CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- The Jackson County Expo was packed full of Macklemore fans Friday night for his free concert. Fans got tickets by heading to selected Southern Oregon US Cellular stores about a month ago.
Many fans waited in line in front of the venue for more than six hours to try and get a spot as close as they could to the 'Thrift Shop' rapper. Doors didn't open until 6PM, for US Cellular customers, 5:30PM. Noah Forester was one of the first US Cellular customers in line.
"Any time we've gone to something here, we've always been in the grass seating and never been able to see really what was going on but this time we're going to be up front," Forester added.
Macklemore superfan Gina Betters drove five and a half hours from Reno, Nevada. She's been to at least 24 other Macklemore concerts (she's lost count), but waited in line for the perfect spot.
"That feeling of being right there in front of him and being in front of the band and the dancers. It's just like no other feeling in the world. It's energizing and just great. His concerts are like no other," Betters said.
Every fan said many of his songs made them want to dance but they could connect with his serious songs as well.
"A lot of what he stands up for, he's very vocal about it. He's an independent artist. Everything in his music is very expressive about how he feels about certain topics that some people are a little afraid to touch on. He's not," Betters added.
"He can have those serious songs but then have songs that are super outlandish," Forester added.
"In interviews and articles that I read of him off the stage, he seems like a down-to-Earth dude," said Micheal Wood.
It took concert goers roughly an hour to get out of the Expo parking lots. Penninger Road was temporarily blocked to incoming traffic.