Vincent Knox Editor-in-Chief
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie performed at Eastern on Sunday, Sept. 29, and what a show it was. The music began around 7 with a DJ to hype the crowd up and get everyone ready for the opening act, Snowsa. He played for around 40 minutes, and then she came out with her dance crew. They kept the energy high with their tight dance moves and her performance was very solid overall. She only performed three songs, but they all kept the crowd immersed in the experience. The song that received the biggest reaction from the audience was, of course, “Yank Riddim” (sadly without Young M.A.).
After she departed the stage, another DJ came on. This one introduced himself as DJ Ominaya and is A Boogie’s tour DJ. He played a variety of songs and amped the crowed up. Towards the end of his set, he humorously asked for where certain groups were and then played some of the more popular but stereotypical songs associated with them. For his last song, he made a big deal about the audience not being cool if they didn’t know this old hit he was about to play. He proceeded to play “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton, best known by its opening line, “Making my way downtown…”
After the song finished, it was finally time for A Boogie to come out. The cover for his album “Hoodie SZN flashed up onto a projection screen and DJ Ominaya had us all chant “Boogie, Boogie…” until he came out.
He came out blazing, his first song being “Look Back at It”, giving the crowd a payoff for all the energy and hype built up until this point. As he continued his set, he remarked, “Connecticut is lit”, and even claimed that we were more “lit” than his recent Toronto show, eliciting a positive uproar from the crowd. He went on to perform more hits, like “Swervin” and “Mood Swings”. He even performed D.T.B. a song from “Artist”, his debut mixtape for all the “day one” A Boogie fans. As the night came to the end, he performed “Drowning”, asking for the crowd to make a circle in the middle and to not close it until the beat dropped. He even gave the crowd a second chance to get it right.
All in all, concert was a success in all respects. It drew in a lot of people and the performers gave a show worth coming to. The members of C.A.B. put a lot of effort into this event and it seems to have paid off. I look forward to seeing what the spring concert will give us. Keep an ear out for more C.A.B. events!