts for days 2 and 3 to come.

We (maybe I should say Jay) drove into Chicago at around 12:30am on Friday morning.

Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge

Chicago’s finest came out to greet the crowd.

Chicago police prepare for Lollapalooza

Although Lollapalooza is pretty much packed with music fans of every age, Kidzapalooza aims at a decidedly younger (and more adorable) demographic.

Lucy contemplates her ice cream

Yeah, I know. I’m pushing into Cute Overload territory.

Henry rocks out

That’s Henry rocking out as he plays his part in “HEY! YOU’RE A ROCK STAR!”, a short interactive play put on by The Cool Table, a Chicago improv comedy troupe. Henry was the guitarist in “Sponge Blue Square Blue”, the greatest rock band the world has ever known.

It's the hair

The little guy above didn’t have a role in “HEY! YOU’RE A ROCK STAR!”, but he played his part by watching from the sidelines and having excellent hair.

Meanwhile, the child below practiced for a life of indie rock shows by looking vaguely put-upon by the whole affair.

What are you lookin' at?

In addition to the adorableness, though, there was also awesome kids music to be heard.

There was Frances England, who I got to meet for the first time (she’s awesome!):

Frances England

…and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo always gets the crowd on its feet…

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

At the end of the day, Lunch Money played, and it was every bit as warm and toasty as it looks.

Lunch Money: The Soggy Edition

But fortunately Lucy figured out the key to a good first day at Lollapalooza–a good umbrella.

Lucy with her umbrella

By the time we finished playing at the end of day 1, we were all pretty worn out, so that’s about it for pictures from that day. Come back soon, though, for pictures from the second and third days of Lollapalooza, including more kiddie cuteness and even a band or two.

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2 Responses to “Lollapalooza 2009: Day 1”

  1. Fantastic! I LOVE the ice cream pic.

  2. Loren says:

    That crazy hair pic is really growing on me. Very understated. Almost editorial. Since I can’t see his face, his subtle body language invites me to try to figure out how he is perceiving the action on the dance floor.

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