Students Shut Up and Dance with Wiz Khalifa and Walk the Moon

Caroline Fassett, Assistant News Editor

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On Nov. 6, Walk the Moon and Wiz Khalifa drew hundreds of student and Lewisburg community attendees to Gerhard Fieldhouse. The Fall Concert was presented by the University’s Concert Committee, which assisted in regulating the concert by scanning tickets as fans walked in through the front doors. Tickets were open for sale beginning Sept9 for University students and Sept14 for the general public.

The indie rock group Walk the Moon played a set list that largely included songs from its 2014 album “Talking is Hard.” Students danced along to each of the numbers, including “TightRope,” “Up 2 U,” and “Work This Body.” Arguably, most attendees came out to hear the hit “Shut up and Dance,” which sold over 4 million copies worldwide and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Roughly a half hour after Walk the Moon finished up its set, Wiz Khalifa, an American songwriter, rapper, and actor, greeted the crowd of roaring students anxious for him to come out and perform.

Khalifa commandeered a strong performing presence by talking with the audience and spraying them with water as he rapped his song lyrics. While Khalifa’s setlist consisted mostly of songs from his most recent album, “Blacc Hollywood,” he also performed songs to be featured on his next coming album, which will be titled “Rolling Papers 2: The Weed Album.

“It was definitely a great experience for all of us to have two huge acts perform. I mainly went for Walk the Moon but Wiz was pretty good too, as he’s always fun to watch. Huge thanks to the Concert Committee for putting this together,” Greg Chassapis ’16 said.

Khalifa performed two of his most well-known songs, “Black and Yellow” from his “Rolling Papers” album, and “See You Again,” his most recent hit that was commissioned for the soundtrack of the 2015 action film “Furious 7” (of the “Fast and Furious” franchise) as a tribute to the late movie star Paul Walker. Though Charlie Puth, who was featured on the song, was a notable absence on stage, Khalifa opted to place the track at the close of his setlist, the artist rapping along to Puth’s pre-recorded voice.

“It was an awesome experience to see Walk the Moon and Wiz Khalifa live. They both helped create a great atmosphere for the concert. It was definitely the best performance I’ve seen in my four years at Bucknell,” Nick Bybel ’16 said.

 

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