2019 will be my fourth Lolla in a row, and I have to say, I’m not too excited about this lineup. Usually there is a few acts I’m super excited about, but right now none really are sticking out. However, an upside to this is that I’ll be able to check out different acts I usually wouldn’t see and be introduced to new music. And also to collect all the free stuff and do all the free activities, which is always fun. Below is my tentative schedule. Who are you most excited to see?
Normani 4-4:45 Lake Shore
H.E.R. 4:45-5:45 Grant Park
Saba 6:30-7:15 American Eagle
Hayley Kiyoko 5:45-6:45 Lake Shore
Lil Baby 9:00-10:00 American Eagle
21 Savage 5:00-6:00 Grant Park
Janelle Monae 6:45-7:45 Grant Park
Childish Gambino 8:45-10 Grant Park
Smino 4:00-5:00 Tito’s Homemade Vodka
6lack 5:00-6:00 Bud Light
Lil Wayne 6:45-7:45 Grant Park
Tayla Parx 4:30-5:10 BMI
Shaq 5:15-6:15 Perry’s
Kasey Musgraves 6:30-7:30 Grand Park
Meek Mill 7:00-8:00 Bud Light
Ariana Grande 8:30-10 Grant Park
House of Vans Chicago is hosting a summer concert series. The shows are free, and actually feature pretty big names, like Vince Staples, who just finished his tour (you can see my pictures here) and Anderson .Paak who is going up on tour this summer. Each of the headliners pick out the rest of the line up for the night, which would be a great way to discover new music. In order to get free tickets you must RSVP, with the list opening about 2 weeks before the performance. You can RSVP here.
House of Vans are skate parks and community spaces with locations in Chicago, Brooklyn and London.
I was first introduced to House of Vans at the 2016 Pitchfork Festival where they had a pop up event where you built your own record player, which was a lot of fun to do. I’m very excited about this concert series. Not only would I love to see Anderson .Paak, Banks and Vince Staples again, but in general I just love pop up events because I feel like they are a bit more interactive than the average concert.
Coachella is livestreaming on YouTube for free again this year, and it is the cheapest (and cleanest) way to catch all the hype from Coachella. Here is my “Couchella” schedule. It is a bit light, but it will actually give me time to rest for all of these late night sets.
You can watch Coachella here.
Friday, April 12
6:45 – Jaden Smith (1)
7:20 – DVSN (3)
8:55 – Ella Mai (3)
11:25 – Childish Gambino (1)
Saturday, April 13
7:30 – Sir (2)
11:15 – Smino (3)
11:55 – Kid Cudi (2)
Sunday, April 14
7:45 PM – Zedd (1)
8:35 PM – Khalid (1)
9:35 PM – H.E.R. (1)
10:35 – Ariana Grande (1)
Ariana Grande kicked off her Sweetener (and thank u, next) World Tour in Albany, NY yesterday. This tour setlist featured songs from all five of her albums, leaning heavily on Sweetener and thank u, next. Check out the setlist, and a playlist of the songs, below.
Raindrops (An Angel Cried)
God Is a Woman
Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored
Side to Side
Close to You
(Frank Ocean song) (Song played for interlude)
Love Me Harder
You’ll Never Know
Break Your Heart Right Back
Goodnight n Go
In My Head
One Last Time
The Light Is Coming
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
(Marilyn Monroe song) (song played for interlude)
No Tears Left to Cry
Twitter / Sing-A-Long / Thank U, Next Interlude
Thank U, Next
Yours Truly: 2
My Everything: 4
Dangerous Woman: 4
thank u, next: 10
All photos by Ariana LaBarrie/fresh pair of iis
Vince Staples is on a touring spree as of late. He was on tour last year with Tyler The Creator to support his Big Fish Theory album, and was on The Life Aquatic tour in 2017 for the Prima Donna EP. This year, he is on the Smile, You’re On Camera tour, making a stop at Royal Oak Music Theatre.
The title of the tour wasn’t just a tongue-in-cheek nod to the phrase on security cameras; the set design included live steams of the crowd “caught on camera.” Vince Staples always has amazing set designs for his shows. During The Life Aquatic tour, his screen was a big fish tank (you can see photos from that tour here), so it was not surprise his following album was named Big Fish Theory. I wouldn’t be surprised if his next album title was a nod to surveillance.
Vince Staples has this get up and go energy for each show. He starts off strong and has the same momentum throughout the entire show. It is the type of spirit that makes his albums come alive.
Check out the set list below for the show. Tour dates are here.
Feels Like Summer
Don’t Get Chipped
Lift Me Up
Rain Come Down
Run the Bands
Get the Fuck Off My Dick
Mac Miller NPR Tiny Desk Concert Video
Photos by Ariana LaBarrie/fresh pair of iis
Nao’s energy is magnetic and you feel like you are being pulled into her orbit. That is the best way to describe the captivating performance that Nao put on at the Majestic Theatre. She even started the show in the center of the audience, opening with “Another Lifetime.”
