Written By | Alex Perez
After the chaotic year that was 2020, Chicago is back. Mayor Lightfoot announced the return of dozens of concerts and music festivals back in May as part of the “open culture” phase of the city’s reopening plan. One of those festivals being Lollapalooza. The famous festival takes place every year in Chicago’s Grant Park. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the windy city from all over to enjoy performances by major artists like Tyler the creator, Foo Fighters, Polo G, and many others.
Along with the festival itself, many music venues across the city host Lollapalooza after shows for the concert fans that cant get enough live music. One popular venue hosting the Lollapalooza after shows is Thalia Hall. A former opera house now turned concert venue located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood on the lower west side.
Thursday July 29th, a line stretched down the block outside Thalia hall. Fans held signed Boy Pablo memorabilia, wearing their favorite merch, some people covered in glitter and still in their festival attire from being at Lollapalooza earlier that day.
Boy Pablo, the indie pop music project of Nicholas Munoz who performed to a sea of people on Friday at Lollapaloozas Grubhub stage; took the stage the night before to a sold out crowd at Thalia Hall. Opening for Boy Pablo was indie pop artist JAWNY who is most known for his 2019 hit “Honey Pie.”
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Taylor Swift’s song “you belong with me” erupts from the speakers as JAWNY and his band walk onto the stage, suddenly turning a room full of almost 1000 people into a massive sing along. JAWNY’s high energy and quirky attitude warm up the crowd instantly. The audience danced and sang along the whole time. After a few songs off his recent EP and his hit single Honey Oie, the band performed a cover of The Killer’s song, “When you were young”. JAWNY then finishes his set with an unreleased song but before walking off stage the bassist for his gets on one knee and purposes to his girlfriend. Thalia Hall bursts into cheers and applause as the band and newly engaged couple walk off stage.
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The stage lights dimmed blue and Boy Pablo walks onto the stage. He greets the crowd with a wave and is met with cheers and screaming. Before starting his set he sits on stage and explains how his band couldn’t be there due to visa issues. Despite being alone on stage Boy Pablo didn’t skip a beat and kept the energy up for his fans. Performing songs off his recent EP and showing of skills on the piano. Boy Pablo ended his set serenading the crowd with his acoustic guitar.