A Year In Concert Review (Or More Like Half A Year)

2016 is winding down and it’s been quite the year to say the least. Unfortunately, I was MIA from the concert scene for the first half of the year due to insufficient funds. However, the second half of the year was enough to fulfill all of my concert needs.

August- Flogging Molly

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater at SDSU

This concert was an early birthday present from my brother and it was incredible. The open air theater is not my favorite venue because if you have cheap seats, it’s difficult to see the stage. However, the dancing middle aged adults and great Irish music made the literal height of the seats manageable. I always welcome an excuse to celebrate my Irish heritage, other than wearing green and eating copious amounts of potatoes.

 

October- Yellowcard

House of Blues

Even if you don’t know me, a quick click on any one of my social media accounts will tell you that I am OBSESSED with the band Yellowcard. So, I was obviously biased going into this concert. I loved it, aside from their new music which is sub-par at best. This show was advertised as their last show in San Diego ever, but they have since added another San Diego show in March. Although I am a die-hard fan, I was really off put by what seems like a ploy for more money.

 

November- Watsky

SOMA

I’d never been to SOMA before this show, but there’s nothing really exciting to say about the venue. It’s got a warehouse kind of vibe, which would definitely be cool at a punk kind of show, but this was a white rapper kind of show. The phrase “white rapper” gets a negative connotation typically and rightfully so (cough, cough G-Eazy). George Watsky changed my opinion on this as his rap really leans into the poetry aspect of rhythm and poetry (aka rap) and he is accompanied by an actual band. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this show, I highly recommend checking out Watsky.

 

November- Iration

Del Mar Fairgrounds

Iration seems to be the perfect musical sound for the San Diego area, cool and calm. Did I already say cool? That needs to be stated multiple times. This concert happened immediately following the horse races at the Del Mar Racetracks, which is important to note because that brings a cast of interesting characters to the show. This includes high class San Diego race goers wearing fancy hats and smoking jackets as well as the hordes of college students pretending to be them. Then there were people like me, dressed in dark colors, solely there for the music. Anyways, this was my favorite concert of the year because I really felt the music. It was one of those unexplainable music moments; I will always be able to look back on that day and remember exactly how I felt listening to my favorite song, “Falling”. My holiday wish to all of you is that you get to experience one of these unforgettable moments, whether it be at a concert or at home with your family this holiday season.

 

The South Still Has Something to Say

The San Diego music scene blessed by some true southern talent as Mississippian rapper Big K.R.I.T made his last California stop at the North Park Theater this Thursday for his Kritically Acclaimed Tour. His hour set featured live drums and bass as well as accompanied by million dollar DJ, DJ Dibiase who played from a stage set up to look like an 1986 Cadillac. I mean, how much cooler can this show get? Soul singer Mara Hruby also made an appearance as she accompanied K.R.I.T. for the song “Do You Love Me” off of his album Cadillactica released about a year ago in November of 2014.

Big K.R.I.T. rises from a region that has earned its reputation for being home to some of the most talented hip hop artists. Outkast, Master P., Goodie Mob, U.G.K., Ludacris, Nelly and Three 6 Mafia are just some that I can think of right now. Southern hip-hop artists are known for representing their hometowns while staying away from the divide West Coast rappers and East Coast rappers created among each other in the 90’s. We saw this when Andre 3,000, member of well-known rap duo Outkast spoke out against this at the 1995 Source Awards as he and Big Boi were booed while receiving their Best New Rap Group award. He put aside the hatred and made it clear their music was the only thing that mattered  by letting everyone know that, “the South got somethin’ to say.” Ever since then artists from that region became far more respected and to this day continue to grow, thrive and add they’re own flavor to hip hop culture. I like to think of it as the perfect mixture of the G-funk sound and southern music.

At his show Big K.R.I.T. represented his home well by setting off the crowd with songs like “Counrty Sh*#“, “Mt. Olympus” and “King of the South“. He brought southern rap’s cultured and soulful sounds to San Diego and his fans enjoyed every minute. The live bass and drums were the cherry on top as they exemplify Southerner’s influence and appreciation for live music. His openers also held down for the South with featured artists like Scotty ATL and DeLoreanBJ the Chicago Kid who’s home is not far from the southern hip hop scene was also a part of the talented set list. Nothing but straight up knock and slap. Last night  reassures modern West Coast hip hop fans how much the South can teach us about rap music. The crowd also let the artists know that the West Coast can definitely vibe with whatever the South has to say.

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“What’s good for hip hop may not be good for my soul, so I keep flexin’, wreckin’, for the people that respect it. Check it, f*#k a control.” -Big K.R.I.T.