The JamBase Podcast Episode 9: Scott Metzger & Jake Szufnarowski
Today, JamBase is pleased to premiere the ninth episode of The JamBase Podcast. Listeners can stream or download the installment through your preferred podcast provider or using the audio embedded at the bottom of this post. Episode Nine begins with “The Rundown” of recent news stories, continues with a “Tour Stories” segment featuring guitarist Scott Metzger and concludes with Rocks Off founder Jake Szufnarowksi sitting for “All Access.”
This episode’s “The Rundown” is hosted by Andy Kahn and David Onigman. DaveO provides a summary of many tour announcements from the past two weeks. Then, AK takes us through some of the festival lineups that have been confirmed since the last episode. As a reminder, listeners can take part in the first round of The JamBase Podcast “Mailbag” by sending questions about the acts in the JamBase Universe, the music industry, the podcast or any other queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, Scott Bernstein hosts guitarist Scott Metzger for an installment of “Tour Stories.” Metzger participates in a variety of projects including Showdown Kids, WOLF!, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Hola! The guitarist is also a founding member of Led Zeppelin tribute act Bustle In Your Hedgerow. Scott Metzger shares a crazy tale about a mishap that nearly derailed Bustle’s 2014 appearance at the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia. Additionally, Metzger discusses performing solo, his recent Carnegie Hall debut and what Showdown Kids is all about.
Schnitzel Records is the sponsor of this installment of The JamBase Podcast. The label recently issued Ween guitarist Dean Ween’s sophmore The Dean Ween Group album, rock2. Episode Nine continues with audio of “Showstopper” off rock2 by The Dean Ween Group.
Finally, ScottyB visits the New York City apartment of music industry veteran Jake Szufnarowksi for our behind-the-scenes “All Access” segment. Szufnarowski has been a fixture of the NYC live music scene for over two decades and takes us through his eventful career starting with his move to New York City in 1994. Jake worked in a number of capacities at the famed New York City nightclub Wetlands Preserve including a stint as booker. He talks about how he helped Wetlands founder Larry Bloch transfer ownership of the club to Peter Shapiro, what made the club so special and why he took the job as booker. Szufnarowski went on to found Rocks Off, which has promoted thousands of shows over the past 18 years. Jake shares the origin story of Rocks Off throwing concerts aboard boats and also discusses his role as Scott Metzger’s manager.