Papadosio’s loyal fan base has grown at an insane rate over the past couple of years, and if you have seen them live you will understand. Papadosio’s 5 piece group from Athens Ohio had Summer Camp grooving when they played the Starshine stage this past year.
Papadosio is like no other band I have ever seen. They’re unique blend of progressive rock and electronic music creates a dance party like no other. Being a fan of Papadosio is more like a Family. They have been holding their own festival, Rootwire, since 2010 in Logan Ohio. I still haven’t made it to Rootwire, but anyone who has ever had the pleasure of attending has never had one negative remark about the festival. My brother speaks great words about the fest.
Right before Summer Camp, I was able to attend Spring Dance at Nelson Ledge’s Quarry Park. It was two nights of Papadosio right on the beach. The weather wasn’t ideal, but at music festivals, the weather is the least of my worries. I’m there to have a good time, and nothing gets in the way of that! They killed it both nights!
Papadosio is currently on an extensive tour, and I was thrilled to have caught it as it rolled through Buffalo on Tuesday, November 5th. I have seen Papadosio ever since their debut in the chicken wing city. Each time, I have seen them evolve in such a positive way. They have also changed venues each time which is awesome, getting a bigger crowd. This past time, they played the awesome Town Ballroom which is a stunning room to play in. The energy was radiating all night.
Opening up was Papadosio’s own Anthony Thogmartin, performing as Earth Cry. I have been waiting the opportunity to see Earth Cry and was glad I did. Earth Cry has such an atmospheric sound. It had me closing my eyes and really just letting it pierce through me. I was a huge fan. If you have never heard of Earth Cry, check out this track:
Once Anthony was done, it was about 15 minutes before Papadosio came out. I have been a huge fan of their lighting set up! They use these LCD screens hand in hand with some other killer lighting which makes their production very cool. They images and videos they show during their sets are very beautiful. Ranging from Indian art to anti GMO images, it’s very cool stuff.
Their performance was top notch as usual. Anthony’s vocals are very soothing not only on their recorded albums, but live as well. Their lyrics are so powerful and keep me engaged the whole time. Everyone at their shows are always so happy! The vibe is always so amazing at a Papadosio show, which brings me back to their fans are like family. Everyone is so friendly. When you look around, everyone is smiling. It’s such a great sight!
I highly recommend seeing them on this tour! You still have plenty of chances to see them!
Papadosio’s Upcoming Tour Dates
- 11/13 – Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC
- 11/14 – Chop Shop – Charlotte, NC
- 11/15 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
- 11/16 – Music Farm, Charlston, SC
- 11/29 – Bogart’s – Cincinatti, OH
- 11/30 – House of Blues Cleveland – Cleveland, OH
- 12/12 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
- 12/13 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- 12/14 – Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL
- `12/16 – Mayan Holidaze – Puerto Morelos, MX
- 12/20 – ” Earth Night ” – L.C. Pavillion – Columbus, OH
- 12/21 – ” Earth Night ” – L.C. Pavillion – Columbus, OH
- 12/27 – The National – Richmond, VA
- 12/28 – The Norva – Norfolk, VA
- 12/29 – Ziggy’s by the Sea – Wilmington, NC
- 12/30 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
- 12/31 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Papadosio is a band with a plan to change the world. They want their music to inspire people to break down their barriers in order to become engaged with the world around them. After seeing their show on September 27th in Chicago, I decided to capture the show’s vibe with a poem. Enjoy!
engage to escape
the curtains separate in a House of Sadness
the earth cries an ancient sound
a lullaby from the past
it clarifies a mature vision
a vision lacking maturity
these youth in their prime
locked in a state of ecstasy
their souls communicate so freely…
but this room’s arrangement is too easily comfortable
energy creeps up the walls
patiently awaiting the right moment to present itself
the organic sounds intensify
pulling at the strings that bind us
synthetically woven into society’s pattern
ruching the fabric, yet unraveling
until a thread is all that’s left
did you hear that?
can anyone else feel this?
I embark on a quest to escape
cautiously brake through restrictions
soak in the journey along the way
indulge in my past for comfort
growing up was a time of adversity
subjectively, the pain was real
but silenced by emotional impotence
a need for survival snuffed out my desire to evolve
there is a loneliness to this discovery
this hamster wheel is all I’ve ever known
if I become a refugee of my culture,
could I still feel love?
have I ever really felt love before?
my eyes widen
my fate is unsealed
I inhale my destiny
there is no room for apathy in responsibility,
it is a long enough word already
Summer Camp just keeps getting better and better! Yesterday was truly unbelievable! To start my day off, I had the amazing opportunity of announcing Moe’s first set of the weekend. It was such an honor to do it, and it was such an adrenaline rush. Moe killed it of course, that goes without saying. The set was crowded with scampers pumped up for Moe, and they sure delivered!!
