Is this the year I finally go to the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago? I’ve been wanting to go, but, you know, being a responsible parent and all, it seemed like a bad idea to head off to a 3-day concert. The babysitting expenses alone were enough to scare me away.
Now I have a better idea: Bring the boy!
He’s six and he loves music (The Clash, and ugh, the Jonas Brothers — kids these days). There is a separate show at Lollapalooza 2010 called Kidzapalooza, and it offers events and performances just for parents and kids. (And then we can wander around the big show!)
The best part: Kidzapalooza is free for kids under 10 as long as dad buys a ticket. For slightly older kids, Perry Farrell has a good idea on what it might it cost in the video below (he’s playing at Kidzapalooza).
Parents: Check out this video, where Farrell discusses the Kidzapalooza line-up (a very cool special guest announcement comes toward the end).
Now, which day should I go? Both Lollapalooza and Kidzapalooza run from Friday Aug. 6 to Sunday Aug. 8. I’m not buying a three-day pass (I’ll get tired, the kid won’t), but an all-day ticket sounds right to me. On the other hand, have you seen the Lollapalooza schedule?
No Clash and no Jonas (thank you!), but Jimmy Cliff and the New Pornographers (don’t let the name scare you parents, a great band) play Friday; Spoon, Phoenix and Green Day on Saturday (all approved by the boy); and Sunday closes with MGMT and Arcade Fire. Of course, there are roughly 50 bands I didn’t mention. All of the above have gotten serious airplay in the car while the boy was in the back.
Who wants to come with us?