Pitchfork Music Festival: Day Two Recap 07.18.15

What a rainy day here in Chicago. With humid weather and heavy rain pouring, the festival shuts down due to severe storms. You would think all vibes would be off as Pitchfork Music Festival commences. Nah. Excitement continues to roll as day two rolls out with A$AP Ferg and Vic Mensa all breaking ground on the Blue Stage.

A$AP Ferg:

Still suited in designer garbs aka a expensive as black tee, Ferg shrugs off the heavy rain and debuts new tunes worthy of fuccboi drool. Even with mudd flying from all corners of the stage, Ferg shows off his freestyle skills. Rapping over summer hits like “Push It” and spinning his own version of Rocky’s “Work” verse, Ferg brings it back by closing it off with “Shabba” and an ode to the late A$AP Yams. As the crowd continuously chants for the late Yams the show slowly comes to a close.

Vic Mensa brings out Towkio: 

@vicmensa closing out Day 2 @pitchforkfest | Photo: @whodough | #gowhereyoulove #SaveMoney #p4kfest

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Always showing love to his city and crew, Mensa in typical fashion shows out with his crew. Towkio tossed up a few songs as the crowd waited for Mensa and showed everyone why Mensa isn’t the only Savemoney member to hold their own. As Mensa enters the stage dressed in a fit decked with the words “Kill The Poor,” he gives us some of his famous bangers. From “Wimme Nah” to his recent “U Mad,” this young superstar continously shows the city why he is THE next big thing.

Move the moon, move the earth. | #P4kFest #SaveMoney

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Pitchfork Music Festival: Day One Recap 07.17.15

Oh what up sunny ass Chicago? Thanks for coming through as Pitchfork 2015 opens their gates once more. A beautiful day at Union Park, I was a woman on a mission. Get lit with ILoveMakonnen.With a little over 10 mins to soak in the ambiance I headed towards the Green Stage to find not only a packed stage but an outrageous influx of homies 5’7 and above rocking visors. Shout out upper body strength for guiding me through the crowds!

@ilovemakonnen and @djgreenlantern setting the tone at #P4kFest 📷: @whodough | #gowhereyoulove

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ILoveMakonnen, the Super Chef of the hour came through with the wrist action as he debuted new tunes and collab favorites like “Nokia” and “Look At Wrist”. Although the crowd was relatively tame, Makonnen still kept the new music and the energy going, amping the crowd with more sweaty wrist action.

Near the middle of the set, Makonnen Facetimes his Mom (aw!) and dedicates the next few tracks in her honor. Dang! And some of us can’t even make our mamas a proper birthday card. Overall Makonnen’s set was nothing short of what I expected. For a dude who is lax as hell, his music set was a good taste to all the other artists set to perform.

Stay tune for more Pitchfork recaps and commentary!

Mamby on the Beach [GWHH Recap]

Since Wavefront folded a couple years ago, I’ve been itching for another event to be held on the city’s greatest asset – the waterfront. Cue Mamby on the Beach, Chicago’s newest music festival, which hit Chicago’s South Shore over the weekend. Water was centrally located and easy to find, police on site were friendly and helpful, and the people at Mamby were laid back and friendly – a refreshing change from the reckless neon kids of similar events.

Empire of the Sun and Passion Pit headlined the fest, but it was The ‘Go’s own Holt who stole the show. When he took the stage there couldn’t have been more than 100 people there. But the law of attraction would prove strong for the G.O.O.D. MUSIC signee, as Holt brought something to Mamby no one else would – real trap music. It was a much needed change of pace from the dominantly electronic lineup, a breath of fresh air for hip hop heads like myself. Fellow Treated Crew leaders Mano and Mic Terror kept the energy up as people flocked to the stage, and when it was all said and done an intimate crowd had become a high octane mob.

With Chicago’s skyline glistening across the lake and forgiving sand beneath your feet, Oakwood Beach served as an ideal location for the festival. I’m proud to live in a city accommodating a growing taste for live music and peaceful gatherings, and stoked to see Mamby on the Beach possibly become a staple of what we like to call Summertime Chi.

#FBF Kid Cudi x GWHH @ SXSW

Today’s been a Kid Cudi day for me.

It started when I had the notion to check the video above in our archives because it had been blocked for some time by one of those label copyright infringement warnings, you know those… (¬_¬)

But to my pleasant surprise, the video played and it was unblocked!

I relived the classic performance by Cudi, not only because of how he kills it, but also for sentimental reasons. It’s not just mine, but probably collectively, our favorite concert video we’ve produced of all-time.

This was a secret show for SXSW and there was a mere Twitter account to follow that would reveal the performers and location of the night… that night. I remember we were at Peter Rosenberg’s Hot 97 showcase and scanning my phone to see that it was Kid Cudi headlining and he was to go on in any minute. I gathered some of the team to make the 10 minute walk to the venue, get in, text the rest of the video crew to get here quick because it’s about to close and Cudi is already on stage. Our 3 video guys: co-founder Maks G, Teddy Waffles, and Eugene IMP roll in as seemingly the last people to be let in, then immediately split up — right, center, left respectively and hit record.

The first song: this “Cudi Zone” x “Memories” x “Day N Nite” turn-up medley before the term turn-up was invented. That’s how this happened for us and Cudi and the Austin crowd delivered a memorable, energetic relationship. Cudi always brings it live and seeing him perform in this semi-intimate, and very surprise setting, is easily a top 5 concert experience as a whole that I’ve ever covered in Gowhere history.

Alas… it’s never not fresh to bring back a classic from time to time…