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Free Gigs at Hard Rock for Lolla!


Whether you’re visiting the Windy City for Lollapalooza this weekend or are a local Chicagoan bummed you can’t make the festival, the Hard Rock has got you covered every night with free live music.

Artists like Amazing Baby and Esser — both of whom we anointed as must-hear Lolla acts — will keep the music going from 6 P.M. to 2 A.M. every night this weekend in the Hard Rock Hotel’s Base Bar.The full schedule is below.

There are also free gigs each night at the Chicago Hard Rock Cafe. Tonight features the Builders & the Butchers (doors at 11 P.M.), while Hey Champ play Saturday (9:30 P.M.) and Ra Ra Riot appear Sunday (10:00 P.M.).

If you’re still on the fence about attending the festival or just want to be near the action, the hotel still has rooms available in special Lollapalooza packages.Choose the “Groupie 101” set, or upgrade to a “Dude, I’m on the List” VIP bundle — that gets you into their fancy Lolla Music Lounge, with DJ sets by Chairlift, Ra Ra Riot, Peter Bjorn & John, the Virgins, Passion Pit, Santigold, and others. Click here to learn more.

Hard Rock Hotel Base Bar Performance Schedule

Friday, August 7
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – John Dugan
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Bright Lights
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM – TBC
10:00 PM to 12:00 PM – Amazing Baby
12:00 PM to 2:00 AM – Daisy O

Saturday, August 8
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM – Hey Champ
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Members Only AV
9:00 PM to 11:30 PM – DJ Berrie
11:30 PM to 2 AM – DJ White Shadow

Sunday, August 9
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Esser
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM – Hollywood Holt
10:00 PM to 12:00 AM – Moneypenny
12:00 AM to 2:00 AM – Yello Fever