Review: Bleeker @ Sleep Train Amphitheater (7/30/2016)

Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing Bleeker perform at the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA as part of Sublime with Rome’s summer tour.  Bleeker, who were originally known as Bleeker Ridge, are from Ontario, Canada and have spent the last thirteen years building a strong fan base there.  Bleeker is an alternative rock band with clear influences from bands such as Royal Blood, The Black Keys and Jet.  Despite these strong influences, however, Bleeker has created their own unique sound and style.

At first glance, Bleeker did not seem like a good fit for a tour which featured Sublime with Rome, the Dirty Heads and Tribal Seeds.  After seeing them live, however, I quickly realized that they were just what the tour needed.  Bleeker was the first band to perform, and they wasted no time energizing the otherwise lethargic crowd.  Vocalist Taylor Perkins did an excellent job getting the fans who arrived early involved with the performance, despite the fact that most of them had never heard of Bleeker.  Bleeker’s set included “Highway” and “Erase You” from their self-titled EP, which was released earlier this year.

Perhaps my favorite part of Bleeker’s performance occurred while Perkins asked how fans in various sections were doing.  After posing the question to each section, the fans would respond with cheers, and Perkins would move on to the next section.  This continued until Perkins reached the grass section of the venue.  Perkins began to ask how the “grass people” were doing, before interrupting himself and declaring: “this is a Sublime concert, you’re all grass people!”

If you ever have the chance to see Bleeker perform, I highly recommend it.  These guys love playing rock and roll, and it shows.  If you haven’t done so already, check out their self titled EP, and also keep an eye out for their new album Erase You which is due out later this year.


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