‘Twas the night before 4/20, when all through State College, an EOTO was stirring up crazy-good beats.
Who says the famous cannabis holiday can’t come early? In the latest stop on their spring “Bass Invaders Tour,” multi-instrumentalist Michael Travis and percussionist-vocalist Jason Hann of EOTO dazzled a dazed State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave, on Thursday night.
The two literally performed inside of a 17-feet tall lotus flower (no drug allusions there), mesmerizing with a state-of-the-art light show and improvised on-the-spot sound.
“You are about to experience EOTO,” the screen read in front of the venue’s stage in “Star Wars”-style font before Travis and Hann came out. “Prepare for a unique journey into bass music that has no boundaries.”
The statement was entirely true.
The current String Cheese Incident members produced loops, beats and vocals all in a live setting for about 150 people. Travis wowed as he switched from bass, guitar and synthesizers maniacally, inducing trance-like spontaneous compositions.
Kraddy, a founding member of glitch hop group The Glitch Mob, also impressed, with a variety of remixes and original hybrids of dancehall and hip-hop.
The State Theatre didn’t seem entirely suited for a rave, strangely confiscating audience members’ glow sticks for whatever reason. Perhaps this policy might be revised in the future.