Last night, OutKast played a secret show at Best Buy Theater in Times Square for Ad Week and the212 was there to see it all live. Ticket time said 9 and upon arrival right before door time the line to get in went through Times Square and wrapped around the corner due to extra security measures being taken at the door. Once inside, there were two event staples: an open bar sponsored by Microsoft and a photo-booth set up by No.2.66. After getting drinks and partaking in the photo-booth, we entered the packed theater filled with a diverse mix of young professionals.
Old English opened up for the Atlanta duo, getting the energy of the crowd up before the main event. After a short DJ break to set up the stage for the full band, Big Boi and André 3000 took the stage with ‘Bombs Over Baghdad”. André donned a white wig, white sunglasses, and a black jumpsuit with ‘save the wells’ printed on the front. Big Boi kept it old school with an Atlanta Braves red, white and black patchwork outfit. With a strong opening song, they fell right into a line-up of hit after hit including ‘Mrs. Jackson’, ‘So Fresh, So Clean’, and ‘Roses’, to name a few.
The duo split up and took some solo time on stage, giving each a chance to hog the spotlight. Big Boi performed his banger ‘Kryptonite’, which hyped up the crowd to a whole other level. Next, André came out to sing his Grammy award-winning hit, ‘Hey Ya!’. Accompanying him on stage was a group of about ten girls who were instructed to “Shake it, shake, shake it!” with cheers from the crowd.
Both came out to end the show with ‘The Whole World’ (see clip below). As to be expected, OutKast put on a high energy set that left the crowd wanting more. Microsoft and Adweek, well done! Not bad for a Wednesday night.