All photos by Rich Peterson/13thirtythree Photo
Over the weekend, fans young and old gathered in the cozy Cabooze for an evening stacked with midwest talent, including Shut Up and Rap winner Jayso Creative, quirky Minnesota rhymer Young Gravy and headlining act Tech N9ne who reps Kansas City, Missouri.
1) Jayso Creative
If you came in time to catch opening act and Shut Up and Rap season three champ Jayso Creative, you would have thought it was some kind of finale. She got the whole crowd rocking and repeating her attitude-heavy “Jugg.” From jumping across the stage as she entered to having an audience member blast confetti as she wrapped up her set, Jayso’s performance was full-energy from start to finish. Her liveliness was contagious, as audience members bounced to her mesmerizing outer space, otherworldly vibes, seemingly never-ending bars and emo lyrics.
2) Reciprocal energy
The diverse lineup made away for a range of expression and a receptive crowd made every entertainers job easy Saturday night. Rochester, Minnesota’s very own viral sensation Young Gravy got the audience chanting “Gravy Train!” before he rapped his multi-million streamed hits “Mr. Clean” and “1 Thot 2 Thot Red Thot Blue Thot.”
Concert-goers were just as hyped even when content took a more serious note. Local duo Red Poets Society, composed of Tall Paul and Go Radio’s very own Twin City Tone, brought social justice flavor to the evening as they performed the title track off their latest EP “Make America Great.”
3) Technicians unite
When Kansas City king Tech N9ne finally came out for his headlining performance, the reason the audience gelled so well was no longer a mystery. A majority, if not the entirety of attendees were true Technicians. Strange Music fans from all walks of life and all ages gathered at the Go Show, as the crowd included heads of full gray hair and kids on their parents’ shoulders. Wherever people were watching from, the the sold-out mob recited lyrics from the all the way up in the front row to the way back corners of the crowded space, including on top of stairs and benches to get the best possible view. When Tech’s counterpart Krizz Kaliko took over the set during a brief intermission, a break for drinks and a time to recoup was well by Tech and his dedicated fans.
4) Flexibility of venue
Speaking of recouping, as hot and stuffy as it got inside, the venue allowed attendees to go outside to the patio for a breather. The outdoor space had a bar and plenty of seating, so going out for fresh air and being readmitted into the venue was a true blessing on the humid, 80-degree night. Having a concert set-up for all ages, also gave way for more mature guests to keep their evening going after the show wrapped up around 9:30 p.m.