JAM IN THE DAM: DAY III

Words by Super Dee :: Images by Kevin Quinn

Jam in the Dam :: Day III :: 03.21 :: Melkweg :: Amsterdam, NL


Jon Gutwillig - The Disco Biscuits
03.32 :: Amsterdam

Night three of Jam in the Dam went by like a cloud of smoke. Time seemed to both stand still and run away as the end of the festival rapidly approached. One minute we were watching the basement jazz of The Duo, the next we were in the "Circus" of STS9, and Umphrey's McGee's "Hangover" led all the way to Bisco's "Story of the World." The music seemed to peak on night two, but all the bands closed the festival in their own fashion for their dancing soldiers. One of the most remarkable things about the festival was the die hard fans for each of the four bands that made the long trip to support their team. Four separate yet friendly armies of music fans converged and everybody won!

Big hats off to all the employees of the Melkweg who were so kind and to the production staff for putting on a seamless event. Whatever hiccups were in the system went unnoticed by the audience at large. The Melkweg itself was an inviting home for the three days, and it was a treat to see the bands in these intimate settings now that they are all moving up so quickly in the States.

All in all, good times were had and memorable experiences were made. So start saving your Euros, block out the time, get your passport renewed, and get ready for next year's Jam in the Dam. Au revoir!

Additional Images from Day III of Jam in the Dam by Kevin Quinn


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Joel Cummins - Umphrey's McGee


Brendan Bayliss - Umphrey's McGee


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Benevento/Russo Duo


Marco Benevento


Marc Brownstein - The Disco Biscuits


Allen Aucoin - The Disco Biscuits


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Words & Images by David Schwill

David Gilmour :: 03.20 :: Heineken Music Hall :: Amsterdam, NL


D. Gilmour :: 03.20 :: Amsterdam

The David Gilmour show at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall was phenomenal. The first set was a mixture of old and new, highlighting many songs off his recently released album, On An Island. Gilmour effortlessly switched from acoustic guitar to slide to electric guitar, displaying incredible skill at each. Although the first set was great, the second set was the reason we all came out for the show. In Pink Floyd style with big lights and bigger songs, Gilmour blew the crowd away. From "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" straight into "Time," a couple of Division Bell tunes dropping into an absolute rocking "Echoes."

To close out the best show I've seen this year, an encore of "Wish You Were Here" > "Comfortably Numb" left me and the folks around me speechless. There's not enough that can be said for Gilmour's ability to throw down a raging rock set, but it's nice to see him promoting his new mellower tunes as well. The show let out about 11 p.m., just enough time to hit one more coffee shop before catching a little Bisco and the STS9 set at Jam in the Dam. Truly a great night of live music.


David Gilmour :: 03.20 :: Amsterdam

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Jam in the Dam :: Day II :: 03.20 :: Melkweg :: Amsterdam, NL


R.Stasik - UM :: 03.20

We are two-thirds done with the Jam in the Dam, and it just keeps getting more and more interesting. Day two's festivities began with Umphrey's McGee in The Max. The set was packed with goodies, twists and turns making relatively new Umphrey's fans shake their heads in disbelief. The JitD crowd is chock full of Umphreaks from all over the States (and Europe for that matter) singing along with every song. Deliberately leading us from "Atmosfarag" into "Der Bluten Kat," Umphrey's incredible knack for communication - both with each other and with the crowd - really came alive. The new song "Liquid" from the upcoming Safety In Numbers had an amazing outro that led into fan favorite "Wife Soup," which was full of antics. Another new one that was oh so mean, "Eat," wandered through a space jam and eventually into "Nothing Too Fancy." After a shit-talkin' shout out to the Biscuits, they closed the set with a rousing "In the Kitchen."


The Duo w/ Mathis & Previte :: 03.20 :: Amsterdam

At the end of the Umphrey's set, the Benevento/Russo Duo was underway in The Old Hall. Except, upon arrival, we found that the Duo had grown considerably to include Brian Haas, Jason Smart, and Reed Mathis from Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. The boys were rocking and then lo and behold, out walks Charlie Hunter, who sits down between Marco and Brian Haas on the keys. Moments later, drummer Bobby Previte (!) slides in and quickly takes over the situation. Reed Mathis and Bobby together were laying down a beat so nasty a snail could dance to it. Bobby Previte's Coalition of the Willing (Bobby, Charlie, Steve Bernstein, and Jamie Saft) are currently on tour in Europe and decided to come down and see what their ropeadope buddies were up to in Amsterdam. Lucky for us! Definitely the musically magical moment of the evening.


D. Phipps - STS9 :: 03.20

After the pure Duo rocked out the end of their set (with a great mosh opportunity in "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), it was back to the other room for round two with The Disco Biscuits. The set started strong with some newer songs - "Caterpillar" > "Cyclone" > "Caterpillar" - and then it "morphed" into high-gear. We had an enormous "Mindless Dribble" sandwich, and in the middle was "I Got a Feeling" with buddy Brendan Bayliss on vocals, giving a glimpse of the Brain Damaged Eggmen from Jam Cruise.

