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They had their hands in the air, but contrary to what you might have expected, they did care.
They cared about rocking and bopping to the lineup of Casper the Ghost, DJ Mustard, Fetty Wap and Wiz Khalifa on Night Two of Rock the Park at Harris Park.
As the Thursday-afternoon shadows lengthened along the banks of the Thames River, the crowd was smaller yet more boisterous than the thousands who had turned out Wednesday for the new-country artists on offer (Lady Antebellum was the headlining act).
The air was rife with the smell of . . . straw? No, it wasn’t burning.
Organizers and volunteers had packed the spots still muddy from the previous morning’s thunder showers with the golden strands. The straw looked like a yellow road running straight up the middle of Harris Park, leading to the basic-black stage.
There were fewer families and it looked like the crowd skewed toward teen girls, who arrived in clusters of two or three or more.
First up was London’s own Casper the Ghost, who shared his verbal flow with the audience under the watchful eye of a blown-up version of the 1980s Ghostbuster logo.
In keeping with that nod to the Eighties, one of the sound effects the local rapper used the most was the beep and chirp of a disappearing ghost from the Pac Man arcade game of yesteryear.
The young musician feels so strongly about the Forest City, he even has a number titled Mr. London.
Casper commented on what he termed “borderline racist” comments online about Rock the Park no longer having any rock in it. “Music is music, right?” he quizzed the partiers lined up in front of the stage. They screamed their agreement.
Drinking from cans of beer in one of the beer-tent areas were London med students Sandra Rao, 26, and Shiman Rajasingham, 28, who – during DJ Mustard’s lengthy set – were itching to see Fetty Wap. “Honestly, it’s his voice,” Rajasingham said of the appeal of the hip hopper’s precise enunciation.
Rao appreciated the positivity in the air. “The energy’s really good,” she said approvingly of the venue. The air thick with humidity, DJ Mustard finally doffed the top of his read Champion track suit, revealing a white T-shirt beneath.
The two doctors-in-training got their wish shortly after 8 p.m. when Fetty Wap took to the stage. Projected behind him was video of a speedometer, the dial of which was quickly being buried amid a loud roar.
Earlier in the week, Wiz Khalifa’s rendition of See You Again – his tribute to Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker – was certified as the most-viewed YouTube video of all time. It’s just shy of three billion views on the video-sharing site.
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