Approach / Photo by Fally Afani

Every now and then you get one of those shows that just reminds you of all the joys of hip-hop. This was the case on Saturday night at the Replay, when a stellar lineup came together and resulted in an eruption of the best vibes.

Alan Doyle / Photo by Fally Afani

The moment marked Tulsa rapper Alan Doyle’s second appearance at the Replay in recent months. Here’s what we’ve learned: if you try to stay still during an Alan Doyle set, your body will betray you. His flow had everyone swaying in unison in one big collective groove. He was joined by Approach, who we’ve watched and written about for more than a decade– and if we write any more about him we risk embarrassing him (so we’ll keep it short). He’s always surprising us and throwing something new in. On this night, he ditched his track for one of the songs and rapped to the rhythm of the crowd’s finger snaps (and yes, he continued to freestyle about every person in front of him at the show).

Louiz Rip / Photo by Fally Afani

A major highlight of the night was watching Kansas City’s Louiz Rip absolutely own the place. In addition to being charming and witty in his flow, he’s also fairly comedic in his banter. But it’s his ability to bring you into the moment that makes you feel like you’re part of the family. The statuesque MC towered over a crowd that he had full control of, and it was an absolute joy to be a part of it. It’s also worth noting that Louiz Rip and Approach both took turns backing each other up in style. Sik Daze, of Lawrence, opened the show. Photos from the night below:



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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