I recently had the rough assignment to live tweet at the Snoop Dogg & Ice Cube concert for Voodoo Lounge in Harrah's Casino, North Kansas City, MO. Can you smell the sarcasm? I was thrilled! I'm a concert fanatic!
I love all kinds of music, but admittedly, I'm not a rap fan. Short of Sugar Hill Gang's "Rappers Delight" and some goofy Will Smith stuff like "Parents Just Don't Understand", I am ashamed to admit I am not well versed in rap. However, I do know a potentially good time. What wasn't going to be fun about this show?! It had fun all over it from the git go!
I learned several new curse words, met rapper/actor Ice Cube, had a great time chatting it up with the entourage from both artists, opening DJ's, the site photographer Jeff Knights of Snap the Moment , the DJ at intermission JT Quick , security, the Voodoo staff, the cops and all the while, my husband who does like rap, and graciously joined me.
Here's a recap of the show from my perspective:
I'd been pumping the show on twitter for a few weeks before July 30th. The pre-show tweets on Twitter are always interesting and people get excited...
Yanni, I will never understand why an artist would want seating on the main floor for their show. If a person is standing, more than likely they will dance, at the least a little. Sway. That's far better than a bump on a log. A.K.A.: a person in a chair.
I was backstage as Ice Cube was preparing to take the stage. He was charming, funny, gracious, all smiles... just the way I wanted him to be. As he was holding the microphone in his left hand, at the bottom of the few steps leading up to the stage, I said "Ice... one more before going on" and held up my camera phone. In what I guess is typical celebrity behavior, he struck a "bad ass" pose. It's not indicative of the guy we were just talking to, but it really is a great shot.
Those with "media passes", like moi', could stand between the stage and the barrier/wall o' fans, and take pics, touch the artists shoes, get some sweat flung on us... and boy did we! LOL!!!
Right after he was done, a DJ from Hot 103 Jamz, TJQuick entertained the crowd. I love how the computer and the turntable are so portable and he was amazing! Kept the audience upbeat despite being jam packed to the stage waiting for Snoop Dogg.. (photo via Jeff Knight)
You can find more great photos from the club photographer, Jeff Knight, HERE and you can find my tweets and photos HERE for date July 30th. The best part of the evening was watching the crowd. They were so happy and diverse and you could feel the good mojo coming from everyone of them.
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Next blog.... on the incredible Los Lonely Boys concert the night after this one took place! Same assignment. I'm one lucky girl.