See Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Go ‘Beneath The Surface’ With TAUK’s Alric Carter At Domefest 2023

Guitarist Matt Jalbert, vocalist Kanika Moore, keyboardists Ryan Dempsey and Casey Russell and drummer Adrian Tramontano also sat-in with PPPP.

By Scott Bernstein May 25, 2023 1:38 pm PDT

Last weekend, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong hosted their annual Domefest music festival at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio. The band shared the stage with a number of guests over the course of the weekend including TAUK keyboardist Alric Carter. PPPP shared official video of their “Beneath The Surface” collaboration with Carter.

The action started on Thursday night with a pre-party at Skully’s Music-Diner in Columbus, where the Baltimore-based jam quartet devoted their whole second set to a 70-minute version of “Hell Yeah.” Pigeons then played three sets on Friday as Domefest 2023 officially began. The group premiered their take on Modest Mouse’s “Float On” during the first set and new original “Underworld” as part of Friday’s second set.

AC Carter joined the host band on Friday for both “Overtime” and “Beneath The Surface” in the second set. The latter is a relatively new original debuted at last year’s Domefest. Carter added jazzy piano tones and urgent synth swells to the slow-burning rocker.

Watch Alric “A.C.” Carter team with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong for “Beneath The Surface” at Domefest 2023 below:

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Friday’s third PPPP set was an “Under Cover” affair mixing a diverse array of covers and mashups. Drummer Alex Petropulos had a rare turn on lead vocals for Radiohead’s “The National Anthem,” while Carter’s TAUK Moore bandmates vocalist Kanika Moore and guitarist Kanika Moore contributed to a hard-hitting cover of the Led Zeppelin classic “Black Dog.” TAUK Moore also played a set of their own on Friday as did Barefuzz, Chalk Dinosaur and Gunk.

Twiddle returned to Domefest for the first time since 2014 on Saturday as part of a lineup that also included The Magic Beans, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, The North 41, crypto WAVE radio and Houseplant. Pigeons unveiled the new original “Right Track,” brought up Twiddle keyboardist Ryan Dempsey for “Indiglo” and Twiddle drummer Adrian Tramontano for their first cover of Incubus’ “Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)” within “F.U.” Additionally, The Magic Beans keyboardist Casey Russell augmented the quartet on “Henrietta.” Musicians from each group on the lineup capped the festival in various configurations with “The Domefest All-Stars” set.

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will appear at DelFest and Rooster Walk this weekend. Scroll below for a full list of tour dates.

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