Not going to make to the Gathering of the Juggalos this summer? Have no fear, the infamous Insane Clown Posse brought the gathering to The Cabooze Outdoor Plaza on Thursday night by way of the Fury Fest and no one was left without a drop of Faygo on them.
Drama was in the air before the show even started. Kissing Candice, DJ Paul (from Three 6 Mafia) and Mac Lethal had all dropped off the tour due to undisclosed reasons. Honestly, I was a bit bummed. I really really wanted to catch Mac Lethal and there’s something about Kissing Candice that seems to have a lot of people talking and I wanted to check them out for myself. Regardless, people were still walking up to the parking lot of The Cabooze with a pep in their step and a smile on their faces. It was clear that people didn’t care who was playing or who wasn’t, they just wanted to see the one and only Insane Clown Posse.
Side note- yes, there were too stages but due to the time slots, it was just impossible to catch everyone so my photographer and I decided to just focus on the outside stage. My apologies to all of the performers inside.
Minus Love got things started on the outdoor stage. Although I can’t find much, if anything, about this local guy online, I can tell you that he is one to watch. His rapping was the perfect way to start what was going to turn into an evening and night of diverse music. The sole local on the main stage, he definitely made this city proud and I can’t wait to watch this youngster grow.
I just caught Ouija Macc a couple of months ago at a little dive bar in town so I kind of knew what I was getting into but seeing him in an outdoor setting with a huge crowd rather than a little dive bar apparently changes everything. One of the members of the Pyschopathic Records family, Ouija’s style of music is kind of this hard edged rap full of misogynistic lyrics and curse words. Okay, clearly his music was not completely for me but I did love his energy. He didn’t have to do much to get the crowd moving and, as one of the first acts in a long night of music, that’s quite a feat.
Although I would never consider myself a huge fan of Insane Clown Posse, there are a lot of things about this band that I get the allure of. There’s an undeniable sense of family in the crowd at an ICP show and that was evident last night. From the chants of “Fam-i-ly” to the way everyone seems like long lost friends, it’s a feeling that I always crave at a show. I may have been an outsider looking in but that didn’t stop me from feeling that love. There’s also a sense of pride in the scene that I have always adored. Majority of the audience were sporting tattoos of images that come from this band or their label (including their iconic logo of “The hatchetman”) and a good majority of the fans had their faces painted like the duo does (think clown makeup). All of these things are things that I definitely just can’t get into but that I admire from afar.
Thursday night’s show was definitely a check off the ol’ bucketlist for me. I finally got to see Insane Clown Posse live and, although it wasn’t my scene, I have a new appreciation for this weird and wacky group of people.