By Kia Wassenaar
April 24, 2015
Wednesday, April 15: the downtown mall came alive with colorful concert goers. People of all ages streamed down the mall, headed for the Snoop Dogg concert at the N’telos Wireless pavillion. The night was warm and summery, a perfect way to kick off the Charlottesville concert season.
The doors opened at six and by seven thirty the Pavilion was packed. Wandering through the crowd, one could see nearly every age, ethnicity, and style represented. Teenagers and college students intermixed with a much older crowd. The opening DJ, Thomas Deane, played upbeat hits from the 80’s and 90’s and people were dancing long before Snoop came on stage. The environment was as carefree and mellow as a concert can be.
A little before nine Snoop Dogg hit the stage, opening with a crowd pleaser I Wanna Rock. He made no introduction but instead danced around the stage, characteristically zonked out and cocky. He had the crowd entirely enraptured and he knew it.
Snoop’s set list was what made the concert great. He played the hits, the songs every person could and did sing along to. Songs like Gin and Juice or Dr. Dre’s The Next Episode had everybody grooving out. But Snoop Dogg also covered crowd favorites like Wiggle by Jason Derulo or I Love Rock’n Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts that literally had hundreds singing every word. One surprising moment was when he pulled out a joint of marijuana on stage and smoked it, a daring but fitting move for the infamous Snoop.
He kept the crowd engaged the whole time. The concert was one long crescendo that ended to a cover of Jamming by Bob Marley and the Wailers after only an hour and a half. Although the music was great, and Snoop’s stage presence was very memorable, the abrupt ending of the show (he walked off without any parting words) left the whole crowd confused and honestly, a little cheated.
Overall though, I would call the concert a success. Great lighting, excellent and unusual set list, and most importantly, enthusiastic crowd. Snoop has true fans and the turnout proved it.
Snoop Dogg has been at the forefront of pop culture for years now. He’s played shows around the world and has collaborated with countless major artists since he first started rapping in 1992 (including Dr. Dre, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams.) This year, Snoop has 23 tour stops planned across the globe (find a full list here: http://www.songkick.com/artists/292668-snoop-dogg).
Keep an eye out for his upcoming concerts!
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