Lolla 2015: Cheese Burgers, Tunes, and Friends

A love of music? A love of cheese burgers? A love of hanging out with friends? All of the above.

Lollapalooza has become a pilgrimage for me for the last couple of years. I’ve been going on a somewhat regular basis since 2007 (yes, the year of Daft Punk).

For the last two years though I have been on a mission to find the best cheese burger. An overindulgence weekend of music, why not make it a constant diet of ground beef?

This year I went to the following:

Burger #1 The Grizzly Adam from The Bad Apple

1. The Bad Apple. A delicious burger with short rib on top. Good. To the point 2.75/5

Bring on the burgers.

2. Kuma’s Too. Menu pictured above. A rock themed atmosphere with heavy metal playing in the background. Of course I had to get the Led Zeppelin. 3/5

Waiting to get burger #3Yes, yes, yes.Best burger! Burger #3 Hands down.

3. Au Cheval. This was my favorite burger from last year and again this takes the cake. Perfectly grilled burger, bacon comes in 1/4″ thick slabs, and an egg to top everything off! There’s usually a wait and we arrived 30 minutes early to guarantee the first spot in line. 4.5/5 (Only because I want to dream there exists another place that has a burger just as good or better.)

Burger #4Day two. Starting out at Dry Hop.

4. Dry Hop. A micro brewery that has a close spot in my heart. Excellent brews and excellent burgers. 4/5

I stopped a four burgers, but my colon thanked me.

Music. The whole reason for the weekend.

1. Act that I didn’t think I would be so happy to see: Paul McCartney. Everyone has listened to the Beatles. Everyone knows the music. But seeing it live. Seeing a person that you’ve heard so many times and have burned into your pop-culture subconscious. I won’t say there wasn’t some tears during some of the songs. Sir Paul was terrific.

Sir Paul with fireworks. #Lollapalooza

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2. Group that I saw by myself and wished my friends would have seen with me: Sylvan Esso. I’ve been listening to SE for the last year and Amelia Meath’s voice has been a siren pulling me in to point that I skipped the first part of McCartney to see them. Totally worth it.

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3. Country music that I was actually looking forward to: Sturgill Simpson. It’s usually not my thing. I enjoyed it.

A very awesome Sturgill Simpson #Lollapalooza

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4. Best closer with the skyline lit up with lightening: Florence and The Machine. (Not my video)

And of course friends:

Just happy people.

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The Lolla family

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