Ivy has been a volunteer at mym for about 3 and a half years. She likes all kinds of music, everything from "the beatles" to "one direction". In her spare time she loves to read, play hockey and hang out with friends.
In partnership with mindyourmind, Budweiser Gardens celebrates youth volunteers in our community, by providing engaging opportunities, such as opportunities to review their favourite artists.
On Sunday October 21st, Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa performed at Budweiser Gardens. It was far from a family friendly show, and that was quite apparent the moment you walked in. Security and police were everywhere. Everything from hats to shoes were searched before you could enter. The lines were quite long outside to get in because of this process. The venue took some time to fill up, and even as the show started there were large gaps in the crowd, but that didn't stop the rappers from bringing their all to the stage.
Early in the show it was easy to see that the extra security was needed. Before Wiz even performed people were being escorted out by either security or police, mostly for smoking marijuana. The presence of all these police did not deter the rappers at all from encouraging marijuana smoking and living your life how you wish to. Every performer mentioned their love for marijuana and partying multiple times during their stage time. Aside from the off-stage drama, the performances were all very good. Tuki Carter, Berner, Chevy Woods, and Juicy J all opened for Wiz. They had very good stage presence and got the crowd engaged. It felt somewhat like the openers were dragging on a bit near the end, but after about a 10 minute intermission Wiz finally came out. The crowd went crazy and didn’t seem to lose any enthusiasm for the whole set. One of the reasons the show was so good was because Wiz had fast transitions between each song. He was dancing around on stage and appeared to be having the time of his life.
The show's highlight was when Wiz engaged the audience in a sing along of his song “Young, Wild, and Free”. The whole crowd bellowed the lyrics. He then played his hit Black and Yellow and that also caused the crowd to go crazy. After that he said some goodbyes and closed the show with “Work Hard Play Hard”. It was an explosive ending which had everyone up jumping and singing.
Whether you agree with the messages Wiz Khalifa stands for or not, there is no denying he is a talented rapper. He has worked hard to get to where he is today. One thing he told everyone was to follow their dreams, and he couldn't mention enough how much he loves his fans. Overall the concert was very entertaining. I haven't been to a concert where the crowd was so enthusiastic!
- by Ivy