JAM IN THE DAM | 03.18 - 03.20 | AMSTERDAM

Words by: Shain Shapiro :: Images by: Sam Friedman

Jam In The Dam :: 03.18.07 - 03.20.07 :: Melkweg :: Amsterdam, Holland


Amsterdam - 2007
Jam In The Dam was different this year. Gone were Umphrey's McGee and the Disco Biscuits, Keller Williams was back for round two along with new arrivals Dark Star Orchestra, Yonder Mountain String Band and Galactic. The hyperbolic trance jams and electronic noodling were gone, replaced by Grateful Dead interpretations, bluegrass, folk and New Orleans funk. Also gone were the younger rambunctious fans of previous years, replaced by an older, more mature crowd that defined the atmosphere throughout the festival.

Melkweg is a multipurpose venue with two stages, a movie theatre, restaurant, dance studio, art gallery and tearoom. Once again, each room was utilized appropriately. Fans got to sip tea, watch films or float around the art gallery before music each night. When the doors swung open no one rushed directly for the stage. Instead, a calm, collected mass neatly hung up their coats and chatted in the foyer with band members. The first two nights had Keller and Galactic in the small room while Yonder Mountain and Dark Star took over the big room. The only difference was Yonder Mountain and Dark Star exchanged headlining slots, with each closing the venue for one night. The third and final night the bands swapped rooms and timeslots.

Dark Star Orchestra and Yonder Mountain String Band


YMSB :: Jam In The Dam 2007
Much like the Dead in 1981, two drum sets pervasively dominated the stage in The Max (the big room), set on large risers in front of a wall of amps that the bands shared. Yonder Mountain cut the ribbon on Jam in the Dam 2007. Having not seen the quartet since 2002, their precise instrumentation and jocular nature immediately sent me flying. Their first two sets featured a standard array of Yonder fare including "Red Rocking Chair," "Boatman," "Left Me in a Hole," "40 Miles From Denver" and "Not Far Away." This was a clever mélange of all things bluegrass with flecks of country, folk and reggae interspersed with extended instrumental interludes. I certainly did not expect a cover of the Talking Head's "Girlfriend Is Better" but the band's willingness to play a song completely outside of the bluegrass realm, and subsequently rip the hell out of it, epitomizes their prowess.


DSO :: Jam In The Dam 2007
Admittedly, I have not warmed up to Dark Star Orchestra like some others due to a more close-minded view towards the Dead that sees any and all interpretation as sacrilegious. I know this belief is nothing but unadulterated bullshit. Dark Star is not the Dead. They don't perform identical versions to the original works. No one is trying to replace Jerry Garcia, just interpret and pay homage to his genius. The resemblance is strong - vocally, musically and atmospherically - but this was a whole new experience, different from how it must have been tripping with the Dead in 1981 at the same venue. Both nights proved as experimental as a vaporizer at the Pink Floyd Coffee Shop. "China Cat" began two hours of epochal melodies. It seemed like the music never stopped as "Loser," "Cumberland Blues" and "When I Paint My Masterpiece" were all incisively interpreted, including some mandolin from Yonder's Jeff Austin on the latter two. By performing original sets in Amsterdam (in contrast to their normal model of recreating a specific show from the Grateful Dead past), the Chicago septet injected new blood and flirtatiousness into the music, not only in song selection but also performance style.


YMSB & DSO :: Jam In The Dam 2007
The Dark Star Orchestra is a new entity, one embarking on their own long, strange trip with a map handed to them by veteran sailors. The crowd, myself included, lapped up each tune including an obligatory, transcendental jaunt into "Lucy and the Sky With Diamonds," "Wharf Rat," "Around and Around," a brilliant "Eyes of The World" with Keller Williams on vocals and a fantastic "Touch of Grey" that closed night two. All in all, the first two nights in the big room symbolized all that is right with Jam In The Dam - a mix of the old and new, demon spirit and whisky and wine coagulated for eight hours of aurally seismic, undeniably beautiful sonnets.

The third night was even better. What I saw was sweeter than chocolate chronic. "Dark Star" was brought out in full force with "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Playin' in the Band" and "The Wheel." I was there when Dark Star concluded their opening set and Yonder Mountain emerged alongside Keller Williams and wound through the most emotional, cathartic version of "Ripple" I have ever heard. The two bands fully respected the tune, and in doing so, performed it graciously. Built off an audience sing-a-long at the end of "Not Fade Away," it was communal, therapeutic, liberating and gorgeous.

