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Festival circuit jam band Dopapod evolves to find its voice

Boston-born band Dopapod has come a long way since its humble beginnings a decade ago.

“We went through a couple different arrangements of band members,” bassist Chuck Jones said. “It started in 2007, then it really took off and became a thing somewhere around 2009 or 2010.”

Now the band is gaining popularity on the festival circuit with its brand of electronic jam music.

“We started out playing all-instrumental music in the jam-band scene, ... kind of the more electronic type. ... Lots of (the band’s sounds) are based around dance grooves,” Jones said. “We got grouped into that electronic jam thing pretty quickly. ... Over the last two years, we’ve done a lot more stuff with lyrics. We’ve been experimenting with new song vibes. We get tired of playing the same thing over and over, so we try new stuff.”

Dopapod tests its evolving vibe on festival crowds, most recently Wakarusa Music Festival (Arkansas), Summer Camp (Illinois), Electric Forest (Michigan), Camp Bisco (New York), Peach Music Festival (near Scranton) and Gathering Of the Vibes (Connecticut).

“We’re a jam band in the festival music scene, absolutely, that is our title,” Jones said. “Our scene is the festival scene.”

Dopapod is quickly becoming a mainstay on the music festival circuit. The band has played festivals like Wakarusa, Summer Camp, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Peach Fest and Gathering of the Vibes.

“We’re a jam band in the festival music scene, absolutely, that is our title,” said Jones. “Without breaking it down, there are other aspects to it, other genres we can attach to, but our scene is the festival scene. Mountain Jam, Electric Forest, all those bands: that’s our scene.”

Last year, Dopapod released “Never Odd or Even.” The album marks a slight departure from the band’s original sound and evolution of musical craftsmanship.

““It has the most vocals of any of our albums before,” Jones said. “Seven out of nine tracks have vocals. We’re all very proud of it. It very much captures where we’re at right now.”

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