Phierce Photography: March 7th - Day Two &emdash; _PRC4590-Edit

Festival season is upon us once again and what better way to kick it off than to travel 807 miles to the magical place of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. With over 5,000 music lovers in attendance, the 6th installment of AURA Music Festival was one for the books. Phierce Photography: March 6th - Day One &emdash; _PRC2809

The trip was off to a rocky start as our 12 hour drive was delayed three hours in due to inclimate weather conditions in Tennessee, but we weren’t giving up that easily. As our journey continued, we made it just in time for the last act of Thursday night’s pre-party. Once we got there, however, the car ride quickly became a distant memory. The weekend was nothing short of a good time full of lights, live art, and music.

Kudos to Daryl Wolff and Cameron Ferguson, the creators of the festival, for making such a pleasant atmosphere and providing one helluva a light show. AURA was just big enough to escape yet, small enough to find friends and make new ones. Warm feelings emerged throughout the weekend as friends and families greeted each other with embracing hugs and kisses.

The chilly weather brought people closer together as it dipped into the low 40’s. Fires ignited and groups were found gathered around them making a ruckus throughout the grounds. Yoga was offered each morning to prepare weary bodies for the day ahead, and classes continued throughout the day. For anyone who needed to take a break, hammocks donated by ENO (Eagles Nest Outfitters) could be found pre-installed throughout the campgrounds.

With this being the 6th edition of AURA what better way to give you a glimpse into this magical experience than to countdown the top 6 acts.

6. Uproot Hootenanny

Local to the area and the only bluegrass band of the weekend, Uproot Hootenanny took the stage Sunday morning. There was no better way to spend the last day of the music festival than with whiskey and bluegrass. A banjo, stand-up bass, and fiddle were exactly the change up the festival needed. With high energy beaming from the band, waking up became a pleasant experience. As their tunes filled the campgrounds, I wasn’t the only one rushing to the stage for some toe-stomping jams.

5. Turbo Suit

Turbo Suit was in the Music Hall Saturday evening getting the place hot and steamy. Turbo Suit’s unique approach to live electronic music is one you can’t help but groove to. Everyone was enjoying a break from the cold weather by getting down on the dance floor with songs like “Open Mouth Kiss” and their own interpretation of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.”

Phierce Photography: March 6th - Day One &emdash; _PRC3366-Edit4. TAUK

This funky foursome played at the Amphitheater Stage (Main Stage) Sunday afternoon. It was their second set of the weekend and while I heard their true top performance was Saturday night in the Music Hall between Disco Biscuits sets, they still blew me away on Sunday. Jamming from beginning to end with an all instrumental set, they covered the Beatles “I Want You” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” – the perfect way to relax on the hottest day of the festival (which was only in the low 80’s).

3. Dopapod

Dopapod played one of the first sets of the weekend at the Thursday night pre-party. For the last song, all six members of The Motet joined the band on stage for an impromptu performance. As the last cord was strummed, Dopapod’s guitarist Rob Compa turned to the other band members and shrugged as if to say, “Meh, we tried,” as if it wasn’t one of the better collaborations of the weekend.

But the real Dopapod highlight was Saturday night after the Turbo Suit set. They were laying it on thick with songs like “Trapper Keeper” when Compa channeled his inner Gwen Stefani for a No Doubt cover of “I’m just a Girl” leaving the nostalgic crowd hungry for more.

2. The Disco Biscuits

The Biscuits took the stage beginning their set with “The World is Spinning.” As the band played and the light show truly began, the crowd gasped in awe as a fan of colorful lasers covered the night sky. At the start of “Helicopters” a giant Halloween spider web stretched overhead across the crowd, reaching from the front of the stage all the way to the back.

The second set they really brought the heat with a flawless segue into “Crix.” You could feel the crowd’s disappointment as band ended without an encore. Little did anyone know, they would make an appearance at American Babies’ late night set in the Music Hall, joining them on stage for a cover of the Greatful Dead’s “Shakedown Street.”

