Concert Review: Lollapalooza After Show: Walk The Moon & Local Natives: Lincoln Hall August 5, 2011
The After Show: (n) the opportunity to prolong your festival weekend with a low capacity, indoor venue where festival acts (and the occasional local product) join forces to rock your sun burnt faces off.
Lincoln Hall is a spectacular venue. The capacity maxes out under 500, with plenty of room to hand jive and such. (As a fellow from Indy, I am not quite Rhodes Scholar status when it comes to Chicago venues, I could be wrong about the capacity). Alpha King on tap – YUSS SIR. The ability to build your chill zone and vibe out to music – ABSOLUTELY!
Cincinnati poppy pop pop alt rockers Walk the Moon served as the opening act. I have gushed over these guys over the past few months. Their release I Want, I Want has been a member of the Heavy Rotation Club since July. Disappointment quickly set in after the band closed “Anna Sun.” Failing to play the title-track “I Want, I Want” coupled with the neglect of “Blue Dress” set me off to a bad start.
Then it happened…..
“I knew this would be the part
My plane’s arrival catches me off guard
We’ll all be leaving with a broken heart
Wallets empty and we’re back at start”
The lyrics from these LA All-Stars could not have proven any more correct. My wallet was on its last legs after this show (not to mention weekend) but being caught off guard never felt so $$$$!
“Airplanes” was a uniform bonding experience with strangers. “Sun Hands” was passion derived from common interests. Finally, “Shape Shifter” changed perspective while placing importance on positioning and lust for a band.
Written and experienced by Brett McGrath