And they waited.
Some fans showed up outside Stir Cove at 8 a.m. and waited all day in the immense heat to see star hip-hop trio Migos.
Others waited not so long. The doors opened at 4 p.m., and a few young women in the front row told me they arrived at 6.
If you were on time for the listed 8 p.m. start, you wouldn’t have waited nearly as long, but you still would have waited.
Migos didn’t take the stage till a leisurely 10 p.m., apparently shortly after they arrived at the venue.
And then they played for 45 minutes.
That’s it. That’s all. Thanks for coming.
So, was it worth waiting for?
If you were one of the young and excitable ones in the sold-out show, you probably had the time of your life.
The 3,800 packed into the Council Bluffs amphitheater were glued to the stage. The venue’s green, grassy bowl, usually the domain of fans sitting on blankets or lawn chairs hoping for a leisurely concert experience, was practically empty. Most of the crowd was packed near the stage and having the time of their lives — dancing, shouting the words to “Walk It Talk It,” sipping drinks, hands in the air and not a care in the world.
Migos’ Quavo, Offset and Takeoff deliver a brand of hip-hop that’s perfect party music.
Trap music is a Southern-style hip-hop that’s full of thumping bass you can feel buzz in your chest and a ceaseless, head-bobbing beat, and Migos’ lyrical phrasing is filled with catchy phrases repeated seemingly 100 times per song.
So you can dance the whole time, and you already know the words partway through the song.
And that’s what happened Saturday as the crowd grooved to “Ice Tray” and shouted the lyrics to “Bad and Boujee.”
What some fans might not notice is the darker side of the songs, which often reference hard time and cooking drugs alongside living the life as rap superstars.
The trio acknowledged as much during its very short but very fun set.
“We’d like to thank y’all for making us the number one group in the game,” Quavo said to cheers.