By Lauren Donnelly
Safe & Sound Music Fest at Westminster Pier Park
August 25, 2018
Yes Lawd! Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals wowed the crowd with an electric headlining set at Safe & Sound Music Fest.
Hands in the air, voices singing along to every word — it’s safe to say that the audience was glowed up. It’s been nearly three years since Anderson .Paak released Malibu, but the songs aren’t getting old.
.Paak lives up to the hype. He’s an energetic force onstage, and his band is stacked with solid musicians.
The set was Malibu heavy, the same material as their September 2016 show at The Vogue, but the arrangements have evolved and the musicians’ performances have developed over the years.
.Paak delivered an electric performance, taking to the stage in matching banana print shirt and shorts with some groovy dance moves. He started off with the bouncy, bassy “Come Down,” urging his fans, “y’all gotta get down.” He followed it with “The Waters,” and “Glowed Up,” his Kaytranada collaboration.
Then he took to the drums for his newest song, “Bubblin.” .Paak’s skillset truly shines when he showcases his ability to drum while delivering solid vocal performances. A highlight of the night was “The Season / Carry Me” with .Paak’s high energy and enthusiastic singing from the audience.
The Free Nationals are stellar musicians, but Ron Tnava Avant on keys stands out with his energy, impressively diverse solos, and vocoder stylings.
The audience’s enthusiasm was rewarded with an encore that included “The Bird” and “The Dreamer.”
It was an astounding performance that ended the second Safe & Sound Festival on a high note, and a show that secures .Paak’s place on the list of touring talent not to be missed.
Check out Darrole Palmer’s full photo gallery from Day 1 and Day 2; including performances from Vince Staples, Sonreal, So Loki, Sabrina Claudio, Alina Baraz, and more!