A few good men posing for pictures at Lollapalooza

Tue. August 15, 2023 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

Lollapalooza began back in 1991 when it was touring event and many aspects have changed since then. In 2023 the now four day festival has ticket holders traveling from all over the world to attend its permanent home at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.

The namesake of lallapaloosa is referring to an extraordinary event and each year the festival lives up to that title. Performers and attendees are given a chance to show their individuality at this unique gathering of the souls to experience a carnival of sound.

Gone are the flannel shirts and baggy jeans of yesteryear. Artists are no longer confined in a box to dress a certain way or follow everyday trends.

Canadian singer Talk dances to the beat of his own drum and displayed a unique look at Lolla this year. Wearing makeup and colorful clothing made him a standout onstage at BMI under the trees. He confessed that he was honored that each person had shown up to see him perform on Friday afternoon at the festival.

Harry Edhoukwa was another performer that understood the assignment of dressing like a rockstar. His influences both musically and stylistically were clearly shown in his outfit from Bob Marley to Jim Morrison. The Nigerian singer described his sound as “neo-negro spirituals mixed with hip hop and reggae influences.” He talked backstage about seeing Kendrick Lamar play live and how the fans went crazy for him. It was his first time in Chicago and was headed to Europe next to showcase his work.

Another world traveler, Independent power pop act Husbands has Danny Davis splitting his time between Oklahoma and Costa Rica. This has led to an album Cuatro and learning Spanish to adapt. Look for him at Schubas Tavern on November 4, 2023.

Northern California natives singer Windser continues that trend of letting his surroundings shape his music. Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea was formed from his background in Santa Cruz and playing guitar at the young age of eight years old.

Another example of a musician at Lollapalooza that started young was Ivan Cornejo. After teaching himself to play guitar from YouTube his debut album Alma Vacia went to number two on Billboard's Regional Mexican Album chart. The future seems bright for the newly signed Interscope artist and he returns to Chicago on November 17, 2023 to perform at Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom.

From Jared Leto wearing long red latex gloves during his Thirty Seconds to Mars set to Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman Anthony Kiedis in a mesh shirt the fashion was always unpredictable for men ready to buck a trend.