The food at Summer Camp is great! Walking around, every 10 feet you smell different foods while walking around the vendors. Some of my personal favorites are the tacos, they freaking delicious. The subs are also bomb. I personally had the buffalo chicken sub more then once, and every person that sees me eating it asks what it is. Yum yum yum! I love festival food!
A highlight set yesterday was STS9. It was AWESOME! I don’t use this word often, but the set was ” epic “. I was blown away, and it’s getting me pumped for round 2 tonight in the barn. However, the other music I saw was nothing short of amazing. Yonder Mountain both day time and late night sets were sick. The Yonder barn set was extremely intimate, and even at 3 am, everyone had nothing but smiles.
I was also able to go on stage for Umphrey’s first set and it was a real cool experience. Scampers were eager to rage Umph, and their set was glorious! The sun was shining and it was a perfect time for their first set. To me, Umphrey’s is one of those bands that never lets me down. I have never seen a bad set by them, and they are truly all stars in the scene.
Some other honorable mentions that I got to see were Zoogma, Keller Williams, Big Gigantic, and Papadosio.
There’s still so much awesome music coming our way this weekend. It’s only Saturday, and there’s no stopping the Summer Camp party!
Camp Counselor Kyle
Summer 2012 Festival season in review
So what has ChickenHeadFan been up to since last Summer Camp Music Festival? Well, I was doing my normal thing, going to shows, taking pictures and videos to share with all of you. As we all know Summer Camp Music Festival is ChickenHeadFan’s true home! There is nothing he loves more than the 4 days he spends over Memorial Day weekend with all of you at Camp. This summer I did some branching out and I was lucky enough to go to four other music festivals and each one had many unique things that make them special. I like to keep the Summer Camp Spirit flowing all summer long and I figured trying out some new festivals was a great way to keep that spirit going! In this blog I will give you some highlights of each festival.
Bonnaroo was a great time. It was my first time going so I didn’t know exactly what to expect. The experience was a lot different than Summer Camp, but that can be expected as there are as many as 80,000+ people at Bonnaroo. We were lucky and accidentally found a back way in so we were in line for 2 hours instead of 6-8 so that was a positive right off the bat. We got in line around 2am and were not done setting up till 4am so that was an adventure. We had really great neighbors and even made good friends with one group and they are planning to visit in Chicago soon! It was a long walk over 1 mile to get to “Center-Roo,” where all the shows are, so you didn’t want to go back to camp very often. The food selection was amazing with vendors everywhere that were open all day and night. You could eat anything you wanted at anytime and you never had to walk far or wait long for food. We even bought some good ol’ Tennessee moonshine from one vendor! The bathrooms were also pretty awesome. I never once saw a port-a-john that was anywhere close to overflowing and they were always clean.
Musical Highlights: Radiohead, Phish, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Alice Cooper, Umphrey’s McGee. The first band we saw was Mariachi el Bronx. I had been looking forward to seeing them after learning about them a few months before. These punk rockers turned mariachi band (mariachi outfits included) put on a high energy show that was lot of fun. Radiohead and Phish were obvious highlights for me. It was my first time seeing Radiohead and what an epic show it was. They played all my favorite songs and their stage show with the video screens moving all over the stage was a cool touch. Rodrigo y Gabriella’s new record, Area 52, that they recorded with the band C.U.B.A. has been one of my favorite albums this summer. It was amazing to see them play such complex music so perfectly live. Alice Cooper was also awesome, but we were only able to catch the last half of his show. His stage show includes costumes, giant puppets, and a guillotine. I was excited to see more later in the summer when I was going to see him open for Iron Maiden. We caught a surprisingly fun set from Ludacris during the afternoon. The set struck memories of driving to school with my older brother when he played a montage of hits including my favorites “Ho” and “Southern Hospitality.” Umphrey’s also played the best set I have seen from them in 2012. They played from 2-6am with Big Gigantic taking over at set break for a half hour. They were only supposed to play till 4am but put on a full show instead. The set including a rocking version of “Thunderstruck” which was exactly what I needed to keep me going as the sun was rising.
