With a career that's spanned four decades, immensely popular norteño group Los Tigres del Norte has plenty of practice making Grammy-award winning music. So when I say last night's show was riveting, electric, compelling, or any other positive adjective I've ever used to describe a concert, it should come as no surprise. But for the sold-out crowd that filled the Ovations Live Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino it was more than any one word can surmise. It wasn't a vanity concert that groups like Los Tigres are often afforded after reaching certain heights: it was a fan's show. -- Anthony Sandoval
Now more than ever, Lollapalooza is a mélange of different fashion decisions to accompany the varied musical offerings crammed together throughout Chicago's Grant Park. When EDM butts up against metal, alt-country, and whatever the hell you'd call Die Antwoord, there's really no wrong way to dress. Still, too many attendees tend to stick to boring, functional attire to them through the weekend. None of those folks are rewarded here. -- Reed Fischer
The setting for the Joey DeFrancesco Trio felt somewhat sterile for the genre, given that this style of jazz --soul jazz, as it's often called-- emerged from the smoky, steamy bars and lounges of New York where patrons would dance for hours to the groove-laden rhythms.
Such was not the case at the Musical Instrument Museum theater, though the music carried on the legacy of those earlier times. And if the musicians--DeFrancesco on organ, Jimmy Cobb on drums and Larry Coryell on guitar--gave any thought to where they were rather than what they were playing, it didn't show. The musical intent of the present certainly equaled--perhaps surpassed--the musical ideal of the past. -- Glenn BurnSilver
Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions
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The 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent weather. A two-hour delay cut through the middle of Saturday's entertainment at Chicago's Grant Park, and a good many people were wishing they had just the record heat to contend with when the storm clouds rolled in.
At about 3:30 p.m., word began circulating the grounds that bad weather was approaching, and that performances would be suspended. Indie rockers Chairlift, the blues reinventors Alabama Shakes, and pop-rapper B.o.B were all casualties of what turned out to be close to three hours of a warranted rain delay.
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In a statement from Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza: "Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff, and artists. We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first." -- Erik Thompson