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Monday, June 20, 2005

June 24th is the new July 3rd...

From the Tribune:

"Don't get stuck in the traffic mayhem expected to choke the Grant Park and
lakefront areas on Friday, warns veteran broadcast traffic reporter Dan
Fields."The afternoon and evening will feature Cubs vs. Sox at U.S. Cellular
Field, opening day of Taste of Chicago with a concert by LL Cool J at the
Petrillo Music Shell and the first concert at the new facility on Northerly
Island--a double bill featuring the bands Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire,"
Fields told Getting Around in an e-mail, adding that he plans to jump on a train
and head home after work."This year, June 24th is the new July 3rd," he said."
Plus this Friday is also Critical Mass. Seems like a great day for traffic.

On a related note, I was puzzled when I first heard that Lauren Hill had been
scheduled to play at the Taste. She hasn't put out any music in quite a few
years, and the appearances she has made, most recently last
, are most notable for her erratic performances. I saw her at the
Chicago Theatre when she was touring for The Miseducation of Lauren Hill, and
while it was a good show, it was fairly unremarkable (expect for openers
OutKast), but I was looking forward to seeing if we got some freakout action at
the taste.

Last week, it was announced that she would be replaced on the Taste lineup by LL Cool J, I realized that we wouldn't get a freakout, but which would you rather have, possible freakout with lame tunes, or a solid 20 year veteran bringing the hits? I saw LL perform at a B96 Halloween Bash a few years ago. I was really there to see Missy, and *hangs head* Christina Aguilera. The show gave us four songs by each artist and technical difficulties (Christina's track kept skipping), artists hoping to cruise by with bad backing tracks and mediocre dancers (Missy) and the just plain unremarkable ( the girl from Destiny's Child that's not Beyonce or the gospel one), LL stole the show. He came out, ripped off his shirt, and proceeded to unleash two decades worth of hits. He did them ALL. Plus, despite the fact that the qwhole show had taken place in the round, he was the only one to work the audience for all sides, walking across the stage like a panther (with a hat like a shark's fin, natch). If you're going to be downtown on Friday at 5:30 and you don't mind fighting the crowds at the Taste, check it out. After all, LL Cool J is Hard as Hell.

Me? I'll probably be riding my bike.


  • Are we to expect a pirate recording of said performance, then?

    By Blogger pylbug, at 2:33 PM  

  • Ah, NO. I guess it was unclear but I think I'm gonna ride in the Mass. I wish the show was a different night or time, but I on't think it was to be. The only other show I wanted to see at the Taste was Santan, and that's the night David Lee Roth is playing at Summerfest in Milwaukee.

    By Blogger E, at 2:36 PM  

  • Do you remember the name of the sucky local boy band that also played that show? I've forgotten and it's killing me.

    By Blogger Lobstar, at 7:03 PM  

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