Whippersnap Music Festival is one of the many smaller local festivals that happens in the northern Illinois region. Here you can check out a lot of the great bands you might hear at the Starshine, Camping, or Campfire Stages at Summer Camp. The festival was located in Lyran Park near Rockford, IL. The main stage was set on a hill so there was a “natural amphitheater” with a river as the backdrop. It was beautiful! As for food, my favorite Summer Camp vendor Minglewood Brick Oven Pizza was on-site so I was happy. The bathrooms at the festival were clean as well which makes festival life so much easier. Camping was very relaxed. There was plenty of space and there was no rush to find a place to set up camp. It is always a problem at larger festivals and can make the first couple hours a mad dash to get your preferred spot.
Musical Highlights: Family Groove Company, SPREAD, Old Shoe, The Funky Meters, and Digital Tape Machine. I also was only able to attend the Festival for Saturday and Sunday so I missed some great music, but was still able to catch some of my favorites. Family Groove played an awesome set that included a Beck cover and featured Joe Day from Old Shoe on vocals. I also woke up early Saturday to see SPREAD, a Summer Camp Battle-of-the-Bands contest winner the last 3 years, play a rocking set that included a Ween Cover, and some of their staples like “Deep Plunge” and “Feel my Heat.” I also got to catch a late afternoon set from Old Shoe. This was sadly the first time I have been able to catch a full set from these guys, and I was truly blown away! I have seen them twice since then, once at the Abbey Pub and once at Shoe Fest and they never cease to please.
Shoe Fest is put on by Old Shoe, hence the name. This festival was held in Manteno, IL at Camp Shaw-wa-na-see. This is another beautiful setting for a small festival. There were many families and children present and you can bring your furry family members too, pets are just as welcome here as anyone! You could pretty much camp anywhere so there was plenty of space for everyone. They actually had real bathrooms which was nice, but sometimes were out or order with a lot of people using them. Foodwise there were options but since my favorite, Minglewood Brick Oven Pizza was at the fest, I had to get my fix of delicious pizza and baked ravioli. They did have two local craft brewers on site which was awesome, but one other bonus was that you could bring your own alcohol anywhere at the festival including the stages, which helped keep the cost of going to a festival down.
Musical Highlights: Keller and the Keels, Ben Miller Band, Old Shoe, Jaik Willis. I missed Friday night because of my day job so, the Ben Miller Band was the first band to rock my world at Shoe Fest. They come from Joplin, MO and have a unique sound that blends bluegrass, blues, and mountain music with an occasional trombone thrown into the mix. Ben Miller provides acoustic guitar and vocals for the band, sometimes singing into a telephone converted into a microphone that gives his voice a distorted 50′s sound. Doug Dicharry plays drums, mandolin, electric washboard, trombone, and electric spoons. His strange mix of talents add to the spice that makes this band so unique. Scott Leeper plays a self-made washtub Bass for the band. This is no easy instrument requiring the player to provide the correct tension on the neck to play the right note, but Scott is an expert at it. The band played mix of covers that included “I wanna be Sedated” and “Helter Skeltar” and some originals like “Meth Mama” and “Get Right Church.” Keller and the Keels put on an amazing show. The talents of Larry and Jenny Keel compliment and add to the talents of one-man-band Keller Williams. They played a few Keller originals like “Goofballs” and “Crater in the Backyard” along with many of their bluegrass covers such as Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” Jaik Willis is the last person I caught at the festival before I left Sunday afternoon. This is sadly one of the first times I have been able to catch Jaik play, and it won’t be my last. This man is über talented. He not only is one of the best guitar players in Chicago, or anywhere for that matter, he has a voice of gold, and he beat boxes! He holds a special connection with the crowd and has the rare qualities that make up a great solo performer. Shoe Fest was a great time and it felt like home. I cannot wait to go back next year!
North Coast Music Festival is practically in my backyard. We probably walked less to get from my house to North Coast than when we walked from our camp to the shows at Bonnaroo. I had a great time at North Coast, but since it is not a camping festival it has a completely different vibe, and the lineup, consisting of mostly DJ’s and electronic groups, draws a younger and slightly different crowd than most festivals I go to. North Coast usually gets a couple big headliners and fills in the line-up with smaller acts. Although it can be a really great place to find a great smaller band, there are a lot of performers there that I’m just not interested in. The late night shows usually make up for the sometimes lackluster line-up.
