This past week I was on the interwebs going from site to site looking for upcoming shows in the Charlotte area. I wasn’t having much success, and ultimately found that nothing was really happening within the next month, so I gave up the search and went to IG to peruse through some photos. Lo and behold, I stumble across the IG page of Fabolous, who posted the following picture 15 minutes earlier:
I immediately followed the link in the photo caption and found that this event was being sponsored by Coors Light and was 21+ only. Not only that, it was FREE. I hit up a couple of guys to see if they wanted to go and just like that the wheels were in motion. Fast forward 2 days to the night of the show and we were waiting in line at the Fillmore. It wasn’t all gravy though, it was raining and because this was a free event, the line was ridiculous. (Sidebar: In hindsight, I definitely should’ve seen that coming). Nevertheless, after a solid 45-55 minute wait in the weather, our squad finally got to the doors. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by some Coors Light reps who gave us vouchers for 2 FREE beers.
We gladly accepted and made our way inside. I was under the impression that we wouldn’t have a spot very close to the front because of the line but thankfully, I was wrong. I later found out that Coors Light had set up stations in the back of the Fillmore where they were serving FREE Lobster Mac & Cheese, sliders, etc. which would explain why we could stroll right up to the front of the crowd. Hey, no complaints here. We did manage a Squad shot before the show really got underway:
No Limit Larry from local hip-hop radio station Power98 was our host for the evening and he kicked things off with a little DJ battle where each would take turns playing popular songs to get the crowd moving around a lil bit – nothing crazy, but a solid appetizer for our musical palettes. Next up was DJ Dummy. Fun fact: This is actually J. Cole’s official tour DJ. Dummy got a little more crowd involvement going and continued the trend of playing popular hip-hop songs while also sprinkling in a few throwbacks. After his set, No Limit Larry came back out and let us know he had a surprise guest for us, and without further hesitation brought out hip-hop veteran Pastor Troy!
Smoke shot out of some cannons and snow flakes starting falling from the sky as Troy came out rocking what looked like a WWF championship belt and rapping “No Mo Play in GA”. Old heads immediately recoginzed the track and started going bar for bar with the Pastor. The new cats more or less just vibed along with it. After Troy was finished, No Limit Larry came back out to the stage and introduced somebody who we all knew: DJ Mustard.
Mustard has a very recognizable, albeit simplistic sound and at this point, everybody knows who produced the song before anyone starts rapping/singing – Mustard on the beat ho!
Mustard went through all of the popular songs that he’s produced, including “My N*gga”, “Who Do You Love”, “I’m Different”, “Post To Be”, and the list goes on and on. He then transitioned into doing what Dummy and the previous DJ’s all did by playing top 40ish type hip-hop songs.
After Mustard was done, we all thought that Fab would be next. This would mark another time in the night where I would be wrong, but I didn’t care because at that point NC LEGEND Petey Pablo came out to “Raise Up”! I flat out lost it and started spitting with him. I actually had Petey’s CD, ” Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry” that featured this song when I was in about 8th grade and I remember just keeping that song on repeat over and over. After the song Petey came down to the front of the crowd and dapped of few people up, myself included! It was honestly the highlight of the evening for me.
Finally, after a lot of excitement and surprise guest appearances, it was time for Fabolous.
He came out rocking a Hornets Larry Johnson jersey with matching Larry Johnson Converse Aero Jam sneaks to the tune of “Lituation” as lights were flashing everywhere, snow was falling from the sky and smoke was blasting the front row of the crowd in the face. It was pretty intense, but we loved it.
Fab went through a Niiiiiiiice setlist that included songs from his recently released “Young OG Project”, classic throwbacks and songs from his Soul Tapes.
2. We Good
3. Ball Drop
4. She Wildin
5. Can’t Deny It
7. Superwoman verse (Lil Mo cover)
8. So Into You
9. Can’t Let You Go
10. You Make Me Better
12. Cuffin Season
14. Thim Slick
15. For The Love
17. Really Tho
18. You Don’t Know About It
19. Got That Work
20. Rack City remix verse (Tyga cover)
21. Racked Up Shawty verse (Meek Mill cover)
22. Say Aah verse (Trey Songz cover)
23. Throw It In the Bag
24. Throw In In the Bag remix
25. You Be Killin Em
All in all, it was an awesome night with a number of great performances. It’s not very often that free concerts come around, so be on the lookout for this concert series as they go to a few more cities across the nation. Just search for #CLreFRESH on Instagram and Twitter to find out where they’ll be at next. Here are some additional shots we got if they might help sway you on whether you would like to go or not: