By Joey Lopez
Wednesday, June 19
The sold-out PNE Amphitheatre came out to rage on a cloudy weekday evening in Vancouver for hip-hop/soul mastermind Anderson .Paak.
The crowd was rowdy from the start, not waiting long before starting a swirling mosh pit at the front of the stage. .Paak came out fully dialled in a bright colourful short-sleeved button up and gave it all back to his fans with his explosive stage presence, effortlessly switching between being the energetic frontman running back and forth across the stage to, of course, playing the drums that he’s so infamously known for.
Each time he hopped behind his kit he would ascend a small elevator that would lift him above the stage for all to see, and would then descend, disappearing only for a moment, to return in a completely different outfit.
Clearly having the time of his life, .Paak would break the intro to a song with a laugh or with the massive legendary grin of his. Watching him perform is like seeing someone destined to be a superstar realize their full potential.
After all of the extremes of .Paak’s set, from fireworks to confetti, he closed out his show with a touching tribute to his late friend Mac Miller, with a giant photo of the two together projected on the screen behind him.
If anyone who was there is asked whether or not Anderson .Paak at the PNE Amphitheatre was the best show of the summer, the only appropriate way to respond would be with a loud and proud, “Yes lawd!”
Anderson .Paak, PNE Amphitheatre