After taking a much needed post-Lollapalooza shower and changing into some clean clothes, I went downstairs at the Hard Rock to wait in line for the Culture Collide after party. By the time I got there, the line was already around the corner. After waiting for about a half hour or so, the line moved we were inside, which really surprised me, since in previous years, that meant at least a 2 hours wait. As soon as I went into the room, there was free food and drinks, as well as gift fanny packs that contained sunglasses and a bandana.
I took my drink and moved into the larger performance space, where there was a very odd looking band dressed straight out of the movie Teen Wolf. It turns out this was a band called Wolf-Face, who are from Tampa, Florida. Lead singer Michael J. Wolf (I see what you did there!) seemed to really be enjoying himself, as the band played fast punk rock, with topics covering things like gym teachers and, well, being a werewolf. It’s funny, because, after a while, I stopped thinking about the schtick and just enjoyed the music. These guys were really fun!
After still taking in what I just saw, I went into the other room to check out what was going on. There was a table where you could make your own buttons and some sort of photo booth thing. Wolf-Face were hanging out and and taking group pictures with people, which was way cool! In the meantime, a DJ was spinning as the crowd mingled.
Next was Chicago rapper, Chris Crack. This isn’t usually my kind of thing, but I actually had a good time and enjoyed his set as he took command of the stage with members of his New Deal Crew. At one point, Crack jumped down into the crowd as he rapped. This was a damn good warm up for Slick Rick.
I had a few more drinks as DJ Kaos warmed up the crowd for Slick Rick by playing and quizzing people on their knowledge of old school hip hop songs from the 80’s. That was pretty fun. Slick Rick came out wearing sunglasses and gold chains that could be seen from the back of the room. He seemed to do a fairly laid back set of classic hip hop with the crowd singing along to just about everything.
I was on a total high (or perhaps a very nice buzz from all of the free drinks) for the rest of the night. These after parties are one of my favorite things about Lollapalooza weekend. Time to get some sleep and prepare for day 2 of Lollapalooza.