Monday, September 22, 2014

john rose live from chicago at uic radio

John Rose would take a bullet for rock and roll.

No seriously. My DJ Chicago friend was standing so close to the stage at Lollapalooza when Benjamin Booker smashed his guitar at the end of his show and threw it out into the crowd that John's hand caught a piece of the action.

It was Booker's first guitar. A beautiful white Fender, John sighed.

Our friend Halina and I had been off at another show - otherwise we might be part of this story.

A woman in the crowd behind John got hit in the head with the body. I asked John if Booker broke his guitar on purpose.

Oh yeah. Definitely on purpose, John said.

Held it by the neck and smashed the body. It happened so fast I couldn't get a photo.

John ended up in the emergency room but came right back to Grant Park.

Booker - according to John - was really nice when John stopped by the tent afterwards to get his souvenir signed.

He didn't apologize - John said. He's kind of quiet but was very nice.

I checked out Booker's facebook page and he seems a man of few spoken words. Booker's take on shows:

For the hour that we're together I want you to feel what I'm feeling. I want to look out into the crowd and see you smiling and dancing and having a good time with your friends. Who cares what I'm saying. Shows are about getting away from bullshit jobs, fights with partners, and paying bills. Just have fun. Just have fun.

Speaking of fun.

If it had not been for John Rose - I would never have gone to Lollapalooza.

I would have ended up back teaching at a university somewhere and I would have heard my students talking about Lollapalooza and would have wanted to have gone to Lollapalooza but would have thought Lollapalooza off limits for me.

An Alabama boy married to a Chicago girl - John was the first person I did not know who friended me through a mutual band friend on facebook. I was in Istanbul and he and his wife Laurie were coming through town for a visit.

We met up one Monday afternoon and we saw Istanbul into the early hours. After that we all met up in New Orleans where John and Laurie and friends celebrate his birthday every January.

John believes that Lollapalooza isn't just for twenty-somethings.

And I agree.

And now you have to check John Rose out on facebook and tune into his show Mondays at UIC.

Then you have to join John Rose in life lived dangerously.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

lobster corndog

The best of Lolla featured the lobster corn dog. I walked across Grant Park in the rain to get one. You can only get a lobster corn dog at Lolla. Read more about the don't misses at Lollapalooza. The worst - there was no worst thing about Lollapalooza. More bests. My Chicago friends John and Halina {top}who showed me the best first trip to Chicago ever. And the best surprise ever - running into my friend Jordan who had been at Ole Miss with me back in the day. I was at a show for a great new Nashville band and posted a pic from the show on facebook. She FB messaged me back seconds later: I think I'm standing right behind you in the crowd.

She was.

Note: Surprises are my new favorite thing.

lollapalooza lag

Lolla lag.

It's kind of like jet lag. You move so fast through time and space that it takes your body a few days to catch up with the here and now. Too many mind-blowing altitude-altering things happening so quickly you cannot hope to process it all in 72 short hours. I came up with this theory yesterday that explains why it's taken me so long to share these photos. I thought it up

Saturday, September 20, 2014

lolla in blue & green


i wish i had taken the time to get email addresses - and names - of some of the faces and styles i fell in love with a lollapalooza. if you're the girl whose face i've shared so many photos of here - i hope you won't think i'm a creeper. it's just that i loved each of these looks so much and especially loved the process of how people you don't know can gradually warm up to the camera 

phyllis nobles x

Friday, September 19, 2014

friday at lollapalooza


only 7 weeks late but so much fun re-living lolla this weekend by finally sharing photos 
{more coming tomorrow}