2017-09-14 – Froggy Daze 6

The first thing you experience when entering the gates of Froggy Daze, is the welcome party.

“Welcome Home!” are the first words spoken to you, and it becomes obvious that you are in the right place.

I’ve been trying to get the band booked for Froggy Daze since the 3rd iteration, but it wasn’t until this year that the dream became reality. We couldn’t have asked for a better first time experience.

The festival grounds at Lander’s Campground are perfect for a music festival. There is more than enough room for everyone to set up camp, and right in the center of it all, is a huge pavilion that houses the stages.

The Froggy Daze crew were on point all night, helping us figure out which stage we were playing, as well as loading and unloading our gear. That kind of friendly professionalism means so much when you’re in a new place, working with new people.

Our performance was particularly charged that night. I remember feeling an unknown energy flowing through me throughout the show. It’s not uncommon for me to be bursting with energy on stage, but I was burning to let loose.

We opened up with a newer number, Magrathea. The jam section really took off as everyone got settled in. The first song of a set can be clammy some times, but everyone got nice and comfortable when we hit the jam.

Next up was PCRB, which has recently come out of retirement. The jam here felt very patient and it went really deep. This song never really had an ending, but we finally figured out how to bring it back home with one more powerful chorus.

PCRB dumps right into a funk jam which is surprisingly uncommon for us given our name. This improv also felt very patient and takes us right into our newest song: What to Do. The vocals felt particularly strong in this version. I’m pretty new to singing on stage but I’m really enjoying it. I feel like the vocals really tie our sets together too. I’m looking forward to writing more songs with lyrics with the band.

We closed out the night with an old favorite, TDJAMS. Ironically this song has no jam section, but it has the famed POLKA SECTION! This one really went off and the crowd definitely appreciated the surprise polka.

All in all, we had a great time at Froggy Daze and we hope to be back as soon as possible.

Thanks so much to Keith and Heather for their hard work putting the festival together.

Next up for some of us is the debut of Mission Control featuring myself, Sam, and Kevin. We’re playing with Chicago jamtronica band Chachuba, as well as our close friend Andy Hogarth aka Drunk Girl. Details can be found here.

Hope to see y’all soon!

Until next time,

Ryan