Over the weekend, renowned Port Chester, NY venue The Capitol Theatre featured a double dose of Twiddle with supporting acts both nights. RAQ warmed up the audience as the opener on Friday. Funky, fast beats filled the air as the group busted into their grooves. Keyboardist Todd Stoops laid out thick jams while guitarist Chris Michetti was locked in and drove out crisp notes throughout. Psychedelic undertones meandered around the melodies of their set. RAQ kept things interesting as they took off right out of the gate with a solid, energetic jam before cooling things off with playfully gentle tunes, ensuring that fans coming in from the cold were warmed up properly.
After a brief break, Twiddle took to the stage, opening with “Daydream Farmer,” a tune that was stacked with jammy goodness. Adrian Tramontano of Kung Fu sat in on percussion for the entire evening. Their first set included everything from quick paced tunes, down and out funky vibes and jazzy melodies. Twiddle had a little something for everyone, keeping the crowd energized by the fluidity of music being thrown at them.
Second set was nothing but magical. Surprises peaked in and out, with Ryan Dempsey’s lone piano kicking things off as they flowed into “Indigo Trigger.” “Classical Gas” morphed seamlessly into an unexpected “Carol of the Bells” Christmas song. Stoops came out to join on keys during “The FRENDS Theme” which was sandwiched between “Tiberius.”
The evening closed out with an encore that audiences at any show always jokingly request yet never hear. “Freebird” brought out the lighters in the air around the venue. Todd Stoops, Chris Michetti and Scotty Zwang of RAQ joined the band on stage for this killer finale on night one. Night two was sure to bring out even more musical treats.
Encore video courtesy of William Corcoran:
Saturday night’s show brought Burlington, Vermont based band Madaila to the stage, opening the evening with “Nature.” Their bright white outfits, lined randomly with pink, gold and black striping, wowed the audience when they stepped on stage. This synth-heavy psych pop band that touched upon an 80’s style era sound, and reminiscent of harmony work that hinted of the Bee Gee’s, spilled out energy from the minute they stepped on stage. Guitarist Mark Daly busted into an intense jam that brought the house down during “Secret,” while keyboardist Eric Maier added the spicy musical flavor throughout the entire set. If you’ve never seen this band live, make sure to catch them as they will not disappoint. They are a band to watch in the coming year.
After a quick break, Twiddle took to the stage and busted into “Subconscious Prelude,” taking the tune into a trippy jam mid-song while teasing Papadosio’s “Find Your Cloud.” The group took the crowd on a ride around the tones filled with Dempsey’s heavy keys and Mihali Savoulidis’ intense guitar. A solid backline of in the pocket drums were provided by Brook Jordan, with Tramontano once again supporting on percussion throughout the night.
A stretched out “Doinkinbonk!!!” sandwiched “Too Many Puppies” before easing right back into “Doinkinbonk!!!.” Dempsey kicked into high gear, providing a trippy key session during the fast paced tune, rolling the melody right along.The venue roared with cheers from the crowd as driving guitar notes brought the energy to soaring heights. Tasty jams with dancing grooves settled in for the long haul during first set. The crowd was pumped as funky beats flowed in and out during “Latin Tang.” Meanwhile, colorful images splashed around the walls and ceiling of the Capitol, offering visual stimulation that heightened the musical journey during the evening.
The stage cleared as the drum and percussion section eased into a steamy solo, while Dempsey and bassist Zdenek Grubb literally laid out on the floor, gently adding in bass as the jam progressed. The performance was smoking hot. Guitarist Wiley Griffin, of Teddy Midnight, accompanied the band during a smashing “Complacent Race,” helping to bring set one to a close.
Second set opened with “Cabbage Face.” Dreamy bass bombs burst mid-song during “Mamunes the Faun,” keeping the audience on their feet. The double dose of Twiddle encored with “Beethoven and Greene,” ensuring fans danced off every last bit of energy in their core. Simply put, Twiddle gave the audience everything they had during the two-night run and the fans walked away on a high note with most leaving the venue plastered with beaming smiles from ear to ear.
For more information on Twiddle, please visit their official website.
Video courtesy of William Corcoran:
Twiddle 12/16/16,The Capitol Theatre
Set 1: Daydream Farmer, Beehop>Dr. Remidi’s Melodium#>Beehop, Jamflowman, Moments, Honeyburste
Set 2: Indigo Trigger, Classical Gas@, Tiberius > The FRENDS Theme^ > Tiberius
# Teased Primus’ “Southbound Pacaderme”
@ Included “Carol of the Bells” jam
^ Featured Todd Stoops on keys (RAQ)
$ Featured Chris Michetti on guitar (RAQ), Todd Stoops on keys (RAQ), and Scotty Zwang on drums (RAQ)
Twiddle 12/17/16, The Capitol Theatre
Set 1: Subconscious Prelude*, Doinkinbonk!!!>Too Many Puppies>Doinkinbonk!!!, Latin Tang, White Light, Complacent Race%
Set 2: Cabbage Face, Gatsby The Great, Mamunes The Faun, Every Soul
Encore: Beethoven and Greene
* Teased Papadosio’s “Find Your Cloud
% Featured Wiley Griffin on guitar (Teddy Midnight)
Twiddle Night 1 with RAQ: