Yesterday, I witnessed one of the best concerts I will ever see in my life. I have gone to a lot of different shows in my life and since my first concert ever as a kid, the Spice Girls (embarrassing, I know), I have been to over 100 shows, and it is rare that I attend one without getting my money’s worth. Despite the catalogue of great shows I have seen, yesterday stood out for many reasons, and because of an artist who wasn’t even listed on the concert’s billing. Kanye West performed at Chicago and Common’s first annual AAHH! Fest, and although it was the first, as Common said “it won’t be the last.” Special guests are always a treat at a concert, but given the circumstances and the A+ performance by Kanye, this special guest made the show not only ‘special’ but also remarkable, memorable, exceptional, and a million other words I would need to fully encompass the atmosphere that surrounded Chicago’s Union Park last night.
BY DAN GARCIA
Yesterday the first (“but not last”) AAHH Fest! was held in Chicago’s Union Park. The hip-hop festival, pun intended, was certainly a breath of fresh air to showcase Chicago’s role in rap and hip-hop, and much more. Thanks to Chicago’s own, rapper Common, and in partnership with Donda’s House the Common Ground Foundation and the Lupe Fiasco Foundation, concert goers saw performances by Common, Lupe Fiasco, Twista, Jay Electronica, Jennifer Hudson, De La Soul, MC Lyte, many local performers who performed in the event’s early show, and a number of surprises performances from SZA, Lil Mama, Vince Staples, and of course Mr. Kanye West.