September 29, 2017 - 9:00pm


On Friday, September 29, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and Dead Nation Presents welcome BROCKHAMPTON to the WOW Hall.  THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT!

            BROCKHAMPTON is the self-proclaimed “All-American Boyband” whose multitalented roster includes Kevin Abstract, Matt Champion, JOBA, Ameer Vann and Rodney Tenor.  BROCKHAMPTON won the 2015 VFILES LOUD! competition, earning themselves a singles deal with Fool’s Gold Records and a handsome video budget.  The result of their prize was “Dirt”, which shattered preconceived notions about what constitutes being a boyband.

“The debut mixtape All-American Trash — full of heartache and humor, kinship and contemplation, teen angst and adventurous production — gave us a glimpse at just how many different sounds and styles these rag-tags can squeeze into 38 minutes,” reported DJBooth.   “If Pharrell, Kid Cudi and Frank Ocean blurred genres, BROCKHAMPTON synthesize these very influences into something even more indefinable.”

BROCKHAMPTON’s lineup is like a snapshot of modern day America: black and white, natives and immigrants (Bearface is from Ireland), straight and gay.  “We are what America actually is,” Kevin Abstract declares. “We speak for people of color who have a hard time expressing themselves publicly.”   The L.A.-based collective includes rappers, producers, singers, directors, designers and creators.   The band is touring in support of their June release Saturation.

Ian Simpson, who most Brockhampton fans will know as Kevin Abstract, is the group’s creative lead.  Even though he had a big say on the project, taking on something of an executive producer role alongside Romil and Joba, Saturation is very much about Brockhampton as a whole.  Rounding out the rest of the vocalists in the group are Dom McLennon, Matt Champion, Joba, Ameer Vann, and Bearface.  Ameer appears on the project the most out of everyone, and it’s his face on the front cover smeared in blue paint. Ian dubbed Ameer “the star of the tape,” but this is a project where everyone props each other up.

On the production side of things there’s Kiko Merley, Jabari Manwarring, and Romil Hemnani, although Joba and Bearface contribute production, too.  There’s also Robert Ontenient, who works on the website side of things and recently co-authored an app they launched in time for the release of Saturation

Henock Sileshi and Ashlan Grey are mostly responsible for the group's visuals, with Henock offering art direction and Ashlan photography.  Each of the videos for the singles was directed by Abstract, but Ashlan filmed each one while Henock edited them.

Of particular note is “Gold”, which is now BROCKHAMPTON’s most viewed track on YouTube.

“Pretty much everybody just kicked it into a gear we didn’t know they had," Romil says. "I mean, I knew they had it, I just didn’t expect it to happen like this. It was so quick and efficient.”

It’s been a year since the members of BROCKHAMPTON moved from Texas to L.A., and they have a lot to show for it.  While they remained tight-lipped on a specific date for Saturation 2, the band members are always recording new music.

“It’s really ridiculous,” says McLennon.  “Every time I go out to get some air, I come back and there’s like three or four new songs. The concepts get laid down so quickly, and from there everyone runs with the idea until something sticks.”

Merlyn added, “The group ethic makes it so much easier to be true to myself. My friends give me the feeling that whatever I do is gonna be okay. Just lay down as many ideas as possible and we’ll find something that works.”

At the core of the album is a lot of heart, but BROCKHAMPTON are just as interested in having a good time, too, showing many facets across the album. Ultimately though, Saturation is a tribute to friendship.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.


Door Time: 
September 29, 2017 - 8:00pm
$15 Advance, $18 Day of Show