Poi Dog Pondering

Poi Dog Pondering keeps thriving because their ethic has always been about following their musical heart. Their steadfast independence has allowed them to perennially bloom. They’ve gone from bohemian street buskers to market major label sacrificial lambs to hard won autonomy with their own record label – Platetectonic Music.

Poi Dog Pondering have ripened into staunchly independent musical voyagers. They have let every sound that excited them flow through their music and flood it with ever changing colors: Orchestral, Acoustic and Electronic textures. Rock Band Disco, Chicago Stepper Soul & their unique ‘Soul Sonic Orchestra’ Sound. (Threaded all along the way with ‘heart on the sleeve’ lyrics that embrace the beauty and pain of everyday life).

30 years down the line there is a bolstered sense of history within the band now. A swagger that comes from having steadfastly carved their own path. It is quite apparent that PDP has always been, and ever will be, in-it-for-the-love-of-it; creating and performing. Line up changes are par for the course. PDP is an organic entity, it changes like life does. But there is a core with strong roots & deep personal history, open to new ears and ready to experiment. That’s what keeps it vibrant.

1984-86: Frank Orrall records a series of 3 full length cassette albums on home 4track under the moniker “Poi Dog Pondering”.

1987: The original Hawai’i line up of PDP (including Abra Moore, Ted Cho and John Nelson) Travels across north America for a year playing on street corners for gas and food money, and camp out all along the way.


“We rolled on under the instinct of impulse…
Showing up on the David Letterman show in torn jeans, threadbare shirts, and a borrowed guitar.
John, Bruce and Dave Max waking up hungover under the Eiffel tower after
emptying the mini bar;  in a single night – they were broke for the rest of the tour.”

“In 1992 we loaded up a Uhaul with our instruments and clothes and such and drove to Chicago. When we got within radio distance, we picked up WXRT, it was late night and Marty Lennartz was on the air playing incredible music. By the time interstate 55 was merging into 90/94 and we could see that epic Chicago skyline silhouette. DJ Marty dropped the Charlatan’s single “Weirdo” (with that nasty organ intro) and Max and I looked at each other, smiling, bouncing our heads, beating on the steering wheel and air keyboarding the dash board: We knew we had arrived in, for us, a shinny new city, at the right time in our life. This city was filled with new adventures to unfold. We were stoked and ready to go.”



Apr 14 2018


8:00 PM



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Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174