Rapper David Banner opened his 70-minute set with a cartwheel and double back flip establishing an energetic pace for the entire performance. He displayed his talent to survey and then connect with his audience, venturing into the crowd and explore every crevice of the House of Blues. Celebrating the July 15 release of “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” Banner took the stage without the traditional hip-hop entourage, using a band of three guitarists, a drummer and D.J. Skee.
Playing his blend of rap, hip-hop, blues and heavy metal, Banner filled the early part of the show with familiar hits “Suicide Doors” and “Play” before getting to “Stuntin is a Habit — Get Like Me.”
Midway through the set, he climbed onto the shoulders of a venuesecurity guard and sang “Suicide Doors” as the guard bulldozed through the crowd. At another point, he directed the band to belt out the hard-rock version of “9mm” and created a mosh pit.
The dextrous band followed Banner through every turn, but eventually he went a cappella to let it be known this was his show, delivering a 16-bar rendition of Lil Wayne’s hit “LaLa” with the topical quip, “Cannon in my hand/I control it like Mariah.”