Finally, winter’s over. Spring is here. And now, it’s time for Some Kind of Jam, 9 (SKOJ).
The official kick-off to PA’s own Jibberjazz Productions summer festival season, SKOJ is starting up its early bird party today at its festival grounds in Schuylkill Haven, just about 20 miles northwest of Reading. And with 25 of the region’s top musical acts on three stages; solo artists; vendors; late-night indoor jams; kids’ activities; light shows; fire performances; parades; yoga workshops; a musical madness improv stage, and much more, Some Kind of Jam is most surely gonna be some kinda party. Luckily for you, it’s going on all weekend.
Tri-State Indie contributor Ryan Smith recently caught up with Todd Troutman of Jibberjazz to talk about SKOJ, and everything else Jibberjazz has up its sleeves for the coming months. Here’s what he had to say:
TSI: So, tell us all about Some Kind of Jam, man.
TT: Some Kind Of Jam is in its ninth year. We focus on bringing an eclectic mix of original music, along with a variety of activities and settings that cater to people of all shapes and sizes. We average approximately 25 musical acts per event from all over the country (including some international acts) on multiple stages, entertaining all hours of the day and night. Many see SKOJ as the gateway to festival season in the Northeast.
TSI: And from there, what’s up — and down, and all around — for Jibberjazz this summer festival season? Hit on the highlights for us.
TT: We’re putting on three music & camping festivals this year: Some Kind Of Jam 9 during the last weekend of April, our fifth Madsummer Meltdown is the last weekend of June, and Meeting Of The Minds 7 will take place the last weekend of September. All of our 2014 events are being held at Schuylkill County Fairgrounds in Schuylkill Haven. It’s a beautiful, sprawling, wooded campground setting that allows people to camp with their vehicles and within close proximity to stages, vendors, restrooms, showers, kids activities, etc.
TSI: Talk a little, from where you’re standing, about the festival/live music scene, blossoming around the region, that Jibberjazz is a big part of.
TT: We have a lot of friends in the industry who are doing wonderful things. Everyone should go to all of their events.
TSI: What should someone who’s never been to a Jibberjazz event expect to see, to hear, to feel? What’s the philosophy that drives your efforts?
TT:We feel that Jibberjazz specializes in seeking out quality up-and-coming musical acts and bands that are more established outside of our area, and unleashing them onto our patrons. It’s not uncommon for someone to be unfamiliar with the majority of acts on our lineups, only to have many of them become their new favorite bands, ones who soon achieve a great deal of notoriety at other festivals and elsewhere in the scene. Besides that, so many lasting relationships are ignited at a Jibberjazz festival, from musical endeavors to matrimony and everything in between.
TSI: And, with that said, why do you do what you do?
TT: Jibberjazz started with our founder, Jon Sten’s desire to provide an outlet for his musician friends in original bands who weren’t getting the recognition he felt they deserved. From a backyard party with friends and a handful of bands a decade ago, to life-changing events with 3,000 people, we’ve retained a core vision that is happily shared with everyone who holds a piece of this organization.
TSI: Thanks, Todd! Anything else you’d like to add?
TT: Keep checking out jibberjazz.com to find out what we have going on…and thanks for reading this.
Tickets are available at gate all weekend long.
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SOME KIND OF JAM 9
“Music & Camping Festival”
April 25-27, 2014
Schuylkill Haven, PA
(20 miles NW of Reading)
25 Musical Acts* 3 Stages *Outdoor & Indoor
$65 Presale * $80 DOS
A full weekend of camping & music
ASSEMBLY OF DUST
Conducted by Matt Butler, Featuring: John Kadlecik (Furthur), Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule), Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), Andrew Altman (Railroad Earth), Chris Jacobs (The Bridge), Nick Piccininni (Floodwood), and Jami Novak (Cabinet).
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Scott Pemberton Trio
The Southern Belles
Nick Gianni’s Evolution
The Royal Noise
Manatawny Creek Ramblers
Hard Swimmin’ Fish
The End Men