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More Than Just Jam: Reflecting on Summer Camp with Aqueous

By: Nick Draper | Photos: Tara GracerFor their fifth year at Summer Camp Music Festival, the New York based jamband Aqueous offered some of the best sets of the whole program. I sat down with Mike Gantzer, guitarist and vocalist, to hear his reflections on what it is that made their Summer Camp sets so...

Summer Camp Music Festival 2017 - Friday Recap

Words: Nick Draper | Photos: Ben BowenThrough the muck to solid groundMild temperatures on Thursday turned to wild weather on Friday, when early in the day a storm cell reduced much of the ground to muck.Mother nature dumped the water on SCamp right as moe. was going to kick off their first set...

Summer Camp Music Festival 2017 - Thursday Recap

By: Nick Draper | Photos: Ben BowenFestival arrival, even the "night before", can be a bit of a trial -- arriving early, waiting in line for hours, sitting around in the shockingly chilly weather while waiting to pass through security.But once you're in the Summer Camp venue on Thursday, though, the first shows you...

FESTIVAL WATCH | Live On Lincoln

By: Alex WoodFestival Watch is a Tomorrows Verse feature where we break down festival news into the facts you need to know. Live On Lincoln  July 1 & 2 3200 N Lincoln AveHeadliners To Watch: The Motet Seven-piece funk band The Motet specializes in a smooth, jazz-influenced style that can be as rowdy as it can be...

Review | Aqueous & Mungion @ Lincoln Hall 12/17/16

By: Ryan MannixIt was another snowy winter night in Chicago with two up and coming jam-rockers ready to impress a packed house.Lincoln Hall is one of the cleanest, most comfortable, and best sounding rooms in the city, so it was a real treat to see these two bands at their shreddiest. A year...

Review | Aqueous @ Martyrs' 9/17/16

By: Ryan MannixPhoto via peapodmcgee InstagramBuffalo natives Aqueous brought their self-described genre bending funkadelic groove-rock, with soaring melodies to Martyrs', for an extremely tight two hour party.Perhaps the perfect venue for such an eclectic group, the band played to a much larger and more enthusiastic crowd than their trip to Mothers a...

Stayin' Peachy | Tasty Jams & Thunderstorms Descend on Montage Mountain

By: Faraz ChaudryDrooling over festival lineups is a common pastime for many concertgoers come spring, yet there were few as saliva-inducing as the Peach Fest lineup for 2016, its 5th anniversary.  Yes, the musicians make the 12-hour trek to beautiful Scranton, PA worth it, but with this year's edition taking place on Montage Mountain,...

Summer Camp Music Festival - Day One Summary

By Ryan Mannix | Photo: carmelocorn InstagramA Thursday night tradition,Family Groove Company is somehow the first band I see at Summer Camp every year. It's fitting that the Illinois based outfit gets the weekend started for the quintessential Illinois festival, having played the festival since its earliest days as a small jam-band gathering.The group...

Review | Aqueous @ The Original Mother's 3/24/16

By : Ryan MannixI got a chance to speak with Aqueous guitarist Mike Gantzer before Thursday's show at Chicago's The Original Mothers.He described the band'ssound as groove rock, and while that definitely applied for the dancing crowd, he might be selling the band a bit short.Might I suggest improvisation-heavy groove prog-rock? Certainly more fitting,...

Long Live Jambands: Three Types (and 16 Examples) Of Bands Keeping The Jam Torch Burning

"Jambands are dead! Long live jambands!" That's a bit of wordplay that my friends and I have been tossing around since sometime in the early 2000s.There is a roughly 15 year stretch -- from "Touch Of Grey" being released as a single in 1987 to the inaugural Bonnaroo in 2002 -- that represents the last era ofpeak...