A behemoth of a show went down on Colorado’s beloved Red Rocks Amphitheatre on a perfectly cool night on Thursday. Anticipations were high with the formidable Kitchen Dwellers opening before young, but I dare say future jam titans Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Twiddle took the stage for their co-headlining performances.
The Kitchen Dwellers’ “Galaxy Grass” was a perfect introduction to the cool breezy night on “The Rocks.” The band’s high energy bluegrass got everybody moving during their early set. The Kitchen Dwellers, like many artists, consider Colorado a second home.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong took the stage and started their own set with the impossible-to-dislike island jam “Poseidon”. It was clear the band was hitting on all cylinders with “Something For Ya” > “Kiwi” > “Distant Times”. Fans were delighted with back-to-basics closing of “Melting Lights” > “The Liquid” > “Ocean Flows”.
Twiddle had some mighty shoes to fill after two flawless sets from Kitchen Dwellers and Pigeons, and they did not disappoint. The Vermont jam band played similar cards while playing older tunes. It was clear from the beginning that the rock quartet was up to the challenge delving into “Hatties Jam”, “The Box”, and “Granpa Fox” before going into “When It Rains It Pours”, “Jamflowman”, “Dinnerfork”, and “Frankenfoote”, which also showcased just how tight they’ve become over their relatively short career.
Just when fans thought the treats are over, the highlight of the night came next as “TwidGeon Dwellers” (a combination of all three bands, as you might have guessed) took the stage. The three seemed to have a beautiful marriage and should have continued success. Twiddle and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have had plenty of success but are certainly jam kings of the not so distant future.
Among other treats, the super ensemble created a fantastic singalong rendition of The Proclaimers‘ “I’m Going To Be (500 Miles)”, Talking Heads‘ “Psycho Killer” and a skingasm-worthy cover of “The Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel. The icing on the cake came as the band was joined by The Denver Choir League for an appropriately mind-blowing cover of Queens’ “Bohemian Rhapsody”, making for a truly bombastic end to an engaging show. Fans can relive Thursday’s show from start to finish via the video below.
The Kitchen Dwellers/Pigeons Playing Ping Pong /Twiddle – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 5/2/2019
Twiddle and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong find themselves at the top of their game and are a must see. Fans can also check out the photos captured throughout last night’s marathon concert, taken by Matt Shotwell.
Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/2/2019
Setlist: Twiddle | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/2/2019
Setlist: TwidGeons | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/2/2019