Go 95.3 and the Taylor Gang took over The Armory in Downtown Minneapolis on Friday night for the stations annual BFGS (Big Fancy Go Show), a show that had been rescheduled from earlier this June. Instead of Big Boi, Tech N9ne, and Torey Lanez performing at The Cabooze; we got Wiz Khalifa, Prof, Dani Leigh, and Chevy Woods performing at a SOLD-OUT Armory, a change that likely left no one upset.
Kicking off when the doors opened at 7:00 PM, we were treated with just over an hour of performances by all the in-house DJ’s Go 95.3 employs. Jimmy2Times, DJ D-Mil, Peter Parker, DJ Advance, and DJ Bonics, Wiz Khalifa’s touring DJ who can be heard on 95.3 every Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, all set the mood perfectly for the night ahead.
After the Go DJ’s wrapped up (they continued spinning during breakdown/setup in-between sets) it was time for some local flavor to get the party officially started. Twin Cities natives Chansa as well as rap-group NFG (Nofuxaround Gang) were the first performers of the evening and took full advantage of the large crowd that had already made their way through the doors. Each artist performed for roughly 20-minutes and blasted through as many songs as they could fit in their time slot, making quite the impression with the attendees.
Around 9:00 PM, Pittsburgh-native and former Wiz Khalifa hypeman, Chevy Woods took the stage. Chevy was the last performer to be announced for BFGS and received quite the ovation from the crowd. Anyone familiar with Wiz Khalifa and the Taylor Gang knows everything they need to about Chevy, and although his set was short, he put on a performance that was one of the best of the night.
Next up was South Florida native DaniLeigh. The 22-year-old singing and dancing phenomenon cut her teeth in the business when she directed a music video for her late mentor, Prince, and she enhanced her buzz with back-to-back jams “Play” (featuring Kap G) and “Lurkin.” Dancing her way through her twenty-minute set, with flawless choreography and spot-on vocals, Dani broke up the male-heavy lineup and offered one of the more surprising performances of the night.
Unfortunately, I missed a majority of Rhymesayers & Stophouse artist Prof’s set as I was waiting for my chance to meet and grab a photo with Wiz Khalifa (awkward photo found here!), but I was able to get back into the crowd just in time for his performance of his hit song “Bar Breaker” featured on his 2015 album Liability. With beach balls and other inflatable objects being tossed around the crowd, as he expertly weaved his way through each line of the song, it was clear that this crowd was ready to blow the roof off the place.
At 10:45 PM, Peter Parker and the rest of the Go 95.3 DJ’s and production team took the stage to introduce everyone that works behind the scenes to make these events happen, and to thank everyone for coming out to support local Hip Hop. DJ Bonic’s took his place behind the turntable, and as everyone cleared off the stage, Wiz Khalifa burst out from behind the curtain and the crowd absolutely lost their minds.
Performing for over an hour, Wiz took the sold-out crowd on the journey through time, highlighting some of the biggest hits from early in his career, all the way to the current hits still in regular rotation on Go 95.3. Halfway through the set, he brought Chevy Woods back out on stage to reclaim his spot as Wiz’s hypeman, and the two bounced back and forth across the stage vibing heavily off the energy from the crowd.
Closing out his set with his biggest hit, and the longstanding highest viewed video in Youtube history, the crowd sang along to every note of “See You Again.” After he finished, Wiz thanked the crowd for coming out and supporting both himself, as well as DJ Bonics and the Go 95.3 crew, and announced he would be sticking around for an after party.
After taking a twenty-minute break, Wiz returned into the crowd to take his place at a VIP at the back of The Armory, as the Go DJ’s set up some turntables on a riser in the back of the sound booth. I didn’t stick around for much of it, as it was already pushing 1:00 AM and I had been awake for 18+ hours, but it was clear the night was still young for everyone else in attendance.
Be on the lookout for more announcements coming from Go 95.3 and their popular #GoShow series in the future!