The three-piece funk metal group brought their theatrically over-the-top Chocolate Factory tour to Indy on Sunday.

Primus fans filled the Murat Theatre in the Old National Center expecting to see an amazing display of bass by the legendary Les Claypool. Judging by the dancing, whooping, and the amount of applause, Primus fans were not disappointed by the offering of a full night of music and passion. The first set was littered with old favorites and showcased band members Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, and Tim Alexander, in front of a curtain and psychedelic lights. The signature bass sound Claypool is known for was amazing to hear live. The fans ranged from young to old; the average person and those dressed in crazy costumes for the occasion.

Following a short intermission, the crowd was treated to a spectacle as soon as the curtain was lifted. Primus as joined on stage by another percussionist and a cellist along with large mushrooms, huge candy pieces, costumes, masks, and large-headed Oompa Loompas, as they played the songs from their newest album Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble. Behind them, on a large screen, played clips from the movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Claypool didn’t miss a beat and strutted around the stage in masks, wigs, and of course hats during the set.

This was a well thought out show from musicians who have been referred to as pranksters, funk metal, and experimental rock. Whatever you call them, Primus is full of fun and humor and definitely like to entertain.

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