LIVE: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony @ Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space, 9/19/14
Review and photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk, courtesy of The Glens Falls Chronicle
The Friday night’s biting chill kept many a fan away from seeing Cleveland’s own hip-hop super-stars Bone Thugs-n-Harmony at the Festival Space at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George. Everything had been laid out in the park from food and drink vendors to the constructed huge metal stage with whirling lights and layers of smoke. A hooded DJ played an assortment of house music filled with rap and hip-hop gems. But the unseasonably cold air kept the staff and producers scratching their heads and wondering who would come… and how many.
The set times were delayed by hours. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony were to go on at 7pm, but that was wishful thinking. Saratoga Spring’s own hometown rap maven, Dao Jones, took the stage after 9pm and got some of the several hundred gathered there to warm up to his words and videos, but Bone Thugs-n-Harmony weren’t even on the grounds yet.
But a little after 10pm, the stage exploded with the members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony launching an hour-long set of songs culled from their 20-year performing history. Their DJ spun the music and provided background vocals while the three frontmen rapped, danced and moved with choreographed precision within a sea of lights and smoke. The audience responded with shout-backs as they danced to the pounding heavy beats and rhythms heating up the park. “Tha Crossroads” from their Grammy winning CD E. 1999 Ethernal; “Look into My Eyes” from the film “Batman & Robin”; and many other of the band’s mega-hit songs flew out into the night air embracing an audience that had forgotten how cold it was or how late it was getting started.