jambands must be getting old

Lately, it has completely seemed like a lot of the jamband scene has gotten stale. It doesn’t seem like anyone is really trying to blow the roof off and create that something that’s completely different yet so undeniably a sweet jamband.

I have to say that I worry slightly for the future of the scene. There will always be heads that are willing to flock to the nearest weekend tent city. I just don’t see that right now because it has recently become Christmas season in Chicago. Although, we can all easily look forward to New Year’s Eve in the city, there’s not much to look forward to after that here until the weather starts working it’s way into spring.

I can say that I’m wildly excited about the possibility of playing in Chicago for bands that I admire. I think I just might be afforded that option with my new jam partners, Herbert Wiser Band. I’m in the process of redesigning the webpage as I type. And, all of this will be insanely new to me, as high school was the last time I’ve played in front of a crowd. I’ll feel then as if the whole scene has changed. Suddenly, everything will be new to me.

Maybe, we should revisit this then. I believe that the scene is definitely going to depend on a new powerhouse, as cliched as that discussion has recently become. Every media outlet is leaning towards Umphrey’s McGee, while some Widespread Panic loyalists are sure that their March, 2005 return will be as triumphant as ever. I’m going to download some WSP right now. Let’s raise our glass to the future of the scene tonight, and figure out if the scene is set for a return in the concert season of 2005.

Previously: live music blog gets ripped off, glowsticks played out?

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  • joe

    you better rock out some sick beats! can’t wait to hear it.

  • joe

    you better rock out some sick beats! can’t wait to hear it.

  • justinpward

    I can’t wait for our first west coast tour. =]

  • justinpward

    I can’t wait for our first west coast tour. =]

  • http://thecerebralme.blogspot.com Chris Kokonas

    Hey yo, I was just browsing your blog and I have to say it’s pretty tight. However, I do entirely disagree with this post. Jambands are no where close to getting old. I personally know the best new jamband out there right now. The GasLight Drifters are the sickest band you’ll ever hear. They take jamming to a whole nother level that’ll make you trip your face off and lose your mind. Check out their site and sound at http://www.drifterville.com. If you dig it come out and show your support this Saturday at Lily’s Bar. All the details are on the site. Peace.

  • http://thecerebralme.blogspot.com Chris Kokonas

    Hey yo, I was just browsing your blog and I have to say it’s pretty tight. However, I do entirely disagree with this post. Jambands are no where close to getting old. I personally know the best new jamband out there right now. The GasLight Drifters are the sickest band you’ll ever hear. They take jamming to a whole nother level that’ll make you trip your face off and lose your mind. Check out their site and sound at http://www.drifterville.com. If you dig it come out and show your support this Saturday at Lily’s Bar. All the details are on the site. Peace.

  • justinpward

    Well, although the GasLight Drifters might sound sweet, I have to say that I really think a lot of the scene has gotten stale. That being said, most of that is probably due to the winter approaching in Chicago and the fact that I’m seeing much less shows for my buck.

    Widespread Panic isn’t back yet. Phish is gone. The Dead is just too old and played out. Umphrey’s McGee is hot. String Cheese Incident is being ridiculed for being “gay”. Disco Biscuits are losing their drummer. Bonnaroo 2005 has been announced, again featuring 90,000 people!

    I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I’m just predicting that it’s going to take more than STS9 and Umphrey’s to pull the scene into a new year, so let’s hope it happens.

  • justinpward

    Well, although the GasLight Drifters might sound sweet, I have to say that I really think a lot of the scene has gotten stale. That being said, most of that is probably due to the winter approaching in Chicago and the fact that I’m seeing much less shows for my buck.

    Widespread Panic isn’t back yet. Phish is gone. The Dead is just too old and played out. Umphrey’s McGee is hot. String Cheese Incident is being ridiculed for being “gay”. Disco Biscuits are losing their drummer. Bonnaroo 2005 has been announced, again featuring 90,000 people!

    I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I’m just predicting that it’s going to take more than STS9 and Umphrey’s to pull the scene into a new year, so let’s hope it happens.

  • http://www.themusicneverstopped.net ocomik

    “Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right”

    It’s not so much that jam bands are getting old, its just that the ones that have carried the banner for so long have started leaving the scene. Like Chris mentioned above, there is a lot of GREAT acts out there. Currently I’m really impressed with New Monsoon, Railroad Earth, and a handful of others.

    As for the Chicago NYE scene, it does appear to be a little lighter than normal. I believe we will be heading out to catch Umphrey’s a day earlier. It’ll be my first time seeing them and I’m excited to see and hear them play.

    Well good luck with your web design… The new touches are nice.

