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Jam Central Station 12.28.13: Earth Night with Papadosio- 12.20.13 - The LC Pavillion - Columbus, OH
Posted by Jeff Modzelewski on 12.28.2013

Hey everyone! Hope your Christmas was very merry. Mine was great, got to spend time with family and watch my boy get excited every time he opened a present. Can't really beat that. I also got to spend a pre-Christmas mini-vacation down in Columbus to visit with a good friend and check out Papadosio's Earth Night event. This is the second year that Papadosio has celebrated the winter solstice with a 2-night mini-festival in Columbus. Unfortunately I only got to check out the first night and I missed the workshops and music on Saturday, but Friday's Earth Night performances were certainly enough to keep me happy.

The Main Squeeze kicked off the night with an hour long set that mixed funk, rock, and soul. The band showed exactly why they've been on the upswing over the past two years, going from opening shows to headlining throughout the midwest and playing major festivals. They stay very true to their funk roots while appealing to fans across genres. Singer Corey Frye not only displayed a great range but his band showed tremendous versatility, going from a laid back groove into a variety of solos and jams throughout their set. They mainly played songs off of their 2012 debut album as well as doing a great cover of Stevie Wonder's "Living For The City." The band jammed and rocked out, with the highlight of the night being their song "I'll Have Another." Having The Main Squeeze open the night guaranteed a great dance party for the show, and it was a great choice for Earth Night.

The second group up was Ott and The All-Seeing I. The grand was an extremely different group than The Main Squeeze, Ott is best known for his production work and his work with Shpongle, and members of The All-Seeing I have performed not only on Ott's albums but also on Shpongle albums and other electronic acts. Adding the live band element to Ott's electronic set gave it the type of energy that you don't usually see at an electronic show. The show was difficult to explain, focusing not on songs as much as on an auditory journey. It reminded me more of a band like Explosions in the Sky than an electronic act. It was a great way to come down from the Main Squeeze dance party and recharge. The music was hypnotic, powerful, and overall an excellent choice for the middle band.

Papadosio was obviously the band of the night, however, and their hour and a half closing set didn't disappoint in the least. The crowd was extremely into the band, dancing along, singing, and showing tons of love for everyone. Papadosio is a great mix of rock and electronic, and probably my favorite band currently in the "jamtronic" genre. They mixed up their set very well between their spacey jams and their more rock songs, turning in a diverse set that made everyone happy. They opened with the instrumental "Cushion" before moving into a surprisingly soulful "How Not To Float," showing that they're a legitimate "band" not just button pushers. They kept up the live band energy throughout the set, using their electronic style to augment their great live energy and sound.

The band already had the crowd going by the time they got to "Smile and Nod," but this song was a highlight of the night. They did a great job building it into a huge jam, letting it drop down, seguing it right into "The Bionic Man Meets His Past." "Bionic Man" was a great opportunity for the fans to come down a bit, as it's not really a dancey song but instead more in line with some of the things that Ott did earlier in the evening. That led into a laid back "Monochrome" and a main-set closing "You & Yourself." They encored with a 10 minute "All I Knew" that had the crowd singing along for much of the song.

I was truly surprised at what a great show this was. While I enjoyed The Main Squeeze and Papadosio before this show, seeing these bands at a show with a crowd that was this excited and into the show raised the level of the performances significantly. This was a much better time than any of the times I've seen these guys at festivals. Add an excellent performance by Ott & The All-Seeing I, some cool artwork, and some live painting to the mix and Earth Night went well beyond my expectations. I also want to mention that the LC in Columbus is an awesome venue, with great sound and sightlines, and it's significantly better than the awful House of Blues in Cleveland. Anyways, it was a kick-ass party, and the only thing that I'm upset about is that I didn't get a chance to see night 2.

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The String Cheese Incident will be webcasting their 2013 New years Eve show in HD with a soundboard audio feed. The show from Broomfield, CO will be available for $13.99.

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.

Aura Music & Arts Festival
February 14-16, 2014
Spirit of the Suwanne Music Park
Live Oak, FL
Performers include: Papadosio, Lotus, Conspirator, Zoogma, The Werks, The Revivaalists, Particle, Marco Benevento, Dopapod, and many others.

International Incident
February 19-23 2014
Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Performers include: Multiple shows from the String Cheese Incident, EOTO< Kyle Holingsworth Band, The Motet, and Prophet Massive.

Winter Wondergrass
February 21-23, 2014
Nottingham Park
Avon, CO
Performers include: Greensky Bluegrass featuring Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Fruition, and many others.

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

Hoopla in the Hills
March 27-30
Poston Lake Music Park
Athens, OH
Performers include: Papadosio, Keller Williams, EOTO, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Cosby Sweater, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many others.

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

Tortuga Music Festival
April 12-13, 2014
Beach Park
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Performers include: Sheryl Crow, Train, Slightly Stoopid, Ziggy Marley, Brett dennen, Delta Rae, Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, and many others.

Summer Camp
May 22-25, 2014
Three Sisters Park
Chillicothe, IL
Performers include: moe., Umphrey's McGee, Trey Anastasio Band, Bassnectar, Primus, Yonder Mountain String Band, Lotus, EOTO, and many others

Dark Star Jubilee
May 23-26, 2014
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH

Nelsonville Festival
May 29-June 1, 2014
Nelsonville, OH
Performers include: The Avett Brothers

June 5-8, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR

June 12-15, 2014
Manchester, TN

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 19-22, 2014
Telluride, CO
Performers include: Sam Bush Band, Bela Fleck & The Colorado Symphony, Brandi Carlile, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

High Sierra
July 3-6, 2014
Quincy, CA

July 23-27, 2014
Floyd, VA
Performers include: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Ms. Lauryn Hill, ray LaMontagne, Thievery Corporation, Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and many others

Gathering of the Vibes
July 31-August 1, 2014
Seaside Park
Bridgeport, CT

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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