Short Interlude


Amsterdam - 2007
This year had a master of ceremonies, John DiMaggio, the voice of Bender on Futurama, accompanied buddy Larry Shapiro (director of the original Jam In The Dam DVD). While Shapiro filmed things, DiMaggio hopped on and offstage before sets, inviting bands to kiss his shiny metal ass, adding pizzazz and humor to the proceedings.

A contest to find a local band to buttress the first night produced Ear Piercing For Babies, a Dutch/British funk act that ran through 30 minutes of music more akin to floating through High Sierra than the streets lining the Centrum in Amsterdam. Apparently this band is recording in April, so check them out.

Keller Williams


Keller Williams :: Jam In The Dam 2007
Keller Williams began each of three nights while Galactic finished them off. The two shared the Oude Zaal (the small room) the first two nights and moved to the big time on night three. Keller's consistency never wavered throughout the festival, and while he was a traveling troubadour floating in and out of his friends' sets, his focus remained his solo work. Highlights included "One Hit Wonder" on night one, a gorgeous reggae-tinged version of "Breathe" on night two, and his various nods to Van Morrison, Al Green and countless others. Keller's scatting was top notch, too. Songs off his collaborative freak fest Dream entwined all three nights including "Play This," "People Watching" and "Kiwi and the Apricot." I remember waltzing in the middle of a jig before getting down and dirty to personal favorite "Freaker By The Speaker."

A special song written for a busker in Amsterdam struck gold. In the middle of set three in the big room, Keller debuted a folk dipped homage to a fellow picker on a canal bridge. Keller described a man alone, penniless and passed by, even though his tunes are damn good. Like much of Keller's material, this tune made me smile and think simultaneously. How many gifted street musicians do we pass by without so much as a wink? Being a busker himself at one point, this tune grasped the beauty of Keller Williams in three minutes – a relaxed, honest and caring individual, always in search of growth whilst never forgetting his past.


Keller Williams :: Jam In The Dam 2007
One of the best festival moments occurred when Keller joined Yonder Mountain on night two for "Funkytown" and "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman." It was hilarious to hear 800 hippies belting Carole King at the top of their lungs.

Watching the man play is so damn interesting, as he floats from bass to guitar, all the while singing and dancing in an attempt to further entertain himself. His sets and guest appearances were a treat, providing another rung on the ladder to harmonic heaven this festival is constructing.

Galactic


Galactic with Sebastian :: JitD 2007
I missed Galactic on night one but on night two the small room was packed as the band played climactic, ferocious funk. Stanton Moore is one of the best drummers in America, so my eyes were primarily glued to him throughout the set while my legs fed off the brilliant melodic interplay of tenor sax and organ. Galactic was sort of the stylistic black sheep of this year's lineup but proved to be the icing on the already too-sweet cake. Keller Williams emerged and sang a tune in tribute to former lead singer, The Houseman. They also had a local beat boxer named Sebastian add flecks of hip-hop to the funk a couple times. The political manifesto "FEMA" was entrancing, and older numbers "Doublewide" and "Black Eyed Pea" were fantastic, too. More than individual numbers it was the collective's cohesion, swimming in constant unison, giving equal weight to improvisation and groove structure. Galactic know exactly what they want to accomplish and take the right steps to do so. Their funk relies as much on rock, hip-hop, soul and blues as it does on James Brown or The Meters

Final Thoughts


JitD 2007
The weather did not cooperate this year, as hail, wind and rain drenched the festival, minimizing outdoor excursions during the day. Still, tales of tripping out at the Van Gogh, nearly getting run over by a tram and going on a coffee shop tour – and not remembering which ones you hit afterwards – coagulated in the mass of hash smoke inside the Melkweg. After three years, the organization is streamlined and predictable, but the music and experience is far from it. Alongside the music, it was the conversations, the laughter and spontaneous dance sessions that one remembers, the experience within the experience. A more mature vibe did dominate but not in a way that dampened the party. In truth, it added to it, as everyone had their own space while simultaneously contributing to the bliss of others. Everyone had a permanent smile on their face, simply happy to be there. This festival was something special.

