Fall concert rocks Wiegand Gymnasium
Pop/rap duo Timeflies and Philadelphia rapper Chiddy Bang gave rousing performances at Carnegie Mellon’s Wiegand Gymnasium for this year’s fall concert. Timeflies is known for catchy beats, quick rap verses, and freestyles, along with its widely followed “Timeflies Tuesdays” YouTube videos, and is currently on tour to promote the duo’s latest EP, Warning Signs.
The concert kicked off at 7 p.m. with an opening performance by junior mechanical engineering major Gianfranco Colombi and sophomore mechanical engineering major Bernardo Campos Almendárez, who played mixes of various electropop and EDM hits for the crowd that was pouring in.
After the half-hour-long opening performance, Chiddy Bang came on, much to the excitement of the crowd. Rapper Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and former Chiddy Bang member Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin are known for their clever usage of samples from artists such as MGMT and Ellie Goulding in their songs. They engaged the crowd throughout their set and received an enthusiastic reaction when they asked the audience if they were having a good time. They gave an extremely energetic performance in which they played many of their well-known hits such as “Ray Charles,” “Bad Day,” “Talking to Myself,” “Handclaps and Guitars,” “Breakfast,” and “All Things Go.”
Chiddy Bang closed off the performance with hit singles “Opposite of Adults” — which featured a sample from MGMT’s “Kids” — and “Mind Your Manners,” for which the rapper collaborated with Swedish duo Icona Pop. The crowd contained many people who were familiar with their music, but people who were introduced to their music in this concert also seemed to enjoy themselves. Their set lasted around 45 minutes, after which they were followed by Timeflies’s highly anticipated performance.
Timeflies performed many of their smash hits, including a crowd-pleasing performance of “Turn It Up” and fast renditions of “Lose My Mind,” “Detonate,” “I Believe,” “Ride,” and “Swoon.” Their performance had the audience screaming and clamoring for more.
Timeflies was extremely engaging and interactive with the crowd for the entirety of their performance. The duo had the crowd singing along, jumping up and down, and waving their hands for every song. The crowd was more than happy to dance along with them.
The highlight of their set, amongst many other stellar performances, was their “Timeflies Tuesdays”-style, Carnegie Mellon-themed freestyle rap. Much to the crowd’s delight, lead vocalist Cal Shapiro rapped about all things quintessentially Carnegie Mellon, including the “Walking to the Sky” statue, brunch at Pamela’s Diner, and 15-251. This particular performance had Carnegie Mellon students talking long after the performance was over.
Timeflies closed their set with their hit single “I Choose U,” which had the crowd jumping and screaming the words of their song. After this performance, the duo walked offstage, but the crowd immediately started yelling for an encore. Timeflies was more than willing to oblige, as they came back on to perform a rousing rendition of yet another hit.
The audience for the concert also contained a large number of students from the University of Pittsburgh, who also appeared excited about seeing big names like Timeflies and Chiddy Bang come to Pittsburgh. All in all, it was a successful concert, with exciting visual and lighting effects headed by two excellent artists.