the local music scene is definitely heating up as musicians wake
from winter’s hibernating effects and begin to thaw out for the
upcoming concert season. There
are a ton of great musicians right around the corner anxiously
awaiting an open ear. So why not give it to them?
I discovered a one-stop local music shop online. Jammerelli, a local
guitar slinger/songwriter and current lead guitarist for Masala
put together a website: www.Jammerelli.com. The site is a constantly
growing database of local talent, representing all regions of the
scene and many different musical genres. For budding musicians, the
site includes valuable resources as well, including open mics across
the state, radio links (including me!), links for sound, recording,
etc. Jammerelli is a
firm believer in sharing links to help build this local music web
community. There’s also a picture section where surfers can get the
visual wrap-up to the latest shows.
I definitely recommend checking out Jammerelli.com for more
info about the music that’s all around you.
valuable online resource comes from longtime local supporter, Tom
Nanos. Nanos recently
began Captain Feedback Productions (www.capt-feedback.com), a
multi-faceted local music service.
Captain Feedback specializes in live recording, sound
reinforcement, discounted web hosting for local artists and is a
constant connection between fans and bands. The website contains
extensive archives of live recordings as well as tons of pictures
from past events, featuring such locals heroes as Gargantua Soul,
Chair 13, Masala, Mighty Purple and more.
spring Jammerelli and Capt-Feedback joined forces to form a free
open mic jam and workshop.
The jam happens every Sunday at Referee’s in
Middletown. Nanos is of
course onsite to record each week.
The jam consistently draws some of CT’s most talented
musicians, such as Karma, Kudra, Convergence, Ira Skal, Masala, who
come out to try new material on the original music-friendly
audience, new bands looking to get some performance experience, and
even once in a lifetime jam sessions by musicians who have no
earthly business playing together.☺ The result is a very
unique, exciting and eclectic collection of music that I’ve never
seen duplicated anywhere. Sign ups begin at 6:00pm and the jam gets under way around
Here’s a look at a group which recently enter (or
re-entered) my local music collection:
(www.siment.net) should have
already released their first full-length CD by the printing of this
article. The until then
however the band is offering up FREE samplers of the record from
their website, which I just happened to get a hold of. The sampler contains two
tracks, “The Rebound Song” and “Britney” which are shining
examples of the SiMent’s ability to weave clever lyrics into a
pop-punk sound. This
band makes pop music fun again, and actually worth listening to. “Britney” is the tale of
boy and his long lost love; you guessed it, Britney Spears. The song dares to ask Miss
Spears, “Whatever happened to you?” The answer: “You used to
go with me to all the shows, and now you’ve got a boob job and
everybody knows that you’d rather be hanging out with the
Backstreet Boys.” SiMent’s
knack for lampooning pop-culture makes them a band to listen to.
sure to tune in every Monday at midnight for my show
and hear all the newest local music.
Copyright©WWUH: May/June Program Guide, 2001