Whitt, ‘don’t kill my vibe’
SCOPE makes comeback with Kendrick Lamar, Moufy concert
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 03:10
Moufy spoke of dreams. Kendrick Lamar spoke of moments. SCOPE spoke of a comeback. And that’s exactly what the organization had.
“We’re just gonna go out and kill it.”
These were some of the last words of Bethany Bucciarelli, the executive director of SCOPE, before the doors opened and the students were let in to the Whittemore Center for Thursday night’s show. After months and months of planning, and a year of being on hiatus, SCOPE came back big with their fall concert.
Although the crowd wasn’t big when the doors first opened, the floor became packed by the time opener Moufy took the stage. As the show went on, the floor was full and the bowl seats were packed as well. Before the show even started, though, arrests were already being made and people could be seen being carried out by medics. Police from various departments across the state were stationed in numbers all over the Whitt.
As for the performer, the crowd seemed to love Moufy and his crew. The lights shone down in rainbow colors as the crowd moved to the vibration of the beat. Students somehow still managed to have their cheers heard loud and clear over the bass that reverberated through their chests. The air smelled of sweat and fog as a machine spread white clouds over the stage and into the audience.
Partway through Moufy’s set, though, the crowd became a little too enthusiastic and things quickly grew uncomfortable for the audience as they pushed each other and tried to get closer. A girl was pulled out by security after having what appeared to be a panic attack and others were removed after requesting to go somewhere less overwhelming. The people at the front were painfully pushed into the barricade, with nothing else to do except have the metal dig into their bodies.
Moufy carried on though, even getting off the stage and going up to the barricade at one point. He also brought out his younger brother, 16-year-old Josh. Moufy spoke of the importance of following your dreams and he got fans excited by having his camera crew film the crowd for his next music video.
One of the softer moments came when Moufy went with a slower paced song. Emotional, he kept putting his face in his hands and bending over in his seat. Despite the sincerity of this performance, students did get antsy and began to chant for Lamar, the rapper that most of them were really there to see.
For freshmen and sophomores, this was their first show organized by SCOPE as UNH students due to last year’s hiatus, and they were more than excited to see Lamar.
“I love Kendrick Lamar,” freshman Brian Thibodeau said. “Kendrick’s my favorite rapper by far. He’s on top of the game so that’s definitely why I’m here.”
Sophomore Allison Harb and her friends were also very excited, especially because they missed out on having a concert last year.
“We’re wicked excited,” Harb said. “We saw Kendrick in Philly a month ago and he was awesome so we’re just really excited to see him again.”
Julian Lovering was also looking forward to the show. As a senior, it’s one of his last shows as a UNH student and he was pleased that SCOPE chose a rap artist.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “I’m not really feeling the EDM music or the country, so I’m glad they brought it back to hip hop.”
Before Lamar came on though, SCOPE and the police had to get the crowd under control as they continued to squish together like human sardines. Security instructed students to back up and, when all else failed, a voice over the microphone threatened that Lamar wouldn’t come out until everyone backed up five steps. And they did – for about 30 seconds. The barricade also had to be cleared out as police ripped a male out of the crowd and over the barricade as they took him away. After that arrest, more police were brought up front and only officials were allowed in the barricade.
When Lamar walked out and the lights flashed vibrant colors over the stage, the crowd went insane. A sea of raised arms moved through the air in unison as the beat throbbed loudly through the arena. The enthusiasm that had been there for Moufy multiplied exponentially as the main act launched into his first song.
The energy pulsed through the arena as Lamar voiced his love for New Hampshire and the fans cheered in response. Lamar went on to say that this night was meant for the students. He said to leave the stress of school, work and family behind and to just enjoy the night.
“This is not my moment,” Lamar said. “It’s your moment.”
And it was the students’ moment – a moment to appreciate the thrill and enjoyment of a concert after missing out last year. It was a bigger moment for SCOPE, though. With all of the org members running around and keeping everything under control, it was obvious how hard they had worked to make the show a success. And for the most part it was a success. Despite a few bumps involving arrests and the crowd, it was SCOPE’s comeback show.
“Honestly, good for them,” sophomore Mikayla Sullivan said. “This is honestly gonna go down in history.”