1. The Main Squeeze

The Squeeze played on The Porch Stage Saturday evening. As the band played off each other, building in anticipation, lead singer Corey Frye took a long pause before busting into a cover of R Kelley’s “I Believe I Can Fly.”

The band took the stage a second time, Sunday afternoon, for a tribute to Michael Jackson set. Strategically planned out by the group, 20 of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits were packed into an hour and half set. From Black Or White > Beat It > Thriller > Billie Jean > Smooth Criminal it was hands down one of the best performances of the weekend.

While 2015 was one for the books the countdown for AURA 2016 begins…

Want to get the full experience, check out the link below to view images from the whole weekend.

Photos by: Keith Griner

Dopapod Fall Tour Schedule

Dopapod Fall Tour Schedule

This weekend the Mousetrap Bar and Grill in Indianapolis, Indiana will be hosting Dopapod, and I couldn’t be more excited for this band. This band is one that I often am blown away by. The band is built up of 4 great musicians that have been touring almost consistently for the last four years. Indianapolis is part of their fall tour which includes a stop in Michigan and Ohio before heading out to the East coast. Not only are they on a monster tour right now, but they are about to drop a new album November 11th, 2014 called Never Odd or Even.

Dopapod at the Werkout 2013

Dopapod at the Werkout 2013

I got a chance to get a listen to the new album and I thouroughly enjoyed it. Dopapod seems to be redefining their organizational style with this new album, but the music still has that same sound and style that is very recognizable. I would describe Dopapod’s music as and energetic jam band fused with electronic, jazz and funk influences that you can’t help but dancing to.They are a band that you can truly see loves being on stage, they love touring, they love their fans, and they have some unstoppable energy. This new album has songs that are organized a bit more like you would expect, intro, verse, chorus, sort of style. The lyrics have a bit more weight to them then I have heard in the past examples of Dopapod’s work, and the music takes many interesting twists and turns. Each of the songs seems to have a distinct personality of their own.

The first song “Present Ghost” is such a catchy start to this album. It starts with a playful, bouncy guitar rift and goes into incredible danceable lyrics transitioning to a hard rock, deeply structured chorus. Dopapod is one of the few bands that has mastered many styles of music, and throughout this album they transition from transient almost electronic music to blue grass or rock and roll, showing their true range of musicianship. This however, does not make the album fragmented. Each song seems to fit one after another, and each one is as clever as the last.

Dopapod at The Werkout 2014

Dopapod at The Werkout 2014

This weekend, October 18th Indianapolis will have the pleasure of hosting Dopapod at the Mousetrap in Indianapolis, Indiana, and I hope we get to hear some of these new songs. This is sure to be a special night of music that will keep everyone dancing late into the evening. So come on out and show these East Coast boys some Midwest loving’ and check their website to preorder their new album and check out their other stops on the Fall tour.    

resonance lin

We’re less than a week shy from the festival and, man, did it creep up on us. Fall semester has begun, but the leaves are barely changing which means festy season has not reached its conclusion. The weather has been nothing short of perfect lately, and after peeking into next week’s forecast,  temperature forecasts for Pataskala, home of Resonance Festival, are calling for averages in the mid 70’s. Grab a few extra pashminas for the early evening and be sure to layer up later on. Of course, chilly evenings are a solid excuse for mega cuddle puddles. Who doesn’t like cuddle puddles? So let’s talk about this line-up for a second. Two nights of Papadosio and freshly squeezed funk for three days straight?! A dose of Nahko, some Random Rab, and two nights with an Ultraviolet Hippopotamus?!  Forecast also shows that there will be Green skies and bluegrass, and the awesome just keeps on flowing.

Full artist line-up here:

Here’s a few sneak peeks at some of the artists taking the stage next weekend.

