And so it begins…

I had big plans for doing a full-on Lollapalooza post, but to be honest, I’m a bit worn out from planning for it. Plus, I’ve got a quick post going up on the TOC Blog tomorrow, too. I’m almost Lolla’ed out before it begins.

TOC‘s coverage is pretty extensive, with a good hour-by-hour plan for the fest, along with some tips for surviving the weekend, info on the after-parties and lots of other goodies. We’ve already started covering the run-up to the fest on the blog, as well, and we’ll be blogging throughout the weekend. I’ll be pitching in so look for my thoughts there.

My biggest tip is to hit those side stages, people. They’re are plenty of solid acts (Charlie Musselwhite, Chin Up Chin Up, Silversun Pickups, CSS, 1900s, Peter Bjorn and John) and some attractive curiosities (Bang Bang Bang, Satin Peaches, Lady GaGa and locals Helicopters who are playing tomorrow at 11:15 on the Citi stage). Plus, you won’t have to deal with the huge crowds.

My only other tip: bring some Wet-Naps. You’re going to be sweaty, and it’ll feel good.

Lastly, another reminder to tune in to WLUW 88.7 for my call-in appearance on Outside The Loop Radio at 6 pm. I’ll be offering some more thoughts on Lolla’s economic impact and its effects on Chicago.

See folks? I’ve been living this fest all week already!

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