Review: Migos Brings Culture to Santa Barbara

State Street drenched in its usual class and Christmas lights saw the length of its street filled with bodies ready to enter The Arlington Theatre on a dusk Friday night for a

 long-awaited revitalization of culture. Although entry to the venue itself would presumably bring about the most anxiety, this was far from being the problem. Arlington Theatre staff quickly allowed fans into the venue in an orderly fashion, escorting them to their proper seats in the venue. Much to the dismay of several people inside, the venue itself is completely seated with no pit area, but this, however, did not dwindle the energy nor the effort to show out every bit possible for Migos.


The show began on time (which is pretty unusual for venues in Santa Barbara), and saw a handful of artists open for the Migos. With Travis Scott’s appearance at Santa Barbara Bowl only two days earlier (without any opening acts), the same was expected for the Migos, but the crowd instead was forced to sit through a number of painful performances. Local acts in the area tend to bring out a larger crowd for the headliners, and although there was a group of people seeming to be into their music, constant variations of “get off the stage” from the majority of the crowd made it evident that they were indeed not a fan of what they were hearing. It also goes without saying that with their recent success, Migos certainly does not need any help bringing out a crowd.

After a seemingly draining set of performances and several charting hip-hop favorites to get the room’s energy back up, Migos graced the stage decked in their usual amount of ice, and sporting nothing short of fashionable attire. Even with a few sound problems, they pushed through their entire set in Santa Barbara as if it was the first and last show they would ever play.


The crowd raved expectedly to songs like “Bad and Boujee,” “Kelly Price,” and “T-Shirt,” but it was the reaction to old Migos hits that allowed the Migos to feed off of the crowd’s energy and vice versa. Particularly in the performances of songs “Fight Night” and “Hannah Montana.”

The center of the room filled with people from seats throughout the theatre, and rather than belting lyrics that belong to a reggae/surf-rock local act (like most people in the area are accustomed to), the room united over repeated chants of “Dat Way” and “Skrrt Skrrt.”

By going through the entire Culture album and hitting us with some nostalgic Migos favorites, the trio did not only alter the Santa Barbara atmosphere, but allowed everyone in the room to see hip-hop evolve right before their very eyes. No matter what the price (no pun intended), if you have the chance to see Migos live, it is every bit of worth it for the opportunity to say that you have indeed had a Migos night.

Article written by Tracy Smith

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