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Comments

MatthewAtienza Mon 3/26/2007 05:58PM
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MatthewAtienza

Good article, im going to try and go next year.

turok101 starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/26/2007 06:23PM
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Is Keller God? hmm...

You Fail starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/26/2007 06:57PM
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You Fail

anyone tape this ?

carphishhead starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/26/2007 07:24PM
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carphishhead

Heres a thumbs up for the icon ^

Marcsmall starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/26/2007 07:56PM
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Marcsmall

Yonder is the best thing going out there. Their Boulder impromtu show was the best show of the past few months. I was at all 5 STS9 shows immediately after and none of them even came close to the energy at the Fox that night. Regardless of genre, Yonder is by far the band whose shows are in the true spirit of the psychedelic experience. Nobody else out there plays to the crowd the way they do. Jeff Austin may have the most positive stage presence of anyone on the scene today. They may play accoustic instruments, but they are definetely Rock and Roll in it's purest form.

SaePecos starstarstar Mon 3/26/2007 08:08PM
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Marcs- right on...Yonder is the best thing out there...check out there st. Louis show at iclips.net...it was/is amazing!

lnorrigby starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/26/2007 10:01PM
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For those about to pluck, we salute you:

http://www.iclips.net/yonder/yonder.html

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this is just plain kick ass.. peas..

johnnygoff starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/27/2007 08:02AM
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johnnygoff

this is an incredible writeup. I assume Shain had some good time to write on the red eye back from "the Dam"...REgardless, a superior review! very nice indeed! excuse me, while I whip out my "5-fantasic" rating on this piece. thank you for the pics too Sam!

O1Roggae Tue 3/27/2007 08:31AM
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O1Roggae

Does anyone have the setlists for YMSB and DSO during the first two nights?

dantron7 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/27/2007 10:27AM
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lol lol lol YMSB better than 5 nights of sound tribe? u better get your head checked. i was at all 5 nights of sts9 and it was the best music ive seen in a while. sts9 played 5 nights, thats 10 sets of music, and olny covered one song.ever time i see YMSB they play the same bluegrass songs and cover a bunch more. YMSB are good and they kick ass, but they don't bring it all the time. hopefully the 420 show in humboldt wonn't suck this time, last time they were in humboldt it was sleepy time.

boxofrain Tue 3/27/2007 12:05PM
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YMSB better then STS9?? I mean there good but Tribes on another level!

bsclowds starstarstarstar Tue 3/27/2007 12:12PM
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just barely missed it last year, gonna try my hardest to venture over there next year

what about the lineup for 08?

disco biscuits
Leftover Salmon
Tea Leaf Green
moe

boxofrain Tue 3/27/2007 12:42PM
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This is what Iam talkin about!!
2008 Jam in the Dam
STS9
Disco Biscuits
New Deal
Moe.
Conspirator- late night

phhil starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/27/2007 12:42PM
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phhil

how could one ever win or loose a debate about weather a bluegrass or electro-trance-dance band is better or worse? it's obvoiusly based soley on what you like.
Good article im jealous.

j-bizzle Tue 3/27/2007 12:45PM
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j-bizzle

Have to agree with dantron and boxof on this one. Comparing yonder to the 9 is rediculous. I like ymsb, but put it this way. Could i do 5 nights in a row of sts9, absolutely. Could i do 5 nights of ymsb - not if you paid me. Only so much bluegrass a man can take. But regardless jam in the dam looks a lot better than what i expected it to be when the initial line up was posted - boring as hell.

Marcsmall starstarstar Tue 3/27/2007 01:01PM
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Marcsmall

STS9 is the most repetitive band I've ever seen or heard. Every damn beat makes me want to turn my hat sideways and dance in circles like a lab rat all night.....Only so much Techno a man can take before your IQ starts to plummet.

boxofrain Tue 3/27/2007 01:27PM
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I totally hear you on that J-Bizzle!!! Marcsmall dont blame the 9 for your IQ hahaha

phaslam starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/27/2007 01:31PM
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phaslam

yonder and the tribe are two of my top 5 live acts out there right now. if you want a funky mind blowing adventure, then the tribe is your ticket, but if you love the whiskey and stomping around like a madman, then yonder is your show. trying to decifer which is better or more enjoyable or who puts on the better show is a waste of time because they both brinig the heat and you'll have a blast at either. peas.

j-bizzle Tue 3/27/2007 01:32PM
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j-bizzle

"STS9 is the most repetitive band I've ever seen or heard. Every damn beat makes me want to turn my hat sideways and dance in circles like a lab rat all night"

So why did you go to all 5 nights?

berneto Tue 3/27/2007 02:12PM
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YMSB and STS9 are great.

