Twiddle Hosts Final Tumble Down Festival Ahead Of Indefinite Hiatus

Listen to Twiddle’s Saturday performance featuring sit-ins from Lotus’ Tim Palmieri, PPPP’s Jeremy Schon and more.

By Nate Todd Sep 25, 2023 3:25 pm PDT

Twiddle’s Tumble Down Festival returned for the first time in four years over the weekend ahead of the band’s indefinite hiatus following their traditional Frendsgiving Run at The Capitol Theatre. Taking place for the first time at Wonderland Forest in Lafayette, New York, the event featured a jam-heavy bill including four sets from the host band as well as performances by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Dopapod and more.

The weekend got underway on Friday with progressive funk trio Baked Shrimp followed by the first of two sets from New Jersey jammers Dogs In A Pile. Andy Frasco and The U.N then brought their entertaining show to Tumble Down.

Twiddle fittingly kicked off the first of four sets at their festival with “Blueberry Tumble.” The first set also included favorites like “The Catapillar,” “Doinkinbonk!!!,” “Hattibagen McRat,” and a paring of “Hattie’s Jam” > “When it Rains it Poors.” The four-song second set saw the band welcoming Frasco for “Mamunes the Faun” before going it alone to explore a +30-minute “Gatsby The Great.” The second set closed with “Jamflowman” into “The Box.”

Saturday kicked off with a set from Mike Powell who was joined by Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis. Dopapod then took the main stage to offer their genre-blending brand of grooves. A solo set from Mihali came next with sit-ins from sit-ins from Mike Oehmen on saxophone and Twiddle’s Zdenek Gubb on bass. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong then hit the main stage where they delivered a set of their psychedelic funk including guest spots from Lotus guitarist Tim Palmieri on The Who’s “Eminence Front” and Dopapod keyboardist Eli Winderman for instrumental original, “Condenser.”

Twiddle’s second performance saw the band offering staples “Orlando’s,” “Apples,” “Cabbage Face,” “Syncopated Healing” and “Lost in the Cold” along with welcoming Oehmen on saxophone. The quartet then delivered another guest-filled, jam-heavy second set beginning with “Frends Theme” before Palmieri added to a well-jammed “Latin Tang.” A coupling of “White Light” and fan-favorite “Frankenfoote” followed before PPPP guitarist Jeremy Schon helped Twiddle close their final Tumble Down set with “Slippin in the Kitchen.”

Palmieri then reconvened with Twiddle drummer Adrian Tramontano — who’s been playing with the band since last year — for a rare performance from their band The Breakfast to close the festival. Listen to Twiddle’s final Tumble Down performance below:

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