CL on the Road: Warner Bros. Records hosts a hot Lollapalooza after party at the Hard Rock Chicago (with photo gallery)

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[image-1]Then, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but DJ Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe ... Oh dear. I had trouble taking my eyes off Caitlin Moe. Let me rephrase that. Everyone in the room had trouble taking their eyes off Caitlin Moe. There. Now I don't feel so freakishly vulnerable... I don't know if it was the violin playing or the blond bombshell good looks -- maybe some combination of the two. But she had the entire crowd mesmerized. We followed every twirl and stroke of her violin's bow. The impossible bend-overs, the spins and twists, all while she played that electric violin with amazing and precise skill.

Next up came the musical madness of Foxy Shazam. I've seen these guys before, at The Ritz in Ybor, so I knew what to expect. But even so, this is one entertaining band to watch. Some poor sucker made the mistake of winding up frontman Eric Nally, who stopped and encouraged the heckler to come up on the stage if he thought that he could put on a better show... Said heckler didn't move. And rightly so, since no one could pilot the musical train wreck of Foxy Shazam the way Nally does.

As with all things, the party had to end at some point and end it did, with style. A trio of drummers from the Neon Hitch set took the stage again to bang out some party-closing beats for the crowd. With the room still cheering and dancing, the drummers made their way down to the floor and were soon surrounded by the crowd, who obviously didn't want to go home. We didn't all go home, but we did have to get the hell out of that place. Fortunately, there was another party to be found on the ground floor ... I don't know what it was about or who it was for, but I didn't care, either; it was only 2 a.m. and I had at least 9 hours before the first band I was covering hit the stage at Lollapalooza...

Complete Warner Bros. Records after party gallery:


I've heard it said that you never forget your first love. Well I'll never forget my first Lollapalooza, or the 17.4 miles of trudging up and down Grant Park I had to do to cover it.

The party started with a 5:30 a.m. flight from Tampa to Hotlanta, then on to the Windy City itself. When I arrived in Chicago, it was a balmy 72 degrees, with just a hint of breeze coming off Lake Michigan. My first stop: the Michigan Avenue Apple Store for a pre-Lollapalooza concert with Wild Beasts and The Boxer Rebellion. I spent the next few days catching some excellent music and photographing the bands and crowd. From B.o.B to Arcade Fire, it was all good. Even the Sunday morning rain shower couldn't slow down the Lollapalooza Juggernaut. [Click here to see my pics from the fest and to read Andrew's wrap-up.]

But the real stars of the show were the nightly after parties.

The Hard Rock Chicago hosted Saturday night's Warner Bros. Records after party, and it was good — I mean really, really good.

We kicked off with a set by Danny Masterson (AKA DJ Mom Jeans), which was exactly what the crowd needed to get it all started.

And hot off their Friday afternoon set at Lollapalooza, Nashville's very own American Bang [pitured above] brought the rock-n-roll to the party. Neon Hitch (yes, that's really her name) was resplendent in her leopard spots and wielded a fur-lined megaphone, turning the Warner Records after party into the Warner Records dance-your-ass-off-party. For anyone in the crowd that missed Lady GaGa's Friday night set, Neon Hitch went a long way in easing their pain.

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