(Billboard.com) – There hasn’t been a better sense of hometown pride in New Orleans than this scene — all of the attendees at the first annual Lil Weezyana Fest dancing to every call and response to DJ Jubilee’s perennial classic “Get It Ready.” If you needed a crash course in the history of New Orleans bounce music, Lil Wayne was your historian Friday night (Aug. 28) at the Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square, reliving old moments and creating new ones in front of a sold-out crowd.
Since announcing the inaugural event on July 7, Weezy has kept the details at a minimum in order for the surprises to really catch you off guard. However, like he’s done in the past, Wayne announced that he’s giving back to his city and Hurricane Katrina victims by donating the festival’s proceeds to various charities through the Greater New Orleans Foundation and Tha Carter Fund, which supports after-school programs in Louisiana. After facing scrutiny for his last release, Free Weezy Album, he was prepared to give his fans a memorable live show and establish a foundation for what could be Wayne’s own OVO Fest. Read more here.