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Snoop Dogg Kicks Off May Fair with Fun Concert

Snoop Dogg's show set the stage for the fun that's to be had at this year's May Fair.

It’s been nearly 20 years since Snoop Dogg broke away from his mentor Dr. Dre and burst onto the scene with his solo album “Doggystyle,” and on Wednesday night he shined as brightly as he did back then during the first day of the Dixon May Fair.

In a show that featured his uncle Junebug, several members of his rap group Dogg Pound crew, a guy dressed in a Dirty Dogg suit and three dancers, Snoop Dogg took his fans – they came from all over the region and filled up about three quarters of the concert area – on a journey that spanned his illustrious music career.

Snoop’s audience – comprised of people from all walks of life, backgrounds, colors and ages – had plenty of time to get ready for Snoop as he hit the stage about an hour and a half after his opening act, One Block Radius featuring Dixon native Marty James, was done warming up the crowd.

But as the sun went down, and the temperature cooled down a bit, Snoop hit the stage with the same gusto that can be heard on his recordings.

Snoop’s performance consisted of a good balance of classic tracks such as “Who Am I (What’s My Name),” “Gin & Juice,” and Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But a G Thang,” and newer hits such as “Boom,” “I Wanna Love You,” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”

Snoop’s promise of keeping the lyrical content clean was kept for the most part. Not so much by his audience, as many of them filled in the dirty lyrics whenever they’d get a chance. But no one seemed to be bothered by it.

The inclusion of his Uncle Junebug as well as the member of his entourage who was dressed as Dirty Dogg added a bit of comic relief to the show as they both danced on stage. A colossal sound system kept the beats pumping, mixing the right amount of bass, with Snoop’s vocals, and a drummer, keyboardist and bass player who comprised the rhythm section.

Snoop did a great job with engaging his audience, telling them “Throw your hands in the air, and wave them like you just don’t care,” and allowing them to sing along to hits such as “Young, Wild and Free.”

Snoop’s show also featured some cover songs, most notably House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” and 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.” adding a bit of spice to the show. A heavy law enforcement presence permeated through the concert, anyone who started trouble was escorted out safely. But not much trouble was to be seen. At one point someone was escorted out of the show, perhaps for being too drunk or snapping photos (there is no flash photography allowed at the May Fair's concerts).

People seemed to be behaving themselves, except for those who had a bit too much to drink and those who chose to fill the air with the scent of marijuana. The law enforcement professionals and the May Fair’s security staff however did a great job of keeping things peaceful.

Snoop’s performance in Dixon was not filled with the gang violence that many of the people who were against Snoop coming to Dixon thought it would be filled with. But it was filled with the fun that many of his fans, including myself, and the Dixon May Fair Board knew it would be.

"My name is Snoop Dogg and I represent peace, love and happiness," he told the fans near the end of the show. "I feel like you love what I love, and we love what we do."

Today, The English Beat is set to take the stage. On Friday, Kellie Pickler is scheduled to entertain, Saturday is dedicated to Larry the Cable Guy and Sunday’s Demolition Derby is sure to be a hit.

Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. For more information including the prices, visit dixonmayfair.com.

