Photos and Review: Natasha Lewandowski
On the eve of Thursday October 10, famed duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP) made a stop in Liverpool NY at Sharkey’s Outdoor Stage. Currently on the road for their Wicked Weekends tour, ICP, brought along special guests Bluud Brothers, Big Hoodoo, Ouija Macc and Green Jelly. Local artist Mak Hatchet opened the show. It was going to be an interesting night of face painted fans and Faygo galore.
Even though the set was short, Mak Hatchet got the crowd warmed up. It was nice to see a local musician open for one of the biggest names in ‘horrorcore’ rap. Hatchet’s hometown showed him loads of respect and love.
Next up was the post-hardcore duo, Bluud Brothers, hailing from Buffalo, NY. Combined with lyric delivery reminiscent of Eminem from Kody “Dark Bluud” Traina and the growling like raunch of DMX from Jo3ker, it was hard to look away from their performance. Their energy made the crowd want more.
Hailing from Detroit, MI, Big Hoodoo was an interesting act. Big Hoodoo, like ICP, is also a member of the Psychopathic Records label. Donning face paint like Insane Clown Posse (both on Psychopathic Records), Hoodoo did not stand still for one moment. He interacted with the crowd in a way that made it seem like he knew them his whole life. At the end of his set, Hoodoo thanked the crowd like they were his family.
What really caught my eye was the next act, Ouija Macc. Macc is also a member of the Psychopathic Records label. His label debut, Gutterwater was released in 2018. Macc performed several hits from the album, including, “On Everything.” The song felt like it was the crowd’s anthem with everyone singing along. What I loved about Ouija Macc’s set was how animated he was, maneuvering all over the stage.
Green Jelly, best known for their hit song “Three Little Pigs” took me back with their set. The ban donned silly stage props and costumes, while the crowd from moshed and formed circle pits. Front man, Bill Manspeaker, and several members on stage hurled toilet paper cannons, and shot oversized Nerf gun bullets throughout their set. It felt like I was watching a stage performance with music inserted, but it was rather entertaining.
It was time for the main event of the evening. Insane Clown Posse (comprised of members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope) brought the entire crowd, young and old, together. Performing hits spanning from their early days to now, the duo kept the crowd entranced. Hits such as “Down with the Clown” and “The Great Milenko” were played with great reception. What I wasn’t prepared for were the hundreds of Faygo soda bottles on stage. ICP is infamous for their use of Faygo during their performances. There wasn’t anyone in the crowd who wasn’t sprayed with it by the end of the night.
All in all, the show was quite an experience. Not once did security have to escort anyone out or break up any altercations. The stereotype surrounding Insane Clown Posse fans (dubbed “Juggalos/Juggalettes”) was immediately squashed. Everyone treated one another like family which made for a great night.