Roaming around the crowded Klipsch premises upon arrival, it became very apparent to me how young the audience in attendance at Wiz Khalifa's Under the Influence of Music tour would be. While there were some fans that may have been a bit older, the primary demographic represented at the concert seemed to be suburban high schoolers, ready to get their party on - something that was very difficult to get past at times throughout the night.
With so many emcees on the bill, the show began very early. Berner performed a short set to start things off. Signed to Khalifa's Pittsburgh-based Taylor Gang Records, Berner got the night of weed-infested hoopla sparked, having the crowd simply chant "drugs" as he started off his set of radio-rific tunes.
Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew were one of the show's highlights, as I had expected. Opening his set with "Alowha" off his most recent Summer Knights mixtape, Bada$$ and company were definitely the oddball of the lineup, with their old school East Coast charisma.
The synchronized teamwork of the Pro Era collective proved the group's prowess, also setting them apart from the rest of the night's acts. Although they stuck to much of the same turnt up/light up script as the rest of the acts, songs like "Death of YOLO" proved that Bada$$ and company desire respect beyond the radio.
Trinadad James and B.o.B followed Bada$$, turning back to the expected radio rap lyrical repertoire. In particular, James belted, "Now my side bitch, my main bitch, cause my main ho, ain't feeling me no mo, no mo."
Between B.o.B and A$AP Rocky, I was wandering near the lawn. While soaking in the surrounding teenage chatter, I came to the realization that the atmosphere reminded me of a high school football game, plus the ever-present marijuana aroma of course. Just as I was coming to this conclusion, a fight broke out in the lawn, with flat-billed masses flocking to the scene of the incident, an image that further solidified my realization.
A$AP Rocky's set was packed with energy, as the Harlem-born rapper jumped around the stage performing many of the songs off of his 2013 release, titled LongLiveA$AP. Backed by a live band, A$AP's antics seemed genuine. During his set, he even postponed the start of a song to announce to the fans attending his meet-and-greet that the event time had been changed.
A$AP was joined by friends throughout his performance, including Joey Bada$$ and A$AP Ferg. He was also the only performer of the night to note how the front of the pavilion and lawn were both packed, but the middle sections were sparsely populated.
Wiz Khalifa closed out a long night of hip-hop to screams from his many adoring fans. Backed by a very solid band, he intermingled songs from throughout his career.
Sticking to his "modern hippie" mantra, he often spoke to peace, love, and weed. At one point, he was even being joined on stage by two people dressed up as an over-sized blunt and lighter- a scene that appropriately portrayed the tour's overall "Under the Influence" theme.