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Politically charged G-Eazy brings Darien back to life after Lil Uzi Vert delay

Named for the '60s surfing documentary, The Endless Summer Tour, with co-headlining rappers G-Eazy and Lil Uzi Vert, came to Darien Lake Amphitheatre on Friday night.

The vibe was late-summer (a chill in the air) so the sporadic spraying of the audience with Super Soakers and beverages was pointless, aggressive and a bit off-season.

With six different acts hitting the stage, it was a mini rap festival. Although not an official sell-out, the amphitheater and lawn were packed with diverse, frenetic fans that sang just about every song by each artist.

G-Eazy, blonde these days, opened his high-energy set with one of his most introspective, "Pray for Me," about the temptation of falling into darkness. He'd remove his jacket revealing a gun holster (empty), worn most of his set, later appearing atop a car for "The Beautiful & Damned," the title track of his '17 release.

"Thank you to everyone who came out tonight, this is just the craziest (expletive) I ever expected to see," he shouted. Before starting his newest hit, "1942" (a wry tequila reference) he got political. A concise, expletive-strewn critique of the U.S. president ended with him asking all to "Please vote!"

G-Eazy covered Post Malone's "Same [Expletive]," L.A. pitfalls rap, before saying "There's some special energy out there, ladies if you feel beautiful, make some noise," pointing out fans and their outfits. He brought out P-Lo for "Power," and, for an encore, rapped with recorded Bebe Rexha on "Me, Myself & I."

Co-headliner Lil Uzi Vert made fans wait for more than a half hour before playing a shorter set. (Nancy J. Parisi/Special to The News)

Lil Uzi Vert kept the crowd waiting in near-darkness for about half an hour as a deejay played songs, the party vibe waning a bit. His set was great, but pared down for time. TY Dolla $ign invited one and all to an after-party, location unspecified.

And Fort Erie, Ont., native Murda Beatz, who performed between acts, bounced through his set and called playing his "home turf" and his rap rising star "God's plan."

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G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert and TY Dolla $ign on Aug. 24 at Darien Lake Amphitheatre

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