Photos by Jay Blakesberg
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong were joined by ALO guitarist Dan Lebowitz and Hot Buttered Rum guitarist Nat Keefe in San Francisco on Saturday night.
Following a high-energy opening of “Upfunk” and a funky “Somethin’ For Ya”> “Porcupine” segment, Lebo jumped onstage for a “Julia” jam that segued in and out of ALO’s original “Plastic Bubble.” The exploratory sit-in marked the first time PPPP have covered ALO, and after Lebo departed, the band dove right back into their own songbook closing out the first half with “Whirled,” “Poseidon” and a lively “Fun in Funk.”
Set two was equally animated, as PPPP kicked things off with “Walk Outside,” “Melting Lights,” “The Liquid” and “Overrun.” Their standby cover of Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” followed, with a quick departure into “Say Cheese,” frontman “Scrambled Greg” Ormont’s ode to dairy. Keefe was on hand for a one-song sit-in on “Fortress,” and PPPP wrapped things up with a “Couldn’t We All” set closer.
They encored with “Zydeko,” containing Beauty and the Beast ballad “Talk As Old As Time,” as a nod to their 2017-2018 DisNYE set.
Visit Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s official website for a complete list of upcoming shows.
Check out Saturday’s full setlist and watch the band’s 2017 take on “Zydeko”> “Tale As Old As Time”> “Zydeko” below:
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
October 6, 2018
The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco
Set I: Upfunk, Somethin’ For Ya > Porcupine, Julia* > Plastic Bubble*^ > Julia*, Whirled, Poseidon, Fun In Funk .
Set II: Walk Outside, Melting Lights, The Liquid, Overrun, Psycho Killer > Say Cheese > Psycho Killer, Fortress%, Couldn’t We All .
Enc: Zydeko > Tale As Old As Time > Zydeko .
* w/ Lebo (ALO) on guitar
^ First time played (ALO)
% w/ Nat Keefe (Hot Buttered Rum) on guitar