The doors to First Avenue were surrounded by groups of younger fans scrambling to buy last minute tickets to the show. Those without tickets and those who’d apparently left their ID behind were desperate to get past the doors, just another reminder that it doesn’t take all that long in the modern day to become a rockstar. This is a crowd that definitely skews younger, as evident not only by who was in front of me In line and but all the X marked hands I see waving back and forth on the floor. However Lil Tjay himself is only 18 years old so naturally his music resonates with the youth. Not that I’m all that far removed from my own youth, I still felt my age. With that being said an early show like this couldn’t ask for a better turn out. The floor is packed already.
While the evening is of to the races a bit earlier than usual all the same excitement and enthusiasm that comes with a show starting an hour later was present. The Barricade staff was already put to work the second music began to play. Making sure everyone was comfortable and safe early on could only set them up for a successful evening down the line, right? Sicko Mode, a crowd favorite since it’s release got everyone chanting and ready for someone to touch the stage. With the first act set to take the stage at 7, the minutes crept by.
The DJ took to the stage promptly at 7 and his initial words were met with a resounding excited cheer. His mix of some of today’s most popular and hype tracks got the crowd to literally scream back at him. Safe to say they were ready. A rapper by the name Big Havi was first to the main room stage Thursday night. Rocking out songs about love drugs and everything in between the crowd sustained themselves off his energy and hype I have never heard oh him personally he appears to have been at it long enough to be more than comfortable and it shows. A brief intermission for what side of the crowd is most excited led its way into the final track for Big Havi. He was one side of the stage to the next, the crowd was fluid and security ran into the crowd. A riotous end to an otherwise well behaved show.
The moment had come. LAROI made sure to hype everyone with mentions of Lil Tjay up next and security was once again at the barricade. Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ played over the speakers. A second coincidentally fitting track as the Rockstar Lil Tjay was getting ready to step on stage in minutes. A little 20 minute impromptu DJ set never hit anybody right?
Asking the crowd what song they want next Lil Tjay began to toss water bottles into the crowd instructing the crowd to let them loose once the beat drops. His hit F.N. Began to build and the floor erupted with Kirkland brand geysers. He thanked the crowd briefly and then quickly left the stage. A rapid exit only to return less than a minute later for this me more song. Tjay was definitely in his zone by the time the show was through and unfortunately for the crowd and myself the show was over.