Friday, 08 November 2013 11:25

The Poop on Pigeons

By Arthur Gonick | Entertainment

       SARATOGA SPRINGS — 

I admit it. I was first attracted to this group because of the name and the imagery it invoked. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. But then I delved further and found that this hard working quartet out of Baltimore has a lot to offer. 

“Pigeons” perches at Putnam Den on Friday, November 8, headlining a show that also features Squid Parade. This is one of their 150 stops this year, and a quick listen to their recordings show that they bring combination of funk, rock and electronic energy that is multiplied when it’s observed live.

Original jams in danceable combinations are a rare and joyous thing to experience in a live setting, and Putnam Den is about the best “coop” in town to go bird-watching. 

Ah yes, the name. As a freshman at the University of Maryland, band founder Greg Ormont was dozing off during a Psych 101 lecture. Upon awakening, his eyes were fixed upon a random page in his textbook related to the famed BF Skinner experiments of training pigeons to play some crude form of table tennis. 

He leaned over to his musical mate Jeremy Schon and announced, “I have it.” And now you can too.

Doors are at 8 p.m. This is an 18 and over show. Admission is $7 if you are 21 or older, $12 otherwise. For more information, visit www.putnamden.com. 

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