Panorama NYC Day Two: Anderson .Paak, Blood Orange, Flosstradamus & Kendrick Lamar Spread The Good Vibes
As Randall’s Island Park came to life for day two of Panorama NYC (July 23), the sun beat down like an unwelcome being, but the heat couldn’t compete with the high spirits of the crowds.
Fans moved about the space with purpose, pushing past each other to score that front-row view of their favorite artist. The energy was intense, and artists came ready to match their fans with the passion of their performances.
Here’s our Day 2 recap.
Clad in an oversized Olympic jersey, Anderson .Paak was obviously going for the gold with his multifaceted performance. The crowd was hype from start to finish as the Cali native dropped hit after hit from his latest studio album Malibu, which dropped in January of this year. Anderson even hit the drums for a jazzy duet with his bass player for his song “The Season/ Carry Me.”
Dev Hynes, a.k.a. Blood Orange, served the audience carefree black boy magic during his performance Saturday afternoon. “It’s not fair if I’m dancing and you’re not,” the Texas-bred singer said as he continually moved around the Panorama stage, willing the audience to catch his vibe and bust a move. Zuri Marley joined him on stage for a beautiful rendition of his song “Love Ya.”
J2K and Autobot, the duo of DJs that make up Flosstradamus, took the stage as the defender of the Hi Def Youth. The crowd at The Pavillion went absolutely insane when the two, dressed in army fatigues, emerged from their 10-foot tall DJ booth that was designed to resemble an army bunker. Strobe lights and deafening beats dominated the space and turned the crowd to a mosh pit. In the past, Flosstradamus has worked with artists such as Diplo and Vic Mensa.
Although Panorama is filled with lots of great artists, good food and other activities, many fans camped out at the Panorama stage for hours to ensure a spot against the fence for this high-profile headliner. Kendrick Lamar graced the stage for an hour and 40 minutes, and jam packed the set with crowd favorites from each of his studio albums. Lamar gave special attention to “A.D.H.D.” from his debut album Section.80, and his “day one fans” matched him verse for verse. During his performance of “Alright,” the song that has soundtracked the Black Lives Matter movement across the nation, K. Dot cut the music and led the crowd in chanting the melody’s resounding chorus. The sound of hundreds of voices echoing in the night air rang with hope and defiance.
Jaden Smith and Kendall Jenner made appearances to support the rapper and set the standard for how turnt an audience should be.
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