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Macklemore at RIT

Erin Supinka on Thursday, 09 May 2013.

Now, I am veteran concert goer. From my very first concert (Maroon 5) all the way through every Warped Tour during high school to small venues to large venues to even musical festivals (whatup Bonnaroo!), I am obsessed with seeing live music. The energy and excitement (and bass too) carries no real comparsion to anything else.

So what I'm about to say next, I like to think, carries some weight, given my experience. I'm sure you all heard that Macklemore was at RIT this past weekend. Now, hands down, this concert was the best I have ever been to at RIT (even beating out one of my fav. bands Fun.) but also one of the best concerts I have EVER been too. 

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Photo Cred: RIT News

To kind of gauge what that means, here's a few of my favorite concerts:

  • Eminem at Bonnaroo (His first concert "back" after his break)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers at Bonnaroo
  • Flogging Molly (mosh pit included)
  • The Rocket Summer, a small acoustic performance
  • Fun.
  • Florence + the Machines (she sounds EXACTLY the same live as recording. Her voice is INSANE)
  • Blink 182

So not only can I say Macklemore is up there with the big name perfomances, but he's right there with the smaller, more personal concerts I've been to too.

His energy and interaction with the crowd was unparalleled by other performers I've seen. He crowd WALKED. Not just crowd surfed but WALKED. The crowd literally held him up so he can stand on their hands and still perform.

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Photo Cred: RIT News

He even borrowed a fur coat from an audience member to perform "Thrift Shop" in and made up a whole story about the "RIT snow leopard.". I kind of feel bad for that guy, who probably was planning on taking that coat right back to Good Will because now, well, you can't really get rid of it.

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Photo Cred: RIT News

Performers always say "Oh, insert city here, You're the BEST ever" or something along those lines and I'm no fool, so I know that it's just to get the crowd going, but Macklemore legitimately seemed overwhelmed at times by the amount of the love the crowd was giving him. (Not to mention, he talked about how awesome we were when he performed at Yale the next evening.)

Everything about his performance was awesome. The trumpeter, Owuor Arunga, was INCREDIBLE. The intensity and depth of each of his songs was just as powerful and spot on.

For those who don't know, Macklemore was RIT's spring concert, which closes out Spring Fest weekend. This Spring Fest was also the best I had been to in my three here so far. So mad props to CAB, our College Activities Board for doing another freaking awesome job.

I do have one bone to pick with Mr. Macklemore. I took a picture of the opening act, BEDROC (they were awesome too) and instagramed it. Here's the image and the original post. e1daa902b06211e2b12d22000a9e295b 7

 Then at the end of the evening, Macklemore posted this photo and post:

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That's my photo, you jerk! Hahah, imitation in a form of flattery, right? I'm not actually mad, okay, maybe a little bitter because he didn't even mention it was a crowd-source shot but it's whatever. I have all the proof I need in the fact the original photo is on my phone!

Regardless of the theft, Macklemore earned a life long fan in me. I liked his music before but really was only going because my little sister and brother were big fans. Plus, who can turn down $17 tickets? I'm definitely a fan and a listener now. So good job, Macklemore, you picture stealing rascal. Your show was amazing.

If you're interested in my campaign to get credit for my photo, follow me here or check out my Instagram to see the evidence yourself. Just kidding, but if you do really want to know what campus is like and looks like, my Twitter and Instagram are a good place to start.