Photos by Jason K Chang.
This past Saturday, I had the privilege of going to the Bud Light Party Convention at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square. The crowd inside was pretty packed considering we arrived an hour after the people were let in. But with many sections to the venue, no one room was packed and especially the main room was only a quarter-filled.
Being that this is a Bud Light Party, we assumed it would be only one option for drinks. Little did we know the party was open bar and it also came with free pizza! Pleasantly surprised, we gathered our compliments and walked over to set up shop for the show.
The promotion of the event did not disclose the special guests opening for Big Sean and it created a buzz in the room. A DJ warm up the stage which was followed by a rollerskating tandem doing acrobatic spins in middle of a platform, elevated on top of the stage. It felt a bit out of place but impressive nonetheless. That gliding duo was followed by a quick appearance of Angela Yee (of The Breakfast Club) to the chant of “SHOTGUN IT,” who then welcomed the entrance to Bud Light spokesperson Michael Pena. While Angela would not consume the beer in her hand while on stage, Michael obliged the crowd and chugged his beer. He easily got the crowd going and introduced the first main act of the show, DNCE.
To be honest, I did not recognize the name of the DNCE but I would later recognize their flagship single, “Cake by the Ocean.” And while I did not recognize their music initially, the four-person band put on an amazing performance, full of energy. I walked away thoroughly impressed.
The act that would follow was popular rapper G-Eazy. He came out alone and performed bangers after bangers. At one point, he even grabbed a fan’s phone to record himself while performing on stage. He left his act after a loud ovation from the crowd.
Transitioning onto the main act of the night, Bud Light commissioned a b-boy crew to come out and do a quick dance number to get the crowd excited. Once they cleared, Big Sean came out, opening to “Paradise.” Sean’s set included a number of hits that weren’t his songs per se but guest appearances to some of the biggest songs of recent past, such as “Mercy,” “Clique,” and Chief Keef’s “Don’t Like.” Mid-performance, he also had a surprise guest by DJ Khaled who came on to do a quick 2-song set, pose for the cameras then leave. The show ended on powerful performance of “I Don’t F*** With U,” walking off the stage to a very satisfied crowd.
Overall, Bud Light put on an amazing show and I cannot wait for them to put more of these on with free beer and pizza.