Concerts Out of Town

B.O.B. and Wiz Khalifa @ SXSW

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AUSTIN, TX - March 17th: Atlanta rapper B.O.B. performs at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Kyle Gustafson)

I got an email late in the day Friday telling me that I had a photo pass for the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa that was supposed to feature Lupe Fiasco and Cee Lo Green, both of whom dropped off the bill, later to be replaced by B.O.B. and… Janelle Monae! But before Janelle took the stage, B.O.B. and  Wiz Khalifa had their turns.

AUSTIN, TX - March 17th: Atlanta rapper B.O.B. performs at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Kyle Gustafson)

AUSTIN, TX - March 17th: Atlanta rapper B.O.B. performs at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

B.O.B. was pretty great. He’s got a very charismatic stage presence and really enjoys being a showman. Basically, he’s the exact opposite of Wiz Khalifa. I was really impressed with B.O.B.’s set. He’s a star.

AUSTIN, TX - March 17th: Atlanta rapper Wiz Khalifa performs at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

AUSTIN, TX - March 17th: Rapper Wiz Khalifa performs at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

Wiz Khalifa, on the other hand, was content to wander around the stage, stick his tongue out every once in a while while telling everyone how much weed he smoked before taking the stage. He’s a bit of a one-trick pony.

AUSTIN, TX - March 17th: Atlanta rapper B.O.B. performs at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

The lights for this show were very strange. The backing lights were green and blue and the performers were lit by two spotlights and the set of gold strip lights laying across the lip of the stage. The treatment made Wiz Khalifa’s white t shirt look like a nuclear reactor.  Metering was very tough.

AUSTIN, TX - March 17th: Rapper Wiz Khalifa performs at the Atlantic Records showcase at La Zona Rosa as part of the 2011 South by Southwest Festival. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

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B.o.B. & Wiz Khalifa @ SXSW – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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