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Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Live Review + Photos + Video | Venue 578, Orlando, FL | Sunday, October 9, 2016

by • October 13, 2016

It was a cool and breezy Sunday night in Orlando as the tailwinds of Hurricane Matthew brushed the skies, and there was a party going on downtown at Venue 578. A co-headlined show featuring Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Dopapod was on the schedule with both bands playing full sets for a crowd of folks ready to dance.

PPPP took the stage first. Greg Ormont (guitar & lead vocals) addressed the crowd saying “It’s another great night, Sunday, treat it like Saturday.” This was followed by cheers from the crowd, and it only took a second for one happy fan to mumble out “Everyday is Saturday, man.” Friendly laughs then followed. The band got the party started with “High as Five” setting the funk mood for the evening. Up next, the quartet grooved to a slower, heavier blues funk song called “Sunny Day” which featured a segment of just drums and bass. It didn’t take long for them to unleash their big hit, “F. U.” from their 2014 album Psychology. The song spells out F-U-N-K-Y, and its big build up, strong bass line, and smooth licks from the guitar make it a playful song but with serious sound. As the show continued, they played a variety of styles, island funk, bluesy funk, and of course their excellent style of psychedelic funk. Greg entertained the crowd with his big eyes and wild faces, leaving little doubt that he was having a good time performing. The band also gave us a tremendous mashup of funk classics “Funky Town” and “Brick House.” In addition to old songs, the band played “Penguins” off their recent 2016 album Pleasure. PPPP then slowed things up with their mild jam, “Horizon” which featured an impressive solo by Jeremy Schon on lead guitar. “The Liquid” and smoking song “Cliffs” capped off what was an exciting and fun time. What a great set!

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Check out the video, thanks to The Sober Goat!

Dopapod was up next, and the band took the stage after a few moments of eerie dark music to set the welcoming weird mood. The Northeast-based group jammed out with long instrumental build-ups and moog-driven sounds. The emphasis on both structure and theme was evident in the music as they painted an immersive soundscape, which at times thrust us into a Nintendo prog-rock jam hole. Although the crowd was somewhat small in this half-filled venue, it didn’t seem to slow down Dopapod from getting wild with a nearly two-hour long set that was arguably highlighted by a Led Zeppelin cover of “Since I’ve Been Loving You” with special guest vocalist and local Orlando starlet, Kaleigh Baker.

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Check out the video, thanks to The Sober Goat!

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Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pond Live Review by Spencer Storch. Photos/Videos by Richie Williams.

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