Rising Appalachia’s music is a mix of European Folk Music, Appalachian Music, and West African Music. While many of these styles have found their influence in electronic music as well, it’s great to see such a creative take on completely acoustic music. Their live show is quite energetic, and the band even features live painters on stage.Rising Appalachia’s slow acoustic jams get the crowd ready for the pumping beats of Jamtronica when Papadosio took the stage. It’s great to see these guys playing a nearly full Fillmore, with a top-notch light rig blowing the roof off the place, when, just four years ago they were playing Quixotes (a much smaller venue in town). Their set offered a varied selection of Papadosio favorites from throughout the years, accompanied by a stellar light show. My personal highlight was an extremely epic and emotive cover of “Dayvan Cowboy” by Boards of Canada. Sadly, BOC is a group that never plays live, so it was a real treat to hear their incredible compositions bursting at the seams with live energy. Other highlights from the night include the great Dosio track “We Are Water,” along with some other oldies from their first album, “Night Visions” and “All I Knew,” which haven’t been in rotation as much recently.Papadosio has definitely carved out something special for themselves, and it’s a pleasure to watch their meteoric rise to the forefront of the Jamtronica scene. At this rate, this band is well on their way to earning a coveted spot as one of the top bands on the festival circuit. If you get a chance to see one of these Earth Night shows, definitely seize the opportunity! Following their sold out Red Rocks show with Lotus in September [read the review here], Papadosio made a triumphant return to Colorado at the Fillmore Auditorium on the auspicious date of 12/13/14.Papadosio has had quite a fervent intention to help people evolve and respect each other and the planet, from their album and song titles, to Anthony Thogmartin’s side project EarthCry, and grassroots efforts by the band to make the world a better place beyond just playing music. Their new concert series Earth Night holds that same spirit of our collective evolution. Their playing, the energy in the venue, and the stylistic variation offered by the openers helped shows just how far the band has come in the past several years, and the untapped potential that exists for them down the road.San Francisco native Eskmo kicked off the night with his eclectic and transcendental take on electronic music. His sets are always fun to watch as he uses live samples of physical objects he has with him on stage anything from a soda can opening to creative orchestration of a coat hanger, and also sings live with far out lyrics and vocal effects complimenting the wobbly, ultra trippy sonic canvas that he provides.After Eskmo, the lineup took an abrupt, yet tasteful turn with the roots/folk serenade of Rising Appalachia. Their folky sound has stumbled upon a welcome niche in our festival scene, which is so saturated with electronic production. Having a group like Rising Appalachia opening for a electronically-influenced group like Dosio offered a broader auditory palette than most other shows where the standard one or two person producer team opens up.
“I just wanna win, that’s me, I’m not happy unless I win and I’ll be mad if I finish second,” said Logano, who drives the Team Penske No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford. “That’s just the 22 team. We have one goal, to win. And everything short of that isn’t failure, but it’s not achieving our goal. Wednesday morning the drivers worked on tire feedback for Goodyear and then the afternoon was dedicated to more individual team-centric goals. Logano remains confident his first victory of 2017 is imminent. He’s a two-time winner at tiny Bristol Motor Speedway, where the series visits April 23 after the off week, and he’s also a winner at the following venue, Richmond International Raceway. “Now this afternoon we get to play a little bit. The fun part’s about to start for me.” RELATED: Upping the ante at the All-Star Race | FAQ “Last week we had a 10th-place car and put ourselves in position to win, but we weren’t fast enough to win the race. MORE: Monster Energy Series driver points standings Logano, the defending Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race winner, told reporters he was good with the changes announced Tuesday to the May 20 invitational. But he deferred to his veteran crew chief Todd Gordon about the new tire strategy — including a softer, green-lettered “option” tire available to teams for the first time ever. It’s been an accomplished early portion of the season for the 2015 Daytona 500 winner Logano, who said he was glad the teams had this test on the 2.5-mile high banks. As good as his Team Penske group has performed this year, he hasn’t won a race yet. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joey Logano was his typical smiles and optimism at Daytona International Speedway on a sunny Wednesday afternoon, where five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams tested for both NASCAR and Goodyear before enjoying the first off weekend of the 2017 season. “That’s our strategy, our approach. And we have better days than others. We know that.” NASCAR had the drivers — also including Alex Bowman (in Jimmie Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevy), Stewart-Haas Racing’s Danica Patrick, Richard Childress Racing’s Ryan Newman and Furniture Row Racing rookie Erik Jones — try out various packages. BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol “Obviously, tests are hard to come by these days, there aren’t many of them,” Logano said. “Yesterday (Tuesday) was interesting with a lot of different packages coming from NASCAR and today a Goodyear test. We did four 25-lap runs in a five-car pack to give them some data this morning and help them make decisions on their tire selections. “We have to take both of those things and put ourselves in Victory Lane, which I feel is just around the corner. Our cars aren’t far off.” He’s coming off a “better day” — a season-best third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday and has six top-six finishes through the first seven races of 2017. And yet for all that, Logano is ranked sixth in the standings, which are topped by several new faces of excellence. “Those first three or four years of sucking are paying off now, so that’s good,” he said with a laugh. Speaking about the early season to date, Logano grinned in replying to questions about the “young guns” charging through the points standings. Kyle Larson, 24, currently leads 21-year-old Chase Elliott by 17 points atop the standings. Including Logano (ranked fifth, 72 points behind Larson) and 23-year-old Ryan Blaney, right behind in sixth place – four drivers 26 or younger leading the way. “I don’t think I’m old. I’m 26, for crying out loud,” he said smiling. “I do like that I have more experience than all of them. And that plays in my hand that I have nine years of experience, plus I’m 26 so I have plenty of youth, too. … I’m in a very good spot. “It’s interesting,” Logano said. “It will change it up for sure with a tire like that and change the strategy. You should probably talk to Todd. For me, it’s pretty basic, pass the car in front of me.” And while Logano recognizes he’s on the “upside” of the youth movement, the 17-time Cup winner was quick to remind that he has big boy trump cards in experience and confidence. And success. “We haven’t put the whole race together in all honesty,” Logano said. “When we’ve had fast race cars, we’ve had pit road penalties or weird things happen that we don’t score the stage points and we don’t put ourselves in position to win. We put ourselves in position to get a top-five again. Specifically on Tuesday they tried variations of a new NASCAR design to keep the race cars from going airborne easily or frequently. Yet. &lt;/p&gt;