Lollapalooza After-Parties Give Fans Intimate Experiences With Artists

Carly Rae Jepsen

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Lollapalooza After-Parties Give Fans Intimate Experiences With Artists

After Lollapalooza ends, official after-parties are where all of your favorite musicians perform in intimate Chicago venues

GRAMMYs/Aug 7, 2018 - 05:10 am

The Lollapalooza experience doesn't end when the lights turn off. The fun continues through the wee hours after the music festival ends with its notorious after-parties.

Each year, Lollapalooza Aftershows feature over 110 artists, including the same up-and -coming and legendary musicians that perform at the festival, in more than 55 performances in some of Chicago's legendary venues. The biggest difference? The air-conditioned music venues are way more intimate than the festival's stage performances. This year, fans sold out all of the aftershows months in advance despite the fact that a normal day at Lollapalooza means enduring a hot summer day that can easily be over ten hours long.  

Last year at Lollapalooza there was a newcomer who opened for The 1975's after-party, Dua Lipa. Back then, the British singer/songwriter was just beginning the ascent into her career of international pop stardom. This year she was the headliner of her very own after show with opener BUDDY at The Vic Theater selling out months earlier in under a minute. The crowd at The Vic roared when she spoke about being an opener last year, their cheers letting her know how far she'd come  One of the stand out moments of the unforgettable night was the crowd singing “Be The One” back to Dua, who donned the biggest smile and laugh. Her dancers interacted with the songstress making the lyrics seemingly come to life creating a true visual performance.  

Dua Lipa performs at The Vic Theater in Chicago
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Another one of the fastest selling parties this year was with none other than rapper/singer Blackbear and Albanian rapper Gashi-- Blackbear even had a custom “Blackbear Lollapalooza” platform.  Both of Blackbear’s festival and after-party sets were similar and featured moments in which fans could speak directly to him. The lighting of his show was a sight to see. The mood had a true after party vibe and didn't feel like a concert at all.

Rock bands took center stage at this year's aftershows. GRAMMY-nominated Highly Suspect performed with the support from Cleopatrick. Highly Suspect brought passion to the stage and made the show look like fun rather than work.

In another rockin' after-party, the soulful Dorothy kicked things off for upstar rockers Greta Van Fleet on Saturday night at the Vic Theatre. Though they’re relatively newcomers, Greta Van Fleet is proving themselves with the amount of passion they bring. They have dedicated fans for a reason and it’s clear how much the band loves them back. The band will continue the Lollapalooza fun when they play the festival in Brazil in 2019.

YUNGBLUD may single-handedly save rock n’ roll with his inspirational lyrics. His on-stage demeanor gave an abundance of energy to the show that the crowd reciprocated by jumping. The enthusiasm continued when Catfish and The Bottlemen took the stage.

GRAMMY winner Jack White had a much different experience planned for his fans-- his show was a no phones or camera concert. Fans sealed up their phones and enjoyed an intimate performance from White. The intimacy of his performance was a treat for fans who only have the option of seeing him play at massive arenas. The crowd was so engaged, they sang along to almost every lyric. Fans who were left wanting to snap a pic of White, unlocked their phones in the lobby with delight.

Pop music was definitely not in short supply. Rising star morgxn opened up for GRAMMY-nominated Carly Rae Jepsen at Park West. The theatre perfectly donned a disco ball above the crowd, exactly the vibe her set brought. You couldn't help but dance at the show; not a single person left the theatre without dancing. Fans jumped, as she kicked off her set with “Run Away With Me.”  Jepsen performed 16 of her songs, including all of her hits, to a crowd that knew all of the beats. Jepsen smiled as she heard her fans echo her lyrics.

Walk The Moon perform at Concord Hall
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Walk The Moon did triple duty at the festivities this year. They performed at the festival and had not one, but two after parties. One show was a DJ set at a bar-arcade and the other was a performance at Concord Hall with the support of Pale Waves. The band's walk out song was "Circle Of Life" from  "The Lion King," which was the most memorable ending to the weekend.

Lollapalooza isn’t just about the pop or the rock genres. Singer/songwriter Tyler Childers brought his country influence and shared the stage with sister duo Larkin Poe for a sold-out show at Schuba’s Tavern. Larkin Poe opened up the show performing their bluesy, rock inspired music with stunning and out of this world guitar solos.

Lollapalooza's aftershows truly made the festival even more epic. While the 2019 Chicago line-up hasn't been announced yet, the after-parties will surely bring a different experience to festival goers next year. 

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY


Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 02:09 am

The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.

In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip. 

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs



Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 05:39 am

What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.

Take a peak at Album Of The Year GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars, 60th GRAMMY Awards Host James Cordon, Cardi B minutes before her electrifying performance of "Finesse," and more!

Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.

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Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs


Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs

The Hawaiian native takes home Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like" at the 60th GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 08:11 am

Feeling the 24K Magic, Bruno Mars' successful progress through the categories he's been nominated in at the 60th GRAMMY Awards picked up another one at Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like."

Christopher Brody Brown and Philip Lawrence co-write with Mars under the name Shampoo Press & Curl. The other winning songwriters for Mars' hit tonight in this category are James Fauntleroy and production team "The Sterotypes" — Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and  Jonathan Yip.

For additional "Finesse" on stage at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Mars was joined by Cardi B for a reprise of their 148-million-views hit remix.

The Album Of The Year GRAMMY Award wrapped up the night and wrapped up Bruno Mars' complete rampage through his six nominated categories — now six wins.

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Mariah Carey Tells Fans Fire Music Is Coming With New Album 'Caution'

Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey Tells Fans Fire Music Is Coming With New Album 'Caution'

The sultry R&B/pop superstar has announced she will release her 15th studio album next month – what will she bring us this time around?

GRAMMYs/Oct 17, 2018 - 05:39 am

Never one to do things quietly, the GRAMMY-winning R&B/pop diva with the angelic voice Mariah Carey came boldly onto the scene in 1990 with her GRAMMY-nominated debut self-titled album. At the 33rd GRAMMY Awards she took home her first two wins: Best New Artist and for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "Vision Of Love," which she performed on the GRAMMY stage. The song was the album's first single and Carey's first No. 1 song. Since taking center stage at the beginning of the '90s the star hasn't looked back, releasing 13 studio albums and plenty of hits over the years. Four years after the release of her last album, she has announced that her next one is a month away. What will she serve up on her 15th LP?

The star recently shared on Twitter that her latest album is called Caution and will be released on Nov. 16, 2018. We first got a hint of a new album on Sept. 13 when she announced an album was in the works and released the lead single, "GTFO." The album's second single, "With You," followed on Oct. 4.

On "GTFO" she confidently asks a soon-to-be-ex lover "How 'bout you get the f* out?" in breathy vocals over a slow, melodic beat by GRAMMY-winning producer Nineteen85. "With You" feels like a classic Carey R&B love song with her angelic vocals backed by snapping and a melodic slow jam groove produced by hip-hop beat maker DJ Mustard, who lets her voice shine on an uncharacteristically mellow track for him. These songs hint that her latest release will give us songs that not only showcase her incredible vocal range and versatility, but also give us both nostalgia-inducing tracks as well as radio-ready hits.

"GTFO" gives us a taste of some of the new flavor that she is bringing to her new album, singing the song's coy lyrics completely in more-understated breathy vocals without belting any big high notes, not even during the chorus. It's a catchy, playful breakup song, as she confidently sings "get the f* out/how 'bout you take your tings and be on your merry way?/Fly off with the wind, bye bye baby/How 'bout you scusami, Mimi'll call you a valet."

The song was co-written and co-produced by Jeff Jefferies aka Nineteen85, who is half of OVO R&B duo dvsn and is responsible for producing some of Drake's biggest hits, including the GRAMMY-winning mega-hit "Hotline Bling." On the Drake's song "Emotionless" from his latest album, Scorpion, he samples Carey's lyrics from remixed classic hit "Emotions." Hopefully Jefferies has some catchy hits up his sleeve for Carey, and maybe even brings in some OVO artist surprises.

Carey has released some great collabs over the years, a majority with R&B and hip-hop artists, including Boyz II Men on heartfelt slow jam "One Sweet Day" from 1995's Daydream and Jay-Z on the upbeat classic belter "Heartbreaker" from 1999's Rainbow. We can only hope that the new album will offer some new, soon-to-be-classic hits with some of our other favorite artists.

Her most recent album, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, released in 2014, had more collab tracks than usual for her, which could perhaps point towards some hot features on Caution. The deluxe edition of the 2014 album had six songs with other artists, including rappers Nas, Fabolous, Wale and R. Kelly as well as R&B singers Miguel and Mary J. Blige. The  album's lead single, "Beautiful," has Miguel and Carey singing a soulful, feel-good duet, while "Dedicated" features a bounce-y, electronic-infused hip-hop beat with a verse from Nas. Seeing that she worked with big-time hip-hop producers on the new album's lead singles, we can only hope that they not only offered their production genus to more of the tracks, but perhaps brought some of their friends into the studio as well.

Fans only have to wait a month for the full dose of new music from Carey, but until then we will send our prayers to the music gods that the album will feature all of our dream collabs, perhaps some old and new friends, and offer up some new favorite songs, with some to slow dance to and others to belt out in the shower.

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