Students formed circles in the pit and danced exuberantly at the sixth annual LaVernapalooza concert May 7 at the Fox Theater in Pomona.
The Associated Students of the University of La Verne and Campus Activities Board hosted the event featuring this year’s headliner, rapper 2 Chainz, who took to the stage before hundreds of students and friends.
LaVernapalooza, the an annual event “is a good thing, at the end of the year, to congratulate the students for all the hard work and dedication they put in for the whole year,” said senior history major LeeRoy Collins III, who attended the event. “I hope La Verne keeps doing that.”
Surprise opener DJ Mustard warmed up the crowd as he played some of his mainstream music remixes, including “Nana” by Trey Songz, which was produced by DJ Mustard himself.
“I’m actually not a huge fan (of 2 Chainz), so I felt like the beginning was more fun in my opinion,” freshman liberal studies Desiree Garcia said.
Throwback songs such as Montel Jordan’s “This is How We Do It” got the crowd excited as they chanted along with their fists up in the air.
“I thought we had a very good vibe,” junior economics major Jordan Bowers said. “I thought we held it down a lot better than last year. We did a good job, so let’s keep going with this.”
Before DJ Mustard left, he asked audience members to put their phone lights or lighters up as he took a video of the audience for his Instagram.
2 Chainz then came out and performed a selection of his recognizable hit songs from his “Based on a T.R.U. Story” album such as “All me.”
“It was a lot of fun and a time to get break out of finals,” Garcia said.
2 Chainz asked the audience if anybody in the building was celebrating their birthday.
The majority raised their hands as 2 Chainz started to sing “Birthday Song,” featuring a track Kanye West in the background.
“2 Chainz was awesome,” Collins said. “I was right there in the front. He talked to us the whole time and engaged the audience.”
2 Chainz greeted the audience with a “happy late Cinco de Mayo.” “If you had a hangover, make some noise.
“I think it’s really good (having LaVernapalooza) because it brings us all together,” Garcia said. “It feels special to have this just free.”
“We go to shows all the time and this is by far the best one out of all the Paid Dues, Rock the Bells, all the annual shows in the area, so I had a good time,” Collins said.
Before the show ended, 2 Chainz performed one of his most well-known songs, “I’m Different.” He bowed to the audience and turned his hat forward before he ended with the last song “No Lie,” featuring a track of Drake in the background.
“I had a great time at LaVernapalooza,” Bowers said. “To be honest, this is probably the best Lavernapalooza I’ve been to.”
Melissa Gasia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.