BY JEFF MIN
Day one at Perry’s Stage began on a beautiful morning in a new, more spacious area, located on the corner of Columbus and Balbo. The gorgeous weather and extra dancing room was in stark contrast to last year’s Lollapalooza, and had early concert-goers in good spirits.
The first set began with the winner of the “2010 Lolla Remix Throwdown” competition, which served as a nice warm-up for the more polished DJ Franco V. BBU capped the morning off with their brand of mildly political, and always danceable, party rap.
By early afternoon the crowd had thinned out a bit, leaving a much more relaxed setting compared to the morning rush. Cologne-based beat maestros Ancient Astronauts matched the shift in energy with a bass-heavy, downtempo set similar to their labelmates, Thievery Corporation. Ana Sia came on shortly after, and bridged the gap to famed soul/funk/hip-hop connoisseur Peanut Butter Wolf.
Wolf dug deep into his crates and opened with the classic Madvillain song “All Caps.” All of Wolf’s cuts were accompanied by video mash-ups, one of which included a classy Guru tribute. Halfway through his set he cued Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and it was clear that Wolf had a magnetic hold on the crowd, which made it all the funnier when he periodically stopped to give shout outs to underground hip-hop, James Brown and Hanson. A welcome highlight came when Wolf called local rappers The Cool Kids on stage for an impromptu performance.
Kidz In The Hall, who were joined onstage by a live band, and J. Cole followed up strongly and capped off what is likely to be the strongest showing of hip-hop the weekend has to offer.
By nightfall, Perry’s Stage was beaming with life thanks to energized sets by Caspa and Erol Alkan. Tiga’s set marked the beginning of the end, and by the time the final act, 2ManyDJs, hit the stage, the crowd had already lost itself in a mass of flaying limbs and youthful inhibition.
Perry’s Stage certainly matched the expectations set last year, and one can only hope Day 2 will follow suit.