Nahko and Medicine for the People FB-ad-Nahko Nahko, an Oregon-native born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, suffered an identity crisis from an early age. When he took up the piano at age six, the unifying power of music entered his life and brought him harmony.  Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. He began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and communal healing, and thus Medicine for the People was born. Recently, Nahko discussed his successes, his philosophies, his music, and his life with Huffington Post, who called Nahko’s music “beautiful and stirring,” comparing him to Bob Marley and proclaiming him a “musical prophet.”


Greensky BluegrassGreensky Resonance If you’re familiar with bluegrass music, then you’re tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They’re also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game? Indeed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

This quintet from Michigan has been staying up late at all the coolest festivals and stopping to play your favorite clubs and theaters across America for 11 years now. Nearly 175 shows per year has prepared them for the rigorous task of continuity. Greensky Bluegrass isn’t slowing down. “They’re coming to your town to help you party down.” Yeah. Really. Like you never thought possible.


PapadosioDosioResonance The information age has a sound. Revolutionary technology meets a evolutionary message in Papadosio. Melding progressive rock with psychedelia, folk with electronica, and dance music with jam, the quintet has amassed a dedicated following of thousands of likeminded individuals sowing the seeds of unity and spreading the sounds of exaltation. Singer-songwriter Anthony Thogmartin’s visionary lyrics,eclectic production, and signature guitar work are anchored by the rock solid battery of drummer Mike Healy and bassist Rob McConnell. The quintet is rounded out by brothers Billy and Sam Brouse, whose virtuosic two-headed keyboard, synth, and programming attack give the band its unmistakable complexity and intensity.


It doesn’t stop there. Resonance is offering a pretty sweet VIP deal that includes private sets, t-shirt, limited edition poster, showers, VIP only bathrooms, free firewood, Resonance 2014 limited edition pin and more! 

“Did you say firewood?”

Yes, yes I did. Ground fires are approved for everyone at the festival as long as they are well maintained!!


Resonance Music Festival: A gathering of like minded, motivated, music loving individuals. 

DATE: October 2 – October 4

LOCATION: Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio.

Tickets: $110 GA, $200 VIP, and $80 Saturday passes.

Purchase tickets!

$110 for 3 days of unforgettable experiences and 40+ sets. What more could you ask for?! So put on your boogie shoes and get cho’ groove on, son! dosio

Brooklyn, NY based band, Dopapod.

Brooklyn, NY based band, Dopapod.

Grab your dancing shoes and get your rage face ready because Dopapod, one of the harder hitting jam-bands in the scene, is coming back to The Mousetrap on Saturday February 8th, one day after Dark Star Orchestra raises the dead at The Egyptain Room. For those of you who were at the last show or have had the opportunity to see them live before, you know what to expect. Raunchy staccato guitar lines, a tightly coiled rhythm section, soaring organ/synths; it’s a psychedelic, hard-rock-loving, bluesman’s dream. Think “Phish meets Rage Against the Machine meets Ultraviolet Hippopotamus” and you might have the slightest inkling of what these guys are bringing to the stage every night.

With a trio of studio albums under their belt and playing over 150+ live shows each of the last 3 years, Dopapod is one of the hardest working bands around. Regulars of the festival circuit, they’ve made appearances at major festivals like Camp Bisco, Bonnaroo, Burning Man, The Big Up, Rootwire, Gathering of the Vibes, and many more. That – folks – is what we call street cred.

Dopapod LiveTheir most recent studio effort, the self-produced Redivider (released Dec. 21st, 2012), is also the first to incorporate vocals into the band’s sound. Tracks like “Vol. 3 #86” and “Braindead” showcase this new direction, but there’s still plenty of room for that classic Dopapod style to keep everyone happy. “My Elephant Vs. Your Elephant” and “Bubble Brain” highlight the album’s instrumentals; both tracks sending listeners on a multi-faceted musical journey complete with a range of energy, sound, and emotion. Seriously, check these tracks out; you’ll dig it.

