Already a cult sensation in the States, Sacramento’s Hobo Johnson is making rapid progress in the UK. He’s just played two sold-out shows at the Village Underground, and has been supported at Radio 1 with plays from Annie Mac, Phil Taggart and Jack Saunders.
Now Hobo and his band The Lovemakers are set to commence 2019 with an extended European tour. It includes his biggest UK show to date at London’s 1400 capacity KOKO on January 23rd.
The dates in the UK are:
22nd – Bristol, O2 Academy
23rd – London, KOKO
24th – Nottingham, Rock City
26th – Manchester, Academy
27th – Glasgow, SWG3 Galvanisers
28th – Dublin, Vicar Street
Please see https://www.hobojohnson.com/ for further information and ticket details.
With his wild hair, pin-thin moustache, and penchant for offbeat production, Hobo Johnson (born Frank Lopes Jr.) shares tales of suburban mythos and malaise that Harmony Korine and Wes Anderson would be jealous of. A hybrid of hip-hop, punk, folk and poetry, these tales unfold across his 2018 full-length album debut ‘The Rise of Hobo Johnson’.
He went from performing on the street to entrenching himself in the Sacramento music scene by grinding at countless open mics as his SoundCloud streams crept into hundreds of thousands. Together with his band The Lovemakers, Hobo Johnson recorded a simple backyard live performance video of ‘Peach Scone’ which was filmed on a single camera. Posted online as a submission for NPR’s Tiny Desk contest, it racked up over 16.5 million views on Facebook and YouTube as their social media following exploded.
Hobo Johnson recently dropped a new video for the track ‘Father’. It continues what’s becoming a tradition of unpredictable and undeniable visuals for Hobo Johnson. Rapid editing mirrors his topsy-turvy cadence, while his thought-provoking adlibs are underscored by stirring piano chords. It’s another illustration of his dynamic persona and quirky vision.