A raucous crowd of fans and friends welcomed the explosive 5-piece jamtronica band Papadosio back to The Newport on Friday night. Fresh off of a Colorado tour and two-week shamanic journey in Peru, the Athens, OH natives made one hell of a homecoming sounding better than ever.
The set kicked off with one of their newer songs “Method of Control”, featuring a deep and driving bassline from Rob McConnell and soul-shaking vocals from Anthony Thogmartin. Kicking off as hard as the music, Daniel Huidt intensified the vibes flowing off the stage with an incredible light show that could hold its own against many veteran bands. The boys followed up with “All I Knew”, reflecting the aura of love flowing between the band and the crowd.
Giving some insight to the fans about their South American adventure, Dosio’s next jam (“Peru Song”, for the time being) was influenced by their experiences with ayahuasca on the Chimbre shamanic retreat. Returning back to their earlier material from their 2009 album “Observations”, the band played “Improbability Blotter” and then brought live hoop dance performer Lindsay Nova to the stage to complement an incredible improv jam in “Snorkle”.
The next song was a new, untitled tune with a Brouse-y intro (brothers Billy and Sam Brouse, on keys/piano/synth) that was well received by the crowd. In opposition to the first half of the set’s newer material, the band brought back some older tunes from their first two releases before ending the show with new, unreleased songs. When McConnell told the crowd, “We don’t know what to encore with”, the band surely knew what the crowd would want and ended the show with fan favorite “Unparalyzer”.
The show featured a heavy hitting setlist with a great mix of awesome new tracks (which we will hopefully hear on an album later this year) and old favorites. Sounding cleaner and more precise than ever before, the group’s nonstop touring and practice schedule is surely paying off. With slots at every major festival east of the Mississippi this summer, it’s apparent that music lovers and critics are taking notice. Papadosio is diving deeper into their jams with a new confidence, propelled further by the talents of newest addition Sam Brouse, who joined the band late last summer.
Beyond the music, the band is pulling their positive energy for change and art together to hold their second annual Rootwire Music and Arts Festival just 45 minutes south of Columbus in Logan, OH this August. With a hard-hitting line-up of fellow electronic and jam musicians, as well as a focus on live art beyond music, it is sure to be a festival like no other.
Also joining Papadosio were fellow Ohio-to-Asheville converts Jahman Brahman, whose former Monday night pizza-and-jams gatherings have been sorely missed in the Columbus jam scene. There was a great crowd at the Newport to welcome Jahman Brahman back home, and they were richly rewarded with over an hour of incredible music fit for the reunion.Papadosio – Unparalyzer by DJ Pandy 4
Method of Control
All I Knew
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