Vanilla Ice Worked the Trop.

 

 

“So pump up the crowd and give ‘em something’ to step to

My D J’s at his max to enhance what I bring you
The concepts hittin’ so follow along like a cookbook
Acknowledge the pros from all the titles I took, yeah
The crowd’s at ease when I breath though the mic end
As I whip up a dance better move all the mic stands
I go to work on the floor like a wet mop
If you’ve ever been moved, check it out when I rock”

(6th verse from “Ice is Workin’ It”)

As the above lyrics definitely state, Vanilla Ice definitely still knows how to “work a crowd”. The Rays Friday Fest Concert might not have been as long as ZZ Top, or as laid back as Dierks Bentley, but the man who rocked the mic like a vandal can still get the crowd going, and the head bopping. Especially entertaining was the fact that Vanilla Ice was doing a game on the photographers in the front well, and some of us caught onto it, while others got mad and frustrated. Me, I relished in the fact Vanilla Ice thought enough of me as a green-tagged photographer to get me square between the lens cover …once.

 

 

But I had a blast. Not just dodging the Aquafina onrushing sprays from all angles, but the sense from the crowd of the enveloping energy spikes and rush of raw emotion and power that emulated from the stage to the crowd and back, several times during the concert. Vanilla Ice might not have a huge anthology of hits through his musical era, but he definitely made his influence know on Friday night, and he is one of my favorite acts so far in 2010. I have to say without a doubt, from the moment he hit the stage, until he exited stage right, Vanilla Ice definitely had this joint rocking.


 

 

Sure the bass was pumping like a heart, and the drummer was amazing back on the skins, but the intensity and the energy coming from the stage on Friday night was something you truly had to see with your own eyes and soul to fully appreciate. It might not be some people version of music, or even lyrical symmetry, but the guy can work a stage and bring the crowd with him at will. That is the mark of a good entertainer. They can take the ebb and flow of the crowd mood and work it either into a frenzy, or into a solid performance you will be talking about for a long time.


 

 

Both seemed to materialized on that small Rays Friday Fest stage. Vanilla Ice was working it with everything he had that night. From his sheepishly wild stage set-up with a inflatable Grim Reaper and assorted camo netting and insane clown figurines, to his ” water show” that kept going throughout the entire show, and had the assembled crowd yelling for me to kick the water bottles to them after they had been doused with pure liquid refreshment. The visual show on stage by itself warranted a video camera catching each morsel as it unfolded on stage that night.

 

 

From Vanilla Ice trying to get me personally four times with water blasts ( he got me squarely once), to some of the assembled crowd (mostly women) brought on stage during the last portion of the show to dance, prance and simply be in the “Vanilla Ice moment”.

From the always constantly moving water bombing clown in the Santa suit, to the drums beats of Clint Eastwood ( seriously, that was his name), the night always seemed to be flowing out of the turntables and beats to push the blood pressure higher, and peak out the adrenaline.

 

 

In the long run, Vanilla Ice did what he wanted on stage, and made no apologies for the sake of his music. At some points it was like watching a performance art piece going on behind musical lyrics. Sure so many came to hear “Ninja Rap“, which also had a remembers of the Rays game day staff onstage dressed to the nines in Teenage Ninja Turtle outfits rocking with Vanilla Ice to the end.

 

 

As the concert ended, Vanilla Ice’s turntable maestro, DJ Dirty Chopsticks began to play other hip hop classics to keep the party going as the crowd slowly began to exit Tropicana Field. But in the end, just as his lyrics had predicted, Vanilla Ice definitely “working it” and for that, he all left with tunes and beats still ringing in our ears…..Word to your Mother!

 

 

8 Comments

Cliff,
I just can’t believe all these concerts you have at the Trop! Way cool!
I am on way to volunteering now at the All-Star FanFest. I am having a blast!
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Ema,
I know you do not like wearing your red gear to the All-Star Fan Fest, but it is a great thing you are doing volunteering this year.
Concerts have been amazing this year, and we still have a few great ones to go like Los Lobo’s, Village People, Adam Lambert, Train and Bret Michaels
I am looking forward to each one of them.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Unreal.. more concerts, I am suprised the attendance isn’t sky high now at the Trop…

-peter
Phillies Outside

Can’t say I’m a fan of Vanilla Ice (didn’t even know there still WAS a Vanilla Ice – lol), but the concert looked like great fun and I’m glad you’re getting to experience – and photograph – all of them!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Peter,
Some nights I just shake my head and wonder that myself.
But we are a vacation mecca, just like the Florida Marlins, and there is so much else to do with the beaches, parks and even Disney less than 1 and a half away.
I want to blame it on family vacations, perfect sunny days at the beach, or even the 13 percent unemployment.
I can only assure you that 81 tickets will be scanned from my hand this year……And that is a perfect score.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Jane,
Got to be honest, I am thrilled the Rays Communications and Promotions departments have issued me credentials to cover these concerts.
Just hope I leave a good taste in their mouth and can somehow find a way to maybe slip up another notch in 2011.
I do not expect it, but miracles do happen.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Wow… now ICE!?!? Holy moley, man! What a trip… nice to see he’s sorta relevant again… in a good way. The Rays front office sure does know how to entertain, eh?
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Jeff,
People can question the Rays front office for things all they want, but I think in the Fan Experience area…. They are by far the best organization to give the fans their dollars worth and more.
The concerts spread over the last three seasons have been simple incredible, and they are not stopping yet.
Vanilla Ice was entertaining, relevant and totally on point that night. He simply showed why is still one of the true visual shows you have to see to truly believe. It was N’ice, N’ice Baby!

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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