With an 8th row seat to Chance the Rapper’s Be Encouraged Tour show on Thursday, I knew I’d be leaving the show with the full experience of the concert. The fireworks, bubbles, smoke, and incredibly hype crowd created a powerful and unforgettable concert. The 8 o’clock show opened up with a fellow Chi-Town native, King Louie, who performed a number of songs with a hype man, but most of the audience was unfamiliar with his music. Nonetheless, the pit still seemed to get rowdy as the two jumped around stage.
Following the brief opening act, Chance was nowhere to be seen, and the same DJ that played tracks while people were being seated came back out onto stage. After having the crowd chant his name back at him, DJ Oreo went on to play about an hour long set. Only playing quality music, the pit did not mind bouncing around to the tracklist Oreo had set up, dancing to iconic hip hop songs from the present and past.
With the crowd more than ready for the headline act, Chance came out onto the stage, and with no introduction, lead off with one of the more popular songs off of his third album, Mixtape. It took the rapper zero effort to get the crowd, especially the pit, cheerful and singing along. It didn’t take long for Chance to play a couple throwbacks, a trend he has kept up along his tour. He played some Kanye snippets, the chorus and his verse from his new single with DJ Khaled, and almost his entire album Coloring Book. Utilizing the Social Experiment, his backup singers, and the audience, Chance provided a connected environment that made it obvious he was grateful for every step that took him to where he is now.
A monumental moment in the concert was when a suspended bridge, used to walk to the second stage, was lowered down, and Chance walked out, only ten feet above the heads of the pit, and gave the upper bowl concert goers not only a better view, but also a sincere thank you. As a long time Chance the Rapper fan I would highly recommend going to his next show near you and living through the same experiences I did. The show did more than exceed expectations, as Chance wholeheartedly thanked his fans, and made an honest connection with the 17,000 people in attendance.