Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will make a stop in Atlanta, GA on for a two-night Halloween-themed run over Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd for performances at Variety Playhouse. This two-night performance is part of the band’s four-night Halloween run, which kicks off on Halloween proper in Richmond, VA. Ever since their early inception, the band has constantly challenged themselves musically with their Halloween-themed shows, complete with costumes and creative music mashups. This year’s theme will be announced later this week.
Blending infectious funk grooves, psychedelic jams, and experimental electronics, the Baltimore four-piece’s latest album is a buoyant, blissful reminder of just how much fun music can be. Eschewing the traditional funk band lineup that typically includes keyboards, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong constructs effervescent soundscapes with just two guitars, bass, and drums, crafting their music with a sophisticated ear for both open space and dense layering.
“We pour every ounce of ourselves into every note when we perform live,” says Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s frontman Greg Ormont. “When we’re recording in the studio, we try to maintain that euphoria while finding a way to pack it into a tight, focused vessel. Each song becomes like a spring-loaded can of worms: there’s all this energy boxed up in a neat little package, and then when you come see us live, the cap comes off and the contents fly out in every direction like fireworks.”
While the new album is certainly a “creative advancement” (Billboard) for the group, this band is known for their road-tested live performances. This summer alone, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong made debuts at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, as well as Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre to crowds in the thousands. Whether it be an original tune from one of their four records, an inventive cover of a song from the Disney catalog or an hour-long completely improvised set, there’s no saying what the quartet will bust out when they take the stage. For more information about tickets click here.