Ric Wilson Gets A Soul-Train Line Going At Pitchfork Check out photos and found video of Ric Wilson's performance!
“… Early into the show, Ric set the atmosphere with Mavis Staples caliber songs about self-love and acceptance before upping the tempo. The infectious hook on “Hang Loose” had everyone dancing, and he kept the momentum alive with the grooviest songs in his catalog. Some crowd control kept the environment comfortable for those of all heights and sizes. “Light hop, no mosh pit boys,” Ric reminded a few overzealous fans.
Guest appearances included the Lane Tech High School marching band seniors, who backed him for an unreleased song and also had their own moment to shine with an Outkast cover. Later, he brought fellow Chicago rapper Kweku Collins onstage to perform their track “Sinner.”
He concluded his set by declaring that he was going to break the world record for the longest soul train and jumping into the crowd himself to join. What could have easily come across as a corny gimmick was a genuine flow of effortlessly radiant energy and genuine enthusiasm. No one shied away from their turn, and even the stiffest of the crowd warmed up and joined in on the fun …”