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A Perfect Mess 2019 Northeast US Festival Guide - Continuously Updating!

As I stare out the windows of my office into chilly January skies which promise snow any hour now, I am reminded that FESTIVAL SEASON APPROACHES. Yeah, sure…it’s a ways off. We have a bunch of snow to shovel and cold to shiver through but do you know what makes that easier? Thoughts of warm nights, good friends, dancing like no one is watching, cold beer in the koozie, hot summer mornings in your tent, and laughter with those we dig around camp fires.
Festival dates are slowly stacking up solid on the web and A Perfect Mess is here to keep them neatly in one place for you! As we get word of dates and information, we will keep this list running and updated. 
If YOU have dates, please send them over to us so we can keep the list updated and growing. Have a new festival? Want it listed? Want it promoted? Send us the info! Do you want your festival covered by the folks at A Perfect Mess? We can be there! Send us the info!

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So Much To Enjoy With PEAK - Electric Bouquet

Earlier this year, I was in a lull with material to write about and I put a call out for new and exciting stuff to not only write about, but just digest and bring me out of a funk. Our friend Cat hit me up with some gems that I put into my rotation to ponder and delve into deeper. One of those recommendations was a new track from Brooklyn based band PEAK called Imaginary Lines. It was good. It was really good and something fresh but it was the only track that had yet been released so I just devoured it for a while. It was on my Spotify playlists that I used when driving myself and clients. It was in my ears when I started commuting to the city over the summer on those long ass bus rides. It became part of my background soundtrack for months. This last week, I found myself on assignment from The Jamwich to do a review of PEAK’s show at Arlene’s Grocery and all of a sudden I was reminded there is a whole album I need to devour and review from this band who did this song I have been in l…

Digging Hard on the Smooth Grooves of The Elovators - Defy Gravity

There is just something that happens to my entire soul when I am listening to good record. It’s like the bugs of negativity that have been infesting me for days, weeks, months seem to rise and leave my entire being and these gold and rose colored droplets of positive deposit in their place. Is there no better feeling that a good uplifting batch of sounds for your soul? I ask, but I know the answer. Boston’s The Elovators know the answer too, and that’s why they have given us all their new record, Defy Gravity. It’s everything we need right now.
I stumbled on these guys a while back and did a piece on their last record, The Cornerstone. (you can check that outHERE) I thought it was outstanding and really captured a vibe of pure love and peace, and goodness knows we can’t have enough of that these days. I really didn’t think they could up that game, but here I am with these sounds in my ears and I’m completely floored. This vibe is complete fire. The beat is silky and the vocals are harm…

"What Is It?" - Exploring The Jam Scene...

What is the Jam Scene exactly?


This is something I have been working to define for a while…pretty much ever since I met my husband. Not because I ever felt like it NEEDED some sort of definition. It doesn't, and one of the great things about it is that it doesn't have one. I don’t like to give him credit when he is listening because I don’t want to swell his head, but it’s because of my husband's influence that I found myself here. It’s not the whole reason because there were a lot of reasons, but those times I refused to listen to a band, check out a festival, or explore that inner flower child that I knew was there (hell, she was bred into me by my parents)…I stopped myself because I already thought I knew what the scene was. I thought I knew everything I needed to and that it was NOT FOR ME. I was extremely closed minded. The real truth is that I had no idea what the Jam Scene really was. The truth is that it’s a lot of things to a lot of people. It’s something uniquely …

Smooth Dance Vibes with BoomBox - Western Voodoo

Electronic music is not something I really ever saw myself getting into because for some stupid reason, I didn’t think I would find anything of myself in it. I was so incredibly wrong. Over the last couple years, I have discovered amazing artists like Lotus and Escaper who truly changed my perceptions about what electronic music actually could be. I remember Disc Jam this year and standing near the hospitality tent while Lotus played. Me and four or five other people who had never met found ourselves, mid-conversation, just slowly morphing into a giggling impromptu dance party. It was one of those magical moments where you have to stop and enjoy being alive really consciously for a minute because in that minute, it was pure joy brought on by a shared love of music. I’ll never forget that moment.
Since discovering those artists, my playlists on Spotify have been being dotted with other artists that the machines there think I might like. One of those mind changing tracks was a song call…

Wig Party is Back with that Groove and Their New EP, 99th Birthday

It's tough to have a talented spouse and a blog about music. Eventually, the two are going to cross and you are going to have to sit there and wonder if nepotism is a thing in music journalism. Is it? I have no idea. But here is the scoop... my hubs joined this pretty neato band called Wig Party and now Wig Party has this pretty neato EP that I want to talk about and I don't know if I can, but I am going to anyway so when you see me gushing in run on sentences, you know this is me trying to determine if I am being a bad blogger. Am I?

Fuck it.

So here is Wig Party. A band of merry fellows from Northern New Jersey who have come to knock the socks clear off your feet. I actually did a piece on their Phish pre-party at American beauty a while back. You can read about that right HERE. It was a super good time! I'm glad to now be a part of this Wig Party family. But more on that later.

The band has been around a while. They found some notoriety with their first release, Glass Girl…

Grooving on Something New and Cool with Escaper - Edge Detection

As you may already know, I occasionally get the distinct pleasure of doing album reviews for The Jamwich. It’s a great treat for me because not only is it a good excuse to get into some new music that I might not have heard, but I am also forced to make as big an impact as I can in 350 words. If you are a regular reader of mine here at A Perfect Mess, you understand why this is a challenge for me. I have been told brevity is not my strongpoint and I could not agree more. I love words. I love using words. I especially love using words every way I can to get someone to want to hear the music I am telling them about. I do it when I write, and I do it when I talk. It’s something that happens when music feels really exciting to me! I want more people to want to hear it too! It’s why I do this blog in the first place. This is a place to talk about and share great music! Look, I already went off topic. See how that happens?
So earlier this year, I was tasked with doing a review on this new re…