Nelly energizes crowd at free concert ahead of UT-West Virginia game – The Daily Texan
On SAT. On Oct. 1, R&B sensation Nelly took to the stage on the LBJ lawn to rock a frenzied crowd of students and football fans camped out to heel and celebrate ahead of the Texas vs. West Virginia game that kicked off later in the year. the evening. As Longhorn fans nervously awaited the long-awaited match, Nelly lifted their spirits with a showcase of some beloved hits.
As part of the Longhorn City Limits free concert series, the show sparked school spirit and excitement among football and music fans. As an Austinite himself, Nelly seemed to have an almost personal interest in promoting UT football, which was reflected in his dynamic outdoor performances. Many vendors accompanied the live music, including Austin Stubb’s favorite barbecue. Along with the music, attendees enjoyed BBQ, drinks and the opportunity to have their photo taken in front of the LCL guitar monument that corners the LBJ lawn.
Nelly annoyed fans with a few of her 2000s classics, including “Hot in Herre”, “Ride Wit Me” and “Dilemma”. Crowds packed the sloping pitch, bouncing to her music and reciprocating Nelly’s enthusiasm and energy, incorporating both rapping and singing into her set. While many attendees knew the rapper’s greatest hits verbatim, even newcomers danced and enjoyed the rapper’s magnetic presence on stage.
Joining the performance was Austin-based alternative R&B musician Jake Lloyd, which resulted in an unexpected yet dynamic duet. As a duo, the two created mixed tracks of rap, hip-hop and alternative rock, as well as a conglomeration of other genres for the enjoyment of audiences. Lloyd dazzled the crowd with a powerful live vocal alongside a full band.
While the decision to include other artists came as a surprise, the crowd responded well thanks to the fun energy of the setlist and venue. Nelly’s conversational interactions with the audience along with the enthusiasm of the two musicians generated excitement in the excited crowd.
Nelly’s voice rose over the hill to the massive lines stretching out the doors where the students were eagerly awaiting the game. Audience members raised their hands above their heads and danced along with Nelly’s voice echoing from the stage. His enthusiasm, along with the towering loudspeakers, lifted school spirits and brought volume to the crowds ahead of the game where Texas would win 38-20. The R&B sensation kicked off the night with a series of classic dancing, barbecuing and the 2000s – a successful start to a winning night of Longhorn football.