Long Island native Hoodie Allen came home to NY this past Saturday night to deliver his “biggest show to date” at the Roseland Ballroom. One might think that an up and coming artist may not live up to expectations on such a large stage, but Allen certainly delivered as he brought along the charisma and passion he’s most known for.
The212.com was in the building to cover the event, which featured not only Allen, but bubbling artists Jared Evan and G-Eazy. Click below for a recap of the event as well as some shots from the show:
I arrived at about 6:45pm after coming straight from a Yankees game in the Bronx and as I walked up Broadway, I could already see just how massive this show was to be. I was greeted by one of the largest lines I’ve seen at Roseland in recent memory: Fans lined halfway up 52nd street, wrapped all the way down Broadway (above) and almost the whole way down 53rd street.
In the meantime, it was interesting having to explain to older folks passing by who Hoodie Allen was and why there were so many girls taking over the theater district….ha!
Once inside, I met some folks in the lobby of the venue and proceeded to head upstairs to the green room to check in with everyone. Overall, a chill experience before I had to head back downstairs to catch the opening artist: Jared Evan.
I have supported Jared Evan over the past year or so when I’ve been passed material, but I’ve never seen him perform live – although I have just missed him a number of times. I was impressed by his stage presence, his ability to interact with the crowd and his band as they dove in to his latest release, Boom Bap & Blues.
At this point in my career, I’m a bit older and the crowd wasn’t exactly my demographic – but I found that I was more electrified in this show than many of the hip hop shows I’ve been to lately. The younger audience comes prepared to dance, jump, scream, and shout; a departure from the usual NYC “in crowd” that stands with their arms folded checking Twitter all night.
Next up was G-Eazy, who has style for days when he hits the stage. The first thing you notice from G-Eazy is his retro style of slicked back hair, biker jacket and old school microphone. He’s The Fonzie of hip hop if I do say so myself.
G took the stage by storm – both literally and figuratively – by performing his hits from Must Be Nice & Endless Summer while his crew sprayed the crowd with water bottles. “Lady Killers,” “Make Up Sex,” and “Runaround Sue” were some of the tracks that commanded the biggest responses from the crowd.
….Mr. Hoodie Allen! The man hit the stage just past 10pm alongside his killer band and DJ Fresh Direct. Allen kicked off his set with songs such as “Lucky Man,” “No Faith” and “Robot” as the crowd rapped/sung along.
DJ Fresh Direct provided back up vocals and turned it up a notch on the decks.
Rocking the leather and the glasses, Hoodie Allen drove the young ladies insane as he thanked everyone for coming out. Allen made sure to state that the most important thing on his mind was making sure everyone in the building had fun. Judging by the reaction, I’d say he achieved his goal.
Truthfully, I believe the Roseland show is the current pinnacle of Hoodie Allen’s career. He looked out in to the audience in-between tracks and it seemed like he knew just how important the show was for not only him – but his fans. I give Allen credit for doing things the right way when it comes to interacting with fans and showing them genuine love.
After showering the audience with balloons and cake (“Cake Boy”), he finished off the show off with “Fame,” “Let Me Be” and “No Interruption.” Pure insanity. If you’ve never been to a Hoodie Allen show before, you can expect a true entertaining performance in conjunction with the music.
All I can say is that Hoodie Allen delivered. He rose to the occasion and proved that he can take it to the next level. It’s inevitable that Allen’s charisma, charm, content, and overall aura will continue to progress his career. You better believe that he’ll be bringing his fans along for the ride.
For more on Hoodie Allen check out his site.
Full photo set on JDOTshots.com