Concert Review: Broccoli Samurai and Papadosio at House of Blues

Written by on December 1, 2016

A psychedelic, atmospheric rock concert played the House of Blues in Cleveland on November 25.  Broccoli Samurai and Papadosio played an epic upbeat show that lasted from about 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Both jam bands, native to Ohio, drew quite a large crowd full of broccoli and dosio groupies. The concert started off with Broccoli Samurai heating the crowd up with their psychedelic, jazzy rock.

Cleveland-native Broccoli Samurai got the crowd grooving with their jazzy music you couldn’t help but move your hips too. Band members Ryan Hodson, Cameron Bickley, Zack Wolfe and Michael Vincent did a great job at revving up the audience. The crowd was full of people just having a great time dancing ridiculously to the funky music and the flashing, trippy lights; the combination of the music with the lights was almost mind-numbing. Broccoli Samurai played for about 2 hours. Their lineup consisted of a few mash-ups, a few songs by Lotus they covered, and one of their most popular songs “Tetrahedron”.

Papadosio took the stage around 10:30 p.m. Since they are also a jam band, their atmospheric, psychedelic rock is really difficult to avoid dancing to. Native to Athens, Ohio, Mike Healy, Anthony Togamartin, Rob McConnell, Billy Brouse and Sam Brouse term their music as a ‘space rock.’ As said in their about page on Facebook, Papadosio strives to create music that is strangely familiar, and calls all walks of humanity to bask in a unique experience celebrating the one constant in an ever-changing world: music.”  

Papadosio never disappoints when performing because they are so full of life and energy, that the crowd can feel it and enjoy the experience with them. Although they did not play my favorite song “Find your Cloud”, their line-up was pretty rad. It consisted of mostly tracks from their new album “Pattern Integrities” They started their performance off with “… And This Is What He Thought” and also played a super cool jam called “Curve Jam” that lasted about 16 minutes. And of course, they had an encore prepared because the crowd was not satisfied yet; they played “Threes” from their new album to finish off the night.

The first time I saw Papadosio perform was last year at the House of Blues, so it was nice to see them return to the same venue but give a ten-times better performance in my opinion. The all around atmosphere of the performance and the audience was spectacular. I was definitely digging the music they played from their new album. Also, having Broccoli Samurai as their opener surely set a great vibe for the whole night.

Some of the songs played at this concert are linked below, give them a listen!

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