Papadosio celebrated New Year’s Eve with a concert at The Bluestone in Columbus, OH on Saturday. The two-night run marked the Athens, OH-bred, Asheville, NC-based ensemble’s second year celebrating the ball drop at the 19th-century church turned music venue.
Following an opening set from Dizgo, Papadosio began its second of two shows with “The Plug”. This was followed by the title track to the band’s 2008 sophomore release, By The Light Of The Stars. The deep cut from the group’s early days in the home of Ohio University set up a segue train that rolled through “Oracle Theme” and “The Sum”.
Papadosio brought things back to the modern age with a track off 2020’s Microdosio with “Shiitake”. Since releasing the album, the band has staged—albeit sparingly due to the pandemic—Microdosio performances that have seen a scaled-down stage approach from the normally technologically expansive livetronica troupe.
Though not a full-blown Microdosio set, this simplified aesthetic still seeped through the band’s New Year’s Eve show. This artistic approach also achieved an improvisational ying-yang effect when combined with XL tellings of tracks like “Shiitake”. Following “If It Wasn’t For You”, the band finished off the first set with an XL rendition of “You and Yourself”.
Returning for the last set of 2021, Papadosio once again revisited By The Light of the Stars with “Advocate of Change”. The honor of the band’s final song of 2021 went to “Vactrollio” which saw the ball drop and the band usher in the new year. After that it was back to business with runs through “Night Colors”, “Ear to Ear”, “Versicolor”, Ftanfare for the Rain People”, “Mr. Turtle’s Cloud Kingdom”, and finally an XL “Polygons” to close out the second frame.
Taking the stage one last time, Papadosio offered up an XL “Skipswitch” to send fans out into 2022. Papadosio will embark on an extensive spring tour beginning on January 26th with a special An Evening With concert at Houston, TX’s Last Concert Cafe. For tickets and more information visit the band’s website.
Papadosio – The Bluestone – Columbus, OH – 12/31/21
Setlist: Papadosio | The Bluestone | Columbus, OH | 12/31/21
Set One: The Plug, By the Light of the Stars > Oracle Theme > The Sum, Shiitake , If It Wasn’t for You, You and Yourself 
Set Two: Advocate of Change, Vactrollio, Night Colors, Ear to Ear, Versicolor, Fanfare for the Rain People, Mr. Turtle’s Cloud Kingdom, Polygons 
Encore: Skipswitch