Temperatures rose, tank tops were on display and Chicago’s Grant Park welcomed back the masses on Day 2 of Lollapalooza 2014, which featured an even more diverse array of top-line talent on Saturday (Aug. 2). From rising rock artists to veteran MCs, from banging bass drops to quiet folk breakdowns, the second day of the long-running Chicago festival provided plenty of entertainment to beat the heat. We didn’t see every artist — but we sure tried. Check out our recap of 24 awesome sights and sounds of Lollapalooza on Saturday:
12:46 PM: On the Kidzapalooza stage, the Chicago Kindie All Stars serenade the children and passerbys with a happy-go-lucky cover of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.”
2:20 PM: Mash-up god Z-Trip blows the top off Perry’s stage when he goes from a sick hip-hop beat to Fleet Foxes to Black Sabbath and back again, all in the blink of a crate-digger’s eye.
2:11 PM: Parquet Courts singer/guitarist Austin Brown gets vaguely political: “Man, the last time I was here in this park was six or seven years ago, when Obama accepted the thing. So much has changed!” He added wistfully, “All that… hope and change…”
2:18 PM: Floating Bill Murray heads popped up in the Parquet Courts audience — impressively, all from different films/eras. Now that’s coordination!
2:50 PM: The sweaty, sun-kissed bodies in the Perry pit get one more good jolt when Trip drops the Beastie Boys “Sabotage” on them before winding things down and saying good-bye for now. (He’s also doing an after-party Sunday night at the Wilt Hotel).
2:56 PM: Basketball jerseys are all the rage at Lollapalooza, and while the Chicago Bulls were well-represented, the LeBron James Cavaliers jersey was the most popular style choice. Two old-school/new-school James jerseys were spotted close to each other in Kate Nash’s audience. Kate herself, looked more like Wonder Woman, sporting a fiery red ensemble that featured a beaded bustier, mesh sleeves and a sweeping cape – yes, a cape – that reads “Girl Gang” on the back.
2:58 PM: Phosphorescent, who has been wowing the Samsung Galaxy stage since 2:15 with its hazy indie-folk, reaches its apex of its set — a performance of the ethereal, six-minute track “Song For Zula.”
4:43 PM: Fitz & The Tantrums plant a kicky cover of the Eurythmics‘ “Sweet Dreams” in their main stage afternoon set. The crowd erupts as if 1983-era Annie Lennox herself had walked onstage.
5:12 PM: “Listen all of y’all it’s a Sabotage!” The covers keep coming as Grouplove springs their energetic take of the Beastie Boys’ classic jam on the Lollapalooza crowd. Later, the band — featuring a cheetah-print-leotard-wearing Hannah Hooper, unleash their tried-and-true festival fave — their take on Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love.”
6:01 PM: Amidst blasts of fiery pyrotechnics, Martin Garrix asks the crowd if they’d like to hear music. You already know what the answer is. Really, the only one who doesn’t speak up is the pensive Nick Cage head on a stick, who remains stoic as ever.
6:32 PM: Before performing a verse from “Accident Murderers,” Nas mentions the Chicago murder rate and dedicates the song to the city.
6:37 PM: Foster the People’s Mark Foster yells words you don’t often hear from someone wearing a leather jacket in August: “This is one of our favorite things to do in the summertime!”
6:55 PM: It’s that time in Foster the People’s set — “Pumped Up Kicks” time. Don’t bother trying to hear Mark Foster’s vocals… just bout everyone in earshot of the Samsung Galaxy Stage is singing at the top of their lungs.
7:00 PM: “This song’s new. It’s about threesomes.” Vic Mensa‘s introduction of “Major Pain” might win the award for best stage banter, and after bringing out an inflatable sex doll and wrapping its legs around his neck, the Chicago rapper showed his knack for stage props, too.
7:12 PM: The two sign-language interpreters at the Bud Light stage for Spoon are very enthusiastic about their jobs, although the edge goes to the female, rocking out with her air guitar skills during non-vocal interludes. The band played many tunes — from “Don’t You Evah” to “The Way We Get By” and “Inside Out,” but it was “Underdog” that got the most appreciation from the crowd. Britt Daniel, happy to be playing in Chicago, even tried to break up a fight from the stage. “Is there a problem over here?” he asked. “The blue shirt guy just needs to get out of the way.”
7:24 PM: Immediately after bringing out his pal Chance the Rapper for “Tweakin’,” Vic Mensa follows up the guest appearance with a straight-faced cover of the White Stripes‘ “Seven Nation Army,” complete with a unhinged guitar riffs.
8:04 PM: Jenny Lewis might be performing solo now, but that doesn’t mean she can’t bust out a little Rilo Kiley. She swaggers through the Under the Blacklight rocker “The Moneymaker.”
8:25 PM: “I don’t know if you know this, but I travel with a choir,” announces Jenny Lewis. Five members of her backing band put down their instruments and form an a cappella choir to back the front woman as she sings “Acid Tongue” while on acoustic guitar to close out her set.
8:46 PM: Half an hour into their headlining set, Outkast is really hitting their stride — Andre 3000 is cracking jokes about Sleepy Brown’s attire, “Aquemini’s” title track is being unfurled, and suddenly, fireworks start popping off behind their stage.
8:47 PM: Nearby at Perry’s stage, hometown heroines Krewella cause eruptions of their own as the Chicago-born EDM duo detonates thunderous bass drops that nearly shake leaves from the trees. “I want you to lose your f—ing minds,” they scream to an eager audience. Lollapalooza accordingly comes “Alive.”
9:13 PM: The Chicago sky erupts again. This time, the fireworks are for Calvin Harris, who drives the EDM masses wild when he drops his smash “Sweet Nothing.”
9:17 PM: Australian electroclashers Cut Copy come out a little late for their 9 PM set (their light show took time to get just right) but do they ever deliver. Those who chose them over Outkast and Calvin Harris were treated to a set that opened with the sublime “We Are Explorers” and included other bangers like “Lights and Music,” “Take Me Over,” and “Hearts on Fire.”
9:28 PM: No Lollapalooza repeat for Rihanna. The Barbados beauty, who guested during Eminem‘s Friday set, is a no show at Calvin Harris’ headlining gig. No sweat – the crowd handles RiRi’s vocal duties just fine.
9:43 PM: The penultimate Outkast song, “International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You),” is dedicated to Pimp C, the great UGK rapper who passed away shortly after the song’s release.