Anderson Paak @ CenturyLink Field w/Earl Sweatshirt, Thundercat
June 20, 2019 in Seattle
Words and Photos Maurice Harnsberry
I’ve witnessed a lot of great performances in Seattle this year but nobody has put on a show like Anderson Paak did at CenturyLink Field back in June. MY GOODNESS!!!
Paak – a 33 year-old Oxnard, Calif. Grammy winner – gave the WAMU Theater their money’s worth. He played the drums, danced all over the stage and even went into the stands to dance with his fans.
When he did “Heart Don’t Stand a Chance” the song was as smooth and soulful as it sounds on record but was further elevated from the crowd singing along and vining to the music. It was a great moment.
Openers Thundercat and Earl Sweatshirt didn’t disappoint either. Sweatshirt, the hip-hop wunderkind associated with California collective Odd Future, clearly loves to perform as much as he loves to write unique and compelling lyrics. LA. artist and producer Thundercat spoke to the crowd in short sentences in between long guitar solos.
With a bill so packed with non-stop action, I was happy to capture a few photos during the short time the venue allowed us into the pit. Check ’em out.