After the Bisco encore of "Have a Cigar," it was back to the other room for STS9's closing set. It felt like we had traveled back in time with STS9 as they funked and rocked the late night crowd. They created the dance party that everyone was looking for at that hour as they moved from "Arigato" to "Blu Mood" and then some. A highlight for me was certainly the old skool "Hubble," but they had a huge finish after much persistence from the crowd with a double encore - "Dance" into "King Pharaoh's Tomb." From there, the satisfied crowd was unleashed onto the Amsterdam streets until tomorrow...

Additional Images from Day II of Jam in the Dam by Kevin Quinn


The Melkweg - Jam in the Dam


Jake Cinninger - Umphrey's McGee


Joe Russo - The Benevento/Russo Duo


Joe Russo - The Benevento/Russo Duo


Benevento, Haas, Mathis & Russo


Jason Smart & Joe Russo


Marco Benevento & Charlie Hunter


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Aron Magner - The Disco Biscuits


Hunter Brown - STS9


David Murphy - STS9

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Jam in the Dam :: Day I :: 03.19 :: Melkweg :: Amsterdam, NL


Jon Gutwillig - The Disco Biscuits
03.19 :: Amsterdam

Through a thick haze of sweet smoke emerged The Disco Biscuits onto Amsterdam. The first night of this three-day adventure in a foreign land had taken off. Inside the Melkweg, you have to remind yourself that you are in another country as it is a very familiar scene: posters for sale, two stages, friends gathered, and favorite bands getting ready to play. The schedule changes each night, and on this night, the bigger of the two rooms, The Max, was home to Bisco and Sound Tribe Sector Nine. The Bisco set had a bunch of new tunes and a great "Digital Buddha" > "Voices Insane" transition. The "Munchkins" popped out of hiding for their "Invasion," leading them into "Handcuffs" and then back to "Munchkinland."

When that was over, The Benevento/Russo Duo was already underway in The Old Hall. We were treated to a visit by JFJO 's Brian Haas, which always adds to the ridiculousness of it all. Marco bid all the "jammers" farewell for the night as STS9 was getting set up across the hall.

STS9 filled the room with their sonic goodness, and the crowd below was really feeling it. Back in The Old Hall for the start of the Umphrey's McGee set, they kicked things off with a "2x2." It was a strong set - "Utopian Fir" with Marco Benevento and Joe Russo joining in, a multi-level "Great American"/"Jimmy Stewart" sandwich AND a triumphant "All In Time." The clincher of the evening was Russo playing Brendan's guitar in a duel with Jake. All in all, a great time was had by all. Looking forward to round 2 tonight... Check back soon!


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Zach Velmer - STS9 :: Amsterdam


Marco Benevento - The Duo :: Amsterdam


Cinninger & Stasik - Umphrey's McGee :: Amsterdam


Joe Russo & Brendan Bayliss :: Amsterdam


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kennett starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/20/2006 02:14PM
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Diggidy Dankness

WyoBisco starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/20/2006 03:39PM
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DIGGIN the photos. Man this makes me sooooo sad that I'm not a part of it again this year. The trip of a lifetime people. hope the tribe and bisco heads are gettin along haha. they oughta be cause both bands rock (biscuits ARE better tho :) ) and the chance to check them in the dam is seriously priceless. wow. have fun and keep the reports coming!!!!

pheelalrights starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/20/2006 04:22PM
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pheelalrights

Very nice taste of the kind. This line up sounds perfect for the next Big Summer Classic. BISCO & STS9, trancedental.

garriswh starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/20/2006 08:26PM
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makes me regret not goin back this year :(

jtnt starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/21/2006 05:46AM
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Oh, man - that picture of Joe and Brendann is priceless. Excellent stuff. Thanks.

We're collecting news from JitD from all over the web at the Duo Forums. If you're looking or you've found, check it out: http://organanddrums.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=238

Dogfood Tue 3/21/2006 06:10AM
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"Very nice taste of the kind. This line up sounds perfect for the next Big Summer Classic. BISCO & STS9, trancedental."

dannymo starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/21/2006 01:42PM
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ENVY

Andy starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/21/2006 01:59PM
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Andy

So awesome! Go SuperDam!

Alex.Anastas starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/21/2006 04:52PM
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Alex.Anastas

Don't think Cheese could bring the heat at a BSC as much as Bisco/STS9, but we'll see...

Wow! How lucky fro JitD fans to be able to see the pioneers David Gilmour and Rick Wright and then the four current Jam Kings (plus guests)! Wow, I am speechless!

gifthorse76 starstarstar Tue 3/21/2006 06:53PM
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Duo + Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey + Charlie Hunter = CRAZY DELICIOUS

BiscuitBum starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/21/2006 09:34PM
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BiscuitBum

Speechless as well. Wish I was there.. keep the pics coming

toestothenose starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/22/2006 05:41AM
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toestothenose

This sounds like a one of those dreams that you don't want to wake from.