Along with their 3 studio releases, Dopapod has also released a slew of soundboard recordings for listeners to enjoy, all except for “I Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was I” are downloadable for free or pay (name your own price) on their Bandcamp page. Just a heads up, the NYE 2013 show at The Palladium is freakin’ glorious.

Lighting up stages with their incendiary live shows, this band has earned each and every fan as they’ve crisscrossed the country from show to show. They’re one of the few truly original acts out there, even pigeonholing them to a single genre can be downright difficult. Is it jam? Experimental? Prog? Who knows. Moral of the story, though: come out to The Mousetrap on the 8th and enjoy the show. Laugh with us. Dance with us. Jam with us. See you there.

Interview & Review by – Adam Langolf 

On Friday March 8th, Brooklyn, New York’s Dopapod and Grand Rapids based Ultraviolet Hippopotamus converged to create a night of joyful noise and instrumental insanity. This show was of particular interest to me having not seen much instrumentally complex music as of late.  Having previously performed with Dopapod, I knew quite well how talented the band was and eagerly awaited another unpredictable performance.   This was to be the third time I’d have seen UV Hippo.  Initially impressed with their performance at the first Rootwire, I managed to catch them at Muncie’s Come Together Festival for a set that absolutely delivered. UV Hippo’s blend of positive lyrics, carefree attitude and solid musicianship has quickly made them a midwest festival favorite. To me it is a treat to see how much these bands have changed six months or a year later. Inevitable at shows like this one, we enjoy aspects of one band more than the other.  I’ve been quite out of touch with the world of jam oriented music for some time now. But, given that Grateful Dead and Phish were two of my biggest early influences… I thought checking out UV Hippo and Dopapod, two very diverse and different jam/rock bands seemed a good fit to re-visit those roots. I throughly enjoyed a lot of the nuances these bands brought from our modern music spectrum. One thing is for sure, both bands are expanding exponentially.

This would be Dopapod’s third time playing Indianapolis. I had a chance to sit down with them to discuss the band’s new album, Redivider, among other things in what made for a very enjoyable interview:

Mojo: How are you guys tonight?

Band: Good! Wooh!

Mojo: Glad to have you guys back in Indiana. How many times have you guys played here?

Eli: I think this is our 2nd time.

Chuck: This is our 3rd time.

Rob: In the state of Indiana?

Chuck: This is our 3rd time in Indianapolis.

Eli: Really?

Rob: What was our first time?
Mojo: Birdy’s?
(whole band remembers and laughs)

Rob: Oh yeah.. there was like nobody there!! Like 2 people.

Chuck: No there was. Like.. 2 people that are here tonight.
(band asks me a few questions and decides Alex “Herm” Schneider with Herm Productions was at that show)

Mojo: I understand you guys went to Berklee College of Music in Boston.  Did all 4 of you attend the school?

Band: Yes.

Mojo: Did you all graduate?
(everyone but neil says no)

Neal:  I did!

Mojo: So was not finishing school a result of Dopapod starting to take off?

Band: Yeah.

Mojo: Is there anyone that helped you guys get off the ground or gave you a great opportunity?

Eli: Yeah.. Kevin McKluskey with Jazz Revelation Records. It’s a student run label at Berklee.

Rob: Yeah definitely.. Kevin McKluskey (excited)

Eli: They put together these events with the areas best jazz musicians.  Not only did they choose us for a compilation but they featured us as the last song of the night.

Rob: The crowd loved it but some jazz purists seemed unhappy.  A guy came up to me after our show the next day and said ” That was some nice blues music”.

Mojo: Obviously your not blues music. Purists can be kinda closed minded.

Rob: Purism has it’s place..well.. I don’t know.. sometimes I think it doesn’t anymore.

Mojo: Often those types can’t focus on the quality or sound because they are so grounded in rules.

Rob: Yeah I agree.

Mojo: From that show to The Mousetrap and now The Vogue with UV Hippo, you guys are obviously progressing rapidly in Indianapolis. Does everyone live in Brookyln?

