Walking into Festival Pier last Saturday there was a lot going through my mind.
That this was the first time I was seeing a concert in many many months, that there was a lot of white 16 year old boys here, and after a long time I felt back in my element.
In the moment I realized how lost I’d been since my last concert. Like a fish out of water I have been working at a children’s center all summer and not out in my field, exploring live music.
I had no idea what to expect from the lineup. With Big Lembo, Joey Bada$$, and Logic it was a diverse group of people.
It ended up being very cohesive, and Joey Bada$$ truly set the tone for the rest of the night. While most people had on their Logic merch you could see how taken they were with him. Who knew that Joey Bada$$ could be so soulful and soft when it came to his music. Personally, I had no idea about a lot of his music, I was aware of his album, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, which by the title itself was incredibly creative. I went into the venue not knowing much, but I left with so much love for him and vulnerability. He truly let the crowd into his soul.
I wasn’t prepared for Logic to come on. With his new album, Everybody, I was shocked with how much I truly enjoyed it. As of now it’s still one of my top 5 albums of the year.
Right when he walked on stage the air shifted and the crowd went crazy. He started with “Hallelujah” which was no surprise to me as it’s the opening song on the album as well. There were two songs that I was hoping for my own personal therapy I would get to hear live. Lucky enough he played them both and gave a short speech about how each one of us was important.
“Anziety” was the first song to blow my mind on this album. He tells such a deep and dark story of how anxiety has changed his life and he never saw it coming. I feel like most people feel that on a real level, I know that I did. Looking around as this song was playing looking at the faces of the crowd it was clear that he was making an impact whether he knew it or not.
Later in the night he played the most important song off his album “1-800-273-8255”, which is the number for the suicide hotline. This song received a lot of attention from the media because of the truth in the lyrics. In interviews with Logic he says how dark of a time that this song came from. To hear these lyrics live was something else. It was so therapeutic that I had a revelation while at Festival Pier. When you looked out at the audience you could see that a lot of them had too.
Overall, it was everything that i had wanted from a concert and that diverse group of artists made an amazing show.