By Charlotte Horton
DJ Pauly D of ‘Jersey Shore’ fame teamed up with rapper Rockie Fresh to bring the party to Syracuse University’s Goldstein Auditorium Thursday, Feb. 21.
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As University Union prepared for Thursday night’s events, the show’s preparations hit turmoil in the couple of hours before it started. The opener Rockie Fresh had been delayed by the snowstorm, and his performance for the show was in question. For a little bit it look like it would be a one-act concert, but in the end he made it — the change was Goldstein Auditorium’s doors opened it 8:30 p.m. rather than the originally planned 7 p.m.
At quarter past nine, the music started and Rockie Fresh’s hype man started jamming with the crowd. Unfortunately, he seemed bored and distracted on stage. He played some favorites while rapping along on a microphone, but for the majority of the time it was as if he was only pressing play on his laptop as he went around to several people backstage to share some tidbit or laughs. The best part of the performance was when Rockie Fresh finally came out onstage. He fell flat in the beginning, but began to warm up to the audience, eventually impressing with his natural rhythm and interaction with the “ladies in the front row.” Rockie Fresh’s set lasted a brief 45 minutes, and DJ Pauly D was on stage by 10 p.m.”
Loud sirens echoed in the room, the overused fog machine gushed into the crowd, and “DJ Pauly D” was repeated as he entered the stage, climbing onto a platform with his DJ equipment set up, his laptop rocking a bejeweled Italian flag. The entire set was a mix of frat party favorites – a set list anyone could play and get a crowd excited for and dancing. But no one could say Pauly D is just another DJ — the show was carried out in the tackiest fashion possible. His set began with Baauer’s viral hit “Harlem Shake,” to the cheers of the large crowd. He quickly got to fist pumping.
Obviously, the self-titled Jersey guido’s staple dance move would come up at one point in his set, but for him to exhaust it as much as he did was tiresome. Amongst the favorites he dropped were “Don’t You Worry Child,” “Sweet Nothing,” “Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix),” and “All Gold Everything.” It wasn’t a surprise when he used the phrase “popped a molly, I’m sweatin’, woo” as a climax during his set. It was cliché, but the crowd members went crazy nonetheless, their fists pumping in tandem.
The production itself was impressive. The lights were titillating and although the crew used the fog machine excessively, the effect was still nice throughout the peaks and valleys of both the sets.