Philadelphia’s own Chiddy Bang played a secret show on Wednesday night in the basement of the First Unitarian Church. The all-ages concert was sponsored by Taco Bell, who gave away free tickets to 300 contest winners. Openers That Kid C-G and Theodore Grams (playing with The Deuce Tre’s) kicked off the night for an already hype crowd. The basement quickly became hot and sweaty, but the crowd was full of devoted fans and no one seemed to mind. After a short wait, Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin took the stage to queue up a few tracks before Chiddy joined him. The duo played an hour-long set that included old favorites and a few new tracks, including the new single “Manners.” Chiddy was on the mic for the majority of the show with Xaphoon on drums and beats, but when it came time for their new Big Sean collaboration “Too Fake,” Noah took over Big Sean’s vocals.
The show was a definite step up from their show in September at the TLA. There was a warm, homecoming-esque feel to the night that made it much more fun. Both Xaphoon and Chiddy seemed genuinely happy to be back in Philly, and the stage was packed with the performers’ friends as well as tons of photographers. The crowd was pleasantly rowdy with crowd surfers galore, and the fact that the venue let it happen was refreshing.
Chiddy Bang’s latest mixtape, Peanut Butter & Swelly, was just released on Friday and is available for download here. If you missed out on this show, they’ll be back in Philly on August 6th at the TLA. Check out a new track and photos from the show below. Full-size versions of the photos can be found here.