LIVE: Lil Wayne @ SPAC, 7/20/11

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

Let’s face it – the Saratoga Performing Arts Center isn’t exactly a hot-bed for hip-hop. So when a rap show does oh-so-rarely drop into the amphitheater, it’s a special occasion. And last Wednesday, more than 15,000 fans were on hand to revel in the rap of New Orleans’ tattooed hip-hop hero, Lil Wayne.

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Some of the openers – notably Keri Hilson and Rick Ross – stirred the pot a bit, but the concert didn’t boil over until Lil Wayne stepped out into the spotlight with his sunglasses, a baseball cap and a microphone. That’s all he needed.

Bouncing around the bandstand and its extended runway, Lil Wayne was definitely in his element, exciting the audience and shaking a few hands along the way. His band – featuring an electric bass, guitar, drummer and the mandatory DJ – rocked SPAC on its foundation with their combined, earth-shaking beats.

Song after song brought on loud cheers from the crowd, thundering throughout SPAC and likely heard in downtown Saratoga Springs, too.

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson

Rick Ross

Rick Ross

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