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Jam Central Station 11.09.13: Dopapod - 10.31.13 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
Posted by Jeff Modzelewski on 11.09.2013

Hey everyone! Hope you're enjoying this lovely fall weather. Of course if you're in a warmer climate than Ohio, it probably hasn't gotten too chilly for you yet. Of course you don't get the fall colors, the hot cider, or all the other stuff that comes with a real fall, so I guess it even out in the end. Anyways, as I mentioned last week, I got a chance to catch Dopapod on Halloween here in Cleveland, so I figured I'd let all of you know how it was!

I've seen plenty of bands this year, but I spent the better part of the summer barely missing Dopapod. Couldn't catch them at Electric Forest, and then just never had another opportunity despite the fact that they're in this area on a regular basis. While I'm not big into the live electronic scene, Dopapod isn't your typical live electronic band, and I've been enjoying their music for quite a while. So when I found out that, not only where they returning to Cleveland, they were coming on Halloween, I knew that there was no way I was going to skip the show. Add that to the fact that they were playing with Aliver Hall and Gypsydaze, a pair of top notch local bands, and I was ready to go for the night.

I got to the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights right about the time Gypsydaze took the stage. It was unfortunate that the crowd was still rather sparse, since the band always puts on a good show. They're a solid funky 3 piece with an original sound. You can hear a variety of influences in their music, but at their core they're a funk/rock band that's unafraid to take chances or go off in different directions. They jammed for nearly an hour while the crowd filled in, a good way to start the show.

Akron's Aliver Hall followed, jamming for over an hour as the Grog Shop really started to fill up. These guys have been getting some recognition over the past couple of years, and deservedly so. Their a little more of a traditional rock jam band, but they brought in plenty of fans for the night and fit in with the other bands. They went through over an hour of jams and kept things moving nicely for the crowd. Aliver Hall is one of the bands set to really come out of Ohio over the next few years, and it'll be interesting to see how far they can go. With their solid songwriting and great chemistry, it's easy to see why they've been bringing in new fans.

Dopapod of course was the highlight of the night. Their mix of rock, electronic, funk, and jam is both unique and exciting. They have a great mix of songs to keep the audience on their toes, and they definitely don't do the same thing twice. Everyone in the band is extremely talented, and they play off each other with no issues. Throughout the night the band moved through their different styles seamlessly, giving each member the opportunity to flesh out the groove or lead the band into a different direction. Keyboardist Eli Winderman provided the effects that give the band their "electronic" element, and guitarist Rob Compa's riffs that moved from funky whaa-pedal to straight hard rock provided plenty of energy.

The band didn't go over the top with any Halloween antics, but two of the members did wear Spartan Cheerleader costumes in reference to the classic Saturday Night Live bit, and the band dove into a run of Muse covers mid-set. Throughout the set the did a great job of mixing in their different styles and genres and adding their unique live electronic sound into everything. This kept the near capacity crowd dancing and moving throughout the night.

I also have to say quickly that the band fit very well in the venue. The Grog Shop is not a very large club, but it fit the band perfectly. Any smaller and the show would've been sold out and people would've missed out on a Halloween party. However, if they had gone with a larger venue it wouldn't have had the same big-show, packed in feel. Add to that the fact that the sound was excellent and the drink prices were fairly reasonable, and it all made for a great night. My only complaint with the Grog Shop is the fact that it's tough to get to, very far away from the highway, and you have to drive through some pretty rough areas to get there.

Overall, I was very happy that Cleveland not only got a solid Halloween show, but that the city showed up for a great night and the bands all turned in solid performances. It didn't have the same "once in a lifetime" feel as a Phish, Umphrey's, Cheese, or Gov't Mule Halloween show, but it was a great way to party for the night. Dopapod is definitely on the rise and is on their way to being at the same level as a band like Lotus. The two openers showed some of the best in music from the Northeast Ohio region, and Aliver Hall is probably on their way to getting on national festivals in the next few years. I'm looking forward to seeing all of these bands again, and hopefully Cleveland will get another great Halloween show next year.

Summer Camp 2014
Summer Camp will return to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL next year. The event will take place May 23-25, 2014, with 5/22 being the earlybird day. Once again Umphrey's McGee and moe. will each play three days and likely 5 sets.

