Outkast returns to home state on reunion tour
ROME, Georgia (AP) — Outkast’s energy was high despite the wet and muddy conditions for a performance in their home state of Georgia at the CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival, part of the Grammy-winning rap duo’s reunion tour.
Organizers suspended the festival due to heavy rain and inclement weather, pushing Outkast’s set back more than an hour Sunday night. But Andre “Andre 3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton still put on an energetic show that kept the crowd jamming in the late hours.
Outkast reunited onstage for the first time two weeks ago at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, following a near-decade hiatus.
Outkast was one of the final acts to close out the three-day festival in Rome, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta. Big Boi and Andre grew up in East Point, Georgia.
“I know you’re all muddy and dirty,” said a chuckling Andre 3000, who was wearing a white wig and a black jumpsuit with a white X on the chest. “And I know y’all are going to want to go home and take a shower.”
Outkast kicked off their act with the song “B.O.B.” They went on to perform some of the duo’s major hits from “Ms. Jackson,” ″So Fresh, So Clean,” ″Rosa Parks” and “Player’s Ball.”
CounterPoint was the second stop for Outkast, who is on a 40-date tour.
Outkast is celebrating 20 years in music since the release of their 1994 debut, “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.”
“It’s good to be back in the dirty, dirty,” said Big Boi, sporting a red hat with “Atlanta” written in black across the front of it. “ATL you know what it is. We love y’all. ... 20 years and we still here.”
The group often danced alongside each other, then stood and walked behind each other inside a tall see-through box for a couple of songs including “Aquemini.” They showed good chemistry onstage as the two smoothly interchanged into their own solo acts.
Big Boi took the stage first performing a slew of his songs including “The Way You Move.” Andre 3000 followed up his bandmate’s act with singing his well-known hits “Prototype” and “Hey Ya!.”
Outkast brought out other performers such as Janelle Monae, Sleepy Brown and Killer Mike. More than 60 artists performed at the festival, including from J. Cole, Pretty Lights, and Foster the People.
“This seems like a family reunion,” Big Boi said to the packed crowd.
The group also paid homage to the late Pimp C, performing a snippet of the UGK song “International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You).”
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