By Ryan Timmons
Papadosio has graced the scene with their melodically master-craft of funky jamtronica for many years. Seemingly endlessly touring shows across the country or supporting music festivals all across the width and breath of the North American continent, their presence is as much a staple as the camaraderie and joy of shows and festivals themselves. Plundering onward into an ever-evolving sea of musical melodies, delving ever deeper into the expansion of creativity that fuels the scene; Papadosio is certainly bringing out “the big guns” on The Future Forest Tour.
On February 2nd, Papadosio’s psychedelic jamtronica wagon made their stop in Chicago at the House Of Blues. With supporting act Dopapod opening up, the stage was set for the patrons to take a metaphysical journey into the innermost sanctums of the mind. With the stage set, the crowd present, and the music blaring through the speakers; all systems were go for launch.
The House of Blues, as always, was a fantastic choice of venue. Beaming with artistic resonance, a friendly and helpful staff, non abrasive security, a premium sound system, and incredible vibes. Shows at the House of Blues have always been events of the absolute highest quality. In every nook and cranny of the venue one can feel the energy flowing through every crevasse of its structure. Beautifully sculpted woodwork permeates the entire venue, adorned with gold leaf and jutting structures. On the floor during shows, you can feel the venue itself heaving with excitement.
Dopapod took the stage to light the engines. Bringing their signature sludgey sounding technical livetronica, the act got the crowd moving in a frenzy throughout their set. Every dancing foot in the building was moving to the beats and it was easy for one to become lost in the ever rocking stew of original music. Their sound was as evolved as it was complex, and the crowd ate it up in a frenzied dance of joy.
Almost as soon as it began, their set was over. The saying of “time flies when you’re having fun” truly took its place. In between the sets, the crowd meandered about and the many social circles seemed to blend in with each other. It seemed like everywhere one looked that either new connections were made, or old friends were reunited.
The time had come for Papadosio to take the stage. With blistering precision, they quickly fired off the engines and pulled all the stops. Almost instantly, the crowd took to dancing as if it were a school of fish in the sea. Ever flowing from the musical genius of these artists, the originality and creativity of their music launched from the speakers and into the great sea of people.
Masterfully playing through their set, one became everything and all altogether vicariously through the music. The projected visualizer behind the band flittered with images of nature and psychedelic visions in tandem with Papadosio’s music. The lighting was bright and colorful, and not one bit of the production seemed to miss a beat. Working in perfect tandem, everything came together to make this show an incredibly valuable experience. To those of us who have been a part of this scene for a while, shows like this are testament to what we seek in live entertainment. The future for this scene is as bright as its history is steeped in color. Thanks to Silver Wrapper for yet another beautiful night in the windy city. Well played, and Ray John!
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