Some quick observations from the improved Perry's stage, where Young Bloods got the party started at the break of noon:
After a few years of pretending Perry's was still a sideshow, Lolla has finally made it a main stage, with an imposing LED-clad DJ stand on stage and a pair of speaker/light towers (looking like the skeletons of twin grain silos) out in the crowd, or out where the crowd will be when it fills in later.
The energy is high and the vibe is fun. A clear contrast from last year's atmospheric but claustrophobia-inducing tent, where the vibe was downright fearful at times, Perry's 2012 doesn't sacrifice spectacle and makes Lolla look awful smart for taking the top down.
That said, it'll totally be a mob scene here later. Glad I grabbed a spot in the shade eary. -- Leo Ebersole