Chuck: No

Eli: Everyone but me

Rob: It’s complicated

Mojo: Well, you’re music is complex.  How do you practice?

Rob: There is no set method.  We just have to find time where we can on the road.

Chuck:  The last two years what we’ve done is take January off, then get back together, write for several weeks about 4-5 days a week and get ready to go back on the road.

Eli: As of now..the last time we actually got to rehearse (other then sound check) was when we recorded Redivider. We’ve basically been on the road since without a break. (Redivider was released 3 months ago).  We lived up at our friends farm up. He was nice enough to let us live there for about a week and just relax and chill out.

Rob: We rehearse in sound checks.

Neal: Sometimes in a town we’ve been to, if we can set up for a few days and can find a spot to practice we will.

Mojo: So Redivider was released on December 21st.  Nothing bad happened to the world. We are all still here..

Rob: Except Redivider came out.

Eli: That was the end of the world..  (everyone laughs)

Mojo: How has the writing process changed for you guys since you started?

Eli: I would say it’s more thoroughly composed and adventurous.

Rob: Some of the early stuff we wrote, I think we were afraid to get complicated. The more you play with each other, you get bored with that and things change naturally.

Chuck: When we first starting playing together we played more Soulive and funk type stuff because that was something we all liked.  Once we were really comfortable playing those types of grooves we started getting more experimental.

Mojo: How often would you guys like to release new studio albums?
(everyone agrees about once a year would be good.. possibly more if time allows)

Mojo: About Redivider; The album has a sound that is very rare these days. For me it covers the sonic exploration and instrumental prowess of great 70’s jazz/fusion but it’s mixed with modern rock, dance and jam sounds. Was that a completely new set of music or how much was written before you started recording?

Neal:  We had most of it written. Probably about 80%.  We wrote a few new songs at the farm and finished a few too.

Mojo: The “Inside the Barn” videos you guys posted on youtube give the fans a good insight into the making of the album. I think it’s important for fans to have access to artists in that raw context. It’s nice for the fans to know where the music is coming from. Where was this farm located?

Rob: It’s a small town called Palmford, Connecticut which is a small town out in the middle of nowhere.  It was either recording time to be creative, exploratory and inspired or just relaxation and the band hanging out.

Mojo:  So what are some festivals that are either new or that you are looking forward to returning to this summer?

Eli: We are returning to one of our favorites which is called Big Up. That one is gonna be awesome, in Upstate, NY. Also Disc Jam, which is a disc golf (course) slash music festival.

Mojo: That would be a lot of fun!

Eli: We’ve done that one for the last two years.

Chuck: It’s at a craft brewery in Massachusetts

Eli: What else.. Hyperion we’re doing for the first time and we’re really stoked about that.

Mojo: Well I look forward to seeing you guys again. Thank you guys so much for your time.  I’m looking forward to the show!

Rob: Thank you.. I think this went well (everyone laughs).

Dopapod began the night with the 8th track off of Redivider, “Blast”. What started off grounded in gritty rhythmic grooves (via bassist Chuck Masterson and Drummer Neal Evans) eventually stopped on a dime for some sultry organ leads by keyboardist Eli Winderman. After returning to the funk for a few minutes some serious musical math took place. This song was a good choice to open the show because it immediately showcases something this band is great at; building tension. Quickly shifting from intense heavy riffs, then moving through soulful layers and resolving eventually into bright and comfortable sounds is a theme of this band. To put it simply, Dopapod is dynamic. Throughout their performance, guitarist, Rob Compa displayed with very careful precision. Able to shred at a moments notice but spending a majority of the performance playing intricately woven riffs, he has quickly become one of my favorite touring guitarists.  It’s not about ego for him or any of the members in this band.. but more so about pushing themselves as musicians and entertainers.

