Announcement/News

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong to ring in 2019 at Stage AE

PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG
To Ring In 2019 At PITTSBURGH‘S STAGE AE 
For Special NEW YEAR’S STEVE Performance
Horns From THE WEST END BLEND Scheduled To Join The Band
Support Offered By THE MAGIC BEANS
“[The] funk-focused jam band [makes] creative advancements…on Pizazz.” – Billboard
“Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have quickly become one of my favorite bands. It’s not just because their band name is so great, but because THEY are so great.” – Huffington Post
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong never cease to amaze fans, especially when it comes to their thoughtfully orchestrated Halloween and New Year’s Eve performances (this year’s 4-night Halloween run took on the theme “Red Hot Sergeant Peppers“). This year, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will ring in the new year at Stage AE in Pittsburg, PA onMonday, December 31st. They have tapped the horns from The West End Blend–the band generally performs as a 4-piece, so this is extra special–to join for a full-fledged night of funky tunes surrounding the theme “New Year’s stEve.”

Music by Stevie Wonder and other famous Steves (think Stevie NicksStevie Ray Vaughn, Steven TylerSteve Wormwood, etc.) is expected to weave its way into the band’s own catalog for an unforgettable night of music. The Magic Beans offer support on the bill.

Blending infectious funk grooves, psychedelic jams, and experimental electronics, the Baltimore four-piece’s latest album is a buoyant, blissful reminder of just how much fun music can be. Eschewing the traditional funk band lineup that typically includes keyboards, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong constructs effervescent soundscapes with just two guitars, bass, and drums, crafting their music with a sophisticated ear for both open space and dense layering.
“We pour every ounce of ourselves into every note when we perform live,” says Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s frontman Greg Ormont. “When we’re recording in the studio, we try to maintain that euphoria while finding a way to pack it into a tight, focused vessel. Each song becomes like a spring-loaded can of worms: there’s all this energy boxed up in a neat little package, and then when you come see us live, the cap comes off and the contents fly out in every direction like fireworks.”
While the new album is certainly a “creative advancement” (Billboard) for the group, this band is known for their road-tested live performances. This summer alone, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong made debuts at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, as well as Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre to crowds in the thousands. Whether it be an original tune from one of their four records, an inventive cover of a song from the Disney catalog or an hour-long completely improvised set, there’s no saying what the quartet will bust out when they take the stage.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Tour Dates: 
12/12 – 12/16 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Holidaze
12/27 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East &
12/28 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East **
12/29 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater **
12/31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE **
1/24 & 1/25 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
1/26 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
1/30 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater ^
1/31 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
2/1 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel ^
2/2 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre ^
2/5 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House ^
2/6 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
2/7 – Orlando, FL – The Social ^
2/8 – Tampa Bay, FL – The Orpheum
2/9 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
2/13 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House *
2/14 – Bloomington, IN – The Bluebird *
2/15 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
2/16 – Grand Rapids, MI – he Intersection *
5/2 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre !
5/3 & 5/4 – New Orleans, LA – Mardi Gras World Ballroom #
& Midnight North
** w/ The Magic Beans
^ w/ The Fritz
* w/ Mungion
! w/ Twiddle & Kitchen Dwellers
# w/ The String Cheese Incident
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