My Must-See Lollapalooza Performer

Local scenesters weigh in on which show they can't miss at Lollapalooza 2013.

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You can expect huge crowds for Lollapalooza performers like The Killers, but aside from the headliners, who else is a must-see? We asked some local scenesters which performance they'll fight the crowds to witness at Lollapalooza 2013.
Ryan Lange, Owner, Code of Conduct
n"The dark horse of Lolla this year is the band "Shovels & Rope." I've listened to their album on repeat in the shop 100 times since it came out."
nShovels & Rope: Saturday at 12:45 p.m. on Red Bull Sound Select stage
Kelli Zink,
n"The Cure. I feel like it's a gift to be able to see them live in 2013."
nThe Cure: Sunday at 8 p.m. on Red Bull Sound Select stage.
DJ Rock City
n"Thievery Corporation because I've always had a soft spot for these guys. Just good clean music that makes your body feel good."
nThievery Corporation, Friday @ 5:15 p.m., Petrillo Stage
Jessica Zweig, cofounder
n"Theophilus London. Saw him in LA two years ago at the Nokia, and have been waiting with baited to breath to see him again. A hipster rapper who dances like Michael Jackson? Yes, please."
nTheophilus London: Friday at 4:35 p.m. on The Grove stage
Billy Dec, CEO, Rockit Ranch Productions
n"Chance The Rapper. Not only do I want to see & hear him in person to really feel what he's all about, but I mostly want to support local Chicago talent on the rise with a shot at big things. Represent kid!"
Chance The Rapper: Friday @ 6:50 p.m. on BMI stage.
NBC 5 Meteorologist Alicia Roman
n"I have followed The Cure since I was a little girl in the '80s and was captivated. The love that Robert Smith always sings about -- tormented, sad love songs made me feel bad for him and I wanted to listen to more and find out why he was so sad."
nThe Cure: Sunday at 8 p.m. on Red Bull Sound Select stage.
Marty Casey, Lead Singer of Lovehammers
n"Family of the Year are the perfect band to kick off the festivities at Lolla on Saturday and turn Grant Park into the world's largest beach party. This band is built to inspire!"
Family of the Year: Saturday at 12 p.m. at The Grove stage.
Cara Carriveau, Radio Personality (100.3 FM)
n"Makeshift Prodigy has been putting on killer shows in Chicago for years and this Lolla performance likely will be their big break. I wouldn't be surprised at all if they returned to Lolla in a few years and played on a bigger stage. This is my "pick to make it big" band."
nMakeshift Prodigy, Sunday @ 1:10 p.m., BMI stage
Jason Prinzo, Exec. VP Sixtyfifty Music Marketing & Consulting
n"Emeli Sande probably the best pure voice of the entire festival, and in five years you're going to want to say you saw that year's headliner when they were on a side stage in 2013. Can any other artist on this year's line-up say they broke the Beatles record of most consecutive weeks in Britain's Top 10 Album sales (63 weeks)?
nEmeli Sande: Friday 1 p.m. on Red Bull Sound Select
DJ Megan Taylor
n"Disclosure. They just released one of the best 2013 jam-packed albums and there is a strong possibility that collaborator Jessie Ware will join them on stage. Sure to be an epic performance."
nDisclosure: Friday at 6 p.m. on The Grove stage
Andrew Barber, Founder Fake Shore Drive
n"Chance is not only the hottest new rapper in Chicago, but he's the hottest new rapper in hip-hop, period. And why is Chance so red hot right now? Well, you have to see him live to understand. His stage set is energetic, fun and incredibly engaging. He's the future of hip-hop, and not something you'll want to miss. Trust me."
nChance the Rapper: Friday 6:50 p.m. on BMI Stage
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RJ Melman, LEYE Restaurants
n"I always enjoy Band of Horses music. They would be one of the indie bands I would want to see."
nBand of Horses: Friday at 4:15 p.m. on Bud Light Stage
Damon Ranger, Lead Singer of Blackbox
n"If I could only see one band at Lolla it would have to be Queens Of The Stone Age. I wanna see the kids who love Mumford run and duck for cover when they hear a real band with a real guitar throwing riffs at them. Nothing against Mumford, but Lolla has a shortage on rock bands this year!"
nQueens Of The Stone Age, Friday @ 6:15 p.m., Bud Light stage
April Francis, Entrepreneur
n"Lana del Rey. She's a total trip and a tour de force in femininity."
nnLana del Rey, Friday @ 8:45 p.m., The Grove stage
Arturo Gomez, President/Partner at Rockit Ranch Productions
n"I have been a big fan of Ellie Goulding since she first debuted and I think her music would be amazing to see up-close and personal." nEllie Goulding, Saturday @ 4:45 p.m., Bud Light stage
Nina Chantele, Radio Personality (WGCI, KISS-FM)
n"The Cure! "It's Friday I'm In Love" has been one of my favorite songs since grade school. Instantly makes me happy! Elle Goulding is a sweetheart, love her music and she sounds just as awesome live. I've never seen The Lumineers perform live, so I'd like to check them out since I love 'Ho Hey.'"
nThe Cure, Sunday @ 8 p.m., Red Bull Sound Select
nElle Goulding, Saturday @ 4:45 p.m., Bud Light stage
nThe Lumineers, Saturday @ 7:15 p.m., Lake Shore stage
Justin Jacobson, Owner Platinum Events
n"As a huge fan of anything and everything from the '80s and early '90s, no band excites me more on this year's Lolla lineup than "The Cure" Their music was the soundtrack of my generation!"
The Cure: Sunday at 8 p.m. on Red Bull Sound Select stage.
Onasis Odelmo, Photographer, co-founder
n"Definitely the killers, I've pretty much loved every killers song since they hit it big in '01."
nThe Killers: Friday @ 8:25 p.m. on Red Bull Sound Select stage
Emma Arnold, Founder,
n"IO Echo is AMAZING. Gotta hit the fest early though, they play at 12:45 on Friday." nIO Echo, Friday @ 8:45 p.m., Bud Light stage
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Hollywood Holt, Rapper, DJ
n"Chance the Rapper. Because he's from the crib."n
nChance the Rapper: Friday at 6:50 p.m. on BMI Stage
Jerrod Melman, LEYE Restaurants
n"I would really love to see Phoenix. I saw them a few years ago, and ever since then, I have been dying to see them again."
nPhoenix: Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on Bud Light Stage
Marcus Riley, Multimedia Guy,
n"Everything Diplo touches turns gold, and Major Lazer is easily my favorite of his projects. Not that the kids at Perry's stage need any more incentive to get loose, but this set is gonna tear the roof off of Grant Park."
nMajor Lazer, Sunday @ 7 p.m., Perry's Stage
Matt Woodburn, Entrepreneur
n"Local Natives, because I have a fantasy of them playing a small private party for me at my own new venue, 1st Ward at The Chicago Chop Shop. Until then, Lolla will get me through." nLocal Natives, Saturday @ 4 p.m., Red Bull Sound Select stage
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