Sammy Adams took the side stage at Movin’ On 2016 to a roar from the growing crowd after Cecil Blutcher opened the annual festival held at the IM Fields.
Friday marked Adams’ second show at Penn State, as SPA brought the Boston rapper to Alumni Hall in September 2011. The 28-year-old Adams kicked off his hour-long set by jumping into the front row for “We Are the Ones (Dark Horse)” before shedding his denim jacket and black hoodie for a Christian Hackenberg jersey.
Adams kept the energy high as students quickly packed in toward the stage with his “I Hate College (Remix)” from his well-received Boston’s Boy before transitioning into another favorite from his 2010 project — “Coast to Coast.” Adams next played “Jump” to keep the crowd moving, then brought the Nittany Lion onstage for a dab and a backflip as the We Are chant echoed thunderously. “Overboard” played prelude to Adams asking for a Nike basketball from a student then tossing it deep into the crowd a handful of times.
“O.K.” came before Adams played a new song — “The City” — from his upcoming album, then donned a Red Sox hat, which he later gave to a student in the crowd who let him borrow her phone to take a Snapchat. “Helluva,” from his March 24 release The Long Way, and “Drivin’ Me Crazy” turned it up another notch, but Adams slowed things down for a dedicated rendition of “Only One” for his close friend who recently passed away.
“Y’all don’t go all day, y’all don’t go all night, y’all go ‘All Night Longer'” Adams yelled as the DJ dropped his signature turn-up track to cap the second set of Movin’ On 2016.