VINYL VERSE TOUR
AUGUST 27, 2022
RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER
By Neil Shumate, OOTB Publications
Hip hop artists Wiz Khalifa and Logic brought their talented rap skills and catchy lyrical verses to a crowd of all generations in the Queen City last night.
Logic walked on stage performing “Keanu Reeves” but stopped the song letting the crowd know that he was sick and needed more crowd energy. The understanding crowd and ratt pack fans sung along to an old school set list that lacked tracks from his latest release Vinyl Days.
Despite Logic/Bobby Tarantino noticeably not feeling well, sounding a little congested, he still played out a solid set including performances of “Icy,” “Everybody,” and “Cocaine.”
The open stage, with just Logic and his DJ, made the set feel stripped down like an emcee battle ground.
After a brief word about how happy he has been in life, especially after recently welcoming a child, the Maryland rapper broke into “1-800-273-8255” and went into closing track “Everyday.”
Wiz Khalifa stood on top of a platform with a house pit band underneath and opened with “We Dem Boyz.” Khalifa’s on stage spontaneity and dances fulfilled the smiling and responsive crowd with an energy level that exceeded 10.
The stacked stage featured upper lights, a back screen, up spray smoke, and digital display boards at each side.
Wiz performed his breakthrough hometown Pittsburgh-tribute track “Black and Yellow” early on and later performed well-known anthem “Young, Wild, and Free.”
Earlier young California rap-pop artist 24kGoldn performed a jump filled energetic set with songs including “Valentino” and summer hit “Mood.”
While crews set up and prepared the stage for the next artists, DJ Drama (Generation Now co-founder) kept the crowd pumped with live danceable, familiar sing-along house mixes.
A series of label mates and special guests opened the tour: DJ Bonics, C Dot Castro (Bobby Boy Records/Logic’s label)—who mentioned he’s grateful and changed his life around after being in prison—Chevy Woods (Taylor Gang/Wiz Khalifa’s label), and Fedd The God (Taylor Gang) got the crowd going by getting in the pit, joining fans down in front of the stage.