Yesterday The Source celebrated the Fourth of July by rocking through hip-hop classics with Snoop Dogg and special guests. Dubbed the ’50 Star Fire Show’, the carnival-style event was held on the Jersey City Waterfront Harborside with New York City playing the perfect backdrop. The annual festival included music, food, performances, and of course—fireworks.
Backstage we caught up with Mike Satsky, nightlife guru and partner of Provocateur Global Holdings. He revealed his favorite Source cover (Tupac Shakur) and his experience working alongside Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop to present this year’s festivities.
“Putting something together like the ’50 Star Fire Show’ was super easy and took no time.” Satsky shared. “This was definitely a very large scale event… Having July 4th on the Hudson River, monetizing it and making sure Snoop Dogg, Bayli, Private Internet Access and the Mayor are in the same line-up. It’s a superstar line-up.”
Opening the main event, artist Bayli shared why she was excited to be headlining for Snoop and also shared why this festival was so important to her. “This event is extra special for me because it’s an environmentally friendly event. Celebrating family, we’re actually going plastic-free and I have a completely environmentally friendly and plastic-free performance rider, so it’s an extra special today.”
Soon after the opening acts left the stage, the crowd roared chanting Snoop Dogg’s name. Ready for their coveted headliner, Snoop merging to the stage doing his signature dance covering everything from “Gin & Juice” to “Drop it Like It’s Hot”. He surprised fans with an unexpected tribute to the late great rappers Notorious B.I.G and 2Pac. Closing an epic show, the Doggfather brought out singer/philanthropist Akon who shocked the crowd and had everyone jumping to their feet.
Check out the video recap below!
The night ended with jaw-dropping fireworks produced and performed by Grucci who currently holds the Guinness World Record for “The Largest Fireworks Display” ever recorded. Family, food and fireworks made the festival superlit (pun intended) and we can’t wait until next year’s event!