Whereas the Queen Mary has seen higher days bodily, as a live performance venue, the ship’s occasions park has by no means been a hotter spot as the music continued with the sold-out Summertime in the LBC live performance Saturday, July 7.
Headlined by Long Beach native Snoop Dogg, the live performance was the newest festival at the venue, which inked a cope with live performance promoter Goldenvoice in late 2017 to convey extra occasions to the ship. Already this yr the park has hosted the One Love Cali Reggae Fest in February, the sold-out People who smoke Membership Festival, which celebrated hip-hop tradition and marijuana in April, and the R&B-heavy Smokin’ Grooves in June.
At Summertime in the LBC, the day of old-school soul and hip-hop included greater than a dozen acts on the “Kickback” and “40 Oz.” levels, together with Ice Dice, The Recreation, Warren G, Ja Rule & Ashanti, The Isley Brothers and Technique Man & Redman.
The subsequent large-scale musical occasion on the grounds might be Alt 98.7 FM’s Summer time Camp music festival headlined by Demise Cab for Cutie on Aug. 12.
Right here’s how the day went at Summertime in the LBC:
OG and younger Gs
Not many main festivals are capable of hit that multi-generational candy spot the place they appeal to music lovers of all ages.
And whereas there weren’t many adults with youngsters at Summertime, there have been numerous generations of music followers grooving alongside one another Saturday.
The gang included well-dressed people in their 60s drawn by bands like the Isley Brothers, The Dramatics and The Manhattans, individuals in their 40s who grew up in the g-funk period and youthful followers who love the West Coast hip-hop sound.
“I grew up listening to these jams, back in the day we rolled down the neighborhood listening to this,” stated 61 year-old Los Angeles resident Derrick Johnson, who was sporting a fedora hat, gold chain and silk short-sleeve shirt to see The Manhattans and the Isley Brothers.
Dressed in blue velvet blazers and black pants, members of The Dramatics slowly strolled onto the Kickback stage about 10 minutes after their set was supposed to start.
However as soon as the R&B group began dancing in unison, nobody appeared to thoughts the band being fashionably late. And once they performed songs like “Me and Mrs. Jones,” and “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” the Detroit group had everybody slowly grooving in entrance of the stage and singing alongside to just about all the songs. The band additionally performed a slow-jam model of Snoop’s “Doggy Dogg World,” since they have been featured in the music on the rapper’s debut album “Doggystyle.”
Regardless that the present was bought out, some followers found out a strategy to watch with out spending a lot of money on tickets.
Greater than a dozen boats floated in the water simply behind the park Saturday these on board acquired a fairly good view of the fundamental stage and the backstage space.
It was a triumphant return residence for Long Beach native Warren G, who carried out on the essential stage early in the night. Sporting a easy white T-shirt and denims and smoking weed on stage, the 47-year-old sounded as crisp and younger as he did in the mid 1990s throughout the heyday of the g-funk sound he helped create.
He expressed his pleasure for being in his hometown as he took a selfie from the stage with the crowd behind him and carried out a set that was a medley of his hits, together with “Do You See,” and “This DJ.” Warren G ended his efficiency together with his largest hit, “Regulate,” as the crowd rapped alongside phrase for phrase.
Though he began about 30 minutes late, the spotlight of the night time was Ice Dice, who began with certainly one of his largest hits — and a track that mirrored how the crowd was feeling — “It Was a Good Day.”
It was yet one more sing-along second at the present when hundreds of voices in the viewers rapped the lyrics in unison. The gang obtained even louder as they yelled “today was a good day.”
“Ain’t nothing better than working in your hometown,” Ice Dice advised the screaming viewers whereas scenes from his numerous films performed in the background as he carried out a number of of his hits like “Natural Born Killaz,” and “Check Yo Self.”
Snoop Doggy dud
Long Beach native Snoop Dogg headlined the present and lots of anticipated an epic look as he got here residence to carry out songs from his debut album “Doggystyle.”
However it was a set Snoop in all probability needs to overlook.
Sporting a monitor go well with together with his hair tied again, Snoop tried to ship, and had assist from a number of barely-dressed dancers on stage, however sound issues plagued his efficiency.
At numerous factors his microphone would reduce out or the music overwhelmed his vocals, however principally the tracks simply appeared off and never in sync with Snoop’s rapping.
Snoop didn’t say a lot to the viewers however he did ask for the bass to be turned down. He appeared to be speaking to his group on stage about the sound issues, however individuals started leaving the present in the center of his set.
Nevertheless, a few of the exodus might have been individuals making an attempt to keep away from the giant crowds and catch a shuttle again to downtown Long Beach since there was no public parking allowed at the venue.
Regardless, it was a good day.