Boston-based musical quartet Dopapod is more than just an up-and-coming, genre-bending hippie
group. The talented young musicians "aren't just a jam band, more so a band that improvises." The members that make up this
musical experience strive to combine fundamental elements of the greatest musical stylings into a sound that stands out on
its own. As RVA magazine has explained it, "They are an electric band without computers. They are a metal band with groove
and soul. They are a jazz band with less wine and more acid. They are what would happen if Zappa, Yes, Deadmau5 and The Meters
all sat down for a cup of coffee." The thoughtful and deliberate compilations of Dopapod bring you a fulfilling and aurally
pleasing finished product, and craving for more. And, that is just the reason that in the past three years, Dopapod has cultivated
such a huge and dedicated fan base. So, get up and shake down with the progressive band, Dopapod, at some of these top-notch
venues: House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio; Broome County Forum in Binghamton, New York; Kirby Center in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania;
State Theatre in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Terminal West in Atlanta, Georgia.
of the band name itself reflects the bandmates' unique and random persona. "We threw a bunch of Scrabble letters out onto
the board, and that's what we came up with," former drummer Neal Evans explained to Live High Five. Although Dopapod has been
touring nationally for the last three years, playing more than 150 shows per year, they have absolutely no plans on slowing
down or letting up. Dopapod has lent their musical mastery to the most well-known festivals on the scene these days, including
Rootwire, Gathering Of The Vibes, Burning Man, Strangecreek, Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Bear Creek, Camp Bisco and The Big Up.
They have additionally worked with the members of such outfits like Soulive, Phish, Morphene and G. Love and Special Sauce.
The members of Dopapod consist of Eli Winderman (keyboards); Chuck James (bass); Scotty Zwang (drums); Rob Compa (guitar);
and Luke Stratton (sounds and lights). And, in case you're wondering, sounds and lighting IS that important to these performers.
Having attended the esteemed Berkeley College of Music, it is no wonder that these guys focus on more than just a cool sound.
But it wasn't until their most recent record that they added vocals. They were previously a strictly instrumental band. However,
not a band to stay in their comfort zone, they mixed it up on the 2012 release, Redivider, to much acclaim from fans and critics
Dopapod's growing discography consists of Radar (2009); I Saw Live Dopapod, Evil
Was I (2011); Drawn Onward (2012); and their newest release, Redivider (2012).
is clearly not a group to follow the protocol of fellow artists. Rather than record in a stuffy studio, they brought the studio
to them. They cut their latest album at Tyrone Farm in Pomfret, Connecticut, a secluded and completely solar-powered farm.
Dopapod Concert Experience
If you're up for a good time with some fun-loving hula-hooping music fanatics, then
go, now, grab some glow sticks and head to the nearest Dopapod show. The experience can be assimilated to experiencing The
Grateful Dead jam with Primus during a killer Pink Floyd laser show. No aspect of a Dopapod show is left ignored. The concert
aesthetics are almost as important as the music itself, showcasing Dopapod's desire to deliver on all fronts.They are definitely
some professionals. The communication between the bandmates is pure magic - they have the ability to transition smoothly from
the structure of a studio song and lead into a funky instrumental piece fluidly. That is not an easy feat by any means, even
for the most seasoned of performers. And keep a sharp ear; these guys are known for throwing in some well-known and nostalgic
tunes and theme songs that most of us grew up with. At the recent Aug. 9 show at The Camel, they played pieces of the themes
from 90s television cartoons Doug and Rugrats, as well as excerpts from Mary Had A Little Lamb. Dopapod's ability to involve
the crowd makes the audience feel as a part of the show as the band itself, as they love to and are known for, their banter
with audience members. Due to their genre-bending sound, the fans themselves are as unique and characteristic as the band
themselves. So, even if you're a metalhead with a weakness for the synthesizer or a hipster that just wants to dance, it's
fine. They won't judge you. But they may pull you onto the stage. So, if you're in need to venture out and ready to expand
your musical horizons (and, of course, get your groove on), hop on StubHub right now before tickets to the energetic, experimental
Dopapod pass you by!