Thursday, March 16, 2017

Festivals On The Horizon

Tickets for Lollapalooza 2017 go on sale at 10:00 a.m. next Tuesday, March 21, and it’s safe to say they’ll immediately sell out even though none of the acts have been announced yet. The event takes place in Grant Park August 3 – 6; with a single day ticket running $120 and a four-day pass going for $335. If past years are any indication, Lollapalooza will feature popular artists from alternative, rap, hip-hop, ambient, and classic rock.

While Lollapalooza’s organizers can rightfully be proud to their inclusive and diverse approach, they can’t touch Ravinia in terms of eclectic offerings. Then again, Lollapalooza only has four days, while Ravinia runs all summer. This year’s Ravinia schedule was recently announced and it includes Tony Bennett; Common; Fitz And The Tantrums; Santana; Stevie Nicks; Aretha Franklin; Stephen Stills and Judy Collins; John Mellencamp, Pat Metheny The Temptations and The Beach Boys; the John Butler Trio; Alanis Morissette; Darius Rucker; Diana Krall; Smokey Robinson; Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons; and Sheryl Crow. The Moody Blues will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their majestic Days Of The Future Passed album: Blondie will team with Garbage; and there will be a David Bowie tribute. There's also a full schedule of classical music concerts being offered.

The Pitchfork Music Festival, which takes place at Union Park July 14 – 16, also recently announced its full lineup. Artists include PJ Harvey; LCD Soundsystem; The Feelies; Thurston Moore; A Tribe Called Quest; Angel Olsen; George Clinton; Priests; Solange; and Ride. Tickets are $75 for a single day; $175 for a three-day pass.

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