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Aaron May 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
It's great to hear the concert went off without a hitch. I understand it was a lot of fun for those who attended. However, make no mistake about it, there were plenty of gangsters in the audience. Well all know not all meth labs result in explosions and not all rival gang encounters end up in shootings... but when it does happen, we are not "suprised".
Chrissy May 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM
You people supporting this gangster rap-crap need to go back to the city you came from, or go live your city-life in the city... Dixon May Fair is a Good Ol' Country themed fair, in a very country-filled town. What dont you all understand? It doesn't mean you have to enjoy country music, but bringing Gangster-Rap here to this fair...it's absurd! There are plenty of other choices and artist out there that reach out to those who enjoy rap/hip hop music. I absolutely enjoy all types of music including rap, hip hop, country and pop. We all know what is capable of happening in this world, why ruin Dixons reputation by being so dramatic with wanting Gangster-Rap here this year or future years. Thank god there were not shootings and havoc didn't reek thru the town last night. If you want gangster rap, go to Vallejo or Fairfield fairs. You really think a country performer would do well in Vallejo?? Prob not. Smart people like Fair planners or public relation firms know this kinda stuff, you gravitate where the fans are.
Chrissy May 10, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Hence the reason for 3/4 filled show. Why stir up the controversy. No more Gangster rap...we don't need it! :)
Ian Arnold May 10, 2012 at 07:20 PM
@Dane - I couldn't agree more. I myself wasn't there--not my kind of music, but when I was a kid, the adults in my life were horrified that I listened to Aerosmith, KISS, Lou Reed, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, the Ramones and the Sex Pistols. Their parents probably had the same reaction to their listening to Tom Jones, Elvis Pressley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Somebody (I wish I could remember who) once said "if it doesn't scare your parents, it isn't rock & roll."
Patch daddy May 10, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Chrissy you have no idea what the hell you are talking about theres country artist at the solano state fair every year and guess where its held VALLEJO. theres a different theme to the fair every treat maybe we shouldn't have had the hogs gone wild theme a couple years back because bikers could have came and caused a ruckus! You are the reason alot of people consider dixon a narrow minded and racist town
Patch daddy May 10, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Yes chrissy why ruin dixons great reputation of being known for a good ol country time...oh and also a mecca for meth users :)
Berry van der Linden May 10, 2012 at 07:36 PM
@Chrissy @Gary stop with the negative comments about Gangsta Rap. I have been a fan since 1992 and I am a Dixon resident, I like many others that actually attended the concert enjoyed Snoop's performance, no gang colours where in the audience of this concert. Everybody there was in a friendly mood. It would have been extremely hard for any one to bring in weapons they had to pass two checks with a metal detector wand. One at the main gate and one at the arena entrance. There where over 30 Sheriffs deputy's there and that is not just for this concert they will be there from start to finish. There where also a lot of Parole officers and other agencies present. EMT's did a great job helping those that got a little to drunk or had other problems going on. Event staff who where tasked with crowed control and security did what they where there fore. To keep hammering on the negative's even after nothing negative went down is simply ridiculous. Fahn Entertainment and Co. are the promoters for the Dixon May Fair concert series and I think they have brought a great spread of diverse genre's to the fair this year. You where asked by the Fair(see the Facebook page) which acts you would like to see this year. You should have spoke up and your favourite would have been their. I still think that an addition a band like Jar of Clay would have been great also. Diversity never kills the mood.
Berry van der Linden May 10, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Don't mind the spelling error's I wrote this while preparing to go back to cover the rest of the fair. BTW I have no affiliation with the fair.
Carlos Villatoro May 10, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Appreciate all the comments guys. But wanted to give a friendly reminder to keep the conversation free of personal attacks. Let's keep the conversation focused on the story, not on the people having it. The concert was fun, as I stated in the story. The others will be as much fun, if not more, because they will take place near the weekend.
Stephanie Carr May 10, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I think having a wide range of shows for the fair is great. Everyone gets a chance to see something they like. With the right planning, security/police can cover all their bases and make nights run smoothly just like last night. I hope every year we can have more shows like this that attract a wide range of people. It's nice to see Dixon branching out from "the norm" and showing the community we're not just a one horse town anymore. And Chrissy, I've seen plenty of country concerts @ the Vallejo fair and they were just fine. No one was harassed, the crowds were large, and everyone enjoyed themselves. There are "country" people who live in cities and "city" people who live in the country. Just because someone lives in a certain area, doesn't mean they're what you think
Samantha Alarcon May 10, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Gary, I'd definitely say he has calmed down over the years. :)
