WBEZ | music festival http://www.wbez.org/tags/music-festival Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Pitchfork 2013 survival guide http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-07/pitchfork-2013-survival-guide-108088 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Flickr%3AKate%20Gardiner.jpg" title="(Flickr/Kate Gardiner)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">This year&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com" target="_blank">Pitchfork Music Festival</a> kicks off tomorrow, meaning your chance to see your favorite indie artists perform in the flesh is just around the grassy, sun-drenched corner.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But before you allow thoughts of the Breeders playing &quot;Last Splash&quot; or Björk wearing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bjork.fr/15-06-2013-Bonnaroo-Festival" target="_blank">Koosh ball headgear</a>&nbsp;to completely occupy your mind for the next three days, remember that personal safety, sanity and some serious festival prep should always come first.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Whether this is your debut venture, or what seems the billionth time you have attended the annual hipster mecca in Chicago&#39;s Union Park, here&#39;s what you need to know:&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Drink water.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">With temperatures expected to peak at 80 and 90 degrees this weekend, remember that H2O is your friend. Bring a sealed, refillable water bottle with you to the park; and when Pitchfork staffers hand out free bottles around midday, know that pouring them over your head and lightly dousing others upon request is perfectly acceptable in a heat wave. Just make sure to recycle your empties.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><strong>Wear sunscreen.</strong></p><p>At the risk of sounding like your mother, slather on the SPF <em>before</em> you arrive and reapply every couple hours. This bothersome ritual may feel uncool, but you know what&#39;s even more uncool? Looking like a very sad and achy lobster the next day.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Dress light.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>If you can avoid wearing black, the color that the sun loves the most, then please do. Also, Pitchfork is your chance to wear the teeny crop tops and high-waisted shorts that can be a tad too hipster-casual for the office, family gatherings and jaunts down Michigan Avenue. No worries: you&#39;ll fit right in here.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Rock the fannypack. Seriously.</strong></p><p>The fannypack has fallen out of favor since the 1980s, but in these circumstances, it couldn&#39;t be more appropriate. If you can fit your phone, keys, wallet, tiny packable rain poncho and mini-sunblock into a &quot;vintage&quot; bag directly strapped to your body, then the possibility of your personal items getting lost or stolen will go down significantly. And while we&#39;re on the subject... &nbsp;</p><p><b>Keep your phone on lockdown.</b></p><p>If you take your phone out on the festival grounds, odds are good that you will:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Lose it.</li><li>Drop it in the mud.</li><li>Drop it under a stampede of moshing feet.</li><li>Have a band member of Yo La Tengo give you the stink eye for taking photos during their set.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>The last possibility may sound exciting, but in order to keep all of the above from happening to you, keep your phone safely tucked away and out of sight.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Use discretion when moshing.</strong></p><p>Last year at Pitchfork, I was punched in the face during an impromptu mosh to AraabMuzik. The incident was purely accidental&mdash;too many fists and pointy elbows flying through the air. But since then, I have vowed to keep my skinny, fragile-boned body away from direct line of fire. The moral of the story: if you want to jostle around in the park with complete strangers who may weigh twice as much as you, be prepared to take a hit.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Expect to come across these kinds of people:</b></p><ul><li>The gaggle of friends pushing their way to the front of the crowd, who will provoke extreme annoyance and often vocal outrage from everyone around them &ndash; especially those who have been staked out stageside for more than three hours and do not appreciate these freeloaders one bit.&nbsp;</li><li>The fence jumpers, who will eventually get tackled and dragged out in front of everyone.</li><li>The drunk/stoned/sexually liberated college kids, who will remove all of the clothes that they can legally get away with by mid-afternoon.</li><li>The highschoolers, who will make you feel very old.</li></ul><p>What are your Pitchfork do&#39;s and dont&#39;s?