    Mike from TheMusicNeverStopped.net

  • http://www.themusicneverstopped.net ocomik

    “Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right”

    It’s not so much that jam bands are getting old, its just that the ones that have carried the banner for so long have started leaving the scene. Like Chris mentioned above, there is a lot of GREAT acts out there. Currently I’m really impressed with New Monsoon, Railroad Earth, and a handful of others.

    As for the Chicago NYE scene, it does appear to be a little lighter than normal. I believe we will be heading out to catch Umphrey’s a day earlier. It’ll be my first time seeing them and I’m excited to see and hear them play.

    Well good luck with your web design… The new touches are nice.

    Mike from TheMusicNeverStopped.net

  • http://unguent.blogspot.com ismateo

    i have to agree with you Justin, at least in part, and at least from a personal standpoint, because i’ve been moving away from the jam scene for the past couple years. now, that’s not to say i don’t still go to, say, up-and-coming Particle (friday!), or SCI or Umphrey’s or New Monsoon… because I love these bands and think they’re vital and dope. but i’ve just grown into other musical tastes, some of which have been influenced by my jam experience, others of which might be a reaction to it. (like how, dammit, sometimes i want a three-minute rock song!)

    that said, all the things to love about the scene will ALWAYS be there: the love, the openness, the sharing, the artistry, the musical talent. now, it’s debatable whether some of those things have started to fade away, that the scene needs a stadium parking lot to occupy… but as long as that group of people is out there (at Bonnaroo, fer instance, or High Sierra), and in here, then the scene will be alive and kickin’.

    peace & rock ‘n’ roll!
    -matt

  • http://unguent.blogspot.com ismateo

    i have to agree with you Justin, at least in part, and at least from a personal standpoint, because i’ve been moving away from the jam scene for the past couple years. now, that’s not to say i don’t still go to, say, up-and-coming Particle (friday!), or SCI or Umphrey’s or New Monsoon… because I love these bands and think they’re vital and dope. but i’ve just grown into other musical tastes, some of which have been influenced by my jam experience, others of which might be a reaction to it. (like how, dammit, sometimes i want a three-minute rock song!)

    that said, all the things to love about the scene will ALWAYS be there: the love, the openness, the sharing, the artistry, the musical talent. now, it’s debatable whether some of those things have started to fade away, that the scene needs a stadium parking lot to occupy… but as long as that group of people is out there (at Bonnaroo, fer instance, or High Sierra), and in here, then the scene will be alive and kickin’.

    peace & rock ‘n’ roll!
    -matt

  • http://unguent.blogspot.com ismateo

    p.s. better hit up SF on yer west coast swing, yo!

  • http://unguent.blogspot.com ismateo

    p.s. better hit up SF on yer west coast swing, yo!

  • justinpward

    Maybe I’m feeling the same as ismateo.

  • justinpward

    Maybe I’m feeling the same as ismateo.

  • katie

    interesting…ismateo mentions all the things he loves about the scene. and while i agree that i’ve met some really cool people along the way, unfortunately, i’ve been focusing lately on the things about the scene that really piss me off. for example, why is it that some people have the attitude of, “i’ve been 10,000 phish shows and have been following them since ’91, and if you’re just getting into them now, then you SUCK” ? that is something that i will never understand. when i discover music that i enjoy, the first thing that i want to do is share it with my friends. it’s not about who liked it first or how old you were when a certain album came out. the fact that people get so bent out of shape about WHEN you started liking something is really ruining it for me. who is to say that kids born twenty years from now don’t have a right to appreciate the music of phish or any other band of this generation. none of my mom’s friends are calling me a “newbie” because i like the beatles. i may not have experienced them in the same way, but i still have a right to enjoy it and express my opinions about it. for me, music is music and that’s it. the “scene” and all the other posturing that goes along with it is something that i can definitely do without.

  • katie

    interesting…ismateo mentions all the things he loves about the scene. and while i agree that i’ve met some really cool people along the way, unfortunately, i’ve been focusing lately on the things about the scene that really piss me off. for example, why is it that some people have the attitude of, “i’ve been 10,000 phish shows and have been following them since ’91, and if you’re just getting into them now, then you SUCK” ? that is something that i will never understand. when i discover music that i enjoy, the first thing that i want to do is share it with my friends. it’s not about who liked it first or how old you were when a certain album came out. the fact that people get so bent out of shape about WHEN you started liking something is really ruining it for me. who is to say that kids born twenty years from now don’t have a right to appreciate the music of phish or any other band of this generation. none of my mom’s friends are calling me a “newbie” because i like the beatles. i may not have experienced them in the same way, but i still have a right to enjoy it and express my opinions about it. for me, music is music and that’s it. the “scene” and all the other posturing that goes along with it is something that i can definitely do without.