Music Notes: The B.E.P. ‘Meet Us Halfway’ in DC

With fans in the stands and Bacardi in hand, the Black Eyed Peas Concert and After-Party were high in demand.

By Dina Duella

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Songstress Fergie serenading fans

The DC leg of the Black Eyed Peas World Tour proved to be not just a good nigh, but a great one. The E.N.D. World Tour at the Verizon Center in Washington DC was also a night of firsts. According to Bacardi representative Daniel Martinez, who has been on the road with the Black Eyed Peas, the DC show was the first night that included famed DJ David Guetta, and the first time that Ludacris joined Fergie on stage for her hit song ‘Glamorous’.

The sets for the show were explosive (almost quite literally at times), leaving the audience on edge with every new song. At one point, the Peas played on the popularity of texting by having a life feed of text messages from the audience appear on a JumboTron, to which Will.i.am skillfully incorporated in a freestyle. Each of the Black Eyed Peas took the stage with their own solo performances at one point, ending with Will.i.am’s take to an elevated DJ booth in which he spun a very hybrid set of hip hop, funk, and rock.

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The Peas Rockin' them beats

Being in the nation’s capitol must have rubbed off on the Black Eyed Peas, as they ended the show on a political note with a song called ‘Now Generation’, and their ever popular socially conscious ‘Where is the Love?’where Will.i.am made a couple plugs for bi-partisanship and patriotism.

Following the concert, the Official Black Eyed Peas After Party sponsored by Bacardi was held at the 9:30 Club, where fans kept up the ‘Boom Boom Pow’. Both Taboo and Apl.De.Ap  were on hand to entertain, with Apl spinning hits well into the AM. Guests were enjoying Bacardi’s V.I.Pea cocktail, the official spirit of the Black Eyed Peas’ World Tour. Just as the title of the album andthe eponymous world tour suggests, the Energy Never Died tonight.

The E.N.D.

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