We headed to the Crocodile on November 3rd to catch a sold out performance by Grieves in support of his Running Wild tour. The Seattle based hip-hip artist released the album in August as a follow up to his popular 2014 LP, Winter & The Wolves. The latest from Benjamin Laub, known better for his stage name, has been gaining attention and it also includes multiple collaborations with other artists.
The night kicked off with local rapper Dyme, followed by Def ProbCause, hyping the already excited crowd. A little before eleven it was time for the main act and Grieves stepped on stage from behind the curtains to screaming fans. He moved across the stage interacting with the audience who were constantly singing along to every word. The energy in the room electric with nothing but good vibes. The artist had complete control of the floor and demanded nothing but attention as he stood onstage.
The setup was fairly simple as he had two small tables for his musicians on each side of the stage that were decorated with the skateboard logo off his latest record. A banner with his name was hanging in the background and was up for the duration of the show. As the night progressed the crowd got more and more into the performance having a good time, something that was very obvious. He had a few people join him onstage, including Paris Alexa, who was completely adored by the audience.
Highlights of the night were Together/Apart songs, “On The Rocks,” “Sunny Side of Hell,” and “Light Speed,” as well as newer “What It Dew,” and “RX.” Grieves is an artist that knows how to put on a great show, completely captivating everyone in the space. Sometimes it is a little hard to do this as a rapper as it all relies on your charisma onstage, but he has no problem showcasing this. It was great catching him at the Croc, I’m sure next time he comes around he’ll need a much larger room to perform in.
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