The line of students and Statesboro residents grew as the time grew close at Hanner Fieldhouse. Food trucks set up outside the fieldhouse served attendees as they bided their time in line. Attendees were allowed into the fieldhouse just before the True Blue Music Festival started Friday night at 6 p.m.
The first act of the festival, CWilltooiLL, also known as Christian Williams, received a warm reaction with the crowd. Williams was the only local artist that played at the event. He rapped songs about topics ranging from being an up-and-coming rapper to love.
The next artist, King M. Dot, seemed to be a crowd favorite, which was surprising considering it was his first time playing Statesboro. Dot, also known as, switched between performing spoken word, rapping, singing and playing acoustic and electric guitar. His spoken word performances, in particular, seemed to connect with the audience well. Many people were still arriving at the festival during the opening acts.
By the time the third band, Atlas Road Crew, took the stage, there was a solid core group of people standing on the floor in front of the stage. Atlas Road Crew has performed in Statesboro several times, so it did not seem that surprising that some of the audience sang along to their songs.
Raury, the headlining artist, made his entrance strutting onto stage alongside his backup singers, who showered the front of the crowd with rose petals. Raury’s music encompassed multiple genres, including hip hop, acoustic and rap. His entire set lasted a little over an hour. He ended his set and, therefore, the festival, with a song about being fearless. He encouraged the attendees that college is the time to make their dreams happen.