Thursday, January 31, 2008

January 31 2008 Jam

Back again, week three of the Matt Hammer Jam. Welcome to all jammers, audience and the Eagle River car poolers. Big thank you to Freedom Writer Bill and Eagle River Steve for photos. And a big, big thank you to Dennis Smith, the staff at Eddie’s and the two Mikes for keeping us together.
NOTE: Stu Schulman will be our guest host jammer next week.

Jam Master Hammer opened up with “Vacancy” an old Harry Chapin tune. He then looked around for banjoman Schultz who was nowhere to be found and coerced Frank Iarossi to come to our rescue with some hot electric licks of his own. Lona and Matt sang, “Leaves that are Green” and then the core band, with alternate drummer Dean Reaves, joined us for “Glory of True Love” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain.” Jack Shockley then stepped center stage and rounded out the first set and sang “Edmund Fitzgerald”, “Seminole Wind”, and “Don’t Mess Around with Jim.”

Set two began with the core band launching into “Operator,” “How Long,” Matt’s original, “One More Song,” “Devils & Dust” and “The Weight.” Pat Rat received spontaneous applause for his rendition of “crazy chester” adding his unique four-part harmony notes to the song with Frank, Matt, and moi.

Tammy Judd stepped to the stage with her bass guitar with Steve on flute, Thomas on drums, Special Ed on electric. Tammy sang an old Blues Brothers Tune, the song “Chain of Fools” and “I Heard it through the Grapevine.” A little sweet blues with “I Can’t Face the Blues Again.” Superb dancing was witnessed this set with Dave and Tammy and their sweet moves. Alaska’s Elvis walked into the room and we put this celebrity , Mike Olsen, on the list of jammers. Frank, Ed,

Pat, Paul and Thomas stepped main stage with Frank Iarossi singing a couple of his country tunes. Sweet, sweet licks by all jammers. Frank then launched into “Stand by Me” and “Brown-Eyed Girl.” Frank tells us that he gets a lot of mileage out of the name “Hillside Drive.” Jam Master Hammer then sang an original, “Some Things are Never Gonna Change” and “San Diego Serenade.”

The two Mikes were busy as beavers on our break changing lights on the stage and climbing up and down and all around…never have we felt so pampered.

Set four brought Mike Olsen, Steve, Frank, Special Ed and Dean to the stage. A little “Margaritaville” and “Move It on Over,” a little “Knock, Knock, Knockn’ on Heaven’s Door” and an original on-the-spot, tribute in song to the Eagle River commuters via “We’re a Long Way from Eagle River” brought this session to a close. Many thanks to all of you for making the jam a success!! See y’all next week!


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