The riff from there fourth song of the night, “Flipped”, reminded me a lot of Axilla by Phish and I was curious if they had “flipped” it. This was followed by another Redivider cut, “Vol. #86″. This song begs the question “Tell me what’s the difference from a child and an adult. Does acting like the former get results”. It was definitely one of my favorites from the entire night.  This song showcases interesting lyrics about aging and meeting someone. Unfortunately the bands vocals weren’t very audible live. I’m not sure how they came up with this name nor do I know how all these various ideas come together so seemingly effortlessly.  But as Dopapod ripped through funk, rock and reggae they eventually landed on something I can very much dig, four on the floor beats.  The dance heavy sections were nice but made me crave the heavy beats of The New Deal. They could be heavier. This along with vocals were the two things I noticed wanting to improve. The one point in the night where the vocals were clearly audible was when Eli’s organ wasn’t working. The band decided to let guitarist Rob Compa perform a solo version of Carolina. In this moment it became obvious the extent he will go to keep a crowd happy. This funny tale of of a man and his woes kept us entertained while we waited for the members to rejoin. After a nice rendition of the flashback “Trapper Keeper” the band launched into their final song, “French Bowling”.  Melodies drawing seemingly from a murder mystery paired with disco beats turned up a heavy ending that ended the set with a bang. 


Excitement was high for UV Hippo and admittedly I knew quite a bit less about them going into this review. But as soon as they started, it was immediately apparent that they have built a solid fan base in Indianapolis. Whether it be from following alone or due to a later crowd, the dance floor grew considerably and a shift in focus occurred. It took me a little while to start feeling the band but five songs in the energy lifted off during “Tugboat”. This song rips through fast jazz, zappa-esque riffage, a pretty piano section, some bulgarian wedding music sounding stuff (WTF!) into too many more styles to name in one sentence.  Overall I can feel huge influences from Phish and Umphrey’s McGee in this song. It has several parts that are fresh and what ensues is a live face melting mind bender. Nearing the end of this roughly 10 minute psychedelic climb, guitarist Russel Olmsted was was creating these ridiculously intense walls of sound. Acidic growls of wah, distortion, delay and chorus that had people screaming at the top of their lungs. His playing is clearly a highlight of hippo, but while Russel stays focused on entertaining the crowd with his guitar fireworks or subtle approaches, Bassist Brian Samuels is the glue that communicates ideas on stage.

UV Hippo reminds me that in the modern Jam world the technical aspect has become highly emphasized.  There are certain points where I draw the line.  When it’s too retentive or uptight, lacks soul or doesn’t seem to have too much thought, I can not enjoy it. Oddly.. the music of UV had more ups and downs than Dopapod for me.  Often in the first half of the set I felt a bit cheesy. Maybe that’s just a difference in age and what I like. Of course it is.  But then there were those moments of greatness, where they had the crowd completely in sync with them, and it was obvious this band will eventually be playing stadiums.   Either way, I could see that the crowd was greatly enjoying themselves, but this one particular song bears too much in resemblance to another favorite I prefer by another band.  Towards the end of “Swamp” an old friend started to tell me how he’d had a rough week and in that time,  he had played 4 hours of UV Hippo. He said it helped him get through that day.  It was at that exact moment that the feel good “it might make you feel better” lyrics from “Medicine” rang through the speakers.  He smiled and said, “Like this”. Well I have to admit that it did make me feel better.  Life is grand if you choose to make it that way and UV Hippo’s mission seems to be to perpetuate a positive vibe and focus on youthfully energetic grooves and good times. But the band isn’t just about happy hippie jams and certainly doesn’t waist time noodling around. Now I don’t want to keep repeating influences but “T1J” which followed is a complete homage to The New Deal.  This is a great thing as we no longer have TND. This live version was even better than the version featured on the bands album “Square Pegs Round Holes” and  took me back to progressive house of the late 90’s.  The keyboard parts are tighter and drummer Joe Phillon can play dance beats with the best of them

