This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Maybe I'm Amazed
August 3, 2015
Emma, Michael and Sarah
First Aid Kit
Maybe I’m Amazed
My crazy life of a traveling fool was at its most extreme
during the first weekend of August when after seeing Counting Crows in Miami on
a Thursday night, I was on a plane out of Ft. Lauderdale to Chicago at 5 AM the
following morning on my way to catch the first day of the annual Lollapalooza
festival held in Grant Park.
I arrived in Chicago and by 9 AM, I was driving in to
downtown to meet my friend Drew, who owns a ticket scalping business in Chicago
and who once again had me hooked up with a single day VIP ticket to Lolla,
after which I would be driving over to central Ohio to attend the Mid-Ohio Indy
Car race over the weekend.
I met Drew at a hotel bar across the street from Grant Park
and the concert grounds where he had once again set up shop doling out tickets
to his many customers. Though the place was a madhouse and chaotic as all get
put, Drew remained calm and quiet, conducting business from a small table in
the corner away from the mayhem. He got me my ticket and I joined him for a
quick lunch as he went about dealing with clients. It is something to watch him
work, the term wheeler-dealer does not begin to describe the frenetic yet
somehow calm interactions he has while conducting business.
Michael and Drew
My college roommate, Al and his family were in town so that
his two daughters Emma and Sarah could attend Lollapalooza. Al and his daughter
Sarah had just recently been in Key West and now here he was with his wife
Jane, in Chicago from their home in Iowa where they met me before I went in to
the concert. I had not seen Jane in years and it was great to see them both,
even briefly. We spent a few minutes catching up before I headed in to the show
where I would meet up with Emma and Sarah.
Al, Jane and Michael
Sarah and Emma
I thought it was extraordinarily cool of them to come to
Chicago while their daughters attended the concert, of course it was a nice
little mini-vacation for them as well and try as I might, I could not get them
to come in to Lolla to catch at least the Paul McCartney set, which is the main
reason that I made the side trip to Chicago.
Once I was inside the show, I texted the girls and met them
next to the stage where James Bay was scheduled to play. I had spent time with
Sarah, but it was my first meeting of her younger sister Emma who was making
her first visit to Lollapaloooza. As expected Emma was as nice and charming as
her sister and parents and it was great fun hanging out with them for a while.
Father John Misty
James Bay, who I had first discovered last year at the ACL
festival and who was one of my top ten concert performances that I saw last
year was excellent again. Performing with a full band and a lot more acclaim
then when I last saw him, he was wonderful, but not quite up to the performance
at ACL. He was definitely a lot louder and raucous than the quiet mostly
acoustic show that I had seen previously, while it probably translates better
to the much larger crowd watching, I prefer the quieter set.
Father John Misty
After a quick lunch, I parted ways with the girls so that
they could pursue their own fun without the old dude hanging about and went off
on my own to catch the acts that I really wanted to see in advance of the
headliner and main attraction, Paul McCartney. The first act that I checked out
was Father John Misty. I had seen him at Coachella and he was much better in
that performance than this one. Quite frankly, he sort of seemed strung out on
drugs, making ridiculous pronouncements between erratic performances of his
First Aid Kit
Thankfully the next act I saw was the brilliant sibling duo
from Sweden, First Aid Kit. They may well have been the highlight of the day.
An amazing performance that included a brilliant cover of Black Sabbath’s “War
Pigs” in addition to the soft, warm harmonizing vocals of their wonderful
original songs. It was a great performance from a gifted pair of singing
First Aid Kit
After a relaxing meal in the comfy shade of the VIP area, I
went to watch the set by a band that I was completely unfamiliar with called
Ms. Mr. The flashy NYC based duo performed a fun and energetic set that the
crowd really seemed to enjoy. It was a solid and fun set and made me make a
mental note to check into their music more closely when I return home.
Of course the main attraction was the headliner, the
legendary former Beatle, Paul McCartney. I have seen Paul a few times in the
past twenty some years and it is always a remarkable show and this one was no
exception, in fact Paul seemed looser, less choreographed and freer. He really
seemed to enjoy the massive crowd approaching 100,000 that packed the main
stage area to see him.
The crowd was a funny mix of 50-70 year olds packed in
with the twenty somethings that make up the majority of the Lolla crowd, but it
not only worked, it seemed to create an even more energetic response that
McCartney clearly feed off of in delivering a blistering twenty plus song set
that covered his entire career including many Beatles and Wings hits as well as
his solo work. It was a truly wonderful experience culminating when he was
joined on stage by members of the Alabama Shakes for his encore. Paul McCartney
still rules the musical legend landscape and other than maybe the Rolling
Stones, nobody even comes close.
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.