JitD 2010: Official Announcement

JitD 2010: Official Announcement

Last week we tipped you off to Jam in the Dam 2010, today we got the official announcement, and we're so excited about the return we wanted to share the "official word" with you. What follows is a note directly from the fine folks who put this event together.

YMSB :: Jam In The Dam 2007 by Sam Friedman
WE'RE BACK!! It is SO great to be able to send this to you all and let you know of our plans for the 5th Anniversary of Jam in the Dam. The festivities will ensue March 21-22-23, 2010, back 'home' at the Melkweg in Amsterdam.

Our plans for 2009 hit a fairly large bump in the road, when the festival founder Armand Sadlier finally gave in to his slowly declining lung health. He was never a cigarette smoker, so even more a cruel blow. Luckily, he was able to go to Duke University Hospital, and received a double-lung transplant last October. He has done extremely well thus far, and wants to thank everyone who expressed kind wishes and said prayers. Just four months later, in February, he was able to ski in Vermont with his family. We'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to become an organ donor, if you aren't already. It's the reason Jam in the Dam still rocks on.

But let's get back to the music! Of course Armand's old friends Umphrey's McGee will be there. Their career has really picked up speed since our first show in 2005. You couldn't find a nicer, more talented bunch of musicians, and they truly deserve it.

Joining them is Yonder Mountain String Band, who appeared in 2007, and were a big hit with the Europeans, who seem to love their bluegrass. Brendan Bayliss and Jeff Austin, the lead singers of UM and YMSB, have a project called db30. They actually have a recording coming out together, and will play an acoustic set during the festival.

Two years ago, we showed Electric Apricot in the cinema at the Melkweg. It's a really funny movie directed by Les Claypool, and we've been wanting to get Les to Amsterdam for three years. Well, we finally got it done, and the founder of Primus will be joining the fun. This will be the first time he has been to Europe without Primus, and he is a festival staple here in the States. We will definitely show the movie again this year.

Rounding out the lineup will be The New Mastersounds and The Bridge. TNM are from Leeds, England and the four-piece, high-energy jazz/fusion funk band are great. We saw them at the All Good Festival last week, and they blew it up. We smell a new favorite band for some folks. The Bridge is an under-the-radar band who is huge in their hometown of Baltimore, and has a real New Orleans feel. Cris Jacobs is a great singer, and when Kenny the mandolin player starts beat-boxing with Cris on lap steel, it's something you've never seen. Mike Gordon from Phish chose them as the opener for his east coast tour last fall.

As always, there will be lots of sit-ins and crazy collaborations. We are also planning to shoot a new DVD for the 5th Anniversary. Travel packages will be available through ConsideritDan and CS Travel sometime in August. We will be doing our annual canal boat cruises, which is THE best way to see Amsterdam. More info on those at a later date.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, July 29 at noon at http://jaminthedam.com. As a special treat for our most loyal fans, the first 75 people to buy tickets will get a free canal boat cruise on one of the festival days! (A $50 value which includes an open bar.) Tickets for the 2010 show will be $250 for a 3-day pass.

In Europe, http://ticketmaster.nl/ will be selling tickets for 170 euro for the 3-day pass, and 60 euro for single day tickets. Chances are, the Euro-on sale will lag a week or so behind the U.S. Music Today DOES ship tickets internationally, so anyone outside the U.S. can still try to be in the first 75. The demand here in the States is very low for single day tickets, but anyone interested in those should send an email to jitd@visionintl.com

That's it for now! Anyone unfamiliar with the show format can stop by the website for 'The Scoop' http://jaminthedam.com/Welcome.html and all your questions can be answered by others who have attended at our message board. All bands play all days, in one of the two rooms in the venue. Schedule TBA. We can't wait to see all your smiling faces in the greatest city on Earth!

Check our coverage of the 2008 JitD here.


[Published on: 7/27/09]

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