PHOTOS / REVIEW: Dopapod @ Acoustic Cafe, Bridgeport, CT 2/22/12

It had been a long and tiring day, but not for a moment did I hesitate to venture down to Bridgeport to check out some good music. High five to Mother Nature! It was a beautiful and warm winter evening and I was able to leave my jacket in the car. Love it when that happens!

According to Urban Dictionary, patchouli is a “hippie perfume…smells like forest, pot and snuggling.” Well that mixed with the smell of Nag Champa completely slapped me in the face the moment I stepped foot inside of The Acoustic Cafe. The venue is quaint and narrow with a small but deep stage. Made my way to the bar and there were homemade Margarita and Chambord flavored cupcakes for sale. While waiting for the bartender to pour me a plastic-cupful of white wine (it was only Wednesday, people), I saw Eliís vintage 1970’s Hammond with some graffiti sitting on the stage, just waiting to be played. I walked around the stage a bit to get my bearings straight. The lighting tech was running around to make sure the lights were all in place, and there was a guy front and center setting up a stationary video camera with another hanging around his neck.The house music was mellow and smooth which led to an overall calm vibe in the room. It was going to be a good show. We could all feel it in our bones.

My timing was perfect. Just moments after I gotten in and settled, the band slowly took stage one by one. First Rob Compa (on guitar), then Chuck Jones (on bass), Neil ìFroî Evans (on drums) slipped in through the back stairs and finally Eli Winderman (on keys) walked on and sat down. There was no grand gesture to start the show. Like dipping your toes in the water before you dive all the way in, they began with a smooth number to warm us all up for the rage that was in store for us through the rest of the evening. They began with “Black and White,” the second track off of their latest release Drawn Onward.

God bless a band that has a talented light technician. Luke Stratton kept my head turning in all the right directions by providing the perfect hue for my pictures. The colors combinations were surreal and perfectly paired together.

I had taken a timeout to jot down some notes and what did my wondering eyes appear? Tim Palmieri from CT based band Kung Fu

Rob (Compa) introduced their next song titled “#3, Volume 86.” It was a new slong and it included some lyrics, which are not typical for the band. Not that either of those two things are a negative…the song rocked!

It was time. Rob and Tim grabbed their instruments and were warmly welcomed on stage by not only the band, but the fans as well. While they were getting plugged in, Eli was playing around on a new little toy of his; a mysterious sound box that was just plain out mesmerizing. All was set and ONWARD they all went into a nice little Jimmy Herring cover, “Scapecoat Blues.”