4/12/14 the next BarnJam.....!
Sat. April 12, 2014
BarnJam #30 ROCKED !!!!!
It was Sept 14, 2013 and Featured:
~~~PJ & the Mona Band~~~
Eric Suttman's Farm:
3948 SoldiersHome-Miamisburg Rd.
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Music in the Barn
Special Thanks to:
The Univ of Dayton GEL
"What Goes Down in the Barn,
Stay in the Barn."
A Dayton Tradition !
Held every September and April since 1998.
This will be BarnJam #30 !
eric suttman's next
SAT April 12, 2014
NO GLASS BOTTLES PLEASE
No Dogs Please
music starts at 7pm
venue limit of 300 tix
tix avail. day of show at the door
doors open 6pm
ALL NIGHT DRUM CIRCLE
take a huge barn, lots of land,
add a roarin' bonfire, good people,
camping out under bright stars,
kickin' live music and you get:
(a few miles southwest of dayton, oh)
SAT April 12, 2014
music & bonfire
NEXT BARNJAM SAT, April 19, 2014
starts at sunset
eric suttman's 5 acre farm,
a short 13 min. drive from
the university of dayton campus.
3948 SoldiersHome-Miamisburg Rd.
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Take Brown St. towards Downtown Dayton,
Get on 35 West
From all other points,
take I 75 to downtown Dayton, Get on 35 West
Then , take SR 35 West
go 7 miles,
turn left on Infirmary Rd -
go 2 miles,
turn right on State Route 4 (SR 4).
go 1 mile.
(this road is also called Germantown.)
bear left on Soldiers Home-Miamisburg Rd.,
go 1 mile
to 3948 Soldiers Home-Miamisburg Rd.
It is on the left at Hemple Rd.
3948 Soldiers Home-Miamisburg Rd.
Miamisburg, OH 45342
a benefit to support
U.D.'s GEL Service club
camping available & encouraged.
we'll have plenty of 'dawgs & s'mores....
it should be a cool dry night
under the stars,
but as always,
it's rain, shine, snow, or mud!
REVIEWS of Past BARNJAMS:
30th BarnJam tradition celebrates live music, service
By: CC Hutten – A&E Editor
Published: September 18, 2013
"Biannual Music Event Offers Good Fun for a Good Cause on a Rustic Stage"
Nothing says camraderie like live music and bonfires. On Saturday, Sept. 14, University of Dayton professor Eric Suttman generously hosted the 30th BarnJam, a biannual fundraising music festival, at his farm in Miamisburg, Ohio.
Students and Dayton community members piled into their cars, laden with food, drinks and anticipation for something new and different to do for the weekend.
Cars started pulling in around 7 p.m., crunching down the dirt and gravel driveway, and were welcomed by volunteers and members of one of UD’s service fraternities, Gamma Epsilon Lambda. Attendants received a green peace sign sharpie tattoo, reflective of the atmosphere, on their hands in exchange for $7.
Funds raised went towards the fraternity, “GEL,” because members had volunteered at previous BarnJams by helping facilitate the event.
After attendants set up camp at Suttman’s barn and the surrounding area, a crowd gathered around the tents, bonfires and the stage inside the barn. The night featured charismatic and dance-able musical talent.
The line-up included a variety of bands from UD and the Dayton area, such as PJ and the Mona Band, junior music therapy major Libby Gill, Brothers Kaschak, NineTies and Gem City.
The evening began with light-hearted excitement and slowly grew into a raging dance, much like the enormous bonfire built just outside the barn.
Laughing and bonding with fellow music lovers and community supporters until the sun replaced the stars, the attendees of BarnJam celebrated friendship, service, music and being alive.
To continue the beloved tradition, according to the website, BarnJam 31 is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at Suttman’s barn.
U.D. Flyer News 9/5/08
There’s nothing I can tell you about BarnJam—especially in a university publication—that you probably haven’t already heard from someone else. Instead, I’ll use this space to beg, nay, shamelessly plead with you to do this one very simple, painless thing: If you like live music, get off your butt and go. The biannual music festival hosted by the now immortal UD faculty legend Eric Suttman has entered its 11th year of endless jam sessions on two stages, roaring bonfires and peaceful dancing under the stars with 300 of your classroom buddies. All of this takes place on the Suttmans’ five-acre farm, called “.commonground,” located only 13 minutes from campus. “Dancing outside next to your friends, listening to great music—that scene is hard to beat,” Senior Steve Pfriem, who will attend his fifth BarnJam Saturday, said. “As fun as the Ghetto is, it really can’t compare.” Headlining on the barn stage yet again is the UD behemoth The Werks, a high-energy, style-blending improvisational jam band that all students should see at least once before they graduate. This time, they’ll bring along Ohio University’s Papadosio, who toured across the country with them this summer. UD grad Pat Kelly and his Early Timers band will also play, joining the up-and-coming Kelly Fine with Rob Brodrick. Expect BarnJam traditions to continue as Jersey Joe leads the musicians in a great cover of “The Weight” by The Band, along with several Bob Marley tunes. The Backporch Jam, a group comprised entirely of UD faculty and fronted by Dr. Kurt Mosser, might also perform a few songs, but Suttman