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It's Almost Time for Disc Jam 2018! - UPDATED WITH SCHEDULE!

5/8 - UPDATE!!! THE SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE! (see the bottom of this post!)

I can't begin to explain how much I am eagerly awaiting Disc Jam this year.

When I found myself really, truly delving into the jam scene, it was for a lot of reasons. I was exploring music I already had a deep love for, I was exploring bands that my husband admired and helped to shape him, I was branching out in my music tastes out of my own curiosity about what I was missing, I was seeking a far more detailed understanding of the players who could go beyond a simple song and instead weave a whole story on the spot, but mostly I was seeking something much deeper for myself. I was seeking a peace that I desperately needed and just wasn't finding anywhere. 
I have always felt deeply connected to the music that I loved and while I have been writing about music for 8 years, I lost much of the connection that I used to feel. My love for the music remains strong, but as stupid as it feels to put this in words…
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Digging Hard On The Heavy Pets - Strawberry Mansion

One of the things I have grown to love so much about the jam scene is just how much you can find within it. I used to be one of those people that assumed that "Jam Band" meant Grateful Dead ripoff band or tired cover band trying to do again and again what has already been done. I had no idea how many levels there were to the scene. I had no idea how many scenes existed within the scene and despite that, how inclusive it was to anyone who wanted to come inside and be a part of it. I am constantly finding something to to be excited about, and even better, to be completely taken aback by. Enter The Heavy Pets.

I was really excited when I first heard that The Heavy Pets had a new record. I won't lie and say I am any kind of long-term fan of the band because truth be told, I am still wetting my feet in their pool of awesome that has been steadily filling for about the last decade. However, over the last year more and more of their songs have been dropping into my mixes and I…

A Tribute With A Higher Purpose - Roots of Creation's Grateful Dub

I'm a ska girl who married a jam guy. We are both pig-headed, stubborn idiots who bonded over Bad Religion and Irish coffees long before we ever took off our personal blinders and truly delved into one another's "home scenes", so to speak. I have told this story many times on this blog, and it always ended with our strong desires - someday when we win the lottery and have all the money in the world for guarantees and VIP treatment - to have a massive festival to celebrate it all.

That's our lottery dream. After we buy a farm, pay for college for our kids, have a good night's sleep for the first time knowing our bills are actually all paid, we want to have a celebration of music that creates that bridge across the line few dare to toe between the jam scene and the ska scene. Now, let me clarify that this line really does not exist between musicians. The line exists in crowds. It exists between promoters. It exists to label heads. The folks to whom a scene and…

Grooving Hard on LoEndFreque and Some Words from Chris DeAngelis

There are honestly few musicians who have blown my hair back as much as the guys in Kung Fu. It's just not a common occurrence to have a band with five musicians that ALL make you stop and go, "HOLY SHIT" numerous times on an album. Ever see them live? Holy mind blowing, Batman. Each individual musician is incredibly accomplished in their individual art to a degree that makes you wonder how you got to this point in life not really knowing that particular instrument could make sounds like that. This is certainly the case with Kung Fu bassist Chris DeAngelis. If you take a listen to the Joyride album, there are numerous occasions particularly the solo on Vroom, where you have to really stop and appreciate what a player can create - and how hard it can jostle the soul.



But, Chris DeAngelis is more than just the bass player for Kung Fu. He also lends his talents to Jazz is Phish and The Breakfast. His style is well know and well respected. His playing is as complex and inve…

Groovy, Fun and Oh So Different - the Self Titled New Record from Desmond Jones

I think we all know that music in general is full of egos and people that take themselves way too seriously. No scene is immune. No genre is exempt. I'm not saying some people are not justified in their talents to have such an attitude and demeanor, because they are...but it's exhausting. Every so often though, it's nice to come across a band or an artist that has the talent but realizes that shit...life is short. Why you so serious, man?

Enter Desmond Jones, a five piece funk-jazz-jam band rocking it's way from Grand Rapids, MI. This is that band for me lately. Have you folks gotten to give these gents a listen yet? If not, let me direct you on over to their website HERE and give yourself a treat. Listen to the new record and meet the band on their about page. The bio for these guys sings the praises of Batman, cured meats, and Stevie Wonder. Honestly, I read their snippets and I wanted them to be my best friends.



I was privileged enough to get to review their 2017 s…

MIND. BLOWN. Dopapod's Powerhouse New Release, MEGAGEM - October 26, 2017

I admit I am very late to the party in regards to Dopapod.

About four years ago, they played with Mother's Wine, who my husband played bass for, at the teeny tiny Stanhope House here in New Jersey. It was prior to getting my head out of my ass in regards to music and even then, I was impressed by what I saw. Did you ever see a band and think, "There is something to this and I don't know what it is." It was one of those moments. I never really forgot that show. The problem was that I just wasn't into it yet. I guess I wasn't ready yet to appreciate it. My mind was still too closed off. All that considered, I was still taken back by the sound and the groove that these gents put forth.

Fast forward to Disc Jam this past June. I was there covering the festival for the blog and was going to again have a chance to whet my whistle with Dopapod goodness. Eric and I were at our campsite, not far from the stage, prepping shrimp tacos for my upcoming Beau Sasser inte…

It's Almost Time to Get Down- The Wild Woods Music and Arts Festival

So, what are YOU doing the weekend of August 11th?
Yes, this August 11th. Next weekend.
Whatever it is, stop right now. Cancel those plans immediately, and head over to WILDWOODSFEST.COM to get your tickets and plan your weekend in lovely Croydon, NH for the annual Wild Woods Music and Arts Festival. A Perfect Mess will be on hand to cover the festival, and this is one you do not want to miss this year.



If I hear someone say the phrase "get down", I immediately think of Kung Fu. They have an incredible song called The Get Down with a chorus that says "I'm about to get down..." over and over. It's singable. It's addicting. This is ringing in my head right now thinking about Wild Woods. I DO feel like I am about to get down. A lot. Not only will we be seeing more Kung Fu (which if you haven't by now, you need to - there is no one like them doing what they do and they will knock your socks off - you can read more about them here) but we also have an I…