Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
January 2, 2016
Words & Photos by “Ragin'” Randy Harris
After a strong New Year’s Eve performance at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD, Papadosio brought The Nth Power with them straight through to Baltimore for their return to Baltimore Soundstage.
Much of the Baltimore crowd seemed to be unfamiliar with The Nth Power, but by the end of their opening set, you better believe they gained some new fans! The Nth Power created quite a buzz among the crowd, spawning many positive comments, such as “Man, that opening band was awesome!” Fresh off of the recent release of their debut album, Abundance, the band brought us a nice tour of the newly recorded tracks. Highlights included “Only You,” “Right Now” and of course, “Only Love.” One thing that always impresses me about The Nth Power is their ability to turn seemingly slow songs into energetic explosions. Part of this comes from their improvisation abilities, but the primary fuel behind this phenomenon is their unparalleled love and passion, not only for playing music in general, but specifically for the music they have written as well. It is amazing to witness, and it is a true joy to be a part of one of their sets.
Papadosio is no stranger to Baltimore, or to Soundstage for that matter, so it comes as no surprise that they rocked from start to finish. They seemed comfortable right from the get-go, easing us into the set with an orchestral intro in the form of “…And This Is What He Thought,” before really breaking into a groove with “By The Light Of The Stars.” Then lead guitarist Anthony Throgmartin busted out the acoustic guitar for a sing along, “2 AM,” off of the band’s recent album release Extras In A Movie. “Bypass Default” continued the acoustic theme but also saw the band digging deep, emitting rays of hypnotic tones. After one more glimpse into the new album, “The Wrong Nostalgia,” the band dipped back into their catalog with “We Are Water,” bringing the crowd into extreme dance mode and delving into their first serious psychedelic jam of the night. “The Lack Of Everything” brought us back to Earth and led us into the laid back groove of “The Big Smile.” Finally, Papadosio ended their set with an intense “Glimpse Of Light” that exploded into an emotional uproar of immense proportions. “Glimpse Of Light” brought out an incredulous response from both crowd and band, as they led us through a maze of pure magic. Papadosio came out for a massive encore, featuring a powerful “Cloud Found” and an extremely funky “Curve Jam” to round off a beautiful night.
The best thing about Papadosio is that the band is not centered around any single member. There are no shredding guitar solos, no ten-minute drum solos, no bass features or keyboard solos. They are a single unit, focused purely on the entire output as a whole. Because of this key factor, they are able to build upon each other, creating massive explosions of aural energy and sending their audience on a journey beyond comprehension. The band’s focus on community, love and helping others is displayed through this incredible group cohesion they exhibit on stage. They absolutely delivered this concept in Baltimore, kicking off what is sure to be an amazing year in 2016. What a way to start the year!
1.2.15 | Baltimore Soundstage
…And This is What He Thought
By the Light of the Stars
The Wrong Nostalgia
We Are Water
The Lack of Everything
The Big Smile
Glimpse of Light