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Hed PE Gets Wild at The What's Up Lounge

November 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hed PE returned to The What's Up Lounge on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 and it was quickly apparent that everyone had been waiting for the show.  I got to the venue a little after 7:00 pm and the show started shortly after that.  The venue was already packed and more people poured in throughout the night.

Lost Dog started out the show with a quick set.  Professor Fresh and BKnown have joined forces to create this new group and their sound is different from what they were doing individually.  Fresh still has crazy antics on stage though, and BKnown seemed to feed off of that to take it a step farther.  Lost Dog was a great choice for a local opener on this show.

Next up was Strange Forest.  It was a shift in the type of music as they were more of a metal band, but the crowd didn't seem to mind.  The four piece didn't have a lot of room to move around, so the movement on the stage was minimal, but they still managed to keep the crowd entertained.  The lead singer actually got down in the crowd to sing a few times.  Strange Forest kicked it up a notch, which was perfect to get everyone ready for the next band.

Sin7 took the tiny stage and the first song included a couple of ladies that joined them up there.  One was dressed in dom attire and was leading the other around with a chain and collar.  To be honest, it was hard to pay attention to everything going on up on the stage, taking photos, and watching out for the moshing crowd.  The fans certainly took advantage of the heavier pace and the mosh pit started to get larger as the show went on.  I retreated to the sound booth to finish off my photos as I didn't really want any part of that while wearing my camera gear!  Sin7 certainly set the stage for Hed PE.

Finally, Hed PE took to the stage.  The place was now packed with people ready for a wild show.  To my surprise, they started out a little slower with a Reggae beat for their first song.  I ventured out toward center stage quickly to get some up close photos, but it was difficult to do with everyone packed in at that area.  I quickly jumped back though when the beat got heavier as the entire floor seemed to start moshing.  It had been a while since I saw The What's Up physically moving because of the sheer numbers of people moshing.  Even though I was pushed back to the side wall, I could feel the floor bowing as they jumped around.  I took advantage of a break in the action to retreat to the sound booth to take a few more photos and watch the show.  Even the sound booth was moving as the mosh pit got going again.  Hed PE certainly knows how to put on a powerful show and the crowd's reaction was proof of that.

As always, get out there and support live music and I'll see you out there!


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