Hoodie Allen to Play the PCC Theater!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 11:55 A.M.

Hoodie Allen to Play the PCC Theater!


PRESS RELEASE                                                                                             April 28, 2015


201 SW Jefferson Ave.                                                            Contact:          Ashlee Franken

Peoria, IL 61602                                                                                  Public Relations Coordinator

www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com                                                                (309) 680-3506


For Immediate Release:





(Peoria IL)- HOODIE ALLEN will bring his pop appeal to the SMG managed Peoria Civic Center Theater on July 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $27, go on sale on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10 am, and are available at Ticketmaster.com, the PCC Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000.  Ticket prices will increase to $30 the day of the show.



Hoodie Allen gives everybody something to chat about on his full-length debut, People Keep Talking.  The fourteen songs bob and weave between technically tight bars, old school soul panache, a jazz-y swing, and undeniable pop appeal.  It’s the same intoxicating musical concoction that solidified the New York MC as an independent sensation when he first formally arrived in 2009.  Without a label or management, his 2012 EP All American landed in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200, eventually moving over 100,000 units.  In addition to sold out worldwide tours of his own, Hoodie’s also played shows alongside everybody from Passion Pit to Macklemore.  Now, he’s poised to be a topic of conversation for a long time to come with People Keep Talking.  “On some level, the album is a commentary on the fact that there’s always going to be constant noise and communication in the world we live in,” Hoodie explains.  “Especially being a musician, you get instant feedback on social media.  Staying true to that same idea, I wanted to send out the message that you should do what makes you happy and follow what you’re passionate about regardless of whether or not other people support you.  Regardless if you’re loved or hated, do what you do and be true to yourself.”

That mentality fueled the creative process behind the album.  Nodding to many diverse influences, Hoodie aimed to sharpen his signature sound.  “I wanted to build a style rooted in hip-hop, pop, and soul that combined everything I loved,” he elaborates.  “The flow and wordplay are as important as the hooks are.  I aimed for the album to be cohesive in terms of the sound and story.  The songs contribute to the narrative, but they can stand on their own as well.”  The first single “All About It” [featuring Ed Sheeran] slides between a funk guitar twang and trumpet bounce.  Hoodie’s flow comes to life as he and Sheeran trade slick, sly, and smart verses just before an unforgettable refrain.  “That was a late night in the studio,” he recalls.  “Ed had just played MetLife Stadium with Taylor Swift, and we were hanging out right after.  Lyrically, it’s about acknowledging where you come from and watching nothing grow into something.  There’s a young, carefree, throwback attitude.  You have fun with how life has evolved, but you don’t take it for granted.”

Elsewhere on the record, jazz spirit projects onto “Movie” as Hoodie paints the picture of the perfect romance—complete with clever bars referencing True Detective, Billy Madison, and more.  “This relationship is so good it feels better than real life: it feels like a movie,” he goes on.  “I tried to carefully weave in all of these allusions and pop culture references for an interesting narrative.”  At the same time, he offers up the ultimate (anti) coming-of-age narrative in the anthemic “Act My Age”.  “It’s meant to be fun, but it’s also a commentary on being in your mid-to early twenties in New York and not knowing when to grow up,” he says.  How many people can boast graduating an Ivy League college, University of Pennsylvania in Hoodie’s case, and working at Google?  Not many.  Each of these experiences impacted and influenced his perception, further fostering his own indie enterprise.  “I never expected to get to where I am,” he smiles.  “Doing things independently means you have to be incredibly driven and strong willed.  To this day, I still just take things step-by-step and do what feels right to me.  That plays to an entrepreneurial background, which I love.  I lived a double life at Google.  I had a real world job, but I had my outside ambition.  Everything contributes though.  Working on the marketing and business of music myself, it’s like my own company and brand.”  In the end, he’s delivering something fans can live with.  Hoodie concludes, “I wanted to give people something to escape to—that can be the perfect soundtrack to anything they go through on a daily basis.  When a record connects to a part of someone else’s life, what more can you ask for?”



About the Peoria Civic Center

The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area. For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com.


About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houstons NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.



SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management. Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions and special event services, to more than 130 facilities worldwide.

The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities. SAVORs commitment to farm to table freshness and food quality features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible. SAVOR staff prides themselves on being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market. To learn more, visit www.savorsmg.com.