Next week Papadosio and their The Future Forrest Tour will be invading Urbana, IL on Wednesday, January 30th, for a show at the Canopy Club. The 18+ event opens it’s doors at 8pm. Revolutionary technology meets a revolutionary message in Papadosio. Melding progressive rock with psychedelia, folk with electronica, and dance music with jam, the quintet has amassed a dedicated following of thousands of likeminded individuals sewing the seeds of unity and spreading the sounds of exultation. Singer-songwriter Anthony Thogmartin’s visionary lyrics, eclectic production, and signature guitar work are anchored by the rock solid battery of drummer Mike Healy and bassist Rob McConnell. The quintet is rounded out by brothers Billy and Sam Brouse, whose virtuosic two-headed keyboard, synth, and programming attack give the band its unmistakable complexity and intensity. Canopy Club hooked UPC up with two (2) free tickets to the concert to giveaway to one lucky person. How do you win? Simple, follow the three easy steps below:

  1. Hit “Attending” on the Facebook event.
  2. Like this post (see ‘Like’ button below) and UPC’s Facebook page.
  3. Email with your full name (subject line: Papadosio Tix).

That’s it! Contest closes on Monday, January 28th at 8:00pm CT. The winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email with instructions on how to claim their tickets. Not feeling so lucky? Tickets are also available for purchase via Etix. Edit: Congrats to our winner, Phil I.!

To get you ready for the show we decided to talk to Papadosio’s Billy Brouse! Check out our brief interview below, and look out for the full feature to drop after their performance!

UPC: Following the success of your previous album and achievements in 2012, what are your new pursuits in 2013?

Billy: We look forward to 2013 being another year of progress both musically and mentally. Dosio plans on continuing to tour and plans on bringing our message of positive thinking and stewardship of nature and humankind to all who are willing to attend and be attentive. We also hope to start the process of remixing T.E.T.I.O.S and bringing new versions of our favorite cuts to the airwaves, and with the help of some of our favorite producers, I think this will be a great venture. Other than that, we will keep doing what we do and try to be as open as possible to new experiences and new sounds.

UPC: Seeing as Canopy Club is a smaller venue and you guys have played here before, in what ways will you all be anticipating this show?

Billy: I really like playing smaller venues because it brings you closer to the crowd and what they are feeling, I know you’ve heard it before but it really does feel nice to be close to the audience, it makes me feel like I’m part of the crowd and part of the show onstage, which is surreal. Depending on the night I almost like it better than larger venues.

UPC: Throughout your touring, what’s the bands most memorable fan experience? Before/During/After a show? And Why?

Billy: That question would take a tape recorder and about a mile of tape to answer, and I can’t speak for everyone here, but there was one night in Mobile that got pretty crazy. We played a show with our friends Zoogma and then proceeded to take the night waaaaay deep. We walked down the street to a place called The Music Box and down there bars and some venues stay open until about a million in the morning, which I was not aware of. Anyway, around 4:30 AM my brother, Sam Brouse, did a NALA set, which is his awesome side project. I didn’t think they were going to let it happen, but they did and it was bonkers for sure. Pretty sure we left that place around 6 or 6:30 in the morning, and got some great breakfast burgers at a place I can’t remember and that I’m sure doesn’t want to remember us! If you haven’t heard any NALA yet, check it out on Soundcloud. What a great night that was!