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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Melting Lights Festival with the Motets
10-20-2017 @ the Catalyst Atrium /em>
Santa Cruz, California
Photos by Jeff Longo

The faithful flocked to Santa Cruz Saturday night for a rare West Coast appearance by electro-funk rock band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong for the Melting Lights Festival at the Catalyst Atrium. Sharing the bill with fellow funksters the Motet with both playing full non-overlapping sets that featured over 5 hours of nonstop music. Following a hectic summer schedule, Playing Ping Pong’s Fall Tour 2017 comes in support of their latest studio album, Pizazz, which was officially released on the day of the show. For all things PPP including tour dates check them out here.

I first discovered PPPP playing an afternoon set at the Lockn Festival in August that was amazing, but after their two-hour high energy dance party at Catalyst I officially joined the “flock.” An extended psychedelic instrumental served as a nice opener as the crowd filled the room. Rhythm guitarist/vocalist Greg Ormont took it up a notch launching into anthem rocker “Melting Lights” from their 2014 release ‘Psychology,’ a great song with a catchy chorus that had the whole place singing, “Melting lights off the wall I think I’m losing my mind ya’ll.”

Lead guitarist Jeremy Schon shined throughout the evening especially on the new track “Henrietta,” off their new album Pizazz (2017), leading several soaring jams to satisfying peaks. Bassist Ben Carrey laid down thick bouncing grooves in perfect sync with drummer Alex Petropulos’ danceable beats throughout the set including a down and dirty reading of Funky Town>Brickhouse that almost burned the joint down. This band is all fun and always on tour, check them out now.

Setlist Oct 20th Santa Cruz, Ca
Havana >
Melting Lights >
J-Town > Moonwalk > J-Town
Henrietta
Live It Up
Fade Fast
Funk E Zekiel > Drums > Funk E Zekiel
Pop Off
Landing > Jam > Funky House
Zydeko
Spacejam > The Hop > F.U.

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong new album PIZAZZ’ IS OUT NOW!! You can listen to ‘Pizazz’ on all streaming platforms now (links below) or snag a physical CD + Vinyl at their new online store.
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2yvnWVm
iTunes: http://apple.co/2zplblb
Amazon Music: http://amzn.to/2yACfp7
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2yDNuP
Merch Store: http://bit.ly/2gUuB1
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