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Thursday, April 14

Papadosio and The Werks prove that Democracy still Works.

Papadosio and The Werks prove that Democracy still Works. 
 

 The double bill of “Papadosio” and “The Werks” was a concert Northern Michigan University has been anticipating all school year. At the beginning of classes the students voted on two acts to grace the halls of their fine learning institute. Guess which two bands won? Damn straight! So it was no surprise when the auditorium was full of raging faces from all walks of life. It's rare living in a place with a nickname like the “Yoop” where you're lucky if the karaoke bar actually has all the working components to even sing. To attend a concert with two of the hottest bands touring. It's easy to understand why these two bands had the whole campus abuzz for weeks leading up to the show. Both bands managed to exceed the high expectations and delivered a night this town gets about as often as Narnia enjoyed the sun.
 
 The Werks kicked things off as the basketball gym quickly transformed into a dance party.
 Dino was still out because of a family emergency but the band picked up the slack as they tore through a set of mostly crowd pleasers. The Werks performed an amazing tight set that spanned a little over an hour. The crowded venue did not want them to stop and they could have easily entertained the sold out basketball gym all night. 
 
    
 “Papadosio” was up next and the masses were primed for more music. For anyone who has not connected the dots. Their name is rumored to mean “pop a dose” and if true, it fits their unique acid inspired music. The room seemed to have exploded with energy as the first notes were cast into the air. It's easy to understand why this band has arrived onto the scene. They are wizards at morphing many genres and making them sound fresh. The crowd danced in a tribal like fashion for the entirety of the set. It did not matter if they covered “Pink Floyd” or their anthem “Magreenery” they had the capacity crowd in the palm of their hands. Abstract jams would explode with structure before evolving into a song just to segue flawlessly into another number. They answered the challenge that “The Werks” presented them by taking the hysterical crowd they inherited and pushing them over the edge. 
 It's been a long time since I had stepped into an educational facility, and let me tell you, it doesn’t change much. But for one Thursday night they hosted a function where we all forgot we were music deprived “Yoops”. Thanks to the bands and the university we all danced our troubles away and celebrated life. Usually you're lucky to find any smiles unless it's graduation. But on this particular night theMichigan  peninsula was the place to be.
Words: Michael Wallinten 
Photos: Kevin Wong