Phil Lesh announces 2014 plans
Phil Lesh will be playing plenty of shows in 2014, but he won't be touring much. He announced a deal for up to 30 shows at the Capitol Theatre. The deal also includes multiple-night runs at a variety of other venues. Lesh is also confirmed to perform at the 2nd annual Lockin' Festival, though no word yet if this will be a multi-night run.

STS9 Winter Dates
STS9 will be on the road from the end of January through most of February. They announced a run of shows that will take them throughout a good portion of the country.

January 23 San Diego, CA — House of Blues
January 24 Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Palladium
January 25 Oakland, CA — Fox Theatre
January 26 Tahoe, CA — Hotbleu Ballroom
January 28 Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot
January 29 Aspen, CO — Belly Up
January 30 Aspen, CO — Belly Up
January 31 Denver, CO — Fillmore Auditorium
February 1 Denver, CO — Fillmore Auditorium
February 4 Lincoln, NE — Bourbon Theater
February 5 Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue
February 6 Des Moines, IA — Hoyt Sherman Theatre
February 7 Milwaukee, WI — Riverside Theatre
February 8 Chicago, IL — Aragon Ballroom
February 9 Grand Rapids, MI — Orbit Room
February 11 Buffalo, NY — Town Ballroom
February 13 Portland, ME — State Theatre
February 14 Providence, RI — Lupo's
February 15 Port Chester, NY — Capitol Theatre
February 16 Port Chester, NY — Capitol Theatre
February 19 Washington, DC — 9:30 Club
February 20 Norfolk, VA — The Norva
February 21 Asheville, NC — Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
February 22 Knoxville, TN — Tennessee Theatre

Umphrey's McGee confirm more dates
Umphrey's McGee confirmed additional dates for their winter tour, with dates no running through nearly the end of March. Many of the stops are multi-day stops at some well known locations for the band.

January 30 Knoxville, TN—Tennessee Theatre
January 31 Columbus, OH—LC Pavilion
February 1 Detroit, MI—The Fillmore (w/The Werks)
February 6 Clifton Park, NY—Upstate Concert Hall
February 7 Providence, RI—Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel (w/Kung Fu)
February 8 Syracuse, NY—F Shed at the Market (w/Kung Fu)
February 9 Rochester, NY—Harro East Ballroom
February 13 Norfolk, VA—The Norva (w/Moon Taxi)
February 14 Asheville, NC—Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (w/Moon Taxi)
February 15 Silver Spring, MD—The Fillmore (w/Moon Taxi)
February 16 Silver Spring, MD—The Fillmore
February 20 Chicago, IL—Riviera Theatre
February 21 Chicago, IL—Riviera Theatre
February 22 Chicago, IL—Riviera Theatre
March 5 Missoula, MT—Wilma Theater
March 6 Seattle, WA—Neptune Theatre
March 7 Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom
March 8 Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
March 12 Ashland, OR—Ashland Armory
March 13 Sacramento, CA—Ace of Spades
March 14 San Diego, CA—House of Blues
March 15 Los Angeles, CA—The Wiltern
March 20 Salt Lake City, UT—The Depot
March 21 Las Vegas, NV—Hard Rock Live
March 22 Tempe, AZ—The Marquee Theatre

Yonder Mountain String Band to tour without Jeff Austin
Yonder Mountain String Band will be going on the road this winter without Jeff Austin. Austin is expecting the arrival of a new baby in January, and the band will be hitting the road without him. Look for plenty of guest appearances from openers The Travelin' McCoury's to fill in for this run.

