Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Return To The Charleston Pour House
Written by Miranda Steadman
This coming Tuesday, join Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at The Pour House for a joyful show experience as fun as the name of the band. Their funky beats and psychadelic melodies will get you on your dancing feet. Prepare to boogie down with the boys this February 5 at The Charleston Pour House. The band is stoked to play once again at their favorite spot to hang in Charleston, following opener Asheville funk bank The Fritz. "The Pour House staff, patrons and sound always brings a really good vibe, which brings the best out in our music," Pigeons Guitarist Jeremy Schon explained.
Guitarists Jeremy and Greg Ormont met while studying at the University of Maryland. The two Terrapins began playing together as an acoustic duo during their freshman year in 2006, then were later joined by bassist Ben Carrey in 2007. "We all just started off as music fans going to other shows, doing our own thing and having a good time," Jeremy said. "We're really lucky to have such a supportive fan base. They let us push the envelope at every show," Jeremy added.
One of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong's big inspirations is jazz music. Jeremy Schon studied Jazz in high school, which became an important influence of his music. Growing up, Jeremy's parents would play jazz musicians like Miles Davis for him, sparking his insterest in jazz. Jam is another solid influence of the group's groovy tunes. "We are lucky to be welcomed into the jam community because improvisation is such a huge part of jam music," Jeremy gratefully said. Each member of Pigeons contributes input into their songs. "It's a reflection of everyone's musical backgrounds. It's a conglomerate of all of our musical tastes," Jeremy expressed.
The first time Pigeons played The Pour House, they rocked the house with an audience of about 50. Every time they came back to play The Pour House, their audience grew. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong played a sold out show last time they came to The Poho. "It has been very cool to see it all come together and grow. We feel like we owe it to our fans to grow with our band," Jeremy reflected. Pigeons are always writing new music and are eager to test them out in front of an audience.
"Seeing how everything has unfolded over the past 10 years shows that hard work really does pay off," Jeremy said. "If you're having fun with what you're doing, you can't loose. There's no way to have a bad time in the end. If you love what you do, you're never really going to work at your 9 to 5," Jeremy added. The band even references the 9 to 5 life in the lyrics of their song Ocean Flows on The Great Outdoors Jam album.
The day before Pigeons Playing Ping Pong play The Pour House, they have plans to record some of their music at a friend's home studio in Charleston. Pigeons released their last album, Pizzazz, in 2017 and are very much looking forward to recording their new album. "We feel its (Pizzazz) is our best album yet and the next one will be even better," Jeremy revealed. Since drummer Alex Petropulos joined Pigeons Playing Ping Pong 4 years ago, the band feels like he's stepped up their sound and kicked their music up a notch. Expect a very interactive experience at a Pigeons show. "We feed off the crowds energy and the crowd feeds off of the live energy that we feel from each other onstage," Jeremy confessed. Guitarist Jeremy Schon will return to The Charleston Pour House to play a three night run with Everyone Orchestra on February 28 through March 2.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are thrilled to play their first show at the exquisite outdoor venue Red Rocks Ampitheatre on May 2. They will co-headline with their good friends, Vermont based jam band Twiddle. The band's own festival Domefest will kick off the weekend of May 16 in Masontown, West Virginia. Catch the Pigeons at Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois May 24 though the 26. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will also play Peach Festival this summer on Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania July 19 to 22. "We like touring and trying to meet new people at shows and spread our music around the country as far as we can," Jeremy explained.