by Erin Foy-Vian

For all die hard music lovers in this world who spend time and the money to see their favorite artists live which I do on an almost obsessively regular basis, sometimes the universe rewards you with a truly special experience. This is exactly what happened to me in San Francisco last week. I live in LA and travel to SF for business frequently and have been for over 10 years. The city has soul, and I truly love it. It has changed a lot in the last few years since employees of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google and the like have essentially taken over the city. And the too cool for school vibe they bring is reminding me of the Hollywood crowd, yet a whole lot younger, and nerdier.

So imagine my surprise when on this very business trip while sitting at the Four Seasons waiting for a client, I started speaking to a certain millennial employee of a social media company who was actually cool. She mentioned to me that she was very excited to be attending a DJ set by Snoop Dogg, aka DJ Snoopadelic later that night at SF Public Works. I was seriously shocked and immediately determined to attend the show. Within five minutes, I’d secured tickets and with excitement mounting decided to go rest up at my hotel.

The last five years of my life have given me a HUGE appreciation for rap and hip hop, and Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Doggy Dogg, or as my Mom says Snoopy Dogg, is in my top five artists. Doggystyle is probably one of my favorite albums of all time and while I had no idea what he’d be like as a DJ, I didn’t really give a fuck.

I arrived around 10pm, crowd sparse, venue quite small, and no Snoop yet. I asked the guy at the door what time he was coming on and he said, about an hour. To my surprise, that hour ended up being only 10 mins. When he stepped up to his laptop, blunt casually in hand, I knew it was going to be a night. And I was in the very front which was totally awesome. Once the music started, the crowd got a bit cray cray. Snoop and his team were handing out merch to the crowd which I thought was cool. Then Snoop decided to pass his blunt into the crowd and handed it to none other than, me. I felt honored though passed it to some homies so they could hit it, and yeah, they knew what to do with it.

So did everyone else in the club that night.

Snoop played from 10:15 to almost 3:00 am, didn’t stop and showcased an expertly curated selection of old school and new school hip hop that included Dr. Dre, Biggie, 2Pac, Too Short, Nate Dogg, Ludacris, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Warren G, Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, Iggy Azalea, 50 Cent, Lil Kim, his own work and even a few surprises like Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” which was so well timed that I had to give it to the Dogg. Also a live performance from the Geto Boys which was astonishing. I never stopped dancing and truly had an excellent time. My proverbial “dogs” were barking when I left the joint, but it was damn worth it.

Now I got to be real on one thing: Snoopadelic isn’t a skilled DJ. And I’m not going to hate on that because for one, with as much weed as he smokes, it’s probably hard for him to even see the computer, AND he more than made up for it with his fantastic set list. And I have seen a lot of DJs in my day, really good ones. Never before have I seen one so damn happy to be playing music in a genre that he has so significantly impacted regardless of what AKA he is using at the time. He’s a badass and I will never forget this night. Thank you millennial hipster girl at the Four Seasons-good karma is coming your way.

Just one tiny complaint - the bar did not have gin. WTF?

Erin and Connie will be in NY next week. Wonder what surprises are in store?