Comethazine at Avondale
By Oscar Yanek
It almost feels wrong naming this article after rapper Comethazine, whose total set time did not even take up a third of the total show. However, his name was the biggest on the tickets for the concert on Oct. 27., a cold and rainy Saturday night. The doors opened at 6:30 p.m, and there was not much of a crowd, so moving around the venue was easy. The Avondale Music Hall was was small; the stage was visible from the entrance of the building. The stage itself wasn’t much to look at, as there was only a DJ table and a banner showing Comethazine’s name set up. After a short wait, a DJ started playing, but I neither heard nor cared what his name was. His set was plagued with audio problems, and none of his song choices seemed to be connect with the crowd. Most of the time he was on stage the crowd just stood around. By the end of the DJ set, the crowd grew to about 50 ft from the stage, as it was about an hour since the doors opened. More people were coming in, however, and the venue would settle at about half capacity.
After the DJ was finished, two other DJs came from backstage and took over for a while, with better music choices but the same audio problems. At one point, the music completely stopped for 20 minutes and the crowd and I watched as a group of four professionals tried to figure out a solution. After they fixed that and some more time standing around had passed, I began to reevaluate the $30 I spent on my ticket. Right as I did, the opening act, Lil Gnar, came on. I had not really listened to Lil Gnar and was mainly there for Comethazine, but even so I was instantly grabbed by his charisma and stage person. He interacted with the crowd a lot, more than I had seen at any other concert. He would take phones from front row and take selfies and videos and pass them back; he even took a chain that some guy had handed him and wore it for a bit. The craziness only escalated when he jumped into the crowd to crowd surf. Luckily Lil Gnar is very skinny and does not weigh too much, because I ended up holding his shoulders up for most of his time in the crowd. Once we passed him back, he jumped back into the crowd but this time standing on his own. My friends and I managed to push through and surround him for a song. He even took my friend’s sunglasses for a while.
Once Lil Gnar was finished and we were all sufficiently sweaty, Comethazine came out, and all of my remaining bitterness for the first hours of standing around immediately washed away. His music on its own is very loud, unfiltered, and catchy, but in-concert the energy was insane. I was screaming along at the top of my lungs and the whole crowd was jumping around. He played most of the tracks off of his mixtape “Bawskee” such “V12,” “Bands,” and “Walk,” as well as a few of his more popular singles. He even played “Demi,” a funny song about him wanting to be in a relationship with Demi Lovato. While not performing for as long as I was expecting, I still left the venue soaked and exhausted, with a sore throat and a smile on my face.