By the time the sun went down, the Waterfront crowd was rapidly growing. Entry-level concert goers were pushing their way to the front to see radio-friendly Atlanta rapper B.o.B. while the quirky OK Go plowed their way through a fun-filled set. I've never noticed how talented frontman Damian Kulash is; his performance on Saturday completely changed my opinion of the band. Sure the band's gimmicks were still there (an a cappella snippet from Les Miserables and a handbell performance) but their oddly catchy pop-rock tunes speak for themselves.
It was headliner B.o.B. who brought the majority of the night-time audience there — early estimates put the crowd at around 6000, according to Michaud. Complete with a backing band and dancers, he rapped and sang his way through an hour-plus set. Best when showcasing his lightning-fast flow and dancing around the stage, things felt a bit forced and vapid when he picked up the acoustic guitar. His encore started off straight ahead, performing "Airplanes" (currently sitting at number 6 on the Billboard charts), but he chose to close the festival with a cover of MGMT's "Kids" — a fitting way to sum up the cross-genre mishmash of artists that performed at KahBang.
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