Nao had as much fun at the show as her fans did. She danced around to every song, smiling and giddy the entire time. She had a free spirit and attitude that you can only gain from coming out the storm.
Nao explained the meaning behind the title of her album, Saturn. Saturn’s orbital period is about 29 years, so once it goes back to the same position it did once you were born, many changes happen. You tend to reevaluate your relationships or make major decisions, so the album is about that period in her life.
Nao isn’t one of those divas that forgets where she came from. She remembered people in the crowd from previous shows. She also shouted out her band that she has been with for five years, even before she could pay them. My favorite touch of the show is when she passed out balloons resembling the ones from her Saturn album cover.
Saturn is about letting go and moving on, but we shouldn’t move on from Nao anytime soon.
Her merchandise included a t-shirt, backpack, hoodie, poster, hat, CD and vinyl. The most expensive item was the hoodie for $40. The vinyl ($25) and CD were both signed and I thought those were pretty cute. Most of the merchandise seemed to be only available on the tour and not online.
(this is the Portland show on Jan 14, and despite minor shakeups in the order, the setlist for the Detorit show was about the same)
If You Ever
Make It Out Alive
Fool to Love
Get to Know Ya
A Life Like This
Yellow of the Sun
(Mura Masa cover)
Drive and Disconnect
Panorama, the New York music festival that started in 2016, is taking a year off in 2019. The 2018 festival had its issues; the first day was canceled due to weather. It is taking a hiatus to hopefully allow it to be moved to its original desired location, Queens.
While New York still has the Governor’s Ball, here are other festivals you can travel to and how much much flights cost from New York as of January 25.
NYC to Los Angeles- Coachella 4/11-4/15 Averaging $320 according to Kayak.
NYC to Los Angeles -Coachella 4/18-4/22 averaging $440 according to Kayak.
NYC to Nashville Bonnaroo 6/12/to 6/17 averaging $240 according to Kayak
NYC to Chicago-Lollapalooza 7/31-8/5 Averaging $170 according to Kayak
What festival are you thinking of going to?
After announcing he will be a part of Coachella this year, Smino put out the dates for his “Smino’s Hoopti Tour” in support of his 2018 album Noir. I am beyond excited for this tour. I’ve seen Smino abut four or five times and I love it each. Such a great, soulful, fun show. Check out some pics I’ve done at his show here.
You can get tickets here. The pre sale code is WD40.
Smino 2019 Tour Dates:
03/16 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
03/19 – London, UK @ Brixton Electric
03/23 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
03/27 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
03/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
03/30 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theater
04/01 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
04/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
04/04 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
04/05 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
04/09 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
04/10 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
04/13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
04/23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
04/25 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
04/26 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
04/29 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
04/30 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
05/02 – Nashville, TN @ The Cannery
05/03 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead
05/04 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
05/06 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
05/07 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
05/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
05/10 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
05/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The TLA
05/13 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
05/14 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
05/16 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
05/17 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
2019 just started and festival line ups are already being released. Here is who I would see each day.
Childish Gambino, Anderson .Paak, Ella Mai, Jaden Smith, dvsn, Janelle Monae
Solange, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Smino, SiR, Idris Elba
Ariana Grande, Khalid, Zedd, Bad Bunny, YG, Playboi Carti, H.E.R., Blood Orange, Pusha T, SOB X RBE
Seeing the first lineup for festival season is always surprising because people haven’t released new music yet and you haven’t seen who is on the festival circuit yet. So I’m hoping a lot of these artists release new music and albums to play at these festivals. Its interesting to see Ariana Grande on here; there isn’t usually that many pure pop acts on here, and its great to see another woman headliner. Coachella also has a special connection to Ariana Grande because that is where she did a surprise performance of “No Tears Left To Cry” for the first time.
Check up the full lineup below. You can buy tickets starting Jan 4 here. Prices start at $429 for a weekend pass.
Imagine taking one of the hottest rapper’s track from one of the best selling albums of 2018 and making it into a moody, indie song? That’s what Morgan Saint did with Cardi B’s “Thru Your Phone,” the closing track on her Invasion of Privacy album. Saint’s version was named one of 2018 best covers by MarieClaire.com. And just like Cardi made a name for herself, so has Saint. While she has been compared to the likes of Lorde and Halsey, she is defining her own sound with her EP ALIEN. She is also currently on tour opening for lovelytheband.
Check her out this weekend at Lincoln Hall in Chicago and click here for more tour dates. You can also listen to “Thru Your Phone” and her EP Alien below.