Steve Aoki performs onstage during Pandora Summer Crush 2015. (Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Pandora Media)
Good vibes were all around at this year’s Pandora Summer Crush that happened on a hot summer evening at L.A. Live. On Aug. 15, Pandora listeners were treated to a free concert where they got to see some of today’s hottest artists live in concert. With a lineup ranging from upcoming artists such as Tori Kelly to world-renowned DJ Steve Aoki, it was a night to remember for Los Angeles music fans.
With temperatures reaching a high of 100 degrees, music fans were unstoppable and took on the summer heat like champs. The event offered attendees refillable water stations to continually rehydrate themselves.
Kelly took the Pandora stage first and showed off her pipes with songs from her album, Unbreakable Smile, and also threw it back to the ‘90s with Lauryn Hill covers that kept nostalgic listeners up on their feet. It was my first time seeing Kelly perform in concert, and the only thing that crossed my mind was why she didn’t become the next “American Idol” during the Season 9 cycle of the show. She became a hit on YouTube with millions of viewers and subscribers. Just to see her succeed years after her time on the reality show and all the uploaded videos on YouTube, it shows that things work out for the better in the future. She ended her set with her hit single “Nobody Love” and got the crowd to finish the lyrics for her. Kelly is definitely an artist to watch out for as she has so much to offer the music world.
Another reality competition contestant that took the stage was none other than the fierce and talented Fifth Harmony. The girls entered L.A. Live with a fierce walk that had your eyes glued onto the stage the whole time. Fifth Harmony took their “Artist to Watch” VMA title to the next level, performing songs from their debut album, Reflection. The girls even took it down a notch and covered some of the radio’s No. 1 hits that included an acoustic version of Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” and the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” The girls have proven that they are the future and that they have what it takes to become No. 1. These girls have evolved throughout the years, and it amazes me how time goes by so fast.
With no introduction needed, Jason Derulo took the stage with the females in the crowd gushing over his presence. Derulo never fails to get audiences up on their feet with his hit singles. LED beach balls were thrown into the audience during his performance of “Talk Dirty” and kept the crowd dancing along his exhilarating set. Not only did his vocal performance woo audiences but his dance skills got the crowd cheering for more. I had a great time seeing him perform, and I was amazed how I knew all the lyrics to his songs. He closed out his performance with his platinum hit “Want to Want Me” and exited the stage with girls begging for one more song.
Steve Aoki closed out this year’s Pandora’s Summer Crush with an electrifying set that got the crowd jumping up on their feet. It’s a rare occasion to see Aoki perform live if you’re not at a music festival or at a club in Vegas. It was a treat in itself for me and other Aoki fans to see him live at this event. I made my way to the front and almost got cake thrown at my face by the DJ himself, and it was definitely worth it. During his set he even randomly mixed Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and had the audience screaming out the high notes in unison. Fans were just so excited to see him perform, and the energy from the crowd was nothing I’ve seen before at any concert or music festival.
I definitely had the time of my life seeing some of my favorite artists perform, and it’s truly a wonderful feeling to see other fans like myself walk out of the venue with a smile and a summer memory that will never be forgot. I will keep tuning in with Pandora, and I’ll also be sure that I’m the first person to purchase tickets for any upcoming concerts from these artists.