To me, the most interesting concert at The Big Fresno Fair is Saturday night’s show with The Game. Not because of him or his music — he’s pretty overrated, me thinks. But because of the all the scheduling drama that’s come to the fair’s “hip-hop night” and the potential for more drama on Saturday.
You might recall that Drake was originally scheduled for Saturday, which was quite a coup for the fair. Then he hurt himself, and Flo-Rida was booked in his place. Then Flo-Rida had to drop out. That’s when The Game was recruited.
An interesting aside: About a week after the fair added Flo-Rida, Tachi Palace had to fill a hole in its annual car show and scheduled Flo-Rida. Upon learning the fair had also booked him, the Tachi folks ended up booking The Game. Ironically, the fair ended up with The Game too. This leads me to believe that this guy is available to do shows just about anytime.
My first reaction to hearing the news of The Game at The Big Fresno Fair was: “Wow. I wonder if Fresno PD is OK with this?” He’s not exactly the Fresh Prince. In addition to being the biggest name-dropper in hip-hop, The Game is also rather explicit and talks a lot about gang stuff.
That doesn’t jive with the fair’s family-friendly policy nor Fresno PD’s hard-nosed anti-gang stance. I asked my contact at the fair about this and she said:
The Fresno Police Department respects our choice of entertainment for the Paul Paul Theater. As always, we work closely with the Fresno Police Department to appropriately staff the venue for each concert with security in order to provide a safe environment for our Fair patrons. Additionally, there is a PG clause in the contract with The Game, which has been gone over extensively with his Management and they ensure us that it will not be an issue. Should The Game not abide by the PG clause, Fair Management and Fresno Police Department reserve the right to shut down the show. However, we do not foresee this being an issue and having to take that kind of action.
I hope he abides by that contract, doesn’t have a change of heart and everything goes smooth. Hip-hop shows get enough of a bad rap in this town, and the fair doesn’t need anymore drama with this date.
But I still don’t have 100% faith that The Game isn’t going to get up on stage and start acting foolish. If so, how long would it take before Fresno PD shuts everything down? I expect they’ll be out in mass.
Maybe the worst thing that’ll happen is that he’ll diss Jay-Z again.