J Balvin Makes History At Lollapalooza 2019 & More Highlights
Day three of Lollapalooza saw more Lolla newcomers, including pop singer-songwriter Bea Miller and brother trio AJR. But perhaps the most anticipated first-timer of the entire weekend was J Balvin, who headlined the Bud Light stage Saturday night (Aug. 3).
Balvin's performance marked the first of a Latin performer in Lollapalooza history (the U.S. version), and he didn't take that role lightly. The Colombian superstar brought the most colorful stage setup of the day, capping off the night with fireworks during his "Mi Gente" finale.
J Balvin certainly wasn't alone in bringing the good energy to the third day of the fest. Take a look at some of the best moments of Lollapalooza's third day below.
The Band Camino's proof of promise
"You look so beautiful, it's a bit overwhelming," The Band Camino co-frontman Jeffrey Jordan told their impressive 1 p.m. crowd. But the group -- who recently signed with Elektra Records -- seemed anything but overwhelmed as they rocked out for songs like "Fool of Myself" and "See Through." Their large audience was no fluke, either: Fans were equally excited about each song (especially their roaring hit "Daphne Blue") and hollered when co-singer Spencer Stewart reminded that their next EP is out in September. "It's gonna be hot," he said with a smile.
Bea Miller's flippant attitude
In between each song, Bea Miller didn't hold back as she talked to the crowd, whether she was bashing on men who only care about their pleasure ("This song goes out to all the fuckboys," she said before "Motherlove") or calling out those name-call other women before her song "S.L.U.T." Yet, Miller's emphatic commentary was also playfully self-deprecating -- like when she called her track "Bored" "the most millennial song I've ever written" -- and she couldn't help but choke up after her the wild crowd reaction to "Fire and Gold," showing that she still has a soft side.
Jonas Blue's Billie Eilish Mashup
Amid his own hits like "Polaroid" and "Perfect Strangers," Jonas Blue filled his hour-long set with remixes of popular tunes new and old, like Avicii's posthumous Aloe Blacc collab "SOS" and Tracy Chapman's classic "Fast Car." Perhaps the most genius of them all was a mashup of Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" and Benny Benassi's "Satisfaction," with an epic “Seven Nation Army” intro to boot.
Scarypoolparty's impressive musicianship
After opening with two headbanging rock tunes, Scarypoolparty (a.k.a Alejandro Aranda) played a handful of songs that showed off his awe-striking piano and guitar playing abilities. His skills were especially noticed during the piano-tinged “Behind the Skin” and the guitar-heavy “Out Loud,” the latter of which fans were most eager to see thanks to his viral American Idol audition (which now has more than 13 million views on YouTube).
Gary Clark Jr.'s undeniable falsetto
While there was no denying that Gary Clark Jr. was going to bring some serious soul to the T-Mobile stage during his late-afternoon set, his performance exceeded expectations as he and his band struck up several jam sessions. He let his vocals shine on This Land cut “Feed the Babies,” which showed off his falsetto -- and had fans really feeling the groove.
Chelsea Cutler’s reunion with Quinn XCII
Cheslea Cutler treated her set as half concert, half dance party, bouncing around the American Eagle stage for songs like “Lonely Alone” and her Kygo collab “Not Ok.” She doubled the fun toward the end of her set, surprising the crowd with her frequent collaborator Quinn XCII for their collaboration “Flare Guns.”
6lack’s mini flex
“This next song I ain't got much to say about it, except that it's Grammy-nominated,” 6lack gloated before diving into his J. Cole collaboration “Pretty Little Fears.” His set closer “PRBLMS” was also Grammy-nominated, but both his smooth vocal performance and the booming crowd reaction made it evident that “Pretty Little Fears” means as much to his fans as it does to him.
AJR's mass burrito order
In the middle of an amped-up set, AJR took a second to acknowledge the dedicated fans in the first few rows of their insanely packed show -- and give them a little reward. “This is probably our eighth or ninth festival this year, and we notice that all of the people in the front, they're so hungry and thirsty waiting here all day,” frontman Jack Met said. “So what happened is, we got a bunch of burritos from Chipotle.” Yes, they literally paused their set to distribute burritos -- a great idea for more than one reason, particularly because the rest of their show was even more hyped.
BJ the Chicago Kid’s homecoming
The Windy City native wasn’t even on the regular Lolla lineup, but he took the Bud Light Dive Bar stage on Saturday evening to spread the Chicago love. Sporting a Cubs hat, BJ had fans in attendance swaying along to songs such as “Church” and “Roses,” along with some tracks from his new album 1123, which he just released on July 26.
Lil Wayne's "Old Town Road" remix
Performing a thunderous sunset set on the T-Mobile stage, Lil Wayne debuted his remix of "Old Town Road," which he dubbed "new Weezy." Though the rapper didn't reveal if and when his version of the record-breaking Lil Nas X smash would be officially released, he did make sure to declare one thing: “Back in the day, we used to do a thing called mixtapes, and all you need to know is I am the king.”
Ruston Kelly's "Teenage Dirtbag" cover
“I know Tenacious D is playing,” Ruston Kelly acknowledged in the middle of his BMI stage set. “I would go see Tenacious D, but thank you so much for being here and having a good cry with us.” His set wasn’t nearly as tear-inducing as he might have thought -- and his acoustic cover of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” made for a pleasant surprise that even prompted one member of the crowd to say, “I think I liked that better than the original.”
Tenacious D's ridiculous antics
From a toy saxophone to a fake mid-show breakup, Tenacious D brought lighthearted hilarity to Lollapalooza. The duo’s outfits fit the mood perfectly, with Jack Black rocking an airbrushed tiger T-shirt and Kyle Gass wearing sweatshorts with multicolored skater shoes. But as absurd as some of their lyrics can be (“I think I've got something in my teeth/ Could you get it out for me/ That's fuckin' teamwork” they sing in “Fuck Her Gently”), both Black and Gass were spot-on with their vocals and their guitar work, and the crowd ate up every second of it.
Twenty One Pilots’ crowd control
Before Twenty One Pilots sang the final chorus of “Ride,” singer Tyler Joseph asked the crowd to find a partner. “You’re going to wait for your cue,” he said, referring to drummer Josh Dun hitting his drums as hard as he can. “When you see your cue, what you’re going to do is one of you is going to get on top of the other’s shoulders.” Hundreds of fans obliged, making for an ultra-vibey finale to their 2015 Blurryface hit.
J Balvin’s game-changing set
“Thank you Chicago, thank you United states, thank you people around the world that came here tonight,” J Balvin told his massive crowd in between playing his smash hits like his Cardi B and Bad Bunny collab “I Like It” and Karol G/Nicky Jam team-up “Mi Cama.” Though Balvin is only one of two Latin artists on the Lollapalooza lineup this year, the attendance and (excitement) was enough to indicate that music festivals may see a benefit to including more Latin artists. And Balvin was well aware of the platform he had, running around the stage and often taking time to say “grateful” -- but most importantly declaring, “Making history!”
Additional reporting from Melinda Sheckells.