Twiddle and Formula 5 brought a sold out dance party to the Upstate Concert Hall last night, Friday, February 26. The Capital Region’s own Formula 5 opened the evening, playing an hour long set with the hometown crowd in the palm of their hand. New member Matt Richards’ keyboard playing fit in perfectly with the band’s sound. Barely stopping between songs, the set was sandwiched at beginning and end by “Earthbound Tim”. Teases of Phish and Twiddle got the crowd going.
Formula 5 will play Saratoga’s Putnam Den later this month, followed by a residency in Vermont every Wednesday of March.
Twiddle brought along The Frendly Horns for the evening, with the brass section really filling out the band’s sound. They tore through “Gatsby The Great” to start the evening off, never taking their foot off the gas pedal. A brief “Shakedown Street” tease had the crowd going wild in the already impressive “Brick of Barley”. The band is locked in right now and can slip into any sort of jam at the drop of a dime. Whether it’s full on classic rock, outer space craziness, or murky funk, Twiddle is on fire at the moment. Ending the evening with The Samples’ “Did You Ever Look So Nice?” with special guest Lowell Wurster of Lucid on washboard sent everyone home with a smiling face.
Twiddle continues their Plumperdump Winter Tour tonight at Irving Plaza in New York City.
Setlist: Twiddle at Upstate Concert Hall 2/26/16
Gatsby the Great, Honeyburste, Brick of Barley*, Polluted Beauty, Classical Gas**, Be There, Complacent Race, Frankenfoote
Encore” Did You Ever Look So Nice?
*”Shakedown Street” tease
**”X-Files Theme” tease
Words and Photos by Bryan Lasky. Full gallery at the bottom.