Summertime means festival-packed weekends, and this past one was no exception as rock, indie, pop and countless music sub-cultures came together for Pitchfork, Forecastle, and Chicago Open Air.
From LCD’s riveting performance of “All My Friends” to singer Clementine Creevy’s captivating entrance on stage to Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” on all fours even, the crowd was kept moving and eager for what was to come that weekend.
But it wasn’t all carefree dance parties – some of the artists performing didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.
In between her powerful songs about love, identity, and loss, indie singer Mitski repeatedly thanked her fans for supporting her and and for giving her the chance to live her dream.
Headliner Solange Knowles brought Saint Heron and its artistic qualities to life at Pitchfork.
With spoken word performances and large scale art installations incorporated into her engaging set, Solange brought the festival to an end with a celebration of social justice, diversity, and overall positivity, especially as felt through her soothing and moving opening piece “Rise.”
Just across town, Chicago Open Air brought our favorite heavy metal bands to the stage, including Ice-T, DragonForce, KISS, Korn, Ozzy Osborne and more!
DragonForce’s Herman Li and Sam Totman pumped up the audience with intense solo battles through songs “Through the Fire and Flames” and “Ashes of the Dawn.” Ice-T and Body Count opened with a rendition of Slayer’s “Reigning Blood,” which, combined with crowd favorites “No Lives Matter” and “The Ski Mask Way,” prepared everyone for what was to come…Korn.
The Bakersfield metal band pulled from an eight-album catalog, playing hits like “Here to Stay” and “Shoots and Ladders,” but also tore through songs from their most recent record, The Serenity of Suffering.
Forecastle Fest brought together artists from all genres, such as Odesza, Cage the Elephant, Run the Jewels, and PJ Harvey. The highlight, though, was the courageous and amazing Charles Bradley, who came out to perform after undergoing treatment for stomach cancer – he didn’t let it stop him from bringing a soulful show to stage.
Watch Jack Harlow’s performance from the festival below:
Up north, Goo Goo Dolls kicked off their Long Way Home Summer Tour in Mountain View, California with a 24-song set full of live debuts, starting off with “Tattered Edge/You Should Be Happy.”
They performed a full range of songs from their 32-year career such as “Already There,” released in 1993, and “Free of Me,” released just last year. They later shifted the energetic atmosphere with an acoustic performance of “Sympathy” by John Rzeznik, ending the night with a live debut of “Boxes.”
In other outdoor music happenings, on July 15th EDM star Kaskade changed up his indoor concert setting and brought 13,000 house fans to the beach!
After numerous opening acts, from Gryffin to SNBRN, the sun dropped in Long Beach and the Los Angeles based DJ launched into a three-hour set. He dropped feel-good songs such as “Eyes,” “Move for Me,” and “Never Sleep Alone,” creating a summer night to remember for EDM fans.
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