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SOHHL x CHAZ FRENCH: The Experience

Dylan Holliday

Thu March 10, 2016 10:30 pm

When
you think concerts at Virginia Tech, the scene that often comes to mind is
Burruss Hall’s massive, 3,003-seat auditorium towering over campus.  So the Chaz French concert was a nice change
of pace for music on campus.

Taking
place March 3,
the standing-room only venue provided the atmosphere for what turned out to be an
intimate show to kick off the start of spring break for VT students.

Even
with the venue cut in half to account for a small crowd, it was a little
unnerving at first seeing how few people were trickling in once doors
opened.  I figured most of the people that
planned to come to the concert were either aiming to catch the headliner
and hurry out to the sun and surf of spring break, or just got caught out in
the freak snow storm that kicked up just before the doors opened.  Once the headliners got started, the crowd
started to grow larger, and fast.

The
first opening acts were three artists from Northern Virginia under the label SOZO
Unltd. – Nakfa, Chyron and Ayman X – performing a joint show to kick off the
concert.  Right out of the gate, they
produced a high-octane, mob-inducing show for the crowd! Having only heard snippets of their music for
the first time at sound check, I was thoroughly impressed by the group’s stage
presence and could tell these artists aren’t amateurs when it comes to making
and performing great music.

Then it was time for the main event, Chaz French
himself.  Coming out to the title track
to his newest EP, “These Things Take Time”, Chaz picked the energy right back
up again.  French’s set went back and
forth between his new project and his first project, Happy Belated, for both
day-one fans and newer listeners.

Midway through his performance, Chaz French switched it up again
and played tracks from our childhood like Boosie Badazz’s “Wipe Me Down” and
“Throw Some D’s” by Rich Boy to mob with the crowd… literally jumping into the
crowd and mobbing with us.  Of course, a
DC native always has to throw a little bit of iconic Gogo music into the mix,
inviting DMV natives, like yours truly, on stage to represent for the area.

In all, this was one of the better concerts at Virginia Tech
that I’ve been to.  From the openers to
the main act, I enjoyed great performances throughout the night.  Shoutouts to the Students of Hip-Hop Legacy
and the Sneakerhead Club for putting on a good show!

Check out Chaz French's album, These Things Take Time, here.  

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