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AVA amphitheatre kicked off their concert season this year in a big way with Snoop Dogg’s Mt. Kushmore’s Wellness Retreat on April 19. The list of bands seems to rotate with each show. This particular show had, in order of appearance, Berner, Lil Uzi Vert, Cypress Hill, and Snoop Dogg. Snoop is the common denominator of all the shows.

Medical marijuana is legal in Arizona. So, it didn’t seem that unusual to have whiffs of reefer permeate the packed house throughout the night. There seemed to be smoke clouds in the air periodically during the night as well. Mid set, Snoop asked the happy crowd, “Did you come to drink with me, smoke with me, or do both?” There was a resounding roar that was undecipherable. Snoop said, “I believe you said smoke with me.” The crowd gave a crazy affirmation in response.

The evening started with two up and comers. Berner is a self-made rapper and entrepreneur. He has conquered the fashion and marijuana industry that includes his own medical marijuana dispensaries, Cookies SF, Collective Efforts, and H2C Cookies 707. He has evolved from being a bartender to being a ‘budtender.’ His fashion business is under the name of “cookies.” If you forget the name, it is tattooed on his hand. Highlights from the set were “Float,” “Pass Me the Green,” and “Zanax and Patron.”

Rapper Lil Uzi Vert quickly followed Berner with a burst of energy that was undeniable for the gathering fans. Early in the set, he jumped off the stage and traveled down the aisle to the back of the venue to the lawn seats. He stayed for approximately one and one half songs. That does not sound like much, but his entire set was 35 minutes. His performance is about moving, getting the crowd in the groove, and leaving the fans wanting more.

Cypress Hill revved up the energy and volume of the show projecting their West Coast rap and hip-hop music and advocating the recreational and medicinal marijuana. The fans swarmed the stage as soon as the band started. B-Real and Sen Dog shared the vocals to a very lively set. Highlights included “Get High,” “Get Stoned Get Drunk,” “Hits From the Bong” and “Insane In the Brain.” This was another set that ended too soon.

Soon, the man everyone came to see took the stage. Snoop Dogg brought his band, his buxomly bottomed female dancers, Nasty Dogg (with his flexible dildo), and several overworked smoke machines with him that added a new depth to his show. The thing that fans wanted the most was Snoop’s distinctive voice and his relaxed, unique laid back vibe, and his classic songs.

Snoop likes to give the fans what they want. “Sexual Eruption,” “I Wanna F**k You,”  “Still a ‘G’ Thang,”  “Revolution,” “Who Am I (What’s my Name)?” and a moving tribute to those rappers that have passed on were highlights from the set.

This was an all-around fun show. The crowd was very happy with a ‘puff, puff and pass’ attitude. For more information on this tour, please click here.