&nbsp;</p><p><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; ">Leah Pickett is a pop culture writer for WBEZ and co-host of&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D2" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px; " target="_blank">Changing Channels</a>, a podcast about the future of television. Follow her on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px; " target="_blank">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px; " target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px; " target="_blank">Tumblr</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-07/pitchfork-2013-survival-guide-108088 Lollapalooza 2011 gets underway in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/lollapalooza-2011-gets-underway-chicago-90201 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-05/Lollapalooza Crowd 2010_AP_Nam Y. Huh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Lollapalooza music festival kicked off Friday in Chicago's Grant Park, celebrating its 20th anniversary with more than 130 bands and an estimated 270,000 people in attendance during the three day event. The concert will feature headliners like Coldplay, Muse, Eminem, Foo Fighters and My Morning Jacket.</p><p>The record breaking attendance is sure to bring delays for pedestrians and drivers, according to Roderick Drew, spokespeson for the city of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications.</p><p>Columbus Drive from Monroe to Roosevelt will be closed until August 8th, and the west sidewalk on Lake Shore Drive from Monroe to Roosevelt also will be closed.</p><p>For residents who planned on catching a listen outside of Grant Park, Drew said they'd be out of luck.</p><p>"Pedestrian traffic will be redirected to the east side of Lake Shore Drive so if you don't have a ticket and you expect to be able to camp out on the sidewalk&nbsp; outside the event on the west side of that sidewalk you won't be able to do so," he said.</p><p>According to Drew, the Chicago Transit Authority will be providing extra train service to accommodate the massive crowds. He said drivers should expect delays due to Lollapalooza throughout the weekend.</p><p>Meanwhile, inside the park, Lollapalooza organizers have been planning for more than just crowds and music -- they've organized a few greening efforts as well. For the first time, the festival will be home to an extensive composting system. Lollapalooza organizers hired Pritchard Events to head the project.</p><p>"We have about 20 stations in the food courts where we have a compost manager and we have stations where there's a landfill container, recycling and compost, and we have a person standing at each one of those stations directing people on what to do," said David Mayer, director of sustainability for Pritchard Events.</p><p>But the composting doesn't end there. Mayer said he's worked with food vendors to use only compostable plates, silverware and kitchen utensils. He's even got some of his staff working in the kitchens at the food court to make sure food scraps are composted, too. Mayer said he wanted to make up for last year's unsuccessful greening endeavors.<br> <br> Concert goers will be swarming Grant Park until Sunday evening, when the festival comes to a close.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 21:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/lollapalooza-2011-gets-underway-chicago-90201 Vocalo.org’s Jesse Menendez heads to South by Southwest http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-15/vocaloorg%E2%80%99s-jesse-menendez-heads-south-southwest-83728 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-15/white mystery.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://vocalo.org/">Vocalo.org</a>'s Jesse Menendez is bringing his <em>Music Vox</em> show to the Lone Star State for the <a target="_blank" href="http://sxsw.com/">South by Southwest Music Festival</a>. <em>Music Vox</em><b> </b>spotlights local music.&nbsp;Each week, Jesse brings in artists to play and talk about their music.<br /><br />Wednesday through Friday, from 6-7 p.m., Menendez will broadcast <em>Music Vox</em> live from public radio station <a target="_blank" href="http://kut.org/">KUT</a> in Austin, Texas. Among the local bands joining Jesse will be rockers White Mystery, hip hop artist GoD Jewels, and the psychedelic act Rabble Rabble. But before he hits the road, Jesse Menendez is sharing a little music vox with <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>.<b><br /><br />Bands stopping by <i>Music Vox</i> in Texas:</b><br /><br />White Mystery &ndash; Chicago<br />Loyal Divide &ndash; Chicago<br />Heart-Set Self-Destruct &ndash; Chicago<br />Rebel Diaz &ndash; Chicago<br />GoD Jewels &ndash; Chicago<br />Rabblerabble &ndash; Chicago<br />Salesman &ndash; from Austin, TX</p></p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-15/vocaloorg%E2%80%99s-jesse-menendez-heads-south-southwest-83728