The last song I caught in the night was the ambitious “Broomhilda Suite”.  Now this was a great ending to my night. It takes me back to the reason why I became such a huge jamband fan. The synth lines of keyboardist Dave Sanders project the listener into space flight that feels straight out of the 70’s. Broomhilda is elaborately composed like a labyrinth of riffs that you feel completely compelled by and calmly confused… but happy. Until the progressive edge sets in.  Then everything takes the form of rage and rises into a piano section that seems lifted straight from the likes of scene of sorrow in a Tim Burton film.  The song takes form like the witch the song is about. Somewhere towards the end it is apparent she’s riding her broom through a storm of doom before a triumphant ending returns to lift you and make you feel good. The way UV Hippo intended… to “walk away together hand in hand”.  The most important thing I walked away with was knowing I’d just seen a great show that emphasized just how hard bands these days are willing to work and how high the bar has been raised in terms of effortlessly fusing various styles together to please a society that can be short on focus but generally just wants to have fun.

Dopapod Setlist:
Blast >
Present Ghosts
Flipped ->
Vol. 3
#86 >
broken organ banter,
Trapper Keeper#,
French Bowling#

*Luke used a fake snow machine during the “snowflakes on the ground ” line. Rob told the crowd it was actually Chuck’s dandruff. During the “amputate” break, Rob said they’d have to get Chuck some head n shoulders shampoo

^Rob and Eli told that crowd that if they ate Chuck’s dandruff, they could absorb his power

%performed solo by Rob while Eli fixed his organ

#performed w/ out organ

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus Setlist:
Don’t Break your leg Jam>
Scar> Indiana Jam>

Combining elements of funk, rock, blues, and even electronica Dopapod was able to wow the crowd with their intricately smooth jams. Honestly, I can’t wait for this group to start headlining their own shows, because they are quite worthy of any fame and fortune they come across. It will surely be a treat when Dopapod comes to Indianapolis for an Indy Mojo event on March 8th.  When their shortened set came to an end my excitement to see Dosio was at an all-time high, with the intermission lasting far too long.

When the intermission finally came to a close Papadosio finally took the stage and began to play one of my favorite sets of music I’ve witnessed in my entire life. They started the evening off with an unbelievable version of “The Cue”, a track off of their recent studio album T.E.T.I.O.S, and one which proved to kick the evening off with a bang.  Often times during their initial jam I found myself amazed at the direction of the song. Next, the band took the set in an incredible direction, playing a Dosio class “Oracle” directly into a new song “Taking Turns”. “Taking Turns” was highly impressive, showing the positive direction the band is going, while also showing a stark contrast to their “normal” sounding tracks. As always, Anthony Thogmartin moved me with his heartfelt falsetto singing.  Honestly, I was blown away with this new track, it showing maturation and a positive evolution of direction Papadosio is going toward. The next portion of the set was the heart of their set and easily my favorite throughout the evening. It consisted of an all-out rock improvisation consisting of “Method of Control>Improv>If it Wasn’t For You”. This section of the set was a relentless in-your-face jam that seemingly went on and on. It was truly magical and left my mind and heart fluttering. Also, it featured another new track, “If it Wasn’t For You”, which showed many elements of “old” and “new” Dosio. Another special treat during this period of the set was hearing Robert McConnell step to the forefront and takeover lead vocals.

As the set wound to a close, Mike Healy (drums) completely took over control of the flow of the set. Songs like “Puddles for Oceans” and “Monochrome” typically feature a collaboration of all artists banging out in perfect harmony, but Healy forged through, taking the sound to new heights and making the crowd go bonkers. The set came to a close and in typical fashion the crowd roared for one more song. The encore featured an amazing rendition of “All I Knew”, a lyrically lovely song with amazing music to add the luster. My body tingled as Papadosio blasted the crowd with a final musical bombshell. All in all, this was by far my favorite Papadosio show, no easy feat for my favorite band. My heart and soul yearns for more and I can absolutely not wait to see what these guys have in store for the future. Click here for more photos from their show at The Bluebird.

Written by: Alex Toy

Photos by: Aaron Lingenfelter, Wide Aperture Images