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Spruce Street Harbor Park‘s free summer concert series ends tonight with Pattern is Movement. The duo of Chris Ward and Andrew Thiboldeaux got home from touring with Wye Oak just a couple of weeks ago, supporting their own new self-titled record out on the road. The album took years to complete and was introduced slowly to fans by way of a listening party mash-up at PhilaMOCA last year, where it was paired with an edited screening of There Will Be Blood. The electronic / R&B duo will perform alongside Moon Bounce tonight. More information can be found here.
The hip-hop concert of the summer is coming to Philly. Drake and Lil Wayne are going out on a 31 city tour with a Philly stop on Thursday, August 21st. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, June 20 at 10am. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, listen to a new song by Drake, and collaboration between Drizzy and Lil Wayne.
Drake fans are pretty loyal. Despite the technical difficulties that prevented the October show from happening, there was a big turnout for the December return of October’s own.
Drake’s silhouette emerged amidst the triumphant sounds of “Tuscan Leather” and its first verse which the rapper delivered passionately like a boxer entering the ring, incapable of defeat. The mood remained celebratory as the hitmaker unleashed Take Care favorites “Headlines” and “Crew Love” before returning to “Tuscan Leather”, this time for the third verse. Vulnerability took the forefront when Drake turned to tracks like “Furthest Thing”, “Own It, and “Connect” from Nothing Was the Same.
Then came the party. Drake (aka most sought after rap collaborator) sent the crowd into full frenzy mode with hits he’s been featured on over the past two years including French Montana‘s “Pop That” (complete with graphics of bare-bottomed Betty Boop-like characters and sensual red lighting), DJ Khaled‘s “No New Friends” and “I’m On One”, 2 Chainz‘s “No Lie”, and most recently Migos‘s “Versace”.
The mere presence of Drake’s voice on these tracks and their subsequent instant success attest to his Midas touch on the rap game. As with any Philly hip-hop event, all you have to do is bring out Meek Mill and cue the music to “Dreams And Nightmares” and you’ll feel the venue shake as the crowd roars each and every lyric. Drake did just that and later brought out show opener Miguel (who had an explosive set of his own) and Future to sing the hook to Lil Wayne’s “Love Me,” which features both rappers. Then they letting Future shine on “Same Damn Time” (which resolved suspicions of why it was missing from his earlier solo set).
Switching back to introspection and reflection, Drake offered the crowd “Pound Cake” and “The Motion” then took a quick playful break to do “Come Thru” and before ending the segment with “From Time” where he was joined by stunning R&B newcomer Jhene Aiko whose soft, high-pitched vocals dazzled much like her chiffon dress. The screen above the stage (which provided stellar graphics all night) displayed fireworks interspersed with on-stage shots of Aiko who shined solo as the smoke on the stage whisked Drake away for a costume change. To keep the crowd engaged during the break, the DJ spun snippets of old Drake classics such as “Over”, “Up All Night”, and “Miss Me” from Thank Me Later and “Successful”, “Uptown” and the Lil Wayne-assisted “I’m Goin In” from his 2009 breakthrough mix tape So Far Gone.
Drake turned to the gods for “Hold On, We’re Going Home” as he sang the track dressed in white pants and a light blue graphic tank top amidst white smoke and overhead heaven-drawn visuals of white clouds and sunlight. Despite the change in on-stage attire and scenery, he still represented his rise from underdog status on “Worst Behavior” and “The Language”. The rest of the night found Drake using his levitating circular catwalk for a lengthy segment where he gave shout outs to countless fans in the crowd as they eagerly vied for his attention to the sounds of “305 to My City”. He was joined by surprise guest Big Sean on “All Me” before ending his elaborate, upbeat set with the come-up anthem of the year “Started From the Bottom” ending his Would You Like a Tour? in champagne-popping style.
Drake will take to the Wells Fargo Center stage tonight to atone for the last-minute cancellation of October’s show. He recently earned a Best Rap Album Grammy nomination for his platinum-selling third album Nothing Was the Same and is featured on Beyonce’s newly (and unexpectedly) released self-titled LP. The Toronto native told VIBE that he plans to release a few new songs (which he’s been previewing lately on tour) before the new year. Watch Drake on his “Worst Behavior” below and get tickets here.
Drake isn’t exactly exhibiting bad behavior in his new video, but he’s doing whatever he wants and proves a point. The 10-minute clip begins with Drake’s father, Dennis Graham, recording in a Memphis studio before launching into “Worst Behavior” where he raps along to his son’s rhymes dressed in a white suit surrounded by pink cars. Drake adds more southern hip-hop flare via cameos by Juicy J and Project Pat. The Toronto native is currently on tour in support of his latest album Nothing Was the Same which recently went platinum and will return to Philly for a rescheduled show (the first was cancelled an hour into showtime last month) on December 18th at Wells Fargo Center. Get tickets here.
If you live in Philly and were paying attention to Twitter between 8 and 10 p.m. last night, you might have seen a flurry of posts about Drake, who called off his concert at the Wells Fargo Center an hour after the show was scheduled to begin.
Opener Miguel made the best of the bad situation, however, making his way over to Ortlieb’s Lounge in Northern Liberties for an impromptu midnight show. Ortlieb’s is a famously tiny and narrow space, offering a closer and more intimate experience than any other venue the L.A. pop vocalist and songwriter might play, so a group of fans in the know packed the bar area for the show. DJ Suga Shay opened the proceedings, followed by Miguel and his four-piece backing band. Thanks to Kyle Costill of Ortlieb’s for being such a thorough Instagram documentary; check out a short video of the set below.
According to a statement provided to Philly.com, technical issues caused the concert to be postponed to Wednesday, December 18th. All original tickets and parking receipts will be honored.
Our new-album-by-rapper-Drake-watch continues today with another new song from Drizzy’s forthcoming album Nothing Was The Same. Drake debuted “Too Much” last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with singer Sampha. Watch the video below. Tickets for Drake’s show at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, October 19th are here.