Shpongle Closes Out Museum of Consciousness Tour on Long Island
By Kristen Grennan (@KristenGrennan)
The Shpongle DJ set as performed by Simon Potsford closed out the spring tour this year at the new beautiful venue The Space at Westbury on Long Island. The venue itself is less than a year old and if you have the opportunity to check someone out at the venue, do it. As the name of the venue implies, there is ample room for dancing! Also, since the venue used to be a movie theater there are plenty of seats for those looking to sit down, unwind and watch on. The staff is also incredibly friendly making the whole experience infinitely more comfortable and enjoyable for everyone.
The show was the grand finale of the Museum of Consciousness Tour, named after the recently released album of the same title. Many of the tracks played during the show were from the new album, but there also were a few older ones including “Star Shpongled Banner,” “Around the World in a Tea Daze” and the ever popular “Divine Moments of Truth.” Shpongle wrapped up with a Hallucinogen track. Overall, the all of the tracks played had an emphasis on the bass and tracks were cut short with solid transitions. “Star Shpongled Banner” was probably the longest played track of the set. Here’s the studio version of “Brain in a Fishtank,” which was performed during the show and is from the new Museum of Consciousness album:
This tour featured the Shpongletron 3.0, an upgraded version of past Shpongletron and a main feature of every Shpongle show. The Shongletron 3.0 enveloped the entire stage and was absolutely massive. It featured LED lights as well as high-definition computer generated visual images projected onto layered panels, enhancing the 3D effects. In many ways, the layered, 3D appearance reminded me of Eoto’s lotus visualizer, which makes sense as both the Shpongletron 3.0 and the Eoto lotus were made by visual artist innovator Zebbler. Here’s a recap to show you the diverse functions and displays of the Shpongletron:
The openers were Schlang and Desert Dwellers, both of whose psychedelic downtempo genre greatly complimented the ambiance that Shpongle produces. Schlang comprises of Space Jesus and Supersillyus and Desert Dwellers comprises of Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe. A commonality between Schlang, Desert Dwellers, and Shpongle was that they all had huge smiles on their faces as the wrapped up the final installment of the tour. The excitement was infectious and the crowd was one of the thickest crowds I’d seen at The Space.
Though the spring tour is over, if you missed Shpongle this go around you still have a few more chances to check him out! There will be Shpongle DJ sets at Counterpoint and Rootwire. There are 2 Shpongle Live shows coming up: one in Brussels, Belgium and one at Red Rocks in Colorado– certainly a show not to miss! More info on tour dates here.
Photos by Patrick Hughes Photography: