All of us are very aware that Edward is music lover. Not only is he an accomplished pianist, Edward also has quite the singing voice. His musical preferences run the gamut from classical to swing to pop, but even Big T was surprised when Edward requested to tag-along with her to Lollapalooza.
For those of you who don't know, Lollapalooza (or Lolla) is a 3 day music extravaganza in Chicago. Scores of bands perform rap, hip-hop, alternative, and rock music for thousands of fans at stages set-up throughout Grant Park. It tends to be sweltering hot, but the bands that perform make standing in the heat worth the temporary discomfort.
Anyway, Edward was very excited as the day began with an air-conditioned train ride to Chicago. Of course he kept suggesting running all the way as the heat and distance has no effect on him, yet in the end he settled for the train with Big T so he could people watch. She had warned him that people from all walks of life would be converging in Chicago to go to Lolla and he had to witness the phenomenon for himself. He was not disappointed. Teenagers, adults, small children, and even a smattering of senior citizens got aboard the train so they could go party in the park.
After trekking from the train depot to Grant Park, the musical extravaganza could begin! Both Big T and Edward were searched for weapons and other contraband upon entering the gates. Silly people, guns and knives are nothing compared to a vampire's teeth and speed. They then immediately headed off to stake out seats (no pun intended) for the band Vampire Weekend. Those fellas sound great live and had the concert-goers singing along in no time. They even dedicated a song to the memory of John Hughes. Interesting side note: Edward's favorite John Hughes movie is Ferris Bueller.
Next stop was Green Street, an area of the park solely dedicated to environmental information, shopping, and displays. It was a smaller area than in the past, but still had plenty of booths for people to check out. Edward is looking at trading in his Volvo for a hybrid, so he and Big T made sure to look at any information that had to do with emissions and electric versus diesel cars.
After getting their fill of earthy-goodness, Edward dragged Big T off to watch one of his favorite musical artists -Snoop Dogg. The only word one could use to describe Snoop is smooth. Big T asked if he was a vampire, but Edward assured her Snoop is just naturally charismatic, like Jasper. Big T got a giggle when Snoop shouted out props to the hearing impaired interpreters because they even signed his swear words.
The mellow sounds of rap gave way to the Silversun Pickups and then to The Killers. Both excellent bands who had Edward dancing. Especially when The Killers started playing Read My Mind. Goofy vampire.
Since she was exhausted from the day of sun and fun, Edward let Big T ride on his back as he ran to the train station. The ride home was a bit dicey at first due to some drunk teens arguing over which Chicago suburb is cooler, but Edward was quickly able to squelch the squabble. Seriously, this was a real argument on the train, people.
Big T said Edward is a great concert buddy and she would take him again any time, except to a Snoop Dogg show. Seems Edward has been playing Snoop non-stop since he saw him live. Big T should just be thankful it wasn't a Vanilla Ice concert...
Self-portrait during The Killers set.
Rocking out to the Silversun Pickups.