Join “The Flock” following Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will kick off a four-day event, “You Enjoy My Dicks,” at the Fox Theatre on Friday, Sept. 3. This marks the first night of music as a pre-party for the annual Phish shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Center, which begin on Sept. 4.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, founded in June 2009, hails from Baltimore.
Their self-proclaimed sound “that ascends peaks of musical ecstasy,” can be detected in the band’s most popular tracks, “F.U.” and “Melting Lights.” The track “Horizon” also demonstrates their instrumental up-beat vibe.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has four members: Greg Ormont (vocals, guitar), Jeremy Schon (guitar, vocals), Ben Carrey (bass, vocals) and Alex Petropulos (drumagic, electro-swag).
According to their official website, the band looks to “bring positive energy to any environment,” and to “expand peoples’ minds musically”.
The band has performed at popular music festivals including Catskill Chill, The Werk Out, Camp Barefoot, Wormtown Music Festival and more.
The group’s radiant energy comes from each of the members’ skills. As stated by critics, Schon’s fluid guitar skills and Ormont’s strong vocals create a type of music you can get lost in and can only find good vibes.
Blackalicious starts #The Movement
The hip-hop duo Blackalicious is back at it again and will be performing at the Fox Theatre Sunday, Sept. 6, along with New Breed Brass Band and Lily Fangz.
Blackalicious consists of the rapper, Gift of Gab (Tim Parker) and the DJ/producer, Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley). They are known for Chief Xcel’s “classical” beats and Gift of Gabs “tongue-twisting” rhymes.
The two met in 1987 while attending school at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento.
DJ Xcel attended the University of California at Davis, and Gift of Gab eventually moved there in 1992. The two were reunited and became what they are today.
Instead of focusing on violence, crime, and sex, Blackalicious raps about spiritual and uplifting messages. They are labeled as more alternative rappers because they represent the “positive tip” of the hip hop industry.
Tracks like “Deception” and “Make You Feel That Way” display the duo’s spirituality and positive lyrics.
The duo began a U.S. tour on July 22, 2015 to share their new music from IMANI Vol. 1, which includes tracks like “The Blowup” and “On Fire Tonight”.
Blackalicious demonstrates a more positive side of the hip-hop industry through the poetry they create.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Kalley Velarde at firstname.lastname@example.org.