Jam in the Dam 2008
STS9
Disco Biscuits
Greyboy Allstars
Railroad Earth

I'd be sold!!!

CoJeff starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/27/2007 02:41PM
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HAHAHa I think most of you are funny. I hear I love music and I'll go no matter whos playing but in the same paragraph its said, if tDB or UM aren't there next year then your not going. Well if you loved music then you would be there. Also doesn't this my band is better than your band seem like that kid argument of my father can beat up your father?? Who cares if you don't like YMSB or STS9, each person has their opinion. I personally don't like techo music at all and it sounds all the same to me.

I could easily do five nights of YMSB but you couldn't pay me to do 5 nights of tribe. Oh yeah I just did three out of the five in the JitD.

craikes13 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/27/2007 04:21PM
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craikes13

If you don't think both of these bands are part of the elite, then I really don't know what to say to you. I can only wish I had the means to go all the shows that people above mentioned. I would love absolutely every minute of it.......5 nights of STS9 & 5 nights w/ YMSB? FUCK YEAH!!!!!

...but Sharon Jones kicks everyone's butt. =)

mr2bits Tue 3/27/2007 04:22PM
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Great, succint write-up. Love the honesty as to reviewer prejudice when it comes to DSO. And, oh yeah, my band is better than your band!

mgizmo starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/27/2007 06:18PM
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Does anyone notice the pattern here? Every time one person says "so and so" is the best thing out there, someone else has to start a debate the second they hear that? Get a fucking life you haters...

Jake. Tue 3/27/2007 06:48PM
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dantron7 Tue 3/27/2007 07:24PM
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didn't want to start a my band is better than yours war. i just didn't like the review by marcus, how the sts9 shows were. the ymsb show was a secret show they did after sam bush so the energy was off the hook, hell ya, i would go crazy if i was at a sam bush show and ymsb says ,"hey we'll play a show too!' the sts9 shows were filled with energy and crunchy vibes, don't know what show u were at. and going all the way to amsterdam of DSO is a little much. its a grateful dead cover band, the best one out there, but come on, talk about repetitve. 5 nights of sts9 was epic. peace, happy festival season

electrojamz Tue 3/27/2007 08:20PM
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regardless of how good a cover band is, it is annoying to see them taking up festival slots when there are many good original bands busting balls to get that same festie slot brah

allovernow starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/27/2007 09:04PM
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you know what...... DSO was the BEST part of jitd!!!!! They had the largerst crowds and they had the most energy...... Screw the cover band thing, if that's what folks want to call them becuase they don't want to understand how amazing they really are. They take the music to a level that matches the GD's spirit and that's the deal. Say what you will but if your a true dead head you know what I mean........ DSO does it every show like no other............ And as the story say's DSO was a major part of the festival........

Jidi starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/28/2007 01:09AM
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Jidi

way different vibe this year. great article shain, definitly an older crowd. but even more different than last year was that there wasnt the individual band communities. the best part about 06 was that there were packs - umphreys kids, bisco kids, and tribe kids and while everybody came to get down there wasnt that same feel of being there to rep your band.

Jidi Wed 3/28/2007 01:10AM
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Jidi

also the place was more normal because not every single person there was tripping their face off like last years party

Mr. Aaron starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/28/2007 05:59AM
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Mr. Aaron

Great Photos Sam!

dantron7 Wed 3/28/2007 07:07AM
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allovernow how many grateful dead shows did u go too?

CoJeff Wed 3/28/2007 07:55AM
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How does it matter how many shows allovernow went to. To me the spirit of the GD music is meant to be heard live and not over tape. Believe my GD show collection is huge but its truly not the same thing as hearing the music live and being part of the crowd. I personally only went to 5 GD shows in my life but I've gone to tons of DSO shows.

