“Are you ready for a good time?” Wiz Khalifa asked the crowd as he stepped on stage at the Bryce Jordan Center for a second time.
Khalifa, along with several members of his “Taylor Gang” took the BJC by storm last Friday night.
The concert started with a few opening acts including Berner and Chevy Woods, both members of the Taylor Gang.
Autumn Bowers said she had a great time at the concert, praising the artists.
“I felt like it was the first concert I went to where the opening acts did what they were supposed to, hype up the crowd, rather than making you just wish the headlining act was coming on sooner,” Bowers (junior-biobehavioral health) said.
After the two performers, Juicy J took the stage.
In a phone interview before the show, Juicy J said that after 20 years of making music with Three 6 Mafia, he decided to take his career in a different direction. Despite his mega-success as a solo artist, he said that he never really intended to have a solo career.
He said he was simply “trying to bring back the Three 6 Mafia buzz,” and that his songs just happened to be received incredibly well by his fans.
Juicy said he has a new album coming out called “Stay Trippy,” but hasn’t announced the release date.
He said the reason no date has been announced for the album is because he wants to “make sure it’s right.”
After his first single “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” was wildly successful, he said he decided it would be best to release another single before the album gets released, although he does not know the release date yet.
After Juicy J entertained the crowd, Khalifa started his set with a couple of songs off of his popular mix-tape “Cabin Fever,” including “Homicide,” “Taylor Gang” and crowd favorite “Phone Numbers.” He followed up with songs from mix-tape “Cabin Fever 2” that is set to be released today.
Jessie Glassmire said his favorite moment of the concert was when Khalifa connected with the audience before playing one of the most anticipated songs of the night, “Young, Wild, and Free.”
She said she loved the message Khalifa was trying to get across to the audience.
“Wiz told us that you can have fun and still be successful. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something,” Glassmire (junior-hotel, restaurant and institutional management) said. “It was a perfect lead-in to a song about living your life to the fullest.”
Khalifa dedicated the “live while you’re young” anthem to manager, close friend, and Penn State grad, Will Dzombak. Khalifa said that Dzombak has been there for him from the start, even before all the fame and fortune. He used Dzombak’s journey from college student to big-time tour manager as an example of “living young and wild and free” and still making dreams come true.
Khalifa finished the concert with best-selling song “Work Hard, Play Hard.”
Penn State Police reported higher activity numbers during the concert, according to the Penn State University Police and Fire Daily Activity Log.
Police issued 19 underage citations, 17 public drunkenness citations and 12 transports to the hospital Friday night from in and around the Bryce Jordan Center, according to the log.
Past concerts, including DJs Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso and the two-day DAYGLOW event, both reported a spike in alcohol and drug-related crime. Eight people were transported to the hospital during the “State of Emergency” concert featuring Ingrosso and Alesso, and 56 people were treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center for alcohol-related injuries during both April DAYGLOW shows, as previously reported.
To date, DAYGLOW crime numbers are still among the highest from past concerts.
Collegian staff writer Brittany Horn contributed to this report.