Butterball. The word conjures up many images and connotations. It’s the brand name of a turkey, so for some – it brings up thoughts of Thanksgiving. Butterball is a not so nice name for an overweight person or a reference to an individual serving of butter, in a round shape. However, if you’re an avid listener of the very popular syndicated morning show – The Kane Show – on Hot 99.5 FM (Clear Channel Radio), then Butterball takes on a whole other meaning……
Thursday night fans of the Kane Show and the featured artists of the night, the very popular LMFAO, came out in droves to celebrate the much publicized, anxiously awaited “Kane Show Butterball 2011 with LMFAO” sold-out event at the newly opened Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD. The statement “you had to be there” does not even begin to describe the level of excitement, high energy and mass celebration that took place Thursday night. The crowd was so diverse – ranging from kids and teens, to corporate types in suits, to die-hard LMFAO fans, to folks dressed in costumes – but one thing was for sure, these folks were definite #PartyRockers and #KaneShow fans!
In its 5th year, Butterball 2011 started out with a pre-show private meet & greet where a select group of fans got to meet Kane, Sarah Fraser and Samy K from the Kane Show, along with Redfoo and SkyBlu from LMFAO. For the rest of the fans, the Fillmore opened its doors at 7 pm with DJ Chris Styles from Hot 99.5 on stage warming up the crowd for about an hour. Kane, Sarah Fraser and Samy K walked among the crowd with a microphone, greeting and talking to fans, taking pictures and just adding to the already high-energy vibe that was permeating the Fillmore. Hot 99.5 was broadcasting live from the Fillmore and as fans came in, they were able to buy LMFAO merchandise, enter to win a Mervis Diamond heart shaped pendant at the Hot 99.5 table, there were given really cool glow in the dark fluorescent Hot 99.5 mini glow sticks (which they unfortunately threw at the stage at the end of the night). The Hot 99.5 mascot walked among the crowd, taking pictures – and I even asked Samy K if Maw-Maw had come to Butterball & he confirmed, she was somewhere on stage.
DJ Chris Styles did an awesome job and for those that have never been, Butterball has the feeling of a really big, really great, party – a couple of DJ, some great music, some dancing, a great band performing. Butterball has definitely made my list for the Top Ten “Not to Miss” DC Music Events. Thursday’s crowd seemed really excited and most of the Hot 99.5 crew joined The Kane Show on stage, including Kane Show producer Erick Villegas and Toby Knapp. Kane introduced everyone, for the fans who didn’t know what some of their favorite on air personalities looked like and then he managed to get the crowd, in sections, to simply yell. Yes, yell – holler – scream and it was rather amusing as hundreds of fans just simply yelled. And as if that wasn’t enough to rile up the already high-spirited crowd…. the ultimate “get your crowd hype” event was revealed – the T-Shirt giveaway & the “show me your ‘iHeart Radio Apps’”. Kane then turned the stage over to DJ Dirty Elbows from Hot 99.5 and he kept the party going for another hour. Folks were dancing and the crowd all of a sudden became extremely hyped and animated. Not because of anything they saw on the stage, but because a young man by the name of Brandon was dancing his butt off in the upper corner of the balcony. The crowd on the floor could see him and so could I, so I had to go talk to him & get some pictures (see slideshow) for this article. I found out that Brandon is 11 yrs old and has been dancing for 4 years and he attended the concert with his siblings, Sebastian & Emely. All I have to say is, the way that Brandon was dancing, the DC Music Events Examiner will be looking for him in about 6 – 8 years, and maybe sooner, on the big screen or a national stage – that boy had some moves and about 400 or so folks in the Fillmore know exactly what I mean. The Kane Show came back to the stage and gave a shout out to some Veterans that were in the audience, and then I noticed Nico. He was playing the “air drums” right along side the hot tunes that DJ Dirty Elbows was playing. He was too fast to even begin to capture with a picture, but I had to mention him – he was awesome.
At 9 pm, LMFAO took to the stage at the Fillmore and from the very first song to the inflatable zebra to the wardrobe changes to the multiple confetti cannons – they love confetti – to their dance moves, which were executed with flawless precision, simply put – LMFAO brings it. 2 words – Brings It. High energy, great stage presence, props galore, confetti, inflatable animals and trees, more confetti, strobe lights, their on stage visual ‘cooler’ that consisted of red bull, corona’s & ciroc, did I mention confetti – LMFAO are commanders of the stage. I’ve seen and worked thousands of stages shows and LMFAO is a group that is a must see, hands down. The LMFAO experience at the Fillmore included, of course – Redfoo and SkyBlu, along with 4 back-up dancers, a DJ, a drummer and a guitar player – and between the 9 of them, they Party Rocked. The duo opened the show with Rock The Beat II, Sorry for Party Rocking, Get Crazy & Hipster Girl; followed by Take it to the Hole, Put that Ass to Work, Miami/Chuckie Remix and Getting Over You.
A little BEP Boom Boom Pow and Shooting Star – and now the crowd is even more hyped (didn’t think it was possible) and singing along with LMFAO as they performed hit after hit. I’m Not a Whore, One Day, La La La, Yes and Reminds Me of You came next and LMFAO shared with the crowd that they has just come back from doing shows in Canada and asked everyone to put their drink in the air as they launched into Shots/Shots Remix. And then the concert got weird. LMFAO & dancers left the stage, the band left the stage and the stage went dark. Now maybe in this tweet more, speak less time that we live in, concert goers have forgotten proper encore concert etiquette, but normally when the artist leaves the stage and they haven’t sung their “major hits” the crowd chants something – the group name, the song they want, even “we want more” – to bring the artist back on stage. I don’t know what was in the air at the Fillmore, but a chant started to happen, sort of, twice and that seemed to not quite pick up steam. So fans started throwing the glow sticks at the stage and even thought at that point the event and fans were rating 5 stars, the fans got demoted with that asinine move. But in spite of the crowd’s collossal brain fart, LMFAO returned to the stage for not one, but two finales – with Party Rock Anthem and Champagne Showers for the first encore and Sexy and I Know It for the final song of the night. And in spite of the glow sticks, confetti, corona soup-like concoction that was emerging on the stage (it was a slippery, colorful hawt mess) – the dancers did their thing, LMFAO did the dayum thing and the Party Rocking continued on.
LMFAO killed it, The Kane Show returned to the stage to say good night and a “sweaty black bra” managed to make its way not only onto the stage, but onto Samy’s face. All in all, it was a great night of good, clean, Butterball, Party Rocking, musical fun. See you next year at Butterball 2012!!
To see more pictures & videos go to Hot 99.5 Butterball 2011.
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