270,000. That’s the number of determined music-lovers that packed Chicago’s Grant Park this weekend for Lollapalooza‘s 20th anniversary festival. Careful planning and dedication landed me a front-row spot to see Coldplay on opening night. Have you ever felt that there was a band whose songs were the soundtrack to your life? Ever since hearing “Yellow” when I was in high school, I could have sworn that lead singer/songwriter Chris Martin and I shared a journal. The show was part laser spectacular, part balloon fest, and total dream come true.
Coldplay performing “Yellow” at Lolla. Ignore the girl singing off-key in the background, she was a bit excited. (I will deny it’s me forever.)
Chris Martin intro’d “Fix You” by singing the late Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” in tribute to his fellow British phenom.
Click here to see the full stream of Coldplay at Lollapalooza. My sister and mom text me saying they spotted me. If you see an excited girl in a tan fedora, that’s me!
After I scratched Lollapalooza off of my bucket list, I returned to DC to close out the weekend with Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party, featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff, Doug E. Fresh, Mint Condition, and Anthony Hamilton. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Doug E. Fresh lived up to the concert’s title, playing old school jams that had everyone on their feet and Mint Condition’s “Pretty Brown Eyes” took me on a trip down memory lane. Jill Scott was amazing. It was the second time I’ve seen her live, and I loved the way she blended her classics with tracks from her new album, The Light of the Sun. Her double encore included one of my all-time Jill faves, “He Loves Me.” She closed out the song with Spanish operatic breakdown. I love her voice, and her range is crazy. She also looked gorgeous with her braided hair pulled back, gold bamboo earrings, blue sequined dress, and neon green high-tops.
Photos and video by moi.