by Ryan Smith
Melding deep-Earth roots with the wires and systems of the information age, Papadosio gives a sound to a revolutionary shift in the collective consciousness. And on Saturday, the Asheville, N.C.-based electro-rock syndicate is bringing that sound — and its messages — to the Rex Theater.
Led by singer-songwriter Anthony Thogmartin (who, along with guests Dopapod, also opens with his new solo project, EarthCry), Papadosio are well-known and loved throughout the burgeoning transformational festival culture. Last month, in rural southeastern Ohio's Kappner's Woods, they hosted their fourth annual Rootwire Music and Arts Festival, which band members and organizers describe as “a cascading flow of artistic expression," — from live music and painting, installation and performance art, presentations, workshops, ceremony and more — that is "an expedition into light, nature, sound, community and healing."
And, after having experienced even just one of Rootwire's four days, I can say that sounds entirely right on.
Doors for Saturday's all-ages show open at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit rextheatre.com.
To check out Papadosio — and hear live sets from Rootwire 2K13 — visit www.papadosio.com and www.rootwirefestival.com. And below, check out our slideshow from this year's festival.