Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will go live from The 8×10 in Baltimore, MD on Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22nd.
The jam quartet was initially supposed to deliver a “Flockbuster“-themed drive-in run over Halloween weekend, but those shows were canceled when a member of the band’s touring party tested positive for COVID-19. As a makeup for the missed Halloween shows, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will carry the classic movie theme over to the two-night livestream run this weekend. As with previous Halloween shows—such as 2019’s “Stop Making Cake“, 2018’s “Red Hot Sgt. Peppers”, 2015’s “Dead Zeppelin“, and many more—fans can expect choice covers interwoven with the band’s patented blend of far-out funk jams.
“On our last tour before the pandemic, we visited the only remaining Blockbuster Video store in the world and had an absolute blast walking around reliving our childhood,” singer/guitarist Greg Ormont said in a press release along with the initial “Flockbuster” announcement. “Fast-forward to our current drive-in tour, we found ourselves naturally teasing songs from classic movies and felt a wave of similar nostalgia.” Watch the band’s “Flockbuster” promo clip below:
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Even beyond their role as a makeup for the missed Halloween shows, the Friday and Saturday night livestreams will mark the band’s first performances at The 8×10, one of the Baltimore-based band’s early haunts, since January 3, 2015.
“We were so excited to close out our drive-in tour with extra special Halloween shows in Richmond,” said Ormont in a press release. “I’m happy to report that we’re all in great health and thrilled to finally unleash this fresh material on the entire Flock. And there’s no better place to do it than our old stomping grounds, The 8×10, which is where we debuted our first themed show many full moons ago.”
Fans can gain access to the livestreams by donating any amount here. Top contributors will be rewarded with VIP perks including “post-show hangs with the band” via Zoom. Proceeds will be shared with The 8×10’s COVID-19 Relief Fund as well as the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), which supports independent music venues across the country by raising emergency funds and urging Congress to pass the Save Our Stages Act.