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Hoodie Allen and Belaganas at Wonder Ballroom on 08/12/2022 - Photos & Review


An hour before Belaganas took the stage there was a free meet and greet where fans lined up to meet Hoodie Allen. Most shared a photo with him, quick conversation but a large handful asking for an autograph on their Vans. This was his first time in Portland, Oregon since 2018.

Belaganas kicked off the night wasting no time to get the crowd going with their high energy songs and matching dance kicks. Their slower tunes brought the crowd in. One of the lead singers, Shanker, laid on the stage shortly before a beat drop that resumed the engird they started with. Hoodie Allen later shared that he discover the Phoenix-formed band online and decided to bring them on tour.

Brooklyn-based Hoodie Allen coyly took the stage and began his impressive 19-song set with, Act My Age. The crowd immediately sang along and became louder as the night progressed. Hoodie predicted that it would be a good show if the crowd knew the first three words of his next song, Champagne and Pools. He then performed a pop-punk single, Call Me Never. This is song is a transition from his playful raps, but the fans seemed to welcome the change, already knowing all the words to month-old track.

After a couple of cellphone-lit acoustic songs came an unreleased song from his upcoming album, presumably named, Happy Again. Strobe effects marked the halfway point of the show. Hoodie referenced the remaining songs “bangers.” He introduced the band including, Jeremy Harris on lead guitar, originally from Portland. After a quick surf on an inflatable raft through the crowds and bouncing balloons, Hoodie Allen finished the set with two encore songs, a mellow, No Faith in Brooklyn, into a crowd-jumping, No Interruption.

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