House of Blues Concerts announced yesterday the concert event of the summer. With Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell on hand, along with members of The String Cheese Incident and Sound Tribe Sector 9, the Denver dates for Lollapalooza were officially announced at the legendary Twist & Shout.
This year’s line-up has shaped up as the most diverse bill in the festival’s history, spanning cutting-edge rock, avant garde pop, progressive bluegrass, and improvisational electronica. The roster represents Lollapalooza’s guiding force Perry Farrell’s enthusiasm for the free-wheeling jam scene, an organic community driven by loyal fans and inventive music. One of his goals for Lollapalooza 2004 is to fuse divergent subcultures to generate an unprecedented, unpredictable musical and social “love child.”
This ambitious merging of cultures was inspired earlier this year, when Farrell – in his DJ Peretz guise – shared a bill in Denver with the boundary-pushing breakbeat band, Sound Tribe Sector 9. While he was initially unsure of how the audience would react to his electronic dance sounds, Farrell was overjoyed to find the fans to be remarkably positive and responsive. “I found the people I spent the evening with to be conscious, artistic, and inspired – all things Lolla!” he recalls. “The spirit I envision to come over the country with the 2004 Lolla is akin to the gypsy of old,” Farrell continues, “but his coach is solar-powered in keeping with the music’s message. He’s part of the ‘Revolution-Solution,’ having a little fun as a ‘Political-Prankster’.”
In addition to the stellar line-up listed below, Perry Farrell will join Colorado’s The String Cheese Incident on stage for the first ever as The Perry Farrell Incident. The band with Farrell, will play a set of music that includes classic Jane’s Addiction and a few surprises you will just have to see and hear for yourself. “We haven’t worked out what songs we will play yet but I’m sure we’ll have some practicing to do,” explains SCI’s Bill Nershi. “’Idiot’s Rule’ will probably be on the set list since we played that with Perry at the Jammy Awards. It was a blast.” The Perry Farrell Incident is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as this incredible meeting of the musical minds is only planned for Denver.
Perry Farrell and The String Cheese Incident will collaborate on another level for Denver’s Lollapalooza: that of activism and philanthropic outreach. Farrell and SCI’s Gouda Causes will team up with Colorado based not-for-profit Conscious Alliance to host a food drive on the second day of the Denver event. “Our music community has grown accustomed to participating in food drives when they come to our shows,” explains SCI’s Keith Moseley. Conscious Alliance and Gouda Causes have collected over 50,000 lbs of food donated at SCI shows since fall 2002. “It’s great to be part of building that infrastructure into the Lollapalooza community.” Attendees of the show on July 27th who donate ten cans of non-perishable food items will receive a free limited edition Lollapalooza Food Drive poster. Donations will go to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies and a network of Native American Reservations.
Tickets for Lollapalooza go on-sale to the general public Saturday, May 22nd at 10am. Reserved tickets are priced at $75 and $52.50. General admission lawn tickets are priced at $32.50. For a limited time, two-day passes will be sold at the price of $80 for reserved and $55 for the lawn. The two-day pass goes on-sale Monday, May 17th and is good only thru Sunday, May 30th . Tickets will be available for purchase at hob.com, any Ticketmaster outlet, or charge by phone at 303-830-TIXS.
Photo by Tony Stack
A unique aspect of the Denver stop on Lollapalooza, is going to be a special partnership with Westword, Denver's entertainment weekly, in an effort to engage and mobilize the local community. A slot on the Main Stage is reserved for one of Denver's up-and-coming bands and everyone will have the opportunity to decide who will receive the coveted slot. On June 26th, Westword will host the annual Westword Music Showcase where 50 different local artists will be performing at various venues around the city. Attendees will be able to vote on-site, online, or through Westword for the act they deem worthy. When the votes are tabulated, the artist who receives the most votes will play July 27th on the main stage prior to Polyphonic Spree.
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