Things are heating up right in time for summer in Los Angeles, as Power 106’s 2019 Powerhouse Liftoff Edition concert touched down in the spacious grounds of the Five Point Amphitheatre in Irvine to deliver performances from some of the biggest names in hip-hop.
The event kicked off on Saturday (May 18) where a variety of artists like Mustard, G-Eazy, Tyga, T-Pain, French Montana and more blessed the main stage and treated fans to a full day of nonstop music, surprise guests, album announcements and tributes to the late Nipsey Hussle.
Earlier in the day, emerging talent like Gashi, Melii, Yella Beezy, 1TakeJay and Rucci took to the Liftoff New Music stage to warm up the audience and win over new fans.
The night continued with solid headlining sets from G-Eazy, Tyga, French Montana and Mustard, who paid their tributes to Nipsey Hussle during theirs sets and asked audiences to raise their phone light’s in the air.
Shortly after G-Eazy’s performance of “No Limit,” Power 106 crew members came on stage to introduce the scheduled homage to Hussle, to which they dimmed the lights as fans lit their phones up. The video included a slideshow of images and performances of Hussle while “Double Up” played softly in the background.
Highlights of the night included main headliner Mustard’s set, who brought out many of his celebrity friends T-Pain, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Dom Kennedy, Trey Songz, Tyga and Roddy Ricch for an eclectic set. Songs like Ty Dolla $ign’s “Paranoid,” YG’s “Big Bank” and Trey Songz’s “Na Na,” to name a few, hyped up the crowd as they waited eagerly for the next surprise guest to appear. Mustard’s son, who was dressed in all yellow to match his dad, also took the stage to show off his dance moves and keep the crowd engaged during performances.
As Mustard made his own tribute to Hussle performing the late rapper’s track “Last Time That I Checc’d,” he paused and addressed the audience: “I could do this this shit alone but I think I’ll bring out a friend.” Dom Kennedy ran on stage and the crowd loudly cheered for the L.A. native. The two performed Hussle’s “Checc Me Out,” with Kennedy saying, “Rest in peace Nipsey Hussle!” as he held his mic up and left the stage.
The star-studded evening concluded with O.T. Genasis’ hit single “Bae,” with Mustard, YG, and Ty Dolla $ign joining him for the closing performance.