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DOPAPOD

Tuesday, March 3, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

In this ever changing world of genre-melding bands, and instrumentalists learning to utilize technology for minimal distortion and audio enhancement, bands like Dopapod have no problem carrying the banner into the new era of rock and roll. Following in the footsteps of bands like Umphrey’s McGee, Dopapod brings a much-needed stray-fromthe-norm by turning rock and roll on its head with psychedelic sound exploration and occasional vocals. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, but you really have to just tolerate the vocals in jam bands because the music is so good, but Dopapod actually takes the time to focus on the lyrics and realize the importance of vocal chords as an instrument. On the group’s latest release, Never Odd or Even, songs like “Sleeping Giant” give you an idea of the weight of the lyrics with pure, un-distorted vocals. Then you skip to “Psycho Nature,” which juxtaposes Maynard James Keenan-sounding vocals with a rockabilly-esque track. It works, beautifully, and one can only assume that when it comes to the live show, it will transfer onto the audience in the best way possible. If you happen to pick up the album before the show (available at dopapod.bandcamp.com and on iTunes) and you’re prone to skipping to certain songs, go ahead and leap over to “FABA,” which will give you a good idea of what Dopapod is all about. The keyboards on the album, provided by Eli Winderman, will make you think you’ve died and entered some sort of alternate universe where the entirety of the The Doors became president and the mandated health policy is oJAMacare. The show is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. with presale tickets priced at $9. Day of show tickets go up to $12.

VIVACE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

Saturday, February 28, Dana Auditorium, Greensboro, 336.335.5446 x239

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth; and the earth was without form and void. And darkness was upon the face of the deep.” These words, borrowed by Joseph Haydn from the biblical book of Genesis, set the tone for his magnum opus, The Creation, an oratorio that will be performed by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night for the second installment of the Vivace Young Professionals event. “This started out of a desire to bring a different audience in for the symphony,” said Daniel Crupi, Director of Development and Public Relations for the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. “We want to try and introduce the younger generations to the beauty of symphonic music.” Crupi added that the The Vivace Young Professionals group, or event, is something new to the Triad, but certainly not something new to other symphony groups around the country. Megan Millard, a recent addition to the board for the Symphony, moved to North Carolina from Cincinnati, Ohio, and is heading up the board for the Vivace event. Crupi added that Millard worked to implement Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Encore event, which is very similar to Vivace and succeeded well in drawing on a new demographic. “She founded a great way to go out on the town and have a cultural experience, and do something different with you Saturday night,” he explained. When Millard moved to North Carolina, Crupi said that she actually reached out to the GSO with the idea and that they were already tossing around an idea much like what she had already done. The original trial run was in May of 2014, and another official event was held in November of the same year. Each event partakes in a certain theme, with the first event titled “Heroes and Villains” encouraging attendees to dress their part. “We did receive feedback, and people, surprisingly, really enjoyed it. They didn’t think the symphony couldn’t be enjoyable for them,” Crupi expressed, while also acknowledging that classical and symphonic music can be hard to digest for those that may have not been exposed to that style of music. Tickets can be found at www.greensborosymphony.org and packages start at $30, which includes a drink ticket for the after party and premier seating at the event. !

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