Sir Mix-A-Lot, Blackalicious, MURS, Z-Trip - Crescent Ballroom Outdoor Stage - 3/7/14

Photos by Jim Louvau
Sir Mix-A-Lot induces booty shaking outside of the Crescent Ballroom during Viva PHX last night. See more photos via our slideshow.

Sir Mix-A-Lot, Blackalicious, MURS, Z-Trip
Viva PHX's Crescent Ballroom Outdoor Stage

Crescent Ballroom's outdoor stage at the first-ever Viva PHX festival featured traditional hip-hop sounds, an energetic audience and a show stopping set by hometown hero Z-Trip. With the liquor flowing and hundreds of people thirsting for quality hip-hop, the strong lineup full of icons and legends aimed to please.

The stage's lone local act, Big Mona, brought along a three-piece band to accompany her through soulful covers and original songs. Dazzling the growing crowd with her delicate voice, Mona jumped from keyboard to guitar during each break in the sound. If the young songstress can embrace her star power, she could be a force to be reckoned with.

The crowd at the Crescent Ballroom's stage during Viva PHX.

Murs, who was joined onstage by rising star DJ Foundation, came to Viva PHX with an arsenal of hits, including songs from his popular album Murs 3:16. Always the showman, Murs had the crowd in the palm of his hand as he ran through such hits as "H.U.S.T.L.E.R," "Lookin' Fly," and "L.A." The duo decided the slow the pace with a poetic rendition of Warren G's "Regulate."

Murs then brought out Marley B and Cash Lansky, a pair of burgeoning hip-hop stars out of Tucson and are part of his Murs 316 label, The trio performed the song "All Time High," a single released from Marley and Cash's The Tonite Show album. Murs ended on a softer note, with a rarely perform song "First Love."

Gift of Gab from Blackalicious at Viva PHX last night.

With the crowd already pumped from the previous performance, Blackalicious hit the stage with a performance of "Alphabet Aerobics." Although Gift of Gab's microphone was having a few issues in the beginning, he recovered quickly and started spilling dizzying alliteration in alphabetical order peaking at the crowd yelling "ZEALOT!"

He then brought out fellow Quannum artists LifeSava to share a few songs. After teasing the crowd, Gab decided to perform an a capella version of a song called "Blacka" from their upcoming album Imani. Chief Xcel then dropped a small sample of the production, which featured heavy boom-bap drums.

Gift of Gab from Blackalicious at Viva PHX last night.

The group the proceeded to go into a special live version of one of their biggest hits, "Deception," and the crowd at it up, singing along with an altered version of the track's sing-songy chorus. Blasting through a slew of songs from their older projects, Blackaliciois kept the energy high with their signature heavy drums, soulful horns and slick-sounding soul samples.

The group also took a moment to pit the crowd against each with a friendly game of "Party Over Here, Fuck Y'all Over There" to keep the energy up. Gift of Gab would leave the stage until returning to go off with a special freestyle for the Phoenix crowd, who roared every time the city was mentioned (natch).

Location Info

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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