In a day that was jam-packed with sun-drenched crowds, pounding rock guitars, impending heavy storms, evacuation, suspended acts, questionable continuation of festivities, re-entry, Day 2 of Lollapalooza is one for the books.
The afternoon was marked with a stand-out performance by the San Diego quintet Delta Spirit. Lead singer Matthew Vasquez belted out powerful vocals and quipped with bad jokes. Sadly, the miscues from the mostly silent crowd overshadowed a wonderful set from Delta Spirit. Perhaps the band isn't ready for large outdoor crowds yet.
At around 3:15pm, the mass evacuation began once the festival promoters C3 Presents and the City of Chicago authorities agreed to postpone the festivities due to extreme storms approaching. In hindsight, the call to evacuate was the right call, as the storm that passed through was indeed dangerously unsafe.
Upon reloading the musical acts, the festival goers were treated to a moving set by The Tallest Man on Earth, the fittingly named Atlanta songwriter Washed Out, American singer-songwriter Frank Ocean from New Orleans, and Swedish luminary Avicii in a sick DJ set.
At the end of the day, the 2nd day of the Lollapalooza festival was a success because of the music but also because none of the festival attendees were hurt due to the violent passing storms.
Looking forward to Day 3.