Powerhouse 2014 - Honda Center - May 17, 2014
On Saturday, Power 106 FM's Powerhouse mega concert at the Honda Center brought us closer to summer by offering a mix of FM's latest and the west coast's greatest--with a hearty slice of pop music thrown in the middle.
Opening act Sage the Gemini had a rough time getting the crowd going as they filtered into the arena. "Make some fuckin' noise!" he yelled on stage through horribly distorted house speakers. Despite having HBK label head and buzz worthy rapper IAMSU! at his side, the crowd wasn't feeling until it came time for his hit "Gas Pedal," which earned a roar from Power 106 listeners who no doubt hear that shit everyday on their drive into work.
Childish Gambino's set fared a little better, as blunts and excitement circulated heavily in the crowd. Sporting an undersized shirt and chubbies (radical shorts for men), the rapper born Donald Glover wasted no time getting into his track "Sweatpants," warming up the Honda Center even more.
About 45 minutes into the show, Juicy J rolled out to the stage in a pair of Jordan XIs and gold chains that were shiny enough put all the gaudy, fake neckwear in the audience to shame. The Memphis rapper's vocals remained distorted while the bass from his final track, "Slob on my Knob," vibrated our sternums.
The ratchet vibes gave way to some serious sexual energy asTrey Songz took his turn in the spotlight and garnered a collective swoon from female audience members. He offered Cali-tailored remixes of new West Coast hits--dedicating "Loyal" to the incarcerated Chris Brown--that, of course, lead to him taking his shirt off.
Mora Creative Studios Trey Songz
During a music-filled intermission, the crowd sang along to Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" so loud that a small riot ensued--obviously some folks were still hyped about her pre-show parking lot performance earlier in the day. One rather large fella in a bow tie (we're guessing 6'4, 300 lbs) incited a roar with a twerking performance that ended with him doing the splits in his row right before security tossed him out as he gave fans around him a pageant-esque wave.
Focus soon turned back to the stage as Power's head radio personality Big Boy made his first appearance of the night. He was hardly able to contain his excitement as his voice as he introduced the star of the night, Jennifer Lopez. With the release of her summer album AKA only a month away, Powerhouse was an ideal venue for the 44 year-old Puerto Rican popstar to make a lasting impression, which she definitely did. As J.Lo rose regally from an underground platform, she sported a black leotard contrasted against scrunched golden locks under a bedazzled gold Snapback, topped with spiked Black heels and a swath of sexy. Behind her, eight dancers wore polyester athletic tops with paisley print leggings on with canes in hand.
Dashing through her Ja Rule-era hits, J. Lo wasted no time throwing her sparkling hat into one of four front rows. Say what you will about her vocal ability, but the superstar's choreography has always been on point. Tight, pop-lock motions combined with the flavor of the Southside Bronx evoked screams from the crowd, while Lopez kept her game face screwed on tight during the masterful breakdown on "Get Right." Spatted at each of the stages midpoint, J. Lo thrust her ass in the direction of these large industrial fans on stage at several times, hovering over them like European tourists on bidets.