A crowd of a couple thousand fans got a big surprise at the NBA All-Star pregame concert Sunday night. They all came pumped up for the headlining Gym Class Heroes, but as GHC left the stage and Lil Wayne took over, the energy level rose even higher.
"I loved the show. It was a good surprised to see Lil Wayne," said Ebony Arlain of Sanford. "I like Gym Class heroes. We were just expecting Flo Rida and Gym Class Heroes. That's it."
Flo Rida also took the stage, playing one song and prior to the headliners and the concert opened with Kayla Brianna performing her hit song "If You Love Me."
"I thought it was great. I wish we could have had more," said Heidi Carasco, originally of the Virgin Islands but now lives in Orlando.
GHC was joined on stage for their performance of "Get Yourself Back Home" by up-and-coming British pop star Neon Hitch. J-Cole and Drake also made appearances.
"That was a lot of fun. ... I love the crowd a lot. That's the best part," said Hitch, who was visiting Orlando for the first time. "I love Orlando. It's warm ... can't complain."
She said she is unfamiliar with the NBA and has no favorite player or team.
"I'm a newbie," Hitch said. "I'm going to go to the game tonight and I'll make my decision tonight."
The crowd was equally enthusiastic as a couple of NBA All-Stars made stage appearances between the acts. Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant graced the crowd with their presence, wearing their pregame warm-up suits.
Former San Antonio Spurs star David Robinson was also on hand and he was interviewed for NBA TV during the concert. He said he likes the way Howard plays his game would like to see the "big man win a championship here."
That might have drawn the Orlando-partisan crowd's loudest roar of the show.