AAHH! Fest 2014 Review

In case you thought festival season was over in Chicago, think again. This weekend the Common Ground Foundation curated alongside sponsors Donda’s House Inc., and the Lupe Fiasco Foundation for their first AAHH! Fest in Union park. Upon initial observation this was the trendiest group of festival goers I’ve come across. The performers were also looking fashion forward, Jennifer Hudson and Kanye shared the same red and black flannel by the DONDA art director/Kanye consigliere Virgil Abloh, Lupe wore a patterned tribal print tunic paired with camo pants, while Common, as always, dressed very sharp and classy in all black.

The festival grounds featured VIP and artist guest lounges, food tents (we chose to grab some hot dogs from Chicago Dog House made of exotic meats like alligator sausage, duck, and infused cheddar bacon sausage), and a Miller Lounge featuring this years debuted drinks: Smith and Forge Hard Cider and Miller Fortune. It was nice to run into many familiar faces, network with talented people, and be surrounded around the who’s who in the Chicago Hip Hop scene. Acts included Jay Electronica, De La Soul, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Chappelle, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Twista, and Kanye West.

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco

More pics from the photo pit here

To many people’s surprise Dave Chappelle made a 10 minute appearance instead hosting the evenings show as anticipated, too bad because his set was hilarious, before heading off stage he told the audience:

Take a picture, cause I might be gone for another 10 years.

Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle

The main highlight of the evening by far was the surprise appearance of Mr. West himself, giving the longest performance of 16 songs. It was classic Kanye from how he dressed, to his delivery, to the song selection. This was no mainstream set, it was raw, Chicago rooted, and genuine talent showing the truest form of art. There was no facade or “too good for you” attitude like you see with most celebrities. No surprise then that photo/video crews weren’t allowed to document the performance from the pit, illustrating that this was a show for his hometown fans, not the media and entertainment industry. Chicago first!

Check out our video below of the full set from deep in the crowd:

Kanye also brought out Common to conclude the fest with a special performance of “Get Em High”.

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(Filmed with the iPhone 6+ 1080p HD!)
0:00 “All Falls Down”
0:52 “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”
2:10 “Power”
3:49 “I Don’t Like”
5:40 “Mercy”
7:33 “New Slaves”
10:27 “All of the Lights”
11:40 “Good Life”
13:32 “Gold Digger”
13:59 “Homecoming”
15:25 “Blood on the Leaves”
16:42 “N****s In Paris”
18:00 “Get ‘Em High” with Common
(Note: “Jesus Walks” not captured.)