by Emily Norton*
Special to iVoryTowerz
Having trouble picking your music festival this year? I am! The choices are endless, but I plan on doing one of the doozies. After the recent release of Lollapalooza's line-up, I have joined the thousands confronted with the choice between Lollapalooza of Chicago, IL (Aug. 7-9) and Bonnaroo of Manchester, TN (June 11-14). Every summer, teens and adults of all ages flock to both of these three to four day music heavens in search of jams of numerous eclectic bands.
Here’s the rundown: The headliners of both festivals are not quite my cup of tea, but if you’re looking for a flashback to the '90s, you’ll be happy at either (for example, the Beastie Boys are playing both). I’m more concerned with the smaller name bands that range from folk to hip-hop, and I must say, though Bonnaroo may have a few more than Lollapalooza, they are evenly matched. Often, artists at both festivals overlap, (notably, Band of Horses, Andrew Bird, Of Montreal, and TV on the Radio, to name a few), so it’s also important to focus on the vibe of the festival as a whole.
Here are a few particulars when determining the best choice:
*Emily Norton is a veteran of both Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo.
**A term for certain fashionable rockers which was current in the 1970s and is undergoing a revival.
(For another view of the Lollapalooza festival, please see a short series from last summer beginning with "Concert Review: Lollapalooza, Day 1 with the Raconteurs.")
(The photo of the entrance to the 2008 Bonnaroo festival is by rocknroll guitar of Tampa, FL via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license. To see Pearl Jam playing "Better Man" at Bonnaroo in 2008, please check below.)
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by Emily Norton*