with: Jack White, Odesza, Medasin, Chromeo, Portugal. The Man, Lykke Li, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, The Vaccines, and Anderson East
Sunday, August 5th 2018

The final day of Lollapalooza 2018.
Have to say the weather has cooperated for this year, which is good. Outside of the occasional dust storm whipped up into a frenzy, provoking Portugal. The man’s John Gourley to wear a desert hat (with flaps) in the blazing sun at 3 in the afternoon, have to say it was great performances from beginning to end.
Anderson East started off the day, with a crisp and brisk set from Lolla’s Grant Park Stage.
Next up: The Vaccines from the Bud Light Stage, with Justin Young performing on stage in a vintage Los Angeles Rams jersey- long sleeved. On a hot summer day- that’s gutsy. Great performance though.
Nest Up: The coolest band on the planet- Rainbow Kitten Surprise, from the Toto’s Handmade Vodka Stage.
Damn, do I love these guys, and such a terrific performance for the mid afternoon at Lollapalooza.
Next up: The always cool Lykke Li, from the Grant Park Stage. Always a pleasure seeing Lykke perform live, adorned in glitter and slicked back hair.
Next up: Portugal. The Man. John Gourley and company whip up a storm on the Grant park stage, with sophisticated visuals to match their quirky and cool music, with a string section in tow, and other hangers on.
Portugal. The Man. A band that knows how to throw a party, even at 6:30 in the early evening.
Did a quick session with the electronic musician Medasin from Tito’s stage, waiting to bide some time before co headliner Odesza’s set.
Odesza, performing on the north end of the festival from the Bud Light Stage, do not disappoint.
Sophisticated production, with the trademark marching drummers to open the show, proceeded by campy and fun visuals such as Fred Astaire dancing, and Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame, looking perplexed in black and white on the giant LED screens, behind the two main musicians of Odesza- Harrison Mills (Catacombekid), and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches).
You get the picture. Fancy visuals for a sophisticated electronic band.
And to end the night: Jack White from the Grant Park stage, bathed in lots of lots of blue light.
By the time I arrived after my shots with Odesza, Jack was already into his song “Sixteen Saltines”, blazing away front and center in front of a whipsmart band that’s pulling no punches.
Have to say his set, all the way through “Icky Thump” when I had to leave, was spot on.
Jack White also never disappoints.
And so ends another chapter of Lollapalooza, and it’s one for the books.
A nice diverse cross section of quality music and musicians.
Cheers- Bobby Talamine – Music Photographer

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