Emerging artist Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers played Summit Music Hall in Denver on October 23, 2018, and it left me breathless. They are described as “stream-of-conscious punked-up, folked-out hip-hop-poetry,” and that is to the point what you get. Hobo was discovered after he and the “Bois” (the Lovemakers) recorded a live rendition of their most famous song, “Peach Scone,” for a 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Contest in their backyard. The Hobo’s have quite a cult following and sold out the show in Denver.
The set of the stage is just like the backyard, and the show was intimate. Frank Lopes, who is Hobo himself, serves as a modern-day Shakespeare if I dare say. His performance is real. He is real. He is vulnerable, and he makes you feel as though you emerged into a slam poetry session about all the feelings you have felt before but maybe didn’t have the guts to share. A sign of the times type of artist..bringing what Bob Dylan brought to the world in the ’60s…The Lovemakers are what we need right now.
It is not sad or overwhelming but engaging and heartfelt. Frank expresses opinions openly about the state of the world, our political climate, and basically being human.
The crowd smiled and clinched on to every word because it was so relatable and so refreshing to have someone on stage who shares openly about life’s challenges while serving up a tasty dish of happiness.
As a performer, Frank was engaging and led you to places that are sometimes tough to go but in a way that you felt safe, and he wasn’t afraid to show that his life was hard, but he rolled with it.
The experience was uplifting, and the music moved my soul. The energy in the room from the band and the audience were explosive. If you get a chance to see Hobo & the Lovemakers, take it. They will make you feel all the feels and be happy because you did.
For a recount of the show in photos: