Lollapalooza ’09, Day 2 – Smoking Crack and Worshipping Satan

Meet Mark Dwyer from Charlotte, N.C. - On his t-shirt, he says he often does both activities at the same time.

Meet Mark Dwyer from Charlotte, N.C. - He says he often does both activities listed on his shirt at the same time.

All the evils of rock n’ roll were in full display Saturday in Grant Park. You had excessive drinking. You had suggestive hip-swaying. You had drug use. And you had this guy (pictured above). Mark Dwyer, from Charlotte, N.C., who’s the leading candidate for CKOW’s t-shirt slogan of the weekend contest.

In all seriousness, Mark seemed liked a reasonable enough guy. We chatted briefly Saturday afternoon before the Glasvegas show at the Vitaminwater stage, and he let me take his picture. He seemed a lot more reasonable than the city of Chicago, which has long had a tin ear when it comes to its own hometown music scene.

And who doesn't?

And who doesn't?

According to bartenders I talked to Saturday, the city decided that after Friday, the Lolla crowd was incapable of handling its beer 24 ounces at a time. So they decreed that for the rest of the weekend, beer would only be sold one 12-ounce can at a time. No 24-ounce “tall boys” would be available, in other words. You can buy two 12-ounce cans of Bud at a time (at $5 each), but not the $8 24-ouncers. There were “too many drunk people” Friday night, as one bartender told me. Of course, that’s tall boy’s fault.

The kids like the rock n' roll - Lolla '09 was a family affair for some.

The kids like the rock n' roll - Lolla '09 was a family affair for some.

This falls under what I call “Dumb Daley Rules,” of which there are dozens if not hundreds. The year 1968 was a long, long time ago. But it seems like Mayor Richard M. Daley is determined to make sure everyone knows he’s firmly in charge and won’t lose control like his old man did in that memorable year, when the Democratic convention disintegrated into what might be the most famous riot in American history.

The whole world wasn’t watching today. But despite the minor tall-boy inconvenience, Day 2 of Lollapalooza ’09 seemed to go fairly smoothly. The rain went away and the sun came out, turning Grant Park into the world’s biggest sauna.

Among Saturday’s performances, Texas-born Robert Earl Keen, one of the festival’s token country acts, put on a good show at the Petrillo music shell. L.A.-based spartan punkers No Age rocked a small but engaged audience at the Citi stage – there are two guys in this band, one on drums, the other on electric guitar. Funk-inspired but difficult-to-categorize TV on the Radio got the crowd going on the north end of Grant Park. And laptop-toting ravers Animal Collective blew away even this ecstasy-challenged listener.

The road goes on forever, the party never ends - Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen tells the Lolla crowd a thing or two.

The road goes on forever, the party never ends - Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen tells the Lolla crowd a thing or two.

On tap for Sunday: Kaiser Chiefs (2:30 pm), Raveonettes (3:30), Neko Case (4:30), Lou Reed (6:30), Silversun Pickups (7:30) and this weekend’s money shot: Jane’s Addiction (8:30).

Today’s forecast calls for a high of 97 degrees. God help us. I can only hope that given the experience with the Chicago Marathon a couple years ago, the city is prepared.

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