Friday Night: Chingo Bling & Friends At House Of Blues

Chingo Bling, Fat Tony, Roxxi Jane House of Blues April 8, 2011

Check out the pics of Chingo Bling's party in our slideshow.

House of Blues was transformed into one big house party Friday night as Chingo Bling and Fat Tony took the stage in front of a sellout crowd of Houston rap aficionados. The lineup included a variety of opening performers that ranged from the soulful vibes of Freddy Cauley to the party-rock duo Matches & Big Al. The Chile from 97.9 The Box hosted of the event, while DJ Ebonix rocked the turntables.

Tony, a longtime fan of Chingo, confided that he was honored to have been invited onto the bill. He accepted the challenge of performing in front of an audience that did not include his usual show demographic, and won the crowd over with his fluid delivery and energetic stage presence.

His popular hit "Like Hell Yeah" was given a new dimension as he spit the lyrics a cappella halfway through the track, much to the amusement of the lovely Latinas in the front row.

Much of the crowd was getting restless by the end of Fat Tony's set, but once they saw the band begin to set up, they knew Mr. Bling was on his way to the stage. Consisting of an electric guitar, a bass, keyboards, and a drummer, the band began to warm up and jam until Chingo bounced onstage and ventured strait into the Hurricane Chris-inspired "Ay Wey Wey."

With all the charm that you would expect from a rapper flashing both cowboy boots and a platinum grill, he instructed the Latinos in the club to dance and put their elbows up, and they all complied. His T-shirt read "Mañosa Magnet" in bright orange font - a loose translation of Paul Wall's "Chick Magnet" moniker.

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When he's not roaming around the city in search of tacos and graffiti, Houston Press contributor Marco both writes and points his camera lens toward the vibrant Houston music scene and beyond.