Pigeons Playing Ping Pong returned to Frisco, CO’s 10 Mile Music Hall on Sunday night, completing their two-night Rocky Mountain run and reminding The Flock of all the reasons to not miss a Sunday show.
Flocking at 9,000-feet, Greg Ormont, Jeremy Schon, Alex Petropulos, and Ben Carrey swooped back onto the stage and blew into the second night with a 10-minute “Whoopie”, before Ormont “popped off” the sold-out venue with tantalizing eerie echoes and led the group into “Pop Off”. Of course, one of the best things to do in Colorado in the wintertime is ski, and the beauty of the mountains were serenaded in a second-ever bust-out of the Talking Heads’ “Wild Wild Life”, marking its first appearance on the band’s setlist since its original debut at their “Stop Making Cake” Halloween show.
Lighting Designer Manny Newman’s lights were melting around the crowd as “Melting Lights” dripped over The Flock, and Gator set off the heat in the space shoot-off “Skipjack”. The band set off into the lyrical “Sail On”, as a colossal strike of “Lightning” struck down onto The Flock from its supposed skip-over from night one. Ormont railed into his guitar and took lead on the striking jam, syncing up with Schon and Carrey for some onstage choreographed antics. The upbeat “Dawn A New Day” shown through after the storm to close out the first set, easing The Flock’s dancing rage with the fire beat it is.
After a brief set break, some sonic alien banter triggered a massive “Avalanche” that came crashing down on the mountain-high venue, before Schon and Ormont bounced off each other’s quick-picked guitaring in the intro to “Landing” for a full serving of “chicken parmesan”. A mushy love sequence aroused the set with a return of Hot Chocolate‘s “You Sexy Thing” that effortlessly transitioned into The Temptations‘ “My Girl”, checking back into the setlist rotation from their back-to-back plays at the band’s 2019 music festival, Domefest. The gentle looping instrumental “Wireless” topped off the entwining sequence, as Ormont’s “coo” banter had us running naked through the jungle in a frenzied “The Liquid”. Petropulos slowed the beat down, allowing Schon to dive into a sultry blues breakdown with Carrey. Petropulos lightly tapped into a drumstick percussion intro, bridging Carrey’s psychedelic bass grooves in a dark rendition of “Snake Eyes”, before the funk got turned up in “Doc”. Colorado saw its second return of a dished out “Lowdown” from the initial debut at Denver’s Globe Hall back in November before a loveable landing of “Kiwi” and “Julia” concluded the night’s second set.
The Sunday Funday party wasn’t quite over yet. As the band strode back on stage, Ormont improvised a doo-wap “doobie” lyrical breakdown before The Flock raged with the band in a “Zydeko” sandwich, carried along by a “Chariots Of Fire” peak jam spread right in the middle.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong head East for the remainder of their Presto tour, flying through Cleveland, OH’s Agora Theatre this Thursday, March 5th, before heading to Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri for a weekend run of shows. The band will fly West again in June for their third-ever performance at Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 19th with Umphrey’s McGee. For full tour information and dates, head to the band’s website.
Below, you can view a gallery of Sunday night’s show courtesy of photographer Colin McKinley (Alpine Music Photo).
Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | 10 Mile Music Hall | Frisco, CO | 3/1/20
Set One: Whoopie, Pop Off, Wild Wild Life > Melting Lights, Skipjack, Sail On, Lightning, Dawn A New Day
Set Two: Avalanche, Landing > You Sexy Thing > My Girl > Wireless, The Liquid, Snake Eyes, Doc, Lowdown, Kiwi > Julia
Encore: Zydeko > Chariots Of Fire > Zydeko