Tue, 02/20/2018 - 9:02 am

Disc Jam Music Festival has announced the initial lineup for the 8th annual festival, held in Stephentown, NY just minutes from the Massachusetts border. The music-filled weekend features over 80 artists, along with Disc Golf Tournaments, Flow Tribe dancers, craft vending, yoga workshops and much more from June 7-10, 2018.

The 2018 artist lineup includes a heavy dose of national and regional funk and jam artists, in addition to collaboratives and side projects, including unique pairings only found at the festival. Headliners include Lotus, Beats Antique, Galactic, The Motet, Electron (feat. members of Lotus and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Disco Biscuits guitarist Jon ‘The Barber’ Gutwillig (solo acoustic set), DJ Logic and Friends (feat. members of The Disco Biscuits, Dopapod and Turkuaz), Gubbulidis (Twiddle side project), Kung Fu, Moon Hooch, Aqueous, Ghost Note (Snarky Puppy side project) Tom Marshall’s Amfibian All-Stars, Ghost Light (Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling project), among more than 80 artists performing on 4 stages over 4 days of camping at the picturesque Gardner’s Farm.

Owner and Founder Tony Scavone says of this year’s lineup, “We’ve spent the entire off-season trying to come up with a festival experience that could one-up the magic we conjured last year. I think what we have in store for 2018 will set the bar so high for next year, I’m already getting nervous thinking about how we’ll top this in 2019.” In their 4th consecutive year at Gardner’s Farm, after moving the festival from Central Massachusetts where it began in 2011, Disc Jam has found a venue that feels like home. Scavone shares, “I truly believe that we have been blessed with the perfect festival grounds, beautiful grass beneath our feet, surrounded by rolling hills with picturesque views in all directions.”

As the name Disc Jam would imply, this 4 day event features the fast growing sport of disc golf and festival grounds hold a 27-hole disc golf course on site. Disc Golf Tournaments for men and women are held throughout the weekend, with cash and prizes from Innova Disc Golf going to the top finishers. Playing at least a round is a must for Disc Jam enthusiasts and the course encourages both the avid and first timer players to try their hand on the course, all at no additional cost to play (outside of tournaments) with discs provided free of charge for those interested in playing.

Going in style is easy as VIP packages include options for either hotel or condo style rooms at the beautiful Jiminy Peak Ski resort just 5 minutes from the venue. On top of the off-site accommodations, the event offers VIP camping areas and a VIP lounge sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company, which includes complimentary beer to anyone 21 years or older.  A variety of activities and workshops are a big attraction for Disc Jam, including flow art workshops, daily yoga sessions, interactive music and art amidst the festival grounds, plus craft and art vending that help make Disc Jam create a unique and memorable experience for both new and returning fans.

Music can be found on twin Main stages, ensuring nonstop music well into the night along with the massive Tent stage and a Woods stage that features nightly takeovers by NV Concepts, Rezinate, Sermon, and The Rust featuring some of the top names in bass and house music. The Wook of Wall Street will be hosting a nightly Silent Disco Party lasting until sunrise.

Disc Jam 2018 Music Festival Initial Lineup

Lotus Beats Antique Galactic The Motet Electron

Jon ‘The Barber’ Gutwillig (Acoustic Set) DJ Logic and Friends (feat. members of The Disco Biscuits, Dopapod and Turkuaz) Gubbulidis Kung Fu Moon Hooch Aqueous Tom Marshall's Amfibian All-Stars Ghost Light Jo Jo Mayer / Nerve

Ghost-NoteConsider The Source The Nth Power Yes Darling

Wolf! Soule Monde The TAZ Band Bella’s Bartok Marbin Compa/Gantzer

Ryan Dempsey Solo Big Mean Sound Machine West End Blend

Dub Apocalypse The Funky Dawgs Brass Band Strange Machines

Space Bacon Escaper G-Nome Project The A Beez • Root Shock Bearly Dead

Formula 5 Goose Shwizz Funktional Flow Mammal Dap Floodwood

Blind Owl Band Swimmer Of Clocks and Clouds Cousin Earth Space Carnival

Of Tomorrow Harsh Armadillo • Fake Flowers Real Dirt • The Clock Reads

The Wiley Griffin Band The Mushroom Cloud Catullus

Lord Electro Dizgo Dewpoint • Let’s Be Leonard • Cypher

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 10:00 am

Disc Jam is back and better than ever with our best musical lineup yet, expanded disc golf experience, flow arts performances, tons of visual artists, hand selected food and craft vendors and what makes Disc Jam so great —all of you.  For 2018 we have curated the freshest combination of national and regional funk, jam, and electronic artists we've ever thought possible!  Headliners this year include Lotus, Beats Antique, Galactic, The Motet, Electron (members of JRAD, Lotus, and The Disco Biscuits), Barber Acoustic (Jon Gutwillig of The Disco Biscuits), DJ Logic and Friends (members of The Disco Biscuits, Turkuaz, and Dopapod), Gubbulidis (members of Twiddle), Kung Fu, Moon Hooch, Aqueous, Ghost~Note (members of Snarky Puppy and Mono Neon), Tom Marshall’s Amfibian All-Stars, Yes Darling (Ryan Montbleau and Hayley Jane), Ghost Light (featuring Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling), Soule Monde (Russ and Ray of Trey Band) and sooo many more!

