By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis brought thrift shop swag to the Hangout Music Festival today. The chart-topping duo’s set was high-energy, electrifying the crowd at the burgeoning concert series taking place on the beaches of Alabama. The bill boasts Kendrick Lamar and a slew of multi-genre heavyweights like Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Imagine Dragons.
Outfitted in a grey poncho with a tribal print, blue sneakers and his signature slicked-back hairstyle, Macklemore kicked things off with “Ten Thousand Hours.” “I was made to slay them/Ten thousand hours/I’m so damn close I can taste it,” Mack rapped. Accompanied by a trumpet player, the duo then hopped into “Crew Cuts.”
Mack then threw off his poncho to reveal a black tank top and got into the theatrics of “Life is a Cinema.” The bikini-clad crowd went wild for the Seattle rapper. At one point, he put on a leopard jacket (a very tight one at that). An apt ensemble change for the song that made him a household name, “Thrift Shop.” Wanz joined, in a bright red suit, to sing the hook, as did frenetic background dancers.
Macklemore was clearly having fun at the festival and shared it was his first time performing in Alabama. “So this is the first day of the festival. Am I correct?” he asked the energetic crowd. Macklemore joined the fun and literally rode into a giant, inflatable whale in the audience. Swag surfing, indeed. But it wasn’t all fun and games. Macklemore also took the time to get serious. He shared that the country was in an epic time in history and witnessing a major civil rights movement. “I believe in tolerance. I believe in compassion,” he said and jumped into “Same Love.”
Love Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance? MTV, VH1 and CMT are live from Hangout 2013, bringing you all the latest news, interviews, performances and more from the Shores. If you’re not able to be there, be sure to check in and watch live streaming performances all weekend.
Starting Friday, MTV, VH1 and CMT will be on the ground at Hangout 2013, bringing you all the latest news, interviews, performances and more from the Shores. If you’re not able to be there, be sure to check in and watch live streaming performances all weekend.