The second annual edition of Jam in the 'Dam is drawing ever closer, March 19-20-21. While there is still plenty of time to make plans, the message boards are alive with folks planning to attend again, or for the first time.

The inaugural event was a huge success, and was documented by Cinovative, who plan to release a DVD of the festivities around this years' show. On the homepage at jaminthedam.com, you can view a video capsule they did that captures the outrageous fun and feel of this one-of-a-KIND festival, and gives a taste of what to expect from the DVD. Pre-sale orders will be taken at the website starting in February.

Last year's Jam in the Dam featured Umphrey's McGee, the Disco Biscuits, Keller Williams, and Particle. It was staged at the Melkweg, the most fan friendly venue imaginable, with its' two concert halls under one roof. It sold out four months in advance, and many people were surprised at how easy it was to navigate everything, once they arrived in Amsterdam. Everyone there speaks English, and the natives are indeed friendly and tolerant. Getting a passport is about the only thing that differed from traveling in the states, according to many who attended. A great review done by Shain Shapiro can be found HERE.

JitD 2006 will again feature Umphrey's McGee and the Disco Biscuits, and will add STS9 and the Benevento/Russo Duo. This is the bill Marc Brownstein from the Biscuits lobbied for, and in his best Mary Poppins, has dubbed it "practically perfect." In addition this year, there will be a special warm-up show on March 18th at the Melkweg featuring The Bays from England. They are a totally unique electronic improv band who never releases recorded product, and has played on major festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD. Their motto is, "Performance is the product."

Umphrey's McGee also has announced plans to play London, Paris, Milan, and Hamburg on this trip as well. Info on those dates can be found at www.umphreys.com.

It is a huge week of American bands in Amsterdam. In addition to JitD, the Black Crowes are playing the three following nights at The Paradiso, March 22-24. The JitD folks actually grabbed blocks of 50 tickets to the first two nights and sold them here in the States. Chris Robinson is friends with the Umphrey's guys, so who knows what surprises may be in store. Also, on Friday March 24th, Jack Johnson will be at the Heineken Music Hall, and there are rumors of a Xavier Rudd show that week as well. Phew! Sound like the word is out that Amsterdam is THE place to be for the Spring Equinox?

Tickets are available through jaminthedam.com, where there is also a message board for info and discussion. Travel arrangements are available through www.madisonhousetravel.com.


[Published on: 1/12/06]

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weekapaug74 starstarstarstar Thu 1/12/2006 03:42PM
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David Gilmour @ Heineken Music Hall, March 19 & 20

ConciousCollaboration starstarstar Sun 1/15/2006 10:42AM
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Sounds fun but that cant be feasible for most people to catch this "festival". Wish it wasnt such a monetary issue.

SchpecialDave starstarstarstar Mon 1/16/2006 10:48AM
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Although US fans may complain about the money, us over in Europe barely get to see these bands at all if ever. It's not particularly fair for the festival to be that weekend anyway since most of Europe that is still at university etc. still has classes until the end of March. That aside though, I can't wait, and a round of applause for Umphrey's for adding extra continental shows, hopefully the other bands will follow suit

torn&treyed Wed 1/18/2006 11:05PM
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line up isnt solid enough sub out duo or sector for keller and we'll talk

vanbanks starstarstarstar Thu 1/19/2006 08:58AM
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I will be there despite having to miss school and work. At least if I lived in Europe, I wouldn't have to miss as much. As for the money thing, you get what you pay for. You can spend as little or as much as you want on most things like flights, hotels, food, drinks, party favors, etc. The only fixed price in the JITD ticket and that is totally worth the money. If you really want to be there, you will find a way to make it happen.....I did.

AustinJams starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/19/2006 04:12PM
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*Hangs Head* Joshl9248 you are crazy my man. Keller is small potatoes compared to either of those bands. Thats like eating a roll for dinner when you could have steak. : )

bertrando1 starstarstar Sun 1/22/2006 11:51AM
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lineup was way more solid when it was Disco Biscuits, New Deal, NMAS and Galactic. The company that runs this is shady for blaming fans for cancelling that first week. They should have spoke the truth that they just didnt sell enough tickets

gvasos starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/25/2006 02:08PM
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Can't ask 4 a better line up in my opinion. Have the best of all worlds. UM will melt your face, STS9 has such a great vibe and makes you dance your ass off, Disco Buscuits bring the techno/jam plus interested in seeing the new drummer, and The Duo who are absolutely brilliant. Top notch!

AustinJams starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/28/2006 02:00PM
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Agreed gvasos, I'm also looking forward to the Bays the night before. They have two shows for free download on their site if you sign up. But i must admit, if i could get a ticket for either night of David Gilmore, i'd skip JITD that night for sure. See ya'll soon!

Blake4 starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/3/2006 06:10AM
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Paradiso's sold out. My three friends flyin thata way in hopes of a tix, or just persuading door guy with good looks and charm:0) peace and God's speed.

AustinJams starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/22/2006 04:46PM
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Glad i know a bar tender at the Paradiso. not kidding ; )