Thursday, June 07, 2007

In Loving Memory Of Summer Jam

Yes there once was a thing called Summer Jam, and no it was not jam served only in the summertime, it was popular bands playing at the West Mountain ski center, and fire works after, and it was totally free. But those days are over.

I haven't been there since 1999 when Gary Lewis was playing. But since 1999 summer jam has moved to East Field, and is no longer free, it's 2 or 3 bucks a person, to see unknown bands play crappy cover versions of popular songs, or worse yet their own songs they wrote themselves that you've never heard before and never wanted to hear and never want to hear again!

And its' drunks, lots of drunks. Of course that part has never changed, you really can't really enjoy a band unless you are drunk or stoned or a combination of both. But is summer jam really worth attending? Well I haven't been since 1999, but like I say, I went for the bands. Gary Lewis in 1999, Len Berry and Tommy Roe in 1995, but there haven't been any really good bands playing at summer jam in 8 years, So I have no reason to ever go back again.

And don't take my word for it, one woman said Summer jam in Glens Falls, New York is Terrible!

"...It is nothing but a large crowd of drunk people tripping over small children who are running wild. The security was terrible, as were most of the bands. Obvious drug use was rampant....All in all, Summer jam was not only a complete waste of time and money, it could have actually been dangerous. If you happen to be in Glens Falls, NY for Fourth of July, make sure to run screaming from Summer jam at East Field!"

But in memory of summer jam days gone by I dug up my vhs recording of Gary Lewis in 1999, and am doing my best to transfer it to digital, one song at a time.