Saturday night was one for the books as we joined TWO JBTV alumni, The Districts, and Hippo Campus for the BAMBI Tour at the Riviera Theatre. Following the release of their sophomore album, Bambi, the boys immediately hit the road to share their new tunes! On Saturday, October 6th, we were in for a treat as we joined the boys in Chicago for just the second day of tour!
Starting off the night, The Districts took the stage. The five piece greeted Chicago with , the hit single, “Nighttime Girls”, making a lasting impression on the new audience. Reminiscent of 80’s classic rock and roll, the band welcomed new eyes and ears to their nostalgic sounds, exciting the audience for what was yet to come. The way the band took the crowd by storm was no surprise to us, at JBTV. Earlier on in their career, the band took to our HD stage and showcased their star talents to a mere crowd of 100 people. Immediately, we knew these rockstars had a bright future ahead. Fast forward two years, and the band is back, louder than ever, playing to crowds more than fifty times the size, all across the nation.
Hippo Campus then took the stage, opening with their title track, “Bambi”. For familiar fans, this release introduced a new side of Hippo Campus. In contrast to their previous releases, Bambi, leans toward an experimental genre with elements from Landmark sprinkled in. After a first listen, one would surely be curious to know how this new style would be paired with prior works, but like always, the boys did an excellent job of melding the new album into the show! Intertwined with works from Landmark and their previous EP, the band performed, their latest single, “Golden,” as well as rising song, “Why Even Try,” and “Doubt.” From start to finish, the setlist was seamlessly blended with the old and new, giving a refreshing spin to their traditional lineup! Tour has just begun for these boys, so it can only get better from here! Make sure to catch them at a venue near you!
Filed by Jade Trazo
Photos by Jade Trazo