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blog posted 4.15.14

LOLLAPALOOZA - I'll Take You There

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Chicago in August.
Perfect playground for a music fest…

I was on the verge of a panic attack and I hadn’t even left the house yet.
I was 50 years old and heading out for a weekend at Lollapalooza, Chicago’s 3-Day August music fest in my city’s wonderful Grant Park. Did I mention I hate heat and big crowds? It was pushing 100 degrees with serious storms in the forecast, record ticket sales, and my four teenage sons had a houseful of college friends in from out of town for the weekend.
val lollaI worried about everything from heat stroke to claustrophobia to stampede to hearing loss. I worried about the kids’ guests — would they party, go crazy, die under my watch? I had an exit strategy in case the storms showed up, I had a mom bag with everything: bandaids, tums, earplugs, sunscreen, mophie, rubber bands. Seriously? I was ready for an Outward Bound excursion. And frankly that was my expectation. Worried that this grown-up trek back into the fest scene, after the long lapse between my twenty something and fifty something years, would not be a fit anymore. And that would be the saddest revelation for me, a music-obsessed boomer who launched an entire music business to help busy adults get back into the music scene.

So I pulled myself together and dove head first out of my comfort zone. And it was one of the most magical, anonymous, kumbaya, music-drenched weekends of my adult life.
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