G-Eazy tour makes stop in Bloomington

Rapper G-Eazy made the first stop of the second leg of his “When It’s Dark Out” tour at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois on Tuesday, March 29. The tour began on January 6, 2016 and will continue throughout May and features both North American and worldwide locations.

The tour is in promotion of G-Eazy’s sophomore album titled “When It’s Dark Out”, which was released on December 4, 2015. Nearly half of the tour was co-headlined by A$AP Ferg, who is also promoting a new album which was released in January, but he did not perform at the Bloomington date. Artists Nef the Pharaoh, Marty Grimes and Daghe accompanied him at the Coliseum instead.

Doors opened at 6:30 but eager fans began to line up early on Tuesday morning. By the time the doors were opened there were lines of people down the block.

The opening acts got the crowd ready for the main event. DJ Daghe raised everyones energy by playing remixes of popular artists such as Fetty Wap and Drake. Rappers Marty Grimes and Nef the Pharaoh also excited the crowd with upbeat songs and dancers.

Anticipation could be felt in the crowd as fans waited for G-Eazy to come on stage. As the first song began, cheers erupted and thousands of cellphones rose to capture the moment.

The proud Bay Area rapper’s setlist consisted of over twenty songs, some old and some from his newest album. The songs ranged from popular party songs such as “Me Myself and I” and “I Mean It”, to “Everything Will Be Okay”, a somber song during which G-Eazy teared up on stage.


Rapper G-Eazy addressing the crowd at U.S. Cellular Coliseum during a song
Rapper G-Eazy addressing the crowd at U.S. Cellular Coliseum during a song

With a completely full arena, the show is one of the biggest that the Coliseum has hosted. A large number of security personnel and members of the Bloomington Police Department were there to keep things under control. “I’m glad I didn’t have to work that day,” said Pam Shumaker, an employee at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. “We almost never have events that big.”

Feelings of excitement were mutual between G-Eazy and the crowd. “This is the craziest city I’ve been in on this tour,” he told the crowd multiple times. “I’ll always come back to Bloomington.”

Although the tour has moved on to new locations, it still has the entire Bloomington-Normal area talking about it. Those who attended have turned to each other and social media to share their stories about the night. The event has left fans excited to see what G-Eazy will do next.