Kacey Musgraves applauds Lollapalooza crowd’s ‘bravery,’ leads a chant for change

The maverick country singer takes a side turn into disco during cool and collected Grant Park set.

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Kacey Musgraves performs Sunday on the final day of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

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Kacey Musgraves has made a name for herself as an unconventional country musician. She openly supports LGBT rights, speaks candidly about her use of marijuana, and has recently incorporated disco elements to her sound.

Her Sunday night set at Lollapalooza incorporated all of the things that have endeared her to her fans and given her a rebellious label within her genre.

Musgraves was cool and collected throughout the set, with most of the numbers being from “Golden Hour,” which nabbed the album of the year award at this year’s Grammys.

While playing “High Time” from her sophomore studio album “Pageant Material,” Musgraves kept a good sense of humor, making references to the smell of marijuana wafting through the crowd.

She surprised audiences with a cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” with no added country frills or conventions. It was pure disco and a signifier of her willingness to bend genres.

Before performing the tender ballad “Rainbow,” Musgraves dedicated the number “to everyone who has the bravery to even show up to a music festival,” a possible reference to the 2017 massacre at a Las Vegas music fest, or this weekend’s two mass shootings in bustling areas of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Musgraves invited the crowd to join her in yelling “somebody f---ing do something” in regards to the tumultuous state of the country, and the response was deafening.

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