B.o.B performs in Mountainlair
Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 22:08
B.o.B proved his musical talents expanded further than rap Monday night during his concert in the Mountainlair Ballroom, in which he showed off his vocal and even instrumental skills.
Although some fans were disappointed in technical difficulties like B.o.B not appearing on stage until 9:45 p.m., instead of 8:30 p.m. as advertised, and problems with sound, the fans were quick to forgive these instances as soon as the artist hit the stage.
There were problems with feedback throughout the entirety of the concert, to the point where B.o.B himself had to address the issue mid-performance.
While the venue space may not have cooperated well with the intensity of B.o.B's performance, senior multidisciplinary studies major Andrew Burgess said his vocals were not overshadowed by these dilemmas.
"What's great about B.o.B is his creativity as a musician and his ability to get the crowd fired up about his music no matter where he is," Burgess said. "He broke out instrumentals like the keyboard and guitar and proved what all he can really do."
B.o.B saved his hits like "Airplanes" and "Nothin' On You" for the end of the concert and played a range of slow songs like "Lovelier Than You" and energetic beats like "Bet I."
Mandy DeFrancesco, a fifth year multidisciplinary studies major, was impressed with the singer's versatility and enjoyed the atmosphere of the concert.
"I like how he is able to incorporate his music into different genres and does so many collaborations with other artists," DeFrancesco said. "I liked that the concert was in the Ballroom because it's more intimate than larger concerts in huge arenas, and it makes it more special."
Aside from proving his skills outside of the rap and hip-hop genres by playing guitar and singing ballad-like tunes, even covering "Kids" by MGMT, B.o.B won the crowd over by his energetic and personal interactions with members of the audience.
He tossed his ADIDAS tennis shoes out into the crowd, which he sponsors, and even dove straight off the stage into the audience to crowd surf.
Ryan Cox, who has been a fan of B.o.B's since his first release of his mixtape two years ago, was left more than satisfied with the performances of the night.
"He has such a unique sound. It's like a futuristic but silky smooth flow," Cox said. "I'm pleased that he sang both old and new songs, and it was altogether off the chain."