January 22 Lexington, KY—Buster's (with The Travelin' McCourys)
January 23 Covington, KY—Madison Theater (with The Travelin' McCourys)
January 24 Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Works (with The Travelin' McCourys)
January 25 Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle (with The Travelin' McCourys)
January 29 Pensacola, FL—Vinyl Music Hall (with The Travelin' McCourys)
January 30 Jacksonville, FL—Freebird Live (with The Travelin' McCourys)
January 31 Fort Lauderdale, FL—Revolution (with The Travelin' McCourys)
February 1 St. Petersburg, FL—Jannus Live (with The Travelin' McCourys)
February 5 Charleston, SC—Music Farm (with The Travelin' McCourys)
February 6 Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel (with The Travelin' McCourys)
February 7 Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel (with The Travelin' McCourys)
February 8 Knoxville, TN—The Tennessee Theatre
February 11 Charlottesville, VA—The Jefferson Theater (with The Travelin' McCourys)
February 13 Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue
February 14 Columbus, OH—LC Pavilion
February 15 Madison, WI—The Orpheum Theater
February 16 Urbana, IL—Canopy Club (with The Travelin' McCourys)

The Wood Brothers to tour
The Wood Brotehrs will continue to tour well into 2014. Along with their dates opening for the Zac Brown Band they have scheduled headlining performances that will take them into March.

December 5 Steamboat Springs, CO – Chief Theatre
December 6 Boulder, CO – The Fox Theatre
December 7 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
December 8 Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
December 10 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
December 11 Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
December 12 Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar
December 13 San Antonio, TX – Sam's Burger Joint
December 14 Austin, TX – The Parish
December 15 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald's Upstairs
December 27 Memphis, TN – FedEx Arena *
December 28 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center *
December 29 Evansville, IN – The Ford Center *
December 31 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena *
January 30 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
January 31 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
February 1 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
February 3 Santa Cruz, CA – The Rio
February 4 Petaluma, CA – McNears Mystic Theatre
February 5 Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews
February 6 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
February 7 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
February 8 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
February 20 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
February 21 Philadelphia, PA – Prince Music Theatre
February 23 Albany, NY – The Egg
February 25 Toronto, Canada – The Drake Hotel
February 26 Geneva, NY – Club 86 Party House
February 27 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
February 28 Somerville, MA – Somerville Theatre
March 1 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
March 2 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
(*) in support of Zac Brown Band

Bear Creek Music Festival
November 14-17, 2013
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: The Roots, Bootsy Collins, Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Lettuce, The New Mastersounds, Zach Deputy, Toubab Krewe, The Motet, Break Science, and many others.

Strings & Sol
December 11-15, 2013
Puerto Morales, Mexico
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Keller & The McCoury's, and Greensky Bluegrass

Warren Haynes' Christmas Jam
December 13-14, 2013
US Cellular Center
Asheville, NC
Performers include: Gov't Mule, Phil Lesh Quintet, Aquarium Rescue Unit, michael Franti, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Keb Mo, OAR, and The John Scofield Uberjam Band.

Mayan Holidaze
December 16-20, 2013
Puerto Morales, Mexico
The event will feature three shows each from Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits, and STS9, and will also feature Big Gigantic, Papadosio, Cherub, Orchard Lounge, and DrFameus.

Earth Night
December 20-21, 2013
Papadosio will headline both nights. Other artists include: Ott & The All Seeing I, Hundred Waters, Shigeto, and The Main Squeeze.

Jam Cruise
January 4-9, 2014
Miami, FL
Performers include: Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, Bootsy Collins, Galactic, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Keller Williams, Galactic, and many others.

One Big Holiday
January 26-30, 2014
Riviera Maya, Mexico
My Morning Jacket will be performing 4 nights at this event.

International Incident
February 19-23
Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Performers include: Multiple shows from the String Cheese Incident, EOTO< Kyle Holingsworth Band, The Motet, and Prophet Massive.

Jam in the Sand
February 28-March 4, 2014
Negril, Jamaica
Dark Star Orchestra will host the event. Other performers to be announced.

Panic en la Playa tres
March 17-21, 2014
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Widespread Panic will perform four shows during the event.

Suwannee Springfest
March 20-23, 2014
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush Band, Southern Soul Assembly, Donna the Buffalo, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others

Wanee Festival
April 10-12, 2014
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL

Summer Camp
May 22-25, 2014
Three Sisters Park
Chillicothe, IL

June 12-15, 2014
Manchester, TN

Lockin' Music Festival
September 4-7, 2014
Arrington, VA

Catskill Chill
September 5-7, 2014
Camp Minglewood
Hancock, NY

Thanks again for stopping by. I'll be back next week with more jam. Until then, check me out on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute concert announcements. Until next week, Jam On!


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