By Baylie Clevenger
Since opening for Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” tour and dropping his first hit song “White Iverson”, Post Malone has blown up in a big way. He went from clueless young kid in Los Angeles to headlining a sold-out nationwide tour. On June 6, he blessed the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn with an incredible and versatile performance. He and Ty Dolla Sign took the venue by storm.
The show started with the openers SOB X RBE. Their performance was not bad, but it failed to get the crowd excited. Ty Dolla Sign, on the other hand, did a fantastic job. It was easy to tell he loved his music and loved being on stage to perform it. Even someone who did not know any of his music, such as myself, would enjoy it.
Malone started his set with “Too Young” from his first album, Stoney. This song was a great way to set the tone for the rest of the concert. The crowd was hyped and the energy was incredible. The rest of the show was a combination of songs from Stoney and his newest album Beerbongs & Bentleys. The hyped up tone held for the first half of the concert with other fast paced songs like “Better Now,” “No Option,” and “Over Now.”
While there were many upbeat, high-energy songs like “Takin’ Shots,” the show was balanced out with his acoustic performance of the more intimate songs like “Feeling Whitney” and “Stay.” That is what was unique about this performance. While there were the typical fast-paced songs, there were also the more meaningful slower ones. When he sang these songs it felt like the audience knew exactly what he was feeling when he wrote them. They told a story.
That is what was so special about this performance. What makes a concert and an artist good is their ability to connect with the audience and create a fun and upbeat atmosphere but also make it personal enough that the audience connects.
The performance was also perfect for the venue. A venue with seating would not have been right for this concert. The general standing room made it easy for people to move around, jump, dance and all other forms of flailing and movement expected at concerts. Seating would have made it feel rigid and less fun.
The venue, artists, and crowd worked so well together that the energy was incredible. Even though it was a sold out show, it remained intimate. The only displeasing aspect of the night was the setlist. I️ was hoping for a couple of my favorites from Beerbongs & Bentleys that I️ did not get. The slight disappointment with the setlist could easily be overlooked for the phenomenal performance though.
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Post Malone @ Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn, Indianapolis (6/6/18)
At the end of the day, it's easy to say that I would spend the money to see Post Malone again. That says a lot about how incredible the experience was.
Baylie is double majoring in Journalism and Women’s and Gender Studies. She has been with Byte since January of 2018 and has also written for other publications like The Odyssey and Affinity. Baylie has always had a passion for writing and has wanted to be a journalist since she was 13. She hopes to inspire people with her writing and contribute an informed society.