Hip-Hop Show Has Grog Shop 'Up in Smoke'

Concert Review

click to enlarge Hip-Hop Show Has Grog Shop 'Up in Smoke'
Emanuel Wallace
So Issue 3 failed miserably at the polls last week — a good thing in the eyes of many, but that didn't stop the Grog Shop from going up in smoke last night for the Happy Holidaze tour featuring Devin the Dude and Potluck. Check out a slideshow of photos from the concert. 

Over the course of his career, Houston's Devin The Dude has released eight albums along with two EPs. His last album was 2013's One For The Road. It's Devin's charismatic but ordinary everyman approach to most life situations in general that allows him to be as crass as he wants to be without necessarily coming off as threatening and has enabled him to have a cult following among both weed-smokers and nonsmokers .

Humboldt County's own Potluck filled the Grog Shop's stage with sponsorship banners, two flat-screen monitors that played videos to accompany each of their songs and a larger than life inflatable Crown Royal bottle. At one point during the set, a presidential looking emcee dubbed Flobama emerged from stage left, promising to "free the weed," although by that point it had already been emancipated by plenty of concertgoers.

By contrast, Devin the Dude took to a stripped-down stage just a few minutes to midnight without an introduction or fanfare as he rapped "In My Draws" from his Landing Gear album. Ray Cash and former Facemob member, 350, watched from the side of the stage as Devin played to a crowd that seemed to recite most of his lyrics with him word for word. Favorites like "Lacville '79," "Do What You Wanna Do" and even newer tunes like "I'm Just Gettin Blowed" had audience members reaching for their cellphones to capture a photo or film a video.

Throughout the set, several people offered the Dude joints and blunts to smoke. Never being one to just say no, he happily accepted each time. By the end of the night, thick clouds seemed to linger around just a bit longer. After performing no less than fifteen songs, the evening closed out with Devin's inspirational "Anything" and an a cappella of "See What I Can Pull" as the encore.

Openers Tae Miles, Aceimal and Woulf helped to set the tone early, all delivering high-energy performances as the crowd began to file into the venue and mingled with the showgoers following their sets.  
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Emanuel Wallace

Emanuel Wallace is a photographer and journalist from Cleveland, Ohio. He has been the staff photographer for Cleveland Scene magazine since 2014. In the past, he has contributed to Cleveland.com, Destination Cleveland and the Call & Post, among other outlets. In his spare time, Emanuel likes to experiment with...
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