P.O.S. packs in new fans at First Avenue
The set started out with several cuts off his new album, including one of the first "singles" off Never Better, "Goodbye," before transitioning into some of his older material. P.O.S. was joined on stage by DJ Plain Ole Bill, with whom he had just been on tour for three weeks, and P.O.S. often bounced banter off the DJ between songs.
In his writeup of P.O.S. for the print edition last weekend, Steve McPherson remarked at the childlike whimsy and abandon at the center of the rapper's newest CD. This same whimsy was on display in full force Saturday, as P.O.S. bounded across the stage, beamed at the audience, and rearranged his set list to accommodate each new impulse as it arose. Everything he did on stage emanated joy out into the audience, and his excitement about playing a hometown show for his friends and family was visible from anywhere in the giant room.
P.O.S. brought out Sims, Mike Mictlan and Lazerbeak to join him for the middle part of his set, but the most memorable parts of the evening came when he was playing solo, highlighting his newest tracks. "Purexed," "Optimist," and "Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)" all came to life especially well, and a large portion of the audience was singing along with every word, despite the fact that the album has only been out for a few weeks.
For more photos from Saturday night's show, see the full slideshow by Dan Corrigan.