Papadosio has had an impressive summer, playing Bonnaroo in June and showing no signs of slowing down. With a tour and new EP on the way, Papadosio enthralled hometown fans as they kicked things off for LEAF Downtown last Friday.
The night started with a wonderful opening set by Push/Pull Strikes Brass. The horn section added a unique New Orleans flair to Push/Pull’s typical down tempo and trip-hop vibe. This was a welcome change of pace as the group got Papadosio’s crowd moving and ready for the headlining set to come. Unfortunately, the opening set was cut short by rain as it began to fall on Push/Pull’s equipment.
While the crowd eagerly awaited the band’s opening notes, Billy Brouse looked at the overcast clouds questionably, then immediately started dancing on stage to Aretha Franklin’s “We Are Family” as bubbles floated over the crowd and all in attendance joined in on the dance party.
Papadosio’s set began with a brief statement from Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director at LEAF, mentioning the band’s well-known love, intention, and passion for the arts and the colorful community that follows them. Papadosio then broke into “Lack of Everything”, slowing the crowd down and allowing everyone to take a second to appreciate every aspect of the night and the town that Papadosio has begun to call home. The crowd rejoiced as Anthony tore into his first guitar solo of the show, picking up the energy and foreshadowing the night to come.
“Find Your Cloud” was met with cheers as the band delved deeper into their set. Known for being a crowd favorite, busting this song out early gave fans a lot to look forward to. The band flawlessly built crescendos, flowing in and out of soaring jams.
Rob McConnell’s bass guided the band into “Garden”, a classic Papadosio song, which was quite fitting considering the rain. “The Bionic Man Meets His Past” gave the setlist elements from “T.E.T.I.O.S.”, while also perfectly complimenting Papadosio’s infinite crescendos, building slowly from their piano melodies and eventually leading into the uplifting finale. Looking around the crowd you could see smiles and warm embraces, ending the illusion of separation exactly as Papadosio desired.
The band flowed perfectly, embracing the festival-like atmosphere. The Brouse brothers worked in harmony, allowing the keys to compliment every aspect of the band’s music. McConnell’s throbbing bass kept everyone moving to Mike Healy’s impeccably timed drum beats.
Anthony was accompanied by a modular set up, similar to the one featured in their EP promo video. This allowed fans to get a glimpse of the new style the band has recently decided to venture into. The last song of the night was from their new EP, Pattern Integrities, giving Asheville the first taste of their new live show which will be brought later this summer.
Papadosio: New Mountain – Asheville, NC July 29, 2016
- Lack Of Everything >
- Find Your Cloud 1/2 >
- Garden ][
- Direction Song
- The Plug
- The Wrong Nostalgia
- And This Is What He Thought >
- Bionic Man XL
- Cloud Found
- Find Your Cloud 2/2