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It’s LaVernapalooza, trick!

LMFAO and Yung Joc hit Pomona’s Fox Theater for the annual concert

Stefan Kendal Gordy and Skyler Husten Gordy, a.k.a. Redfoo and SkyBlu from electrohop duo group LMFAO performed along with Yung Joc on May 12 at the Fox Theater in Pomona. During their performance at the second annual LaVernapalooza, LMFAO and friends sprayed bottles of champagne on the audience while everyone sang along to their 2009 song, “Shots.” / photo by Candice Salazar

Alexa Palacios
Staff Writer

University of La Verne students took over the Fox Theater in Pomona on Friday for the school’s annual LaVerna­palooza, featuring LMFAO and opening act, Yung Joc.

LaVernapalooza, coordinated by Campus Activities Board concerts chairman Michael Lindsey, is an end of the year extravaganza for La Verne students and this year’s acts did not disappoint.

Last year, more than 500 students rocked out to the sounds of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, which was the largest concert the school held in history.

This year the venue was changed to accommodate the anticipated turnout and an even more prominent performer with LMFAO as the man act.

Students were given tickets to either be seated in the balcony level or to be on the main level, which was a standing only section.

This gave the concert a real music festival and party feel because students were completely packed in together.

“The concert was very fun. Being in the pit, just made the experience that much better,” Christian Pickett, freshman biology major, said.

“In regards to La Verne getting LMFAO, that is amazing and I hope La Verne keeps getting big performers like them. it’s going to be hard to outdo that next year.”

Yung Joc was the opening act and is known for his biggest sin

gle, “It’s Goin’ Down,” as well as other features with artists including Diddy and T-Pain.

He opened his set of the show with the song, “Stuntin’ Is A Habit,” then went on the perform other hits like “I Know You See It,” “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” and ended the show with his hit, “It’s Goin’ Down.”

Joc relied heavily on the crowd’s participation throughout his performance and he included them throughout each segment between each song.

He performed most of his hits, but he allowed his DJ to play familiar Top 40 hits that got the crowd into his performance.

He also brought five female La Verne students on stage during his performance and offered $500 dollars to the crowd’s favorite dancer.

Four of the girls brought on stage were allowed backstage the remainder of the performance, however no winner was crowned and no money was given.

After ending his set, the band and crew that accompanied LMFAO prepared the stage for their performance.

Their DJ kept the crowd entertained by spinning many hits and urged the crowd to get ready for the coming performance.

Glow sticks and shot glass necklaces were thrown into the crowd, which created a frenzy among the students who raced to get souvenirs in such a packed space.

After waiting for nearly 20 minutes, the DJ started urging the crowd to put their hands up and prepare for LMFAO’s entrance.

The crowd clapped, chanted and fist-pumped frantically when LMFAO came out and performed their first song of the night, “Rock The Beat.”

The song introduced the duo with lyrics like, “We are LMFAO, we rock the beat and rock the show,” which were repeated throughout the song.

LMFAO went on to sing their hits “I’m in LA Trick” and “La La La.” The duo also sang their hit “Shots,” which was a crowd favorite and one of the most emphatic moments of the show because they shot multiple bottles of champagne throughout the crowd and shot mini guns filled with confetti.

Throughout their set, LMFAO performed some remixed songs from similar artists like Black Eyed Peas

They also had three dancers that were on stage with them the entire performance, one of them which was dressed in a gold and black tiger-striped sports suit and wore a cardboard head that resembled a robot.

The duo ended the night with their most recent and one of their biggest hits, “Party Rock Anthem.”

All of their dancers and everyone that accompanied them to the show, including SkyBlu’s grandfather and Redfoo’s father, Berry Gordy, joined them on stage for their final song.

The crowd’s participation and reaction through every song showed their sheer enjoyment of the acts that the school was able to acquire.

“I would have to say that the concert was pleasantly surprising; it was shocking how well the performers ripped the stage,” said Tony Taboada, sophomore political science and psychology major.

“Overall, LaVernapalooza gets an applause. I just hope that they keep up the good work and know the possibilities are there. Who knows they might pull off getting Drake to perform at our school.”

Alexa Palacios can be reached at alexa.palacios@laverne.edu.

Jasiel Robinson, a.k.a. Yung Joc, opened for LMFAO at the annual Lavernapalooza concert May 12 at Fox Theater in Pomona. Joc used his mobile phone to take pictures of the screaming audience to post on his Twitter timeline. In 2006 Joc recorded his first single, “It’s Going Down” which won hip-hop track of the year at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. / photo by Candice Salazar

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