Samantha Alarcon May 10, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Chrissy, I was born and raised in Dixon. I love all music AND welcome it to ANY town. I'm scared to be moving back to Dixon knowing many share your beliefs. I guess it's a good thing Dixon will be gaining an open mind like myself :-D
Doris Camilleri May 10, 2012 at 08:40 PM
My only comment is, that we live quite a bit far from the Mayfair and we could still hear the music Wed. night, which was loud. poor neighbors of the Mayfair. asyou said your ears are still ringing. The Mayfair is still fun though.
Berry van der Linden May 10, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I used to live in a neighbourhood close to the fair. Nothing quite like enjoying the concerts for free.
Gary Erwin May 10, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Do you really think that folks with negative comments should give up their right to comment? Seems to that we have as much a right to voice our opinion as you do yours.
Carlos Villatoro May 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I'd have to weigh in on that one Gary, everyone is entitled to their opinion. The negativity, positivity is all relative to one's point of view. That being said, everyone is encouraged to voice their opinion about this concert, and other things happening in Dixon.
Gary Erwin May 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Carlos, It would be nice to see you remove the personal attacks. What some might think are negative comments another might see as direct comments without fluff. Ones view can be clouded by ones own personal prefrences, yes?
Carlos Villatoro May 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM
@Gary I really don't like removing comments, negative or positive. For the ones that are clear violations of our terms of services available here dixon.patch.com/terms I don't have a problem removing. For the comments that are questionable, as far as a personal attack goes, I rely on you guys to do the policing by flagging the comments as inappropriate. If a comment receives the flags, it's removed.
Gary Erwin May 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Barry, did you pay for your ticket? How much was it? Thanks
John May 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Some of you just don't get it letting Snoop Dogg in Dixon. It is just more acceptance of the thug life and Gangsta mentality. He cleaned up his show due to wanting the money to perform the show. I am sure many of the youngsters will want to hear his tunes on his CD's where the full foul mouthed lyrics will be heard. This so called music than becomes acceptable in our society which degrades everyone. Snoop Dogg will be smiling all the way to the bank while these idiots are putting money out for his garbage.
Gary Erwin May 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM
John you and I might agree, others will bash us for being "negative". Dixon was always a little like Mayberry RFD.... Aunt Bee and the ladies Temperance Society would not have approved. Ha!
Amanda B May 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Ok- so I find it funny how pointing out that there were no shootings or gang fights is a good thing. This is Dixon people! Pretty sure that is something that never needed to be called out when Trace Adkins, 38 Special, or any previous acts performed here. And, we had at least 3 times the police presence than in any previous May Fairs I have attended. We moved to Dixon because we wanted to raise our family in a small country town. If we wanted Gangsta Rap we would have moved to the city. Pretty sure we won't need a large police presence for Kelli Pickler's concert- different demographic. 'Nuff said.
Donna May 11, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Ok, I have to weigh in. I am a 48 year old born and raised Dixon girl (haha) who despises country music, and happens to enjoy hip hop and rap. I gladly put up with the country music every year because I know that other people enjoy it and I want people to like our fair. I'm very proud of our fair, and very proud that they allowed us to have a choice this year.
Berry van der Linden May 11, 2012 at 03:16 AM
@Gary I paid for three tickets and the tickets where $75 a piece.
Berry van der Linden May 11, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Amanda the same police presence will be at that concert as well. It doesn't really matter which genre of concert it is.
Berry van der Linden May 11, 2012 at 03:20 AM
No bashing intended your argument was just played out. I don't disapprove of your opinion at all I welcome it.
Berry van der Linden May 11, 2012 at 03:21 AM
The show I went to wasn't that clean....
Amanda B May 11, 2012 at 03:11 PM
@Gary- I like the idea of living In Mayberry. :)
Dane Besneatte May 13, 2012 at 09:25 AM
Actually you are wrong about this, and not knowing when you decided to move to Dixon because it is, in your opinion, a small country town you may not know that the only time there was serious violence (a stabbing) was durinig a country music concert. Maybe you think the lack of a shooting or gang fights is not a 'good thing' (perhaps you would have liked for that to happen to support your inane views) but some of us do think it is good. it was by all accounts a fun and peaceful show. What is your problem with that? I've been to 33 may fairs (I moved to Dixon during the 1979 may fair) and this one only had the distinction of pre fair hype in a negative way. Sorry if it disappoints you there was no violence or that many people did enjoy the show. The may fair uses the same police presence (about 90 officers from different agencies) each day of the fair.
Victor Calderon May 15, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I'm glad the concert was enjoyable and went off without a major hitch unlike many predicted. I saw Snoop Dogg in concert when I worked in Reno ( http://reno.metromix.com/music/article/review-snoop-dogg-aims/1315073/content ) and again in Davis more recently.

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