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Snoop Dogg’s High School Reunion Tour Brings West Coast to Charlotte

PNC Music Pavilion; Aug. 8, 2023

Snoop Dogg stands onstage while behind a classic Caddilac is enveloped in a cloud of smoke
Snoop Dogg performs at PNC Music Pavilion. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

There’s no getting around the play on words used for the High School Reunion Tour that stopped by Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavilion on Tuesday. Headlined by Snoop Dogg, the concert was a showcase of West Coast rap … and Wiz Khalifa. 

While Khalifa is an obvious choice given the “High” theme, he didn’t quite fit in with the old School West Coast legends on the bill: Snoop, Too $hort and Warren G. Khalifa’s Taylor Gang labelmate Berner, also from California, was on the bill, too. 

Wiz Khalifa laughing onstage at PNC Music Pavilion
Wiz Khalifa performs at PNC Music Pavilion. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

While Too $hort and Warren G brought the West Coast vibes, Khalifa brought the fun (seriously, is he ever not smiling?). He opened his set with “Black and Yellow” and never stopped pacing the stage or dancing until the final notes rang out. 

Snoop brought a bevy of solo hits, features and covers. His show not only included expected favorites like “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” and “Gin and Juice,” he also performed an array of hits he’s been featured on (Tupac’s “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” and 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P. Remix” as well as some covers (Biggie Smalls’ “Hypnotize” and, perhaps the biggest surprise of the night, Katy Perry’s “California Girls”).  

Snoop Dogg raps onstage while behind a classic Caddilac is enveloped in a cloud of smoke
Snoop Dogg performs at PNC Music Pavilion. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

While Snoop, who rode out onto the stage in a classic Cadillac, could be out pushing his new breakfast cereal line or hanging out with Martha Stewart, he’s out on tour having a blast and continuing to be his cool, laid-back self. After 30 years in the game, it’s hard to believe he’s only 51 years old. 

Too $hort performs at PNC Music Pavilion. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Too $hort was as pornographic as you’d might expect, while Warren G, who has been relatively quiet since the tragic loss of his fellow 213 Regulater Nate Dogg, went through the motions for a solid yet uneventful opening set.

Warren G performs at PNC Music Pavilion. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Be sure to check out Queen City Nerve’s Soundwave, Charlotte’s most comprehensive live music listing, so you don’t miss out on any shows or concerts coming up. And hell, if you’re looking for something else to do, you can check out our events page as well, which runs the gamut of things to do in Charlotte. You don’t ever have to be bored again. You can check out more of Jeff’s pics and live reviews here.


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