This review is so late because of publishing speed bumps, but the important part is that it is up!
“The line at the House of Blues – Dallas wrapped around the block as people waited for the sold out Hoodie Allen show in the cold rain on February 21, 2016. The wait was well worth it, because all three acts put on an amazing show.”
California native Blackbear opened the show with his surprisingly smooth voice. Not many artists sound just like they do in studio recordings, but Blackbear had the same amount of clarity on stage as he does on his music online. Most of the songs that he performed were very explicitly about sex, with special emphasis on explicit. Before one song, he entertained the crowd by acting out the way he would go down on a lady. He put both of her imaginary legs on his shoulders, and just went to town. The crowd loved it, and the energy didn’t go down the rest of the night.
After Blackbear left the stage, the crew began setting the stage up with several props. There were pipes, mountains, and clouds set up to look like Super Mario Brothers. Rapper Super Duper Kyle lived up to the hype that his stage produced. His first song, ‘The Force,’ included light saber fights and noises, which excited the audience. In nearly every song, he and his friend Super Duper Brick had a fun dance break. In one of the most exciting and energetic songs that he performed, ‘Really, Yeah’ Kyle brought out Pikachu to dance with him. Kyle’s set was super duper memorable, but after the show, he waited by the merch booth to meet fans. He was super friendly and took selfies with everyone who asked. Kyle said several times that hugs were his favorite thing and showed it by hugging everyone he talked to really tight.
As the headliner of the night, Hoodie Allen did not disappoint. The setlist was a series of high-energy songs that had the audience pumped. Even during his somewhat slow song, ‘King to Me,’ the crowd was energetic. The emotional song was nice slowdown from the other fast paced songs. Hoodie asked the crowd at one point if they were okay with him covering a song from one of his favorite bands, who happen to be some of his friends. Of course, the crowd cheered and they started to play ‘Stressed Out’ by Twenty One Pilots. While his guitarist sang the breakdown, Hoodie snuck to the back of the house to perform his song ‘Cake Boy.’ During the song, instead of the usual throwing cake at the crowd, Hoodie threw candy on the welcoming audience.
Part of Hoodie’s set included bringing out other people on stage. Blackbear came up again to perform ‘Surprise Party,’ which included the release of balloons, and stayed on stage for ‘Champagne and Pools.’ Kyle also showed up to rap in the latter. Hoodie even brought out a player for the Dallas Mavericks. To end the show, confetti was shot in the air and the room looked like a scene in a movie.
The release of his new mixtape Happy Camper took Hoodie Allen across the United States and Canada on the Happy Camper Tour. Kyle joined Hoodie on the rest of the tour. After Blackbear left the tour on March 2, Bryce Vine and Gnash went along with the Happy Camper until the sold out show at Webster Hall in New York City on March 22.