Music | Umphrey's McGee | Red Rocks Amphitheater | July 3rd | Recap

Umphrey's McGee at Red Rocks (Photo Credit: Blake Gavaldon)

As Independence Day weekend shifted into gear, Friday belonged to Umphrey’s McGee who brought their The London Sessions Tour to Red Rocks. The atmosphere outside was electric: the lots quickly filled, the sound systems started playing from the vehicles, all while lot-parties found their groove well before the show.

UM (Photo Credit: Blake Gavaldon)

Umphrey's McGee got the Fourth of July weekend started at Red Rocks (Photo Credit: Blake Gavaldon)

Once inside, I found myself dancing away to the polished sounds of Papadosio (I unfortunately missed TAUK).  Papadosio was a great choice for opener and really energized the crowd, but left enough room for UM to put on a strong show – a sign of a well-seasoned group. UM started by covering “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and drove straight into “Puppet String,” which eventually closed the night as well. UM’s first set shined during “Mulche’s Odyssey > Higgins > Mulche’s Odyssey” and “Pay the Snucka” medley. The second set opened with “Ringo” and then UM slipped right into a superb cover of Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” before sliding back into “Ringo.”  

The most exciting moment, however, was the announcement of a four night run at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium December 30th, 31st, and January 2nd.  January 1st is still a mystery – stay tuned and get ready, Denver.

-Blake Gavaldon (Special Contributor)

Set List (from
Set 1: In the Hall of the Mountain King | Puppet String | 2nd Self, Go to Hell | Mulche’s Odyssey | Higgins | Mulche’s Odyssey, No Diablo, Pay the Snucka | Rocker Part 2 | The Pequod | Pay the Snucka
Set 2: Ringo | Shine on You Crazy Diamond | Ringo, Bad Friday, Divisions | Believe the Lie  | Divisions, NYE Announcement | Encore: The Triple Wide | Puppet String 

Umphrey's McGee Photo Slide Show (Photo Credit:Blake Gavaldon)

Art Outside | Our Ideal Schedule

We covered Texas' upcoming 10th Annual Art Outside last week, and we're now onto the planning phase and creating our ideal schedule for the festival this weekend, October 24-26. The lineup is jam-packed from Friday through Sunday nights, from early in the day till....sunrise. And there's three stages, spreading the talent across the venue, along the river, and beneath the aforementioned pecan trees. 

There's always, of course, the fun of discovering new artists, but here's our for-certain list of artists we cannot wait to see next weekend (and the guaranteed crowds we'll be stealthily moving and sweating among):

Friday (10/24)

We're going to begin our day with Tauk at 5 p.m. Friday, who just announced a New Year's show with Disco Biscuits. We already loved Tauk, but you cannot go wrong with any Disco Biscuit endorsement! We're going to move onto the Malah, then to the Dome Stage for Austin's very own Brede (Jesse Brede—producer and founder of Gravitas Recordings). Next up: the Jumpsuit Records' trifecta of saQi, Wildlight, and The Polish Ambassador to really get the dance party going. The rest of the evening? Quixotic -> Little People -> The Motet -> Orchard Lounge. And, if we're still awake (we damn well better be), we're going to watch The Human Experience bring in the jams with the sunrise from 6:30-8 a.m. Saturday morning. Then it's gonna be nap time to prep for Saturday night.

Saturday (10/25)

It may be ambitious (if we bring in the morning with The Human Experience), but we'd like to begin our day with Zach Deputy for his funky one-man goodness. If our day begins in the afternoon instead, we'll begin with Toubab Krewe, followed by Pumpkin, Marco Benevento, Random Rab, Austin's Sorne, Fort Knox Five, and Phutureprimitive. From there, it's a toss up between Conspirator and Psymbionic. Austin-based folks should take the Conspirator route since Psymbionic throws weekly dance parties at local Barcelona. And on that note, Conspirator just knows how to jam. Next up is Golden Dawn Arkestra for a trippy, vibrant, intense performance that'll lead us even farther into the night, err, morning. But the party isn't over, because we have an epic 4-8 a.m. in store: Thriftworks -> Kaminanda -> D.V.S. -> and, lastly, Desert Dwellers. Good morning!

Sunday (10/26)

Sunday has fewer musical acts on the roster, but after two all-nighters, we'll need to slow down and easy into the last day of the festival that, good for us (because we'd keep going otherwise), ends at midnight. We'll likely begin the day with Mingo Fishtrap, followed by Orgone. It's a tough call between Lynx and Nth Power. We'll make this determination based on our mood. If we're feeling sultry and soulish and sway-y, we'll head the Lynx direction; if we're back in jam mode, Nth Power it'll be. From there, there's only one direction to go for us: Blue Sky Black Death -> Emancipator -> and Papadosio closing out the fest. Then, perhaps, sleep? We shall see...

Woo, that is a lot of DAMN GOOD music for just three nights—the best thing is, as we mentioned in our earlier post, this is a boutique, intimate, colorful, art-infused fest in a very beautiful, natural Texas setting along the river. Art installations, drum circles, yoga workshops, pecan trees, swing bridges, and a stellar (pardon my French) f'ing lineup await you. What are you waiting for? 

Get your tickets here, kitties. We'll see you dancin' under those Texas stars, backdropped by the best of the best in the electro-jam world. 

By Ashley M. Halligan

Papadosio at The Bluebird Theater August 27, 2011: Review


Kyle Risner

Being that it had been over a week since the newest members of Ultra5280 had visited the Bluebird Theater in Denver, we figured that it would be time to pay another visit. Friday night offered up the opportunity to dance away the stress from the week with the smooth dance sounds from the five-piece group known as Papadosio from North Carolina.

Papodosio (photo credit Laura Millerick)

Damn Right come on soon after and it was then that those in attendance started moving their feet to the progressive electric music they were pumping out. There aren’t many shows that I go to where I truly enjoy the openers, but this was one of them. They did exactly what they should have; set a tone, get people loosened up, and garner interest in them as a band.

Papadosio at The Bluebird Theater (photo credit Laura Millerick)

The thing that I love most about small venues, especially the Bluebird is the proximity to the bands that play the stage. Being that close you could really see the emotion each band members faces. They are in the business for the true love of playing the music that they themselves want to listen to. That kind of passion is showcased through their music and flows right into the swaying audience.

The night continued flawlessly as Papadosio rolled through a near 2 1/2-hour set that surprising left me asking for more. Papadosio is currently on their Colorado 2011 tour and after playing in Bond, CO, have one more stop in Aspen on the 30th of August before heading back east.