Christopher Brian Bridges, better known as Ludacris, spit some rhymes in front of sold out crowd at Pucillo Gym at Millersville University on Friday, April 26, 2013. In anticipation of Luda’s concert at 8 p.m, an assemblage of fans formed in front of Pucillo Gym as early as two hours before the concert began. The gym officially opened at 7:30 p.m. After passing through a metal detector and presenting their ticket to a staff member, fans were allowed to enter the already bustling gymnasium. Josh Gotwalt, sociology major, mused about the price of admission while waiting for the concert to begin. “I’ve listened to Ludacris before, but I’m not a die-hard fan,” said Gotwalt, “The tickets were really affordable, I would see anyone and not complain at that price.”
The concert began right at 8 p.m. with the opening act, “Two-9”, a rap group from Atlanta known for their energetic, hungry rhymes. It was like a party on stage, as group members Curtis Williams, Key!, FatKidsBrotha, Retro Su$h!, Wavy Wallace, MoneyMakinNique, Papa Jae, The Coolismac, DJ Osh Kosh, Originalfani, and Gunner Stahl owned the stage with a diverse spread of incising beats. Reanna Keener, a student from Washington College, Maryland, made the trip to Pennsylvania to see Ludacris with her friends. “At my school we had ‘Hello, Goodbye’, so I would say this is definitely better and its nice to see everyone so amped up,” said Keener. Even though most concert attendees never heard of “Two-9,” the group was well-received and successful at rallying the crowd for Ludacris.
Finally, after a short intermission, Ludacris took the stage to the thunderous roars of a jam packed Pucillo Gym. Ludacris said he was happy to be in the “717,” referring to the area code of many students in attendance, before busting out bars to a montage of beats from several of his greatest hits. At various times during the concert, Luda asked the ladies and gents to scream what song he should perform next. After listening to suggestions, Ludacris would exclaim, its so hard to pick a song because ”there are just so many good hits.” Fans were jumping up and down and singing along with Ludacris during his entire performance. Before singing his final song, Ludacris thanked the members of “Two-9,” for their opening act, fans for supporting him, and his DJ for all his work.
“I liked Ludacris because the concert was extremely loud and entertaining” said Erin Argentine. She continued, “But I am a country girl, so I would have preferred a concert featuring someone other than a rap artist.” A number of students mentioned their interest in having a country artist perform at future concerts.