Baltimore funkers, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, teamed up with Buffalo’s pride and joy, Aqueous on March 30th and left The Haunt in Ithaca a drippy puddle of melted funky ooze. Each of these bands are enjoying the scenery of higher rungs as they move up the professional ladder.
Aqueous are getting all the key opening slots and all the national notice they deserve. These days, if they aren’t headlining the show they are opening for a huge act. They played a steamer of a set to a packed house that included a great cover of Grateful Dead’s “Bertha.”
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is another band that is reaching loftier heights, day after day, and for good reason. Everytime I see this band I am blown away. Just when you think they are perfectly good enough to keep you for a lifetime and they couldn’t get any better, they peel another layer of your face back like an onion. I cannot express how good these guys are getting. March 30th in Ithaca, every song seemed like a 15 or 20 minute funk oddysey. It might have had something to do with the “Burning Up My Time” > “J-Town” > “Black Dog” > “Burning Up My Time” > “Offshoot” run they had nestled in the middle. “Offshoot” is a monster instrumental full of improv, and my favorite cut off of their brand new live EP, The Great Outdoors Jam. They truly melted the room’s collective face off. Right down to the the last drop of the last song, “The Liquid.” Ah, the liquid!
Festival season is right around the corner and Pigeons have a busy summer. If you see their name on the schedule of a festival you are attending, do yourself a solid and don’t miss a single second! Be on the lookout for a new studio album this Fall and grab yourself a copy of The Great Outdoors Jam EP to hold you over.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Setlist: Porcupine, Live Life > Upfunk, Burning Up My Time > J-Town^ > Black Dog > Burning Up My Time > Offshoot, Henrietta, Spacejam > The Hop > F.U., Whoopie, Cliffs *, Horizon
Encore: Totally, The Liquid
* w/ Dave Loss (Aqueous) on guitar
Aqueous Setlist: Random Company > Strange Times, Bertha > Marty, Second Sight
Author: George DiFabio
Photography: Jerrie DiFabio