Well, August is here, which means that school will be starting soon, and the summer is coming to an end. In order to truly finish the summer off right, I decided to have one more big weekend, and I spent it with one of my best friends from college. To do the weekend right, we went to see the Boys of Zummer Tour with Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy at the Usana Amphitheater.
We showed up to the amphitheater about 20 minutes early and this concert was a little bit different than most because between each artist’s set, there was live music from new artists rather than having just a playlist of music. Before the show even started, they had live music by one of Pete Wentz’ newest signers, MAX. He was really energetic and his music was good, so I’m excited to see what happens for him in the future. The show started at 7 with opener, Hoodie Allen, a rapper out of New York who has built an audience on YouTube. He was pretty good, although when he performed the venue wasn’t even half full, and it was far too hot to really get into the show.
After Hoodie Allen, there was another rapper, who only performed one song. I don’t remember who he was, but he seemed talented enough. I just wasn’t feeling it I guess.
Wiz Khalifa was the next act, and if you know anything about Wiz, you know that smoking pot is sort of his aesthetic. Before he even hit the stage, the space started filling with the smell of marijuana and it stayed that way for the next hour and a half. Turns out you kind of stop noticing after a while though, so it was alright. I have, of course, heard some of Wiz Khalifa’s music, because it’s everywhere. I’ve never paid much attention to it, and besides, he wasn’t my reason for being there.
I enjoyed the show a surprising amount but there was SO. MUCH. POT. I know I keep bringing it up but WHOA! I didn’t know a man could play the piano so well while also smoking, but Wiz Khalifa’s keyboard player managed it, along with everyone else up there on the stage. A lot of the music they played was familiar to me, and I actually really enjoyed watching it live. My favorites were Young, Wild & Free, and that huge summer hit, See You Again from Furious 7. I have to say that I was delightfully surprised by my overall experience with Wiz Khalifa.
After Wiz, it was time for the big event! At least for us it was. We were there for Fall Out Boy, although if you looked closely, you could definitely tell who was there for Wiz and who was there for FOB. During the break between bands, MAX came back to perform his newest single, and once again, he brought the energy. By this point, the venue had finally filled up. I don’t know why people were showing up 2 hours late, but who am I to tell them how to live their lives. The show started with Sugar! We’re Goin Down, which seemed odd since it’s one of the old ones, but I’m not gonna complain. That song is a classic! They performed a lot of the old stuff which was a lot of fun for those of us who have been listening to them since before their hiatus a few years ago. There were pyrotechnics, awesome screen graphics, and the guys were as amazing as they’ve ever been.
One of my favorite moments in the show was when the band headed up to the lawn to perform Young Volcanoes and Immortals acoustically. If anyone ever tries to tell me that those guys aren’t genuinely talented, I will point them in the direction of those flawless performances. At one point, Wiz Khalifa joined the band to perform a verse of Uma Thurman, and it was surprisingly awesome. I didn’t think I could enjoy their music more, but it was great.
The show was amazing, and after 2 summer in a row attending FOB concerts, I think I’m going to make it a tradition. They never disappoint!