CaptColorado starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/28/2007 09:07AM
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This is one of the greatest executed festivals ever, basically a super indulgent private party. If you are into the outdoor summer fests then this may not for you. While New Orleans Jazz Fest(35+ years and STILL going!)still ranks as the best fest of all time because it combines the multistage daylight shows with the dancing til the sun comes up late night shows, JITD carves its own niche. Just like NOJF, PROFESSIONALS ONLY NEED APPLY. This fest is not for the faint of heart. Every night started at before 10pm and went past 3am!! Do yourself a favor and start saving your $$$ NOW for next year, and you will not regret it!

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its a bad idea to compare new grass to techno trance.
its just plain different!! I work for a public radio station and I like all kinds of different genres for different reasons. sometimes its just mood.. but I could never compare ymsb to sts9, or dso to gd. I think comparisons when brought to the surface, only diminish our enjoyment of the music.

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I think comparisons when brought to the surface, only diminish our enjoyment of the music.

j-bizzle Wed 3/28/2007 09:52AM
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j-bizzle

hey mgizmo - it's called an opinion - get one. nobody is trying to start a pissing contest. marcsmall, gave his personal view and i followed up with mine. whats the big f'in deal - that what comment boards are about. its a discussion of music.

boxofrain Wed 3/28/2007 09:56AM
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Couldnt have said it any better J-Bizzle!

okalrightic starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/28/2007 10:00AM
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Marcsmall Wed 3/28/2007 10:16AM
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CoJeff Wed 3/28/2007 10:39AM
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"DSO is good at what they do, but are not in the true spirit of the Greatful Dead."

Hogwash! The only person alive to not play with DSO is Phil. They all stand behind DSO. Bobby has even said that Rob Eaton makes him look good. I personally like both original and GD setlists.

dantron7 Wed 3/28/2007 11:54AM
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agin i never said that sts9 was better than ymsb. i said the 5 nights in boulder kicked ass . so can we stop with the ymsb is better than sts9 stuff. and i just wanted to know if i was talkin' to someone who saw the grateful dead when i asked how many shows they were at. i never got to see the grateful dead, and would give up any\ and all shows i was at since day one to go to any grateful dead show. magic is what the grateful dead did. DSO should play for free or have a sliding scale at most of there shows. i have seen 5 DSO shows and all of them rock but why do they play drums in space thats a little silly. but at the end of the day there a cover band. i just saw phix on the high siarra music fest. are they a cover band they have a cool light show. just write a book that u copied and im sure noone will mine u taking there hard work they been doing.

Marcsmall Wed 3/28/2007 01:07PM
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Marcsmall

The truth hurts.

CoJeff Wed 3/28/2007 01:26PM
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You do realize Dantron that the GD covered many many songs but also wrote some of their own. Question are you typing you response from a cell phone? How would you expect DSO to travel if they always played for free? Do you mean drums into space? Well the drummers have to pee to you know. This gives the drummers a break just like the guitarists. BTW, Phix is no more.

Marcsmall, What truth would that be?

mr2bits Wed 3/28/2007 03:55PM
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Marcsmall - Is it really THAT surprising that tickets to a DSO show cost more than Dead tix? Its 2007. Inflation is killing me too, but I dont blame it on DSO.

cavemandan Wed 3/28/2007 04:18PM
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as a vetern of over 200 dead shows and about 8 dso shows... i would say dso was not as close to capturing the energy and LOVE of the dead as living earth, splintered sunlight, crazy fingers, smokestack lightening, strawberry jam, goonie birds, king solomns marbles, timberwolf or double dose..... but i guess i go for the music not the hype... YMSB is just like any of 1000's of bluegrass bands in the country...STS9 has it going on though...the one tune at late night langerando sounded very biscoesque even! DSO is the most over paid over rated dead cover band ever...

Marcsmall Wed 3/28/2007 05:03PM
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Marcsmall

Crazy Fingers from South Florida is the best dead cover band I've heard. They don't recreate entire shows and they don't have a guy that looks, sings, and spits like Bobby. But they sound better than DSO.

dantron7 Wed 3/28/2007 05:14PM
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cavemandan thank u. i have never gotten to be part of the real dead love, all i got is the feeling and cd's and dvd's of the one and only GRATEFUL DEAD and what ever the jerr bear got his sweet sweet hands on.

kewl Wed 3/28/2007 05:55PM
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jaminthedamn08
MOE.
les
new deal
umphreys
That would be nice

insignia starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/28/2007 06:17PM
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cavemandan is wrong dso is bomb he hasn't beeen to 200 dea shows....i seen dso 2 months ago and it was almost perfect.

