Images from Jibberjazz's Madsummer Meltdown 2017
In June I attended another JibberJazz festival, the 8th annual
"Madsummer Meltdown" fest. Many bands on multiple stages, with nearly continuous
live music playing from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening. Plus all the
camping, partying, light shows, fire dancers, vendors, food, tie-died t-shirts,
costumes, bumper stickers, painting, artwork, kids, dogs and friendly people
you could possibly want, topped off with a parade.
One drawback was that it rained on and off during the weekend, especially on Friday. So most of my pictures from this festival are from the Indoor Jamhouse, mainly of the late-night bands and light shows. I still got some decent shots, the best of which are presented here.
If you want to see some photos and text from previous festivals, I put up
a bunch of pictures from last year's Some Kind of Jam 11.
I also wrote up a lengthy diary
of Some Kind of Jam 10, complete with a boatload of pictures.
As always, everyone I met at the festival was really nice, although I generally spent more time watching the bands than socializing.
Anyway, here are some pictures:
The son of the guitarist for Sidecar Agogo decided that he was going to climb up on stage and hug his dad during the performance. Mom had to come retrieve him.
The band The Brothers GOW brought their own light show - here's a view of it from along the left wall of the Indoor Jamhouse.
A view of the Brothers Gow light show from the middle of the audience.
The entrance to the Indoor Jamhouse was decorated with lots of lights - this is the view from inside the Jamhouse.
The Underground Horns on the Musical Madness stage are joined by the trombonist from Emefe.
The funky party band Emefe stole the show Saturday night. Here's their unusual stage set-up with the drummer in front and light show behind.
Because Emefe had most of the band members lined up along the back of the stage, they projected some neat shadows on the wall. I actually saw a band member taking a picture of the shadows during the show.
I got this "action" shot of Emefe from the center of the front row of the audience.
At the end of their set, the members of Emefe came down off the stage and played the end of their last song in the middle of the audience. This was the best picture I could get of it.
The view from the back of the Indoor Jamhouse.
The band Strange Mechanics are given a cool light show of morphing green blobs.
Another shot of the Strange Mechanics light show, this time colored blocks of light.
A band that is quickly becoming one of my favorite live bands ever, Marbin, played the god-awful 3am to sunrise set. Here's a slightly blurry shot from early in the set.
I took this shot when the sax player switched briefly to drums and it ended up being the best picture I got of Marbin.
This isn't a good picture by any means, but I took it to prove that I hung in there with Marbin until 5am. At that point the sun was rising and birds were chirping, so I went back to my tent to sleep. The set ended a few minutes later.
Wrapping things up, a shot from a beautiful and ultra-relaxed Sunday afternoon with the community painting board in front of the stage while Urban Wolf Symphony plays some jazz.
And that's it. I didn't get as many photos from this festival as I usually do, partly because of the rain but mostly because I kept forgetting to carry the camera around with me. Since I was in shorts and a t-shirt most of the weekend, I didn't really have pocket space to carry it. Oh well, I still got a few good shots. Hope you enjoyed them.