We were very excited to hear that we were invited to attend Hoodie Allen’s Happy Camper Tour on their stop at the Knitting Factory in Boise. Isaac and I got to spend the night in the photo pit shooting Blackbear, KYLE, and Hoodie Allen.
I’d first like to take a moment to properly appreciate and thank Hoodie Allen’s staff and show crew. Every member of Hoodie’s crew is incredibly respectful and I’m thankful to have been able to work with them. They made this show one of the best I’ve been to.
On to the show, the first set was Blackbear (Matthew Musto). Blackbear was an overall incredible set. Beyond his crowd pleasing energy, he also threw some enthusiasm to the photo pit, where he shot a few faces to us for us to capture. I had a lot of fun shooting Blackbear, he made sure to make a lot of eye contact with the cameras around him.
Fun fact: Blackbear helped write the hit single “Boyfriend” for Justin Bieber. He has also been joined on songs with artists such as “Boyfriend” cowriter Mike Posner, James Blake, and Maejor Ali.
I would definitely have gone to the show if it were just Blackbear, the artist selection was amazing for the Happy Camper Tour. Blackbear is a must see, and I definitely recommend his shows. It took everything I had not to start dancing from inside the photo pit.
You can see more photos from Blackbear’s set here.
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KYLE had an insane amount of energy. With his “Super Duper” friends, he created a set full of jumping and dancing. I couldn’t get enough of KYLE, he kept the crowd alive and (literally) screaming for more. His antics are reminiscent of Tyler the Creator; he’s not ashamed to have a strange kind of fun on stage.
KYLE reminds his crowds through thoughtful words and well-timed chants to stay true to themselves. His nostalgic style is one that just makes you want to dance and have a great time. “Really? Yeah!”
Again, KYLE wasn’t just thrown into the lineup. This show was constructed in a way that wouldn’t leave you coming just for Hoodie. Both openers are completely worth the time and money.
You can see more photos from KYLE’s set here.
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Last, but definitely not least comes Hoodie Allen. Hoodie Allen has been an inspiration for me and many around me. He constantly shows that you can do anything just by setting your mind to it.
For those that aren’t familiar, Hoodie (Steven Adam Markowitz) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in marketing and finance. Hoodie worked for Google in the AdWords department before quitting to fully pursue his career as an artist.
In everything he does, Hoodie is absolutely and utterly unapologetically himself. He doesn’t care about preserving an image if it’s not one of his own. It’s constantly revisited that Hoodie Allen is just a Jewish boy from Long Island, NY hooked on hip-hop. Hoodie is who he is, and he wants you to as well.
Hoodie has been making music since he was 13, and it’s been a passion since. Through his shows, you can tell that he loves every moment of his performances. Hoodie calls all kinds of audiences, too.
Through his entire show, Hoodie was having just as much fun as his audience. From anywhere inside the venue, you get a nice dose of Hoodie Allen. Whether you’re on a balcony, on the floor, or even outside the venue, you’ll be having a good time.
From the start, Hoodie was cruising through his discography, starting with “Happy Camper”, his newest album. He then dove into some other recognizable songs such as “All About It” and “Eighteen Cool”. Taking a step further, he featured a couple familiar songs during the night. We heard “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots, “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber, and more.
If you get the chance to go see Hoodie, you might be lucky enough to get covered in the cake he throws during Cake Boy, a song off of his 2013 album “Crew Cuts”.
Hoodie Allen put on a spectacular show. If you have the change to attend one, have no hesitation. Buy the tickets, get on the guest list, sneak in (I’m not condoning this). Your ticket entitles you to a night of great people, great music, and a great time.
You can see more photos from Hoodie Allen’s set HERE.
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Boise was only stop 4 on the Happy Camper Tour. Go snag a ticket for a future date: hoodieallen.com