The music literally never stops at Disc Jam with over 100 musical acts performing across two beautiful side-by-side main stages, a massive covered Tent Stage and our eye-popping Woods Stage, where things get crazier as the night gets later.  This year, we've got 4 of the hottest promoters in the Northeast taking over the Woods Stage for themed electronic dance music takeovers.  Thursday night will be produced by Rezinate, well known for promoting some of the dopest underground parties and events in Boston.  Friday's duties go to Minus Zero Fest producers, NV Concepts, who will be presenting an entire night from the top house artists off the Dirtybird Records Label including Christian Martin, Kill Frenzy, Golf Clap and Ardalan. On Saturday, Brooklyn-based Sermon will host a night of bass music with U.K. producer Joker topping their list wompy artists. If all of that isn’t enough for you, The Wook of Wall Street will be hosting nightly curated Silent Disco Sets that go strong until sunrise each night.

If the Electronic scene isn't your jam late night -  we got you covered too! The Tent Stage is where to go to find the JAMS - Acoustic Jams is the theme for Thursday and we have a ton of them in store for you with rare pairings and solo sets including Aqueous and Dopapod guitarists Compa/Gantzer doing their acoustic duo thing. All 4 members of Twiddle will be performing late night sets Thursday as well. Gubbulidis, a looping duo of guitarist Mihali Savoulidis and bassist Zdenek Gubb doing their take on Twiddle favorites. Twiddle brethren Ryan Dempsey and Brook Jordan will both be doing rare solo sets the same night and we all know what happens when we put these four together with their Frends at Disc Jam... magic!

Friday will see the DJ Logic and Friends set that will feature 2 members of The Disco Biscuits, 5 members of Turkuaz and 2 members of Dopapod!  Jon 'The Barber' Gutwillig of The Disco Biscuits will follow Logic and Friends with an extremely rare and much anticipated Barber Acoustic performance, not much is known to what will actually happen during his solo sets but what we can say is... DO NOT MISS THIS SET!

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 9:00 am

The daily schedules for the 2018 installment of Disc Jam Music Festival have been released, with daily headliners including Aqueous and Moon Hooch (Thursday), The Motet and Galactic (Friday), Beats Antique and Lotus (Saturday) and Tom Marshall’s Amfibian All-Stars (Sunday). Late night acts include Gubbulidis and solo sets from Ryan Dempsey and Brook Jordan, all of Twiddle (Thursday), DJ Logic & Friends and Barber Acoustic (Friday), and Electron and Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling (Saturday).

Artists at Large

Once again, Disc Jam will have some of the biggest names in the jam scene performing throughout the festival, collaborating with artists and bands each day. Artists at Large for Disc Jam 2018 include Eli Winderman and Rob Compa (Dopapod), Michelangelo Carruba, Shira Elias, Craig Brodhead, Chris Brouwers, Greg Sanderson, Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz), DJ Logic, and Honeycomb. Experience the collective nature of the Disc Jam community as these incredible musicians join more than 100 artists this June 7-10 in Stephentown, NY.

Woods Stage Artists

This year, Disc Jam has 4 of the hottest promoters in the Northeast taking over the Woods Stage for themed electronic dance music takeovers. Thursday night will be produced by Rezinate, well known for promoting some of the sought after underground parties and events in Boston. Friday's duties go to Minus Zero Festival co-producers, NV Concepts, who will be presenting an entire night from the top house music artists off the Dirtybird Records Label, including Christian Martin, Kill Frenzy, Golf Clap and Ardalan. On Saturday, Brooklyn-based Sermon will host a night of bass music with U.K. producer Joker topping their list of wompy artists. If all of that isn’t enough for you, The Wook of Wall Street will be hosting nightly curated Silent Disco Sets that go until sunrise.

