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Macklemore at Wells Fargo Arena

Macklemore at Wells Fargo Arena

PHOTOS: See photos from the show here.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are one of the biggest success stories in music today. So it should come as no surprise that around 7,000 people came to see them at Wells Fargo Arena last night. If you weren’t there, you missed the best concert of 2013.

When it comes to hip-hop music, there’s not often a lot of flash or presentation. It’s mostly about the talent of the artist and that’s all. Not the case with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Their talent is on full showcase along side all the theatrics you’d hope for in a higher-priced show. The biggest surprise for me was that Macklemore puts on a SHOW. There’s sets, pyrotechnics, confetti, and much more. It all compliments his music perfectly.

Macklemore took to the stage at 9:30 last night to a throng of screaming fans that were ready to party. The first few bars of “Ten Thousand Hours” sent the crowd into a frenzy that would last the whole night. Four songs in, the song that made both men famous, “Thrift Shop,” was unleashed. It’s been a while since I’ve felt that much energy inside the arena.

The most poignant moment of the night came as Macklemore spoke before his song “Same Love.” He spoke about how we’re living in the next big civil rights movement and about how everyone is equal despite whom they choose to love. His words were chosen perfectly and gave an almost emotional start to the song that caused the hair on the back of my neck to stand.

Right after, the tempo was brought back up as Macklemore whipped the crowd into a frenzy with the obligatory “Des Moines is the craziest crowd ever” spiel. He then launched into their hit “Can’t Hold Us,” which had the crowd singing, jumping, and dancing. Cue the pyro, streamers, and stage effects.

After a full 90-minute set, Macklemore did something I wasn’t expecting – he finished the show with a second performance of “Can’t Hold Us.” Judging by the reaction from the crowd, nobody seemed to mind and it was almost welcomed.

For the show we received, you would have expected to pay top dollar. With tickets ranging from $45-$35, this was a bargain show. When you pay upwards of $80 to $120 to see someone like Taylor Swift, you expect the big production with all of the flash. Macklemore’s tickets cost half, if not a third of that, and it delivered all the same.

If you missed Macklemore this time around, make plans to see him next time. It was effin’ awesome.

SETLIST:

Ten Thousand Hours
Crew Cuts
Life Is Cinema
Thrift Shop
Otherside (A Capella)
Starting Over
Same Love
Can’t Hold Us
Jam Session
White Walls
Wing$
Encore:
And We Danced
Irish Celebration
Can’t Hold Us

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