Live Review: Paid Dues Festival Featuring Black Hippy, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Immortal Technique, More
Debating whether I’d attend the Paid Dues music festival on March 30th, the line-up proved too much of a draw to stay away. The idea of getting to hear new artists and those I knew and loved outweighed the con of venue choice. Changing venues a few weeks before the show filled me with naïve hope that this con would disappear altogether. With an overwhelming schedule of artists playing at overlapping times on three stages, I needed to map the day out as efficiently as possible which was aided by the Paid Dues app that allowed users to customize a schedule for the day(nice touch) minus the meet and greets if you went VIP.
Getting stuck in highway accident and one-lane traffic to get to the venue, the magic number “20” soon revealed itself. Asking security where to park, I was told it would be an extra $20 besides the parking fee I already paid purchasing the ticket to park in “VIP” VIP parking. Then it was a 20 minute walk from the “VIP” VIP parking to the venue entrance. It was a 20 minute wait to check in and another 20 minutes to get a VIP backpack, which unfortunately caused me to miss the Jean Grae and Joey Bada$$ meet and greet. Cutting my losses, I headed to the main Paid Dues stage to check out The Internet and my previous interviewee The Grouch and Eligh. After meeting G&E (who were very friendly and approachable) in the VIP meet and greet, I headed back to the Paid Dues stage to check out De La Soul. Is there anything better than hearing De La Soul perform “A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays” on a Saturday? I think not.
After taking another 20 minute walk to get to the Dues Paid Stage and Monster Energy stages to see Killer Mike and Joey Bada$$, I ventured back into the VIP tent to meet Hopsin (he was dope) and Talib Kweli ( a big thrill since I LOVE Black Star) and then returned back to the Paid Dues stage for good to see another prior interviewee Immortal Technique (“¡Viva la Revolucion!), Tech N9ne, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (who had a pun and dance filled set)and who could forget Black Hippy featuring group and solo songs from Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar (who I’d just seen on Thursday at Jimmy Kimmel). Returning home exhausted and with ringing ears, my dues were thoroughly paid.
Peep more live clips from the show below!