Macklemore, Ryan Lewis Impress Breslin Center Crowd
Seattle-based hip-hop duo Ben Haggerty - aka Macklemore - and DJ Ryan Lewis played a show in front of nearly 7,000 Tuesday night at the Breslin Center. Though some fans believed the show was a bit short, or that he didn't play some of his popular songs, the majority agreed that Macklemore put on a fantastic performance, myself included.
Made famous by his song "Thrift Shop", Macklemore came onto the national scene this past year, but has been in the music business for over a decade, releasing his first EP in 2000 under the name "Professor Macklemore." After releasing his first studio album as an independent artist late last year, he began "The Heist" world tour in the fall of 2012.
Macklemore opened with "10,000 Hours" - a song referencing the number of hours it takes until you can be considered a professional - with enthusiasm and energy before greeting the crowd with a "What up Michigan State!" He went on to play other songs from The Heist, including "Can't Hold Us," "White Walls" and "Wing$".
Despite a mid-show hiccup - the Fire Marshall threatened to end the show - Macklemore continued his set, playing several more songs including "Same Love," which supports gay rights and same-sex marriage. He played three more encore songs, including "And We Danced" and "Irish Celebration."