Biz Markie: Awesomely bad
In short, it was so bad it was good.
Biz Markie rolled out onto the stage (when you're as large as he is, you don't walk, you know*) around 8:15 p.m. His mouth hung open the entire time he was on stage.
Maybe he was dumbstruck by the crowd's energy. Or maybe he just needed the oxygen.
Fans of reality TV will remember Markie from his stint on the weight-loss show Celebrity Fit Club. I never saw that season, but I've been told Markie lost a fair amount of weight during his time on the show. I don't know how fat he was before the show, but he's not exactly Mr. Slim these days.
Markie started playing 30-second snippets of songs from the past couple decades. We heard from Bob Marley, Kriss Kross and Suzanne Vega, among others. Between snippets, he would ask, "Ya'll remember that?" He kept saying this over and over.
After a few minutes, Markie had a question for the crowd ...
"Can I play the guitar for y'all?"
Uhh ... yes?
Markie rolled out to the edge of the stage and played air guitar while the bass guitar intro to Michael Jackson's "Beat It" played in the background. It was bizarre.
Finally, near the end of his set, Markie played his hit, "Just a Friend." Or some of it. We got about a minute of Markie singing over the song. Then it was onto another snippet.
I don't know whether technical troubles kept Markie from doing his normal show or if that was his normal show. Some people in the crowd dug it. Others ignored him. I kept giggling at the ridiculousness of it.
Markie redeemed himself later that night with an awesome rendition of "Benny and the Jets" by Elton John. It rocked the house.
*Biz, if you read this, I'm just kidding. We're still buddies, right? (Nervous chuckle.)
(Sun photo by Sarah Kickler Kelber)