Dopapod closed out a two-night run at Ardmore Music Hall on Friday night, treating the Pennsylvania crowd to a setlist full of fan-favorite originals, cover debuts, and teases galore.
Members Eli Winderman (keys), Rob Compa (guitar), Chuck Jones (bass), and Neal “Fro” Evans (drums) got things started with some sleight of hand, dropping into “Trickery”. Winderman led the charge for the opener, laying down some beefy and refined synth lines. After giving way to Evans for a measure, Compa took his place in the driver’s seat, delivering a few lines of symphonic leads, before Winderman and Jones once again controlled the navigation. As usual, the band traded lead work before settling into a fluid groove that carried for several minutes. A burst of distortion and the uptick in Evans’ tempo brought forth the night’s first peak in rambunctious fashion.
From there came a setlist staple, “Please Haalp”, from 2017’s Megagem album, ahead of a “Picture In Picture” that kept the crowd moving to the midpoint of the set. A rendition of “My Elephant vs. Your Elephant” followed and carried a segue to the unreleased “Hi Doggie”. An ever-popular Redivider track, “Trapper Keeper” fell in the penultimate spot, but Dopapod still had a nice surprise for the Ardmore Music Hall crowd. Proceeding “Trapper Keeper” came a debut of Ween‘s “Happy Colored Marbles”, a song that originally appeared on the band’s 2003 album, Quebec.
Winderman, Compa, Jones, and Evans apparently enjoyed the Ween debut so much that they came back for seconds, opening set two with “Happy Colored Marbles”. This found a home in an unfinished telling of “Onionhead” before the segue continued all the way back to “Trapper Keeper”, putting an end to the jam sandwich that progressed over two different sets. Up next came “Sleeping Giant”, before the Boston jam-rockers returned to segue city with a massive “Present Ghosts” > “Bats in the Cave” > “Off The Cuff” > “Psycho Nature” segment ensued. “Bats in the Cave” channeled the band’s inner DMX with a “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” tease, as well as a tease of John Scofield‘s “Hottentot”.
After closing the second frame with “Landmines”, the quartet returned for an encore beginning with a cover of Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ “Around The World”. “23 Forever” followed, which contained a tease of Lettuce‘s “Squadlive”, and segued to an “Enter Sandman” (Metallica) jam before returning to “23 Forever”.
Check out a pro-shot video of entire show below courtesy of mk devo and scroll down for a detailed setlist of the performance. Dopapod will continue its December tour with a show at Union Stage in Washington, D.C. tonight, December 11th, followed by a stop at The Broadberry in Richmond, VA (12/12). Head to the band’s website for tickets and additional tour information.
Dopapod – Ardmore Music Hall – 12/10/21
[Video: mk devo]
Setlist: Dopapod | Ardmore Music Hall | Ardmore, PA | 12/10/21
Set One: Trickery, Please Haalp, Picture In Picture , My Elephant vs. Your Elephant > Hi Doggie, Trapper Keeper > Happy Colored Marbles (Ween) 
Set Two: Happy Colored Marbles (Ween)  > Onionhead  > Trapper Keeper, Sleeping Giant, Present Ghosts > Bats in the Cave  > Off The Cuff  > Psycho Nature, Landmines
Encore: Around The World (Red Hot Chili Peppers) , 23 Forever  > Enter Sandman (Metallica) jam > 23 Forever
 with “Hi, Mae!!” from crowd for Rob’s niece in audience
 First time played, Ween cover
 Ruff Ryders’ Anthem (DMX) tease and Hottentot (John Scofield) jam, unfinished
 RHCP cover, with Dave Peck (MKDevo) on vocals
 “Squadlive” (Lettuce) tease