Papadosio's national tour is coming to Kent

By Kelly Maile | Staff Writer Published:

Nationally touring band Papadosio will bring their revolutionary messages to the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Tuesday as a part of their 2013 the Future of the Forest tour.

The group is made up of singer-songwriter Anthony Thogmartin, bassist Rob McConnell, Kent brothers Billy and Sam Brouse, who team up on keyboards and synth, and drummer Mike Healy.

The band melds revolutionary technology and a revolutionary message in with progressive rock, psychedelia, folk, electronica and dance music.

Healy said the band plays a little bit of everything.

"We have a mix of influences from far and wide," Healy said. "We can't ever really decide what to play half the time. A lot of our songs come from messing around at different times together and creating something unique."

Healy said when creating music, most of the bands inspiration comes from Mother Nature.

"We're very artistic," Healy said. "We get ideas from so many different places. Maybe a melody will come to one of us while we're walking down the street or sometimes we'll meet a person and later write a song about our experience with them. Most of our songs are about a situation we're in or a person we've met or a message to the world about our state of mind or things we want to change or influence."

One message in Papadosio's music is about our planet.

"We want to open minds and expand minds and get people to experience the world a little differently," Healy said. "We need to get back to our roots and the way we're supposed to be living on the plant. We need to listen to the earth and look at what people have done for millions of years. We live in a fragile environment that is rapidly being harmed every second and we have a lot of things to work on and come together on to learn how to live off the earth properly. That's a huge message in our music."

Papadosio is made up of likeminded individuals, concerned of our impact on the planet.

"We don't realize the amount of waste we go through in a solitary day just from throwing things away," Healy said. "These things are becoming huge issues. For example, the landfill in Cincinnati is terrible, and these problems are only going to get bigger with more and more people populating the earth. There's so many things that the world has to wake up to and we have to do it soon. We're going to be dealing with a lot of issues sooner than people realize. We need to start taking care of the earth, trying to cut down on consumption and waste and be more frugal so we have a future."

Healy said people relate to Papadosio because of the messages in their music.

"I think everyone can relate to our music," Healy said. "We have some many influences from around the world and we have so many different sounds and styles that relate to different walks of life. Especially with the things we talk about, like universal understanding and peace and justice in the world. Everyone is down with that. You'll see die-hard metal fans and people who listen to bluegrass and hip-hop in one room. Everyone gets really into it."

Healy said all he wants to do is to continue to play music for people around the world.

"We're blessed we're able to do what we love," Healy said. "We're on the road 200 days our of the year. It's definitely hard when we're gone and we're only home for 12 hours and then have to get back to the tour bus. At the same time, it's the best feeling to be able to connect with people around the world and seeing people smile and dance to our music. I would trade not being home any day for the experience of touring."

Papadosio's 2013 the Future of the Forest tour will feature new stage design, multi-track recording and a live LED visual show.

"We just hopped on the tour bus this week and we're stoked," Healy said. "We're hitting a lot of spots that we've been to already and we're coming with a lot of new songs and a whole new experience. We did our full album release in the Fall and we have a lot of fresh songs and new material that was written after the album. It's going to be an explosion of an experience, with a lot going on."

Papadosio's 2012 double album, To End the Illusion of Separation (T.E.T.I.O.S), was released in October.

"The album is more than two hours of music," Healy said. "It's a combination of the last two years of our life musically."

During the past two years, Papadosio has traveled all over the world.

"We met so many people throughout that time," Healy said. "We have 20 pieces of art work to each song. We met amazing visionaries and artists all over the country and we collaborated with them to create a piece of art to each sons. It's a really cool book of artwork that goes along with the music. There are so many different styles and sounds to it. We have one section where we tip our hats to when we went to Peru and studied with the shaman. It came out really well. We're absolutely amazed with it."

Healy said the band has grown since the last time they played the Kent stage three years ago.

"We stay true to our earlier music and we play a lot of it," Healy said. "But there's a different energy in our earlier music. We learned a lot more, we got tighter and much more polished. The level of professionalism is so much higher on the last album just because we didn't know how to do it as good as we do now."

Healy said performing at the Kent Stage is like coming home.

"We have a lot of family and friends coming out," Healy said. "It's going to be really fun. We bring the energy up and down throughout the night and it's definitely an exciting time. It's really visually stimulating. We have beautiful art work from our friends from around the world and pieces of nature and places we've been to. That's something that's really new. The last time we played in Kent, we didn't have anything life that. We're definitely bringing the heat."

Tom Simpson, co-owner of the Kent Stage, said Kent used to be a regular stop for Papadosio.

"Billy and Sam grew up in Kent and they played their very first show in Kent seven years ago," Simpson said. "They haven't been here in a really long time and we're excited to have them come out."

Simpson expects Tuesday's show to sell out.

"They are on the verge of becoming a very big, successful band," Simpson said. "They have a very high quality musicianship and they are very high energy. Last time they were here, they played a sold-out show at the Agora. I image everyone from 18 to 30 will be here."

Papadosio will play take the stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kent Stage. Guest artist Aliver Hall will open the show. Tickets are $15. The show is for ages 18 and over. For more information, call 330-677-5005 or visit www.kentstage.org.

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