T-Pain in T-Rain: Sold Out at Firefly Distillery (Photos + Recap)

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    T-Pain in T-Rain: Sold Out at Firefly Distillery (Photos + Recap)
    Published: July 2, 2024

    T-Pain at Firefly Distillery, 6/27/24. Photo by Steve Aycock ( @steveaycockphoto)

    On Thursday, June 27th, T-Pain brought his “Mansion in Wiscansin” Party Tour to Charleston for a sold out show at Firefly Distillery, with support from rising California rapper LaRussell. The forecast called for a storm that evening, and just before the doors were set to open, Firefly announced a weather delay.

    When photographer Steve Aycock and I arrived, the line of fans had already stretched across the parking lot, and it had just started drizzling. As the drizzle turned into torrential downpour, it was not clear whether the show would go on that night.

    Fans suited up in ponchos to weather the storm, and venue staff escorted fans through the side entrance to use the portapotties. The storm eventually began to clear, and the gates opened at 8pm, two hours after the scheduled time. An excited surge of rain-soaked fans rushed the field.

    T-Pain at Firefly Distillery, 6/27/24. Photo by Steve Aycock ( @steveaycockphoto)
    T-Pain at Firefly Distillery, 6/27/24. Photo by Steve Aycock ( @steveaycockphoto)
    T-Pain at Firefly Distillery, 6/27/24. Photo by Steve Aycock ( @steveaycockphoto)

    The Gates Open: LaRussell Takes the Stage

    LaRussell at Firefly Distillery, 6/27/24. Photo by Steve Aycock ( @steveaycockphoto)

    By the time LaRussell took the stage, it was well past his initial performance time, but he had the rain-drenched audience bumping. Near the end of his set, he asked if anyone could rap one of his full songs. Multiple people chimed in with different song names, but LaRussell landed upon “Wealth.” He invited two fans from the audience up on stage, and they truly did know every word.

    Near the end of his set, he invited his videographer to recite a poem of her own. She placed her camera down, picked up the mic, and switched into performer mode.

    It was cool to see this level of fan and crew engagement from LaRussell as it created an environment of unity during his set — needed during such wet weather.

    The Main Event: T-Pain

    T-Pain at Firefly Distillery, 6/27/24. Photo by Steve Aycock ( @steveaycockphoto)

    When T-Pain hit the stage, his performance was nothing short of electric. Known for his hits that have been the soundtrack of many of our lives, T-Pain showed that he performs for the love of the game. He could have easily canceled due to the weather, but instead, he rewarded the dedicated fans with a high-energy show. He simply asked that we help him out if he “busts his ass on this wet ass stage.”

    Thankfully, T-Pain didn’t bust his ass, but rather showed Charleston what we waited in the rain to see. We heard a variety of songs, including, of course, his hits like “Buy U A Drank,” his collabs with Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and more, plus several well-chosen, unexpected covers.

    This was my second T-Pain concert experience, the first being an incredibly crowded set at Bonnaroo in 2018. Both times, T-Pain’s genuine enthusiasm and connection with his fans were clear. If you have the chance to see T-Pain live, don’t miss it – it’s a hell of a party.

    Enjoy photos from the evening by Steve Aycock below.

    T-Pain at Firefly Distillery – 6/27/24 (Photos)

    All photos by Steve Aycock ( @steveaycockphoto).

    LaRussell at Firefly Distillery – 6/27/24 (Photos)

    All photos by Steve Aycock ( @steveaycockphoto).

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