On Sept. 28, rapper Isaiah Rashad performed at the Knitting Factory in Spokane. The tour was based off his recent album "The House Is Burning" but featured songs from previous albums as well. At an almost sold out venue, there were many Zags in the crowd enjoying his "Lil’ Sunny’s Awesome Vacation" tour, as well as his openers Ray Vaughn and Childish Major.
Kyle Meyer and Jake Archambo, two Gonzaga sophomores, were able to see Rashad front row and attended a meet and greet with him prior to the show. Archambo has been listening to Rashad since his first year of high school and said that he’s one of his top three artists, whereas Meyer did not know as much about him.
“I personally am not the biggest Isaiah Rashaad fan, but this past week I’ve been listening to his music, trying to learn all the words,” Meyer said. “It was really awesome seeing him after having so much of him in my life the last week, just listening to the songs on repeat.”
The meet and greet was set up differently than other ones Meyer and Archambo have been to. The pair said that they were still setting the stage up and doing soundchecks. There were about 40 fans in the venue at the time, and Rashad came out to interact with the crowd, take pictures and answer questions. VIP ticket holders also got an exclusive peak at the merchandise.
“It was cool seeing the authentic person because you always see the artist on stage and hear the music," Meyer said. "But interacting with him, you got to see who he truly is, and answering questions people had from the crowd was really interesting."
Meyer and Archambo also felt that attending the meet and greet gave them the opportunity to secure their spots. When the doors opened for general admission, they noticed the crowd rush to the stage and fight for a closer view. Their VIP tickets had come to the rescue, as they got front row seats to the concert and didn’t have to fight off the crowd.
The show started with opener Ray Vaughn. Meyer said he felt the energy from Vaughn, as he was interactive and engaging. He taught the lyrics to his songs as he went along since he is a smaller artist and not a lot of people knew of him and even played an unreleased song for the audience. Archambo felt like his conversations with the crowd made for good segways in between his songs.
When Childish Major took the stage, Meyer said he wasn’t as high energy as Vaughn was. Since he is both a producer and a rapper, his beats were there, but Major's chemistry with the crowd wasn’t as prevalent as Vaughn's was.
“I think he’s producing great songs, but he didn’t have the crowd control like Ray Vaughn did and he was just a little more underwhelming in his delivery,” Archambo said.
Rashad’s set consisted of seven of his top songs. "Wat’s Wrong" and "Brenda" were the pair’s top two, and they said he had a great range of music, from slower to more hype beats.
“Being able to see him in person, see him live and being able to interact meant a lot to me,” Archambo said. “It was a big moment for me.”