[Review] ILL-Rock Block Party


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This past weekend Champaign was blessed with nice weather, sun shine and amazing music at the first ever ILL-Rock Block Party put on by hometown venue The Canopy Club, JayGoldberg Event and Prime Social Group  This one-day outdoor event really brought the heat with artists like Matoma, Exmag, Gramatik and Big Sean.

Ralph Magnum, hip hop artist, D Webb, Rami Moonand and Klevah were the first few artists to take the stage.  Exmag then swooned the crowd with hits from their newest album “Plants and Animals.”  As the crowds began to flock in, hip hop artist, Alex Wiley made his way on stage and pumped up the new comers.  Tropical house artist, Matoma and hip hop artist, Kyle rounded out the openers.

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As the sun began to set Gramatik took the stage for a killer performance.  Other Lowtemp artists, Russ Liquid and Gibbz accompanied Gramatik on stage for an all out jam that had the crowd on their feet dancing.  The time then came, for who most people were there to see, Big Sean.  He emerged from behind stage in a cloud of smoke, which was fitting since his performance was so hot!  He played crowd favorite “IDFWU” and other songs from his newest album “Dark Sky Paradise,” which had everyone jumping well into the night.

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The day was perfect from the weather to the performances.  Overall we definitely give this first-time event an A+ and hope to see it return again next year.

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