Disc Jam Flow Tribe

Disc Jam Flow Tribe performances at Disc Jam are a staple for attendees and will once again include a renowned team of well rounded performance artists who have been a major part of the Disc Jam family since 2012. The featured flow artist for 2018 is world renowned Hula Hooper Rachael Lust. Rachael will be hosting flow arts workshops for beginner to expert levels, with multiple sessions each day. A variety of workshops will be offered to broaden the mind, body and spirit. Choose from Wellness, Flow Arts, Yoga, Painting, Disc Golf, and Permaculture classes made available daily.

Visual Artists

Visual artists, including live painters and artists, will create massive murals and art installations throughout the site all weekend long. Featured artist Gabriel Welch, Stephen Kruse, Andy Reed, Raf Mata and many more will be creating murals, as well as curating an art gallery tent where attendees can view and buy artwork from all of the artists.

Disc Golf Tournaments

Disc golf is a game for experts, beginners, and everyone in between. Playing at least one round is a must for Disc Jam enthusiasts and the course encourages both the avid and first timer players to try their hand, all at no additional cost to play (outside of tournaments), with discs provided free of charge for those interested in playing.

Disc Golf Tournaments for men and women are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with cash and prizes from Innova Disc Golf, Grassroots California, Vibram Five Fingers shoes, Native Eyewear, Suspended in the Trees Hammocks, The Earth Ship Tents and more going to the top finishers. Nationally ranked and touring Team Innova Disc Golf Pro Gregg Barsby will be hosting the tournaments as well as playing rounds, hosting workshops and clinics all weekend long!

Road to Disc Jam Tour

Having kicked off in April, more than 20 Disc Jam artists will perform at 11 venues across 7 states including New York, New England and Pennsylvania, with free Disc Jam tickets given away as a door prize at each show.

April 27 - Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Congo Sanchez and Honeycomb, Jewel Music, Manchester, NH

April 28 - Formula 5 and Space Carnival, The Hollow Bar and Kitchen, Albany, NY

April 28 - Congo Sanchez - Strange Brew Pub, Norwich, CT

May 4 - Strange Machines and The Clock Reads, Electric Haze, Worcester, MA

May 10 - Marbin and Swimmer, Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo, NY

May 11 - Swimmer and Goose, Nectar’s, Burlington, VT

May 11 - The Wook of Wall Street Pre-Jawn, Sprout Music Collective, West Chester, PA

May 17 - Borg Party (members of Dopapod, Turkuaz, Giant Panda) Flour City Station, Rochester, NY

May 17 - Consider the Source, River Street Jazz Cafe, Wilkes-Barre, PA

May 17 - Kung Fu, Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center, Greenfield, MA

May 18 - Harsh Armadillo, Arch Street Tavern, Hartford, CT

May 18 - Funktional Flow and Swimmer, Funk n Waffles, Syracuse, NY

May 19 - Bella’s Bartok and Cousin Earth, Funk n Waffles, Syracuse, NY

May 24 - West End Blend and Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz), Fete Music Hall, Providence, RI

Sun, 10/07/2018 - 2:55 pm

The fourth annual Halloween Horror Camp presented by Disc Jam will be held on Saturday, October 27th in Western Massachusetts at an undisclosed summer camp nestled in the woods of Western Massachusetts. The 2018 Horror Camp lineup includes Octave Cat, (featuring members of Lotus and Dopapod), West End Blend, Space Bacon, William Thompson Funk Experiment, The New Motif, Escaper, Electro Politics, Dewpoint, Resin Ed, Lee Ross, Uncle Bob and Friends BASSBQ, and an unannounced headliner.

A one day, one night, costume required camping event, Horror Camp 4 features indoor and outdoor performances spaces, fields for tent camping and RVs, as well as cabins for rent. The event is limited to attendees 21 and older with free Lagunitas Brewing beer and entry into a fishing derby included. And there will of course be the Disc Jam Flow Tribe performing LED and Fire performances.

Disc Jam Founder and Promoter Tony Scavone says of this year’s Horror Camp, “We wanted to build off last year’s Horror Camp and bring in some of our Disc Jam Fam for a jam-packed day of music. Having Octave Cat headline is full circle with Eli, who has performed at every Disc Jam with Dopapod or with bandmates Jesse Miller of Lotus and Charlie Patierno. The Disc Jam Fam knows what to expect from Disc Jam, and they can find that in one incredible day of music and camping  at Horror Camp 4.”

The undisclosed location is only revealed to ticket buyers 48 hours in advance, adding to Horror Camp's signature location reveal. The only information released to the public is that it is held at a summer camp in the 413 area code of Massachusetts

Tent and cabin passes, as well as full cabin rentals are available at discjamhorrorcamp.theticketingco.com

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 5:13 pm

From June 6th to the 9th, thousands will return again to rural Stephentown, NY located just 30 minutes east of Albany, for an unforgettable weekend of music, art, and sport. 2019 will be our 9th consecutive year independently producing Disc Jam Music Festival. Each year we strive to bring you the most unique and diverse lineups we could possibly imagine while staying true to the small grassroots style festival experience that we've become known for. And boy are confidant that we've outdone ourselves this time!

