By: Keeton Robinson
When you think of summertime in Chicago, you might consider the Air & Water show, Lollapalooza, or Taste of Chicago. One of the most popular events that doesn’t get talked about much in Chicago, but it should be included in your to-do-summer list is the WGCI-FM Summer Jam.
Most radio stations in big cities like New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta have a day-long summer concert featuring the nations biggest hip hop artists. However, on Saturday, August 24, Chicago’s hip-hop and R&B radio station, 107.5 WGCI-FM, hosted it’s annual Summer Jam, which usually sells out when they invite local acts like G Herbo, Ann Marie, and Polo G.
This year’s was no different, and when major artists like Gucci Mane was included in the lineup, the tickets sold out. The show started off with performances by local artists such as Shordie Shordie, Lud Foe, Ann Marie, and Katie Got Bands. The Djs kept the crowd partying throughout the concert.
Teyana Taylor, one of the first non-local, major artist to perform, delivered the show with vibrant background dancers. Yo Gotti lit up the stage while he performed some of his older songs, which most of the crowd knew word for word. He also surprised fans and brought out G Herbo who made a surprise entrance through the roof in the Wintrust Arena, and performed a couple of his hit records.
Gucci Mane closed the night as he played his classic, underground songs, then hyped the audience further with his chart topping hits. He didn’t seem to waste anytime once he came on stage, as he was accustomed to a warm welcome whenever he performs in Chicago.
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