A relaxed venue + a chill audience = a Hoodie Allen production. A few weekends ago, I had the amazing opportunity to dance and sing along to Hoodie’s new album Happy Camper, a blend of chill and pumped up music, which he brought to life on a perfect Saturday night as part of his “Happy Camper” tour at the Riviera Theater on Feb. 27.
Before Hoodie made his appearance onstage, the audience was greeted by artists SuperDuperKyle alongside SuperDuperBrick. They did a pretty fine job of getting the crowd hyped with hip-hop music and sounds inspired by the 80’s and funk music. By singing hits such as “SuperDuperHero,” “Summertime Soul” and “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love,” SuperDuperKyle and SuperDuperBrick got the crowd pumped by creating a very spunky and energetic atmosphere.
Soon after, Hoodie came onstage with tons of energy. He started with the first song off his album Intro to Anxiety (2016). The song starts off with a female voice singing the title of the track, “Happy Camper.”
One of the most entertaining parts of the concert was when Hoodie sang “No Faith In Brooklyn” and incorporated a bit of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” The crowd immediately started cheering because of the unexpected twist of the two songs. He also sang hits from his new album such as “Are U Having Any Fun?,” “ Surprise Party,” “Champagne and Pools” and “So Close To Happiness.” I especially enjoyed when he sang “Surprise Party,” as it calmed the audience down while maintaining a sultry, energetic atmosphere. Plus, I got to experience this song from the front, which made it even more captivating (you get a rush of adrenaline being at the front, because you can see the artist right there).
But, of course, a concert isn’t complete without the artist throwing out some surprises here and there. Hoodie’s surprise (party) included him crowd surfing on an inflatable boat, throwing a full sheet cake at the audience and letting more than 100 balloons down from the upper level onto the audience. My personal favorite was when he threw the cake at the audience while singing “Cake Boy;” I don’t think anyone was expecting that.
Alongside Hoodie, was his band. From the bass to the drums, everything sounded in tune with Hoodie’s voice and the band amped up the whole atmosphere. Hoodie interacted with his band members which allowed for the audience to see the connection that they made onstage through a combined love for the same music.
Before this concert, I used to listen to Hoodie’s music when he first started out as a musician, but I wasn’t an avid fan. However, being at the concert, I got to see a new and improved Hoodie. He’s definitely grown as an artist and has created music that he is really passionate about. The best part about the concert was that he sounded exactly the same live as the album. From the endless amounts of dancing, cheering and singing along to the songs, the audience seemed to enjoy the concert. There was interaction between Hoodie and the audience; the music itself pumped up and engulfed concert-goers; and it seemed as if everyone was enjoying the whole atmosphere which was created by the music and Hoodie himself.