CoJeff Thu 3/29/2007 08:39AM
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marcsmall, you do know that dso doesn't have people that look like their GD counterparts they just sound like them.

Caveman, YMSB sure doesn;t sound like Hot Buttered Rum String Band. Isn't all bluegrass supposed to sound somewhat similar? It is why they call it bluegrass. I've download several STS9 shows and I have to say I wasn't impressed. I've been going to see DSO since show #2 and let me tell you they sound tighter & better now. Its funny how all the cover bands you listed I haven't heard of one of them.

darhein starstarstarstar Thu 3/29/2007 09:40AM
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First off, Yonder rocks with the socks off my friends. Second how long till the dvd comes to see the light?

darhein Thu 3/29/2007 09:45AM
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and also the grass is dead is an awesome dead cover band, but DSO is the best out there that i have heard no question. Covering the dead isn't about who is better though, it is about recreating the love and atmosphere of the band its really up to the people more than the band to do that.

CoJeff Thu 3/29/2007 10:06AM
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You are correct darhein. If you go to to show with a closed negative mind then thats the time you will have. I certainly heard many GD cover bands after Jerry passed but none of them hold my attention like DSO.

blower starstarstarstar Thu 3/29/2007 12:30PM
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Goonie Birds-Damn that brings me way back! Caveman you must be an old midwesterner. Good folks and old friends I have not seeen in years! I must agree with Caveman regarding DSO and I don't think he was being negative at all. You just can't compare the DSO to the real thing with a straight face if you saw Jerry. Jazz is Dead was a good cover band too with an allstar lineup, but was really just ok compared to the real deal.

CoJeff Thu 3/29/2007 01:01PM
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Blower,
First off nothing will compare to the real deal and no where was I saying that DSO was better than them. I was saying that DSO was best out there that covers the GD material. Without the real deal playing and needing to feed the need to hear live GD music then DSO doesn't best. JID is awesome and if you were in a jazzy mood and were also a deadhead then then would work for ya. Again tapes are nice but wouldn't you agree the GD music is meant to be experienced live not on memorex?

theivywall Thu 3/29/2007 02:36PM
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Man, opinions, opinions. I saw a DSO show at the Park West last May, I think, they opened with Shakedown Street and closed with Throwing Stones into Not Fade Away. Of course it's not the dead. Of course, it's a cover band. Nobody's trying to act like it's not. It was a pretty great time though and they all were around for the Dead experience and I don't know, cuz it's before my time, but I think they do a pretty alright job of carrying that tradition. What could you have against hearing good musicians play a bunch of dead covers? That's all I'm wondering. Also, that Yonder v.s. Soundtribe debate was hilarious. LMAO

theivywall Thu 3/29/2007 02:41PM
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theivywall

Ideal JITD 2008 lineup
Panic (Yeah right)
Derek Trucks Band
MSMW
Railroad Earth

I think that'd be three nights of pretty great music (In heaven, where nothing ever happens, and the bands play all YOUR favorite songs)

friedpix Thu 3/29/2007 09:05PM
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friedpix

more photos here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/friedpixphoto/sets/72157600013854446/
Cheers -
Sam I Am

example1 starstarstarstar Fri 3/30/2007 10:30AM
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example1

good article. but what happened to the discussion about it? looks like Jam in the Dam > battle of the bands. railroad earth & UM in 2008!

phalluscooper Sat 3/31/2007 02:07AM
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phalluscooper

Who care's which band everyone thinks is better and some 2008 phantasy lineup? Who actually went?
I want to hear the stories about the Melkweg, Duvel, Barney's, Rokerij, De Dampkring, Willie Nelson, Amnesia Haze, Mako Haze, Barney Rubble hash and spending a year at the Van Gogh one afternoon....

Marcsmall Sat 3/31/2007 11:42AM
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Marcsmall

Gotta go to Hempworks and see Adam from THseeds....He created the SAGE, which many of us have come to love.

JakeCinningerisgod Sun 4/1/2007 10:41AM
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2008
Umphreys
Les and the Fancy Band
The Derek Trucks Band
Railroad Earth

Derek w Umphreys, Les with Derek, Jake with railroad earth wow!!!