Musical Higlights: EOTO, STS9, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Papadosio. The first show I saw was EOTO. I always enjoy seeing them because I can hardly believe two guys can make all those weird noises, and with real instruments too. I was able to catch Papadosio for my second time at one of the smaller stages. They put on a good show as always. STS9 is always a highlight anytime I see them, and between their headlining spot at the festival and their after party show at the House of Blues they played every song I wanted to hear including some of my favorites “Unquestionable Supremecy of Nature” “Evasive Maneuvers”, and “Inspire Stikes Back.” Unfortunately, due to restrictions put on the festival, STS9 got their sound cut when their last song went few seconds past the 10pm cutoff. The second day at the festival the weather was unpredictable and I had to miss out on Family Groove Company’s main stage performance because the festival had a no re-entry policy. I saw Strange Arrangement at one of the smaller stages at the festival where I saw some of the best shows. I was able to catch Atmostphere and Future Rock before the nights headliner and one of my favorites, Umphrey’s McGee. This was their second year headlining the festival after playing the inaugural North Coast Fest 2 years ago. I went to the STS9 after party at the House of Blues because STS9 only comes to Chicago so often so you have to see them when you can. Sunday I got a late start but I as able to see Digital Tape Machine and Big Boi from Outkast perform. Big Boi was a fun experience, and someone who I typically might not see, he played “Sorry Ms. Jackson” and “Hey Ya” , so it was a pretty good time. The real highlight of the night was seeing Umphrey’s play at the Congress Theater, which is the only major theater I have not seen them perform at in Chicago. The show was rocking, and included a cover of Toto’s “Rosanna” and teases of “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Bulls on Parade.” North Coast Music Festival always ends up being a great time, but the after party shows always seem to be the best part for me.
So that is pretty much the story of my festival season this year. I had a great time but you know I was busy catching shows in between each music festival as well! What kind of shows you ask? Well to find out you will have to wait for my next blog post that will be Coming Soon!
Photo Credit – Andrew Feigl for both Bonnaroo photos
Photo credit – Adam Alexander for Chickenheadfan North Coast photo
The weekend of August 26th and 27th was a good one for SCAMP fans in Denver. With Papadosio on Friday night and This Must Be The Band on Saturday night, it was sure to be a nice reminder of what we all look forward to in May…
Friday night at the Bluebird was host to a Papadosio show. Even though these guys are from Indiana it sure seemed to be a hometown kind of feel. If Denver isn’t their second home, it seems like it should be. I’m not positive but I think they sold out the venue, which I believe is 550 tickets, a great showing, for any band. The best part of the large crowd though was that they were all really into what was going on up on the stage. Papadosio still looks to be a really young band, and they are, but boy are they starting to figure it out. With a great mix of new technology and old school dance music, Papadosio brings a party to every city they play. Great bass lines, cool vocals, solid guitar work and a machine for a drummer all keep this band going strong. If you missed them at SCAMP check them out in a city near you soon. If not, make sure to see them in May. This band is one that is on the rise, already selling out venues like the bluebird, they are bound to make some magic happen.
Saturday was no slouch of a night either. With This Must Be The Band in town, I was super pumped to get my Talking Heads dancing requirement in for the month…oh, you don’t have a Talking Heads Dance Req? You should…just sayin…
Anyway, I got to the venue as the notes of the first song, Makin’ Flippy Floppy, were ending. Every time I see this band I am blown away by their dedication. To learn the Heads music so well and perform it in a way that gets everyone in the crowd live is a very special thing. Of course we got all the classics…Punches, Flippy Floppy, Life During Wartime, Cities…It was phenomenal.
I got a chance to catch up with the band at set break and see how everything is going. I went to school with the front man, his name is Charlie Otto and if you haven’t had a chance to meet him, head down to Martyr’s and grab a beer from him where he is also one hell of a bartender. From everything I can gather, Charlie and the rest of his band mates were stoked on the turnout at Cervantes…Considering that this was their first trip to Colorado, the 500-700 people I estimate were in there is a wonderful turnout. Really, this band is just happy to be playing music. Of course everyone is trying to “make it” and in a certain sense, these guys have. Kasey Foster, the beautiful leading lady of the band said it was her first time with a rider so she decided to throw in a bottle of wine which she enjoyed at set break…not the whole bottle, but a glass…Which is another really cool thing about the band. They were not there to get wasted. With a focus on providing a great show, This Must Be The Band achieves that and more.
Hopefully SCAMP brings them back because their impromptu set in the tent last year was G’NICE…If you didn’t catch it I assume they’ll be playing somewhere in the Chicago land area soon. Don’t miss them!