Last year Lotus played an absolutely incredible set on Saturday night that had both old and new fans raving about it throughout the year. We couldn't be more excited to have them back to headline the festival again in 2019 but we’ve added a little something to spice things up! Lotus will be performing its entire set with a VERY special and previously never done before collaboration with The Disco Biscuits guitarist Jon the Barber Gutwillig joining them. Since our announcement this has already begun a must-see performance for both fans of Lotus and The Disco Biscuits alike.

There are plenty of great bands covering the Dead's catalog of material within their various sounds and styles. We wanted to bring something to the table that would undoubtedly stand out. John Kadlecik & The West Philly Fadeaway is exactly that act.

Featuring Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein, and keyboardist Aron Magner, Lotus' Mike Greenfield, and original The Disco Biscuits drummer Sam Altman on the dual drum kits coupled with John K's experience touring as the lead guitarist of the famed Furthur at the helm of this mega group this will undoubtedly be a uniquely modern twist on the Grateful Dead. Both Brownstein and Magner will yet again get the chance to jam with their brethren Sammy bringing all four of the original members of The Disco Biscuits into any scheduled event in over 14 years! To make things even more exciting, the possibilities of a Barber or Tom Hamilton sit in will have us all speculating will they all play?!?!

Other headlining additions to the 2019 lineup include the mid-west future funk duo The Floozies, and one of the hottest bands out right now in Ripe. The Boston-based group is made up of seven members, blending a number of genres together. They aim to capture the energy of a jam band while using elements of hard-hitting funk with the exploratory nature of jazz-fusion. Hot off of two monster sell out shows of Boston's House of Blues and NYC's Brooklyn Steel they're definitely considered as THE must-see act of the 2019 festival season. If you haven’t heard of them, Disc Jam is happy to be the one that introduces you to their music.

We always try to bring new talent to Disc Jam and we’re proud to have a core of Disc Jam alumni on this year’s lineup, but we always plan to bring in new artists who have never played Disc Jam before. Papadosio, a quintet who have toured the country relentlessly and built a massive following and we couldn't be more excited to have them at their first Disc Jam this June. When it comes to psychedelic space rock and melodic vocal arraignments they are simply one of the best. We’re expecting a mind-bending set that leaves the audience in awe, you should be too!

Returning Disc Jam acts with multiple years of tenure include Moon Hooch (2nd year), Soule Monde (3rd year), Pink Talking Fish (4th year), Formula 5 (5th year), Consider The Source (7th year) and Kung Fu (8th year) make up just some of glue that has kept the lineups consistent and loyal for years and years.

Oh, and don’t forget Marc Brownstein’s new side-project, Star Kitchen. They’ve been garnishing a ton of extremely positive feedback from everyone who has seen them. Made up of guitarist Danny Mayer of Eric Krasno Band, Rob Marscher (Addison Groove Project) and drummer Marlon Lewis of John Legend and Lauryn Hill fame are red hot after they inaugural tour and electrifying performance on this year's Jam Cruise. While we’re talking about red hot musicians, make sure you’re planning on seeing Tom Hamilton’s band, Ghost Light. They have the raw power of a runaway train, and no matter how exploratory they may get, Hamilton and keys sorceress Holly Bowling will continue to conduct their magic the entire duration of the ride.

Ghost-Note is probably the most talented group of musicians that Disc Jam has ever had. Built around the 8 time Grammy-winning drumming of Robert “Sput” Searight and Snarky Puppy's 2 time Grammy winner Nate Werth on percussion this band can level a crowd and have the attention of every musician in the room their entire set. They are taking Funk and musicianship to the next level that is impossible to ignore. Their 2018 release of Swagism captured the attention of music lovers, and critics alike. We’re expecting them to have a stand-out set once again this year as they are set to return for their 3rd Disc Jam in as many years. 

These acts are just the tip of the iceberg, with an entire lineup that is stacked deep with some of the best young and regional bands in the scene today. Every act on the lineup has been carefully selected by owner and founder Tony Scavone's team that will not disappoint yet again. From two sets of lespecial to The Elovaters to Pine Needle Soul's Mac Miller Tribute set there is something for the live music lover in everyone. We feel like this year's group of musical acts truly exemplifies what Disc Jam is. After last year’s sold out event, we’re ready to turn things up yet another notch - whether you’re returning or coming for the first time or been here for years, we simply cannot wait to see you. Get ready for one of the most unforgettable weekends of your life, Disc Jam 2019 is HERE!