Maestro starstarstarstar Mon 4/2/2007 11:50AM
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Maestro

I can't wait to go back to Amsterdam.....Blue Bird Cafe has the best space cake that's ever been made. The Blueberry Bubble Hash wasn't too bad either!!!

Good article, thanks.

travymcgriddle Mon 4/2/2007 05:06PM
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travymcgriddle

its not about <, >, or =...its about LOVE!

darhein starstarstarstar Tue 4/3/2007 09:25PM
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A-FUCKING-MEN travy its not about which band is better it is about the atmosphere and jamming the fuck out!

data starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/5/2007 09:15AM
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I keep waiting for ymsb to fade but they keep coming out with great stuff

Makisupa_McGee starstarstarstar Fri 4/6/2007 04:50PM
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Makisupa_McGee

Good write up; I agree with the author about not really getting DSO. Not a very strong lineup this year...makes me wonder about the future of this event.

ReddyCaptain Sat 4/7/2007 10:23PM
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jitd was amazing. all of the bands rocked, especially dso. barneys was incredible, as was their barney rubble. melkweg is the best venue in the world. period. talk about toker friendly! i am completely broke and it was worth every penny! i would post a link to the dso videos i shot, but i dont think too many people here would even care...

AdCo starstarstar Mon 4/9/2007 11:22AM
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AdCo

where is willie nelson from? i smoked it at jitd 2 years ago and it was the best chronic ive ever had in my life. but i cant remeber which coffee shop....

j_martin starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/13/2007 07:21AM
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JIND '08 Line-up

(Fantasy)
Phish (Never happening but would be so amazing)
Widespread Panic
Phil & Friends
MOe.
Umphrey's Mcgee
Disco Biscuits
STS9

(More to Earth)
Umphree's Mcgee
Disco Biscuits
Phil & Friends
Ekoostik Hookah
STS9
P-groove

farrella starstarstarstar Fri 4/13/2007 08:55AM
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Great article, only one inaccuracy...

"A special song written for a busker in Amsterdam struck gold. In the middle of set three in the big room, Keller debuted a folk dipped homage to a fellow picker on a canal bridge."

actually, this is a song originally written and sung by
Joni Mitchell and covered by Crosby Stills and Nash

slept last night in a good hotel
I went shopping today for jewels
The wind rushed around in the dirty town
And the children let out from the schools
I was standing on a noisy corner
Waiting for the walking green
Across the street he stood
And he played real good
On his clarinet, for free.
Now me I play for fortune
And those velvet curtain calls
I've got a black limousine
And two gentlemen
Escorting me to the halls
And I play if you have the money
Or if you're a friend to me
But the one man band
By the quick lunch stand
He was playing real good, for free.

Nobody stopped to hear him
Though he played so sweet and high
They knew he had never
Been on their T.V.
So they passed his music by
I meant to go over and ask for a song
Maybe put on a harmony...
I heard his refrain
As the signal changed
He was playing real good, for free.



No 'debut' here.....Keller's covered this one before. This time he changed the words around to 'fit' the Amsterdam setting. It WAS a great moment! Love me some K-Dub!

phalluscooper Sat 4/21/2007 10:54PM
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phalluscooper

Thank Barney's for the Willie Nelson!

montanameg starstarstarstar Mon 4/23/2007 09:21PM
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Jam in the Dam was epic and I will remember it for the rest of my life. The bands all did a wonderful job and I am proud of them all. Peace, Love and Happiness! That was the Jam......not anything less. No citicism to be given. Good job to all of the bands and to my fellow jammers that were there with me.

gee711 starstar Sat 4/28/2007 11:28AM
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Hereyago.

Jam in the Dam '08 Lineup:

Disco Biscuits
Zappa plays Zappa
Shpongle and Hallucinogen in Dub
Umphrey's McGee

Brain Damaged pre-party
Conspirator and Posford Latenights

mazurblazer Tue 8/7/2007 11:39AM
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Do you camp at jam in the dam or do I need to rent a holtel

chongchu Thu 12/6/2007 01:04PM
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hey guys i recorded alot of ymsb at jitd last yr and have alot of keller and some dso.. this is a blast everybody needs to get there goin back this yr for 8 nights and cannot wait...getup getdown getfuncky getsideways.....phil

HippieHollie starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/22/2007 10:53AM
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It was a great show!! Everyone did a good job and I met the kids from Yonder! I really wanna go again, it's totally worth it!