Nice work all!

phhil starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/22/2006 10:30AM
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phhil

I'm so jealous, high quality thc, dave gilmoure, top notch jam bands. you lucky sob's. Anyways, thanks for the coverage

jackiesoup starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/22/2006 10:41AM
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WoW! Sounds like waaaaaaaay too much fun to me.David Gilmour b4 Umphrey's and The Duo? If only I didn't have to work.
Just got into Umphrey's over the last few months-Very refreshing. Not too fond of the biscuits but only my opinion. Can somebody tell Umphrey to come to Toronto? We kinda need them here.
This event taking place makes me very happy about current music even if I couldn't be there.
seeya
jack

shainhouse starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/22/2006 11:12AM
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I miss it too. Last year was a treat. Thanks for kindling old memories Dee. See you next year. I'll be there.

Andrew W. starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/22/2006 01:12PM
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Andrew W.

GO Super Dee!!!!1!!

Funkestra starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/22/2006 03:18PM
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ARRGHHRRR!!! The Pirate Party on the Ideal was arrrrrright-just not enough p b arrr! The Dam has been awesome- Truly a fun time with great music from all the bands.

Alex.Anastas starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/22/2006 10:04PM
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Alex.Anastas

Very nice coverage, I must say. Hats off to Super Dee and Kevin Quinn as they were able to capture the event with great yet aptly brief precision (even though they were probably hazed over themselves). Good job!

treetops78 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/23/2006 01:27PM
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treetops78

SUPER DEE IN SHADES LOOKING SUPER HOT!!!! GO GIRL!
Love Ya!
JJ

Hoopin_2_Tribe starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/23/2006 04:10PM
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Hoopin_2_Tribe

I just got back from JitD and it was AMAZING! A truly moving festival if you will! The articles are super, but being there only does the justice! The pics are fabulous! Can't wait to see what next year brings! Keep on dancin'! :) :)

ConciousCollaboration starstarstarstar Fri 3/24/2006 12:16PM
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Looks like it was some real fun times, wish i could have been there nice pics too. Also,
It may just be me but seems like the coverage is a little too much on the duo, granted they are talented and i like them alot but look at the other 3 bands and I think everyone will agree with what I am saying. And of course we got wyobisco saying, "hope the tribe and bisco heads are gettin along haha. they oughta be cause both bands rock (biscuits ARE better tho :) )" wow... why is it that there are so many bisco kids stuck in highschool when they the majority are adults.

KMQ Photo starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/25/2006 07:52PM
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KMQ Photo

the coverage was a little haevy on the Duo beacause they STOLE the shows. don't get me wrong, everyone was great, but the Duo were subjected to opening slots in Room 2 the 1st 2 nights and the opening slot in room 1 the last night (no closing slots mind you), and they brought it harder than any other band there. granted their 3rd night was lacking a bit, but so was everyones' in that night 2 was definately the best of all. Umphrey's and STS9 came in a close secaond with the DB just on their heals. But that is just my opinion, but I don't have any strong gravitation towards any of those bands so I feel impartial in my opinion. Anyways...glad you liked the pics, and Super Dee did an awesome job of doing the coverage daily being that I know exactly how tired she was the longer the trip progressed. Anyways...hope to see you all there next year. I'll be there...every year!!!

oh, and yes folks the Pirate Paaarrrrrty on the Pirate Baarrrrrge was a blast. I highly recomend the house boats for next year's stay!

hobarttaz starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/26/2006 10:00AM
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This review makes me want to start saving today for Jam in the Dam 07. Great review. Great pictures. One of the better and more alive reviews I've seen here in awhile.

Groovin420 Mon 3/27/2006 09:48AM
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Yo ITS BABYDAVE Y'all!!!!!! Fuckin sweet man! I will not miss this event in the future. What a great cast and crew. To all th epeeps I met while there, all my love. Oh and the besrt part of JintD was the encore. BLACK CROWS! Shit was off the hook. I was a huge Phish kid who has been lost for the last years or so. I found a musical home in the crows! For Real For Real!

torn&treyed Tue 3/28/2006 09:31AM
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drop sts9 and the duo replace em with keller and medeski and we'll talk business for next year

Jidi starstarstarstar Tue 3/28/2006 01:45PM
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Jidi

Beautiful city, great people, and the music was OUT OF CONTROL - See everyone next year.

SoulsisterSpunky starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/29/2006 12:41PM
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WOW! So you think you missed a good time, Well your right JitDam ROCKS! ALL the bands rocked, but the second night the bands went beyond just rocking...they were kings of Sound. Especially Umphrey's McGee...My comrade, Soul Sister Sassy, at the end of their 2nd night set said it best..."My heart just opened up and in side are 5 precious guys called Umphrey's McGee" Holy fiddle sticks Batman...I love Amsterdam. After the first year I said "One more time...then that's it." Now..."well maybe I could try to go a third....Why the Hell not!!"
This is a great review and some awesome Pics (thanks for including a pic of me in my cool glasses...hehe)
If you aren't certain about the awesomeness that is JitDam buy the DVD (its only like 20 bucks) and then...well, I'll see you next year(hopefully!)

AustinJams starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/30/2006 11:44AM
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AustinJams

Joshl92482: have you ever seen STS9? They blew away every other band at this festival. I do agree that they need to step it up a notch and get someone like MMW to play.. next years dream linup:

STS9, MMW, Galactic, Bisco/Umph