The Dirty Heads took on Boston’s newest venue, MGM Music Hall, Friday night with G. Love & Special Sauce and Lupe Fiasco. Despite having seen countless acts perform at this venue, I’ve never seen the floor so packed with such a wildly diverse crowd. With their mix of reggae, hip-hop, and alternative vibes, the Dirty Heads have something for everyone, and the addition of Lupe Fiasco to the second leg of their tour was an extra special treat for those who enjoy the hip-hop aspects of their music.
G. Love & Special Sauce opened the night with impressively high energy, puffing a joint from the crowd and setting the tone for a good show. Lupe Fiasco kept the vibes up with constant crowd interactions. You could tell he was having as much as his audience jamming to his 2000’s hits, including “Kick, Push” and “The Show Goes On.”
When the lights came up for the Dirty Heads, they had a 2-tier stage with lead vocalists Jared Watson and Dustin Bushnell taking front stage while instrumentals stood above and behind them on an elevated platform. The lead vocalists were backed by a larger band than one might expect from their sound, with 2 additional trumpets added to the 5-man band.
They opened up with “Heavy Water,” quickly followed by fan-favorite (and personal favorite) “Medusa.” The crowd maintained their energy all night as the band dropped their most popular hit, “Vacation,” mid-set. With their reggae tones and California roots, the Dirty Heads made the venue feel like a giant beach party. Inflatable beach balls were flying overhead as people rocked out to their favorite songs. The band ended off on a strong note with “Moon Tower” off their self-titled album.
The energy of the crowd was absolutely electric for these smaller-scale bands—indicating their rise as they take on the remainder of their tour. There’s still plenty of time to catch the Dirty Heads’ “Island Glow Tour” with G. Love & Special Sauce and Lupe Fiasco on the East Coast this summer!