Earlier last month, one of Minnesota’s finest, none other than the band Hippo Campus, ended the most recent leg of their Bambi tour in none other than Houston, Texas. A freezing cold Saturday night made for a packed downstairs of the White Oak Music Hall. And as usual, Hippo Campus did not disappoint.
In the first moments of them stepping on stage, the crowd roared. There was a bit of laughter mixed in as well - all of the band was wearing red cowboy hats.
Frontman Jake Luppen facing the floor tipped his hat to the crowd. “Texas, we fucking love you,” he said with a smile.
Then, the first beats of their song “Bambi” began to play, and the crowd erupted into a massive dance party. I’m almost positive I was one of the only ones not with my hands in the air, and that was only because I had a camera in my hands (Who am I kidding? Half of the photos I took in the first five seconds were out of focus and blurry because I couldn’t NOT dance.)
The setlist was comprised of various releases from their newest album along with many of their fan favorites and older songs such as “Buttercup,” and “Suicide Saturday.” They even played a newer live version of their song “Warm Glow” toward the end of their set.
The band has rapidly become one of the most critically acclaimed groups in quite some time with a growing fanbase and now an even larger discography after the release of their most recent album, Bambi, in September 0f 2018.
The guys in Hippo Campus are without a doubt one of the most talented acts coming up, and they are only getting better with every release and every live show they play. If you haven’t seen them yet, you’re missing out. And if you have, then go see them again! You can catch them on tour in the beginning of 2019 as they continue the Bambi Tour.