Written by Rosalie Cabison • Photography by Debi Del Grande, Live Nation • December 12, 2016
Is it possible that we all just witnessed a moment in music history? Tickets sold out and Live Nation set up a live stream for Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals' first show since the announcement that Malibu is nominated for two Grammys this upcoming awards season.
Naturally, a celebration was in order.
At this new level in their music careers, set design leveled up, too. Paak and The Free Nats debuted The Malibu Motel. “Kick off your shoes,” Anderson said, welcoming us into the universe they created.
Atmosphere dancers, custom lights, dreamy visualizations, bubble jets, CO2 cannons synched to blast with the drum set and even an actor just sitting outside a door reading a newspaper added to the experience throughout the show—this was Malibu the album as a fully-realized artistic vision. AP is well-known for storytelling in his music. Now, he gets to tell a story with his stage.
What was the story? An all-nighter at The Malibu Motel with Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals! The show opened with a sweeping California sunset visual behind the stage, slowed in the middle as it turned into a starry night and ended with love and light just as the “sun” came up again.
"Did you come to lose your mind tonight!?!” Paak yelled, working up the crowd like a true MC. Even if we didn't plan on it, he made us lose our minds anyway. We escaped our own realities, joined the reality he gave us and most importantly, we never stopped dancing.
Yeah. You can pick your jaw up off the floor now.
More about surprise guests:
- Red trenchcoat with silver pockets (Jacket - Tim Coppens; Tee - Calvin Klein; Jeans - Helmut Lang; Boots - Cu4tro)
- Plain white shirt
- White button-up with a red plaid blazer (Suit - Waraire Boswell; Shoes - Grand Voyage)
- Plain black shirt
- Black full-length coat with red paint-splotches (Coat - Billy Reid; Tee - Calvin Klein; Jeans - Helmut Lang; Boots - Cu4tro)
- Black and white all-over patterned jumpsuit with Michael Jackson-esque zipper details (Custom Jumpsuit - Stinson Haus; Boots - Cu4tro)
What's the ONE THING people need to know about Anderson .Paak's live show? Just go see him. Boom. Bap. Mic drop. This review is over.