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Lions and tigers and Kyle Orton… oh my!

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Posted by admin On April - 21 - 2008

A promise is a promise, and I told Zack that I would get this post up when I got home from the Cubs game. I got a little sidetracked by some beer pong after the game, and I am really just getting home. Though, the last I heard from Zack he too was enjoying a post game adult beverage and his dad’s friend was doing the running man.

Lincoln Park Zoo was a little green this April 20th, as it was the host once again to the Green Apple Festival. The stage was set up right next to the Big Cat House, and the lions were outside rocking out to the music. Kyle Orton played MC, along with some girl who has a show on a station I don’t even know if I have or have heard of.

We walked up right as Chicago Afrobeat Project was taking the stage. The sun was shining, and the music brought the crowd to their feet. CAbP is very danceable, and the crowd seemed to appreciate their set as they closed with a Fela Kuti cover, “J.J.D. Johnny Just Drop.”

We took the opportunity to walk around the zoo and check out the animals during the set-break and even during the Bassnectar set. We could hear some heavy bass from afar, and it didn’t draw us back to the stage. We returned to the stage after watching the gorillas for a while for Michelle Ndegeocello, but sat behind the stage and enjoyed some Chicago style hot dogs while listening.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band was the last band I got to see, since I had to get to my grandmother’s for Seder. The crowd had really filled in by the time their set began, and they were definitely my favorite of the day. In between originals, the band managed to work in tunes from Freddie Hubbard, Sly and even Outkast. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I love horns.

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