Thats not to say that Lets Get Retarded was the only song to incite some serious movement in the audience. In fact, quite the opposite was true. In a refreshingly funky Fall Concert appearance, the dynamic quartet brought a decidedly eclectic and powerful presence to the Skoglund stage. They opened with the rousing Hands Up and delivered a strong and enthusiastic set from there on out.
The Los Angeles-based group, which consists of the unusually named (but supremely talented) members Will.I.Am, Apl.de.Ap, Taboo and Fergie, spiced up their solid set with arm waving, break dancing and genuine soul. Mostly, the group showcased tunes from their 2003 album Elephunk, including the upbeat Labor Day, Smells Like Funk, The Boogie That Be and the recently-released single Shut Up.
Will.I.Am and Apl.de.Ap began performing together in 1989, but the group known as Black Eyed Peas didnt come into being until 1995. It wasnt until 1998, the year that their debut album Behind The Front was released, that BEPs received any serious recognition.
Two years later, the group came out with Bridging the Gap, an album that featured the successful tune Hey Mr. DJ. The group paid homage to their seasoned hit on Saturday night; they teased the audience with a short sampling of DJ, along with an encore medley of such songs as Beyoncé Knowless Crazy in Love.
As is the case with most radio hits, the popular single Where is the Love, garnered the most enthusiasm from the dwindling crowd (the tune was BEPs last before the encore). Despite Justin Timberlakes noticeable absence on the songs refrain, the audience was thrilled to hear the familiar tune, and all passionately danced and sang along.
The BEPs werent the only laudable act of the evening, however; Illuminous 3 and 3 Kings (two of the several opening acts) also delivered solid and charismatic performances. With fast-paced beat-boxing and quicker-than-lightning lyrical stylings, 3 Kings nearly stole the show from BEPs.
Bringing a much-anticipated change of pace to St. Olafs Fall Concert, Black Eyed Peas seemed eager to please their diverse audience and packed a powerful punch from the moment they hit the stage. Their onstage party didnt stop when their music did, however; the group visited a few after-hours events at two honor houses and stopped by the L&M. Whether or not they took any late-night song requests remains a mystery, but it is likely that the group was just as entertaining off the stage as they were on it.