Scene | Action Bronson Kept It Short And Sweet At House Of Blues

Action BronsonLast night, the temperature in the city plunged into the single digits, but for a couple hours, the chill brought on by the latest Polar Vortex was an afterthought as Action Bronson and Party Supplies rocked House of Blues during the Cleveland stop of the Blue Chips 2 tour. The crowd filtered in slowly by the bunches but by the time the projection screen rose and the evening’s opening act took to the stage, the floor was reaching capacity.

The ring entrance music of WWE legend Bret “The Hitman” Hart blared over the sound system as a voice greeted the audience with a “Check, check. What’s up Cleveland?” That voice belonged to Justin Nealis, one half of Party Supplies. The duo warmed up the anxious crowd with a set of songs from the Tough Love album that was released over the summer. Sean Mahon, the other half of the duo, manned the keyboards while Justin strummed the guitar and occasionally manipulates the beat machine. Tunes like “Security,” “New York” and “Dancing On The Sidelines” have a vibe that is chill and for lack of a better word — danceable, as evident by the young ladies showing off some of their best dance moves in front of the stage. The set closed with “Going Back To New York” and while the audience was appreciative, the anticipation for the show’s headliner was building.

After the intermission, the lights dimmed and Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” echoed throughout the building. Those in the audience who were familiar with the song felt compelled to sing along with it. The words “It’s me” were uttered by Action Bronson as he began his set with “Silverado” from the Blue Chips 2album. Continuing with the album’s sequencing, Big Body Bes’ “Intro” and “Pepe Lopez” followed after a chant of “Free Big Body” from the crowd.

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