On Tuesday, Baltimore-based funk quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong announced the theme for their three-night 2019 Halloween run: “Stop Making Cake”. The theme will see the band incorporate the music of Talking Heads (a nod to Stop Making Sense), Cake, and their own funk throughout the holiday celebration.
Pigeons will open up the run on Halloween proper, October 31st, with a performance at Boston, MA’s House of Blues. The band will then head to New York City’s soon-t0-be defunct Playstation Theater on November 1st before wrapping up the “Stop Making Cake” run with a show at New Haven, CT’s College Street Music Hall on November 2nd.
Andy Frasco & The U.N. will offer support in NYC and Goose will get the party started in New Haven.
Tickets for all three shows are now on sale here.
Themed Halloween runs have become a tradition for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong over the years. 2015 saw the theme of “Dead Zeppelin” in which PPPP mashed up the music of Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead. For 2016, they took on a more abstract theme, “A Tribute To The Letter P,” in which the band performed covers of songs which began with the letter “P.” The 2017 Halloween theme paid homage to those we’ve lost with the appropriately named “R.I.P.P.P.P. A Tribute to Musicians We Have Lost,” complete with music from Frank Zappa, The Allman Brothers, David Bowie, Notorious B.I.G. and more. Last year, Pigeons dove into a “Dead Hot Sgt. Peppers” theme, which saw them draw from the catalogs of The Beatles and Red Hot Chili Peppers. They even added some Grateful Dead to their Halloween theme on the 2018 run’s final night, tweaking the theme to “Dead Hot Sgt. Peppers.”
Next up for Pigeons is a festival appearance at Live Oak, FL’s Suwannee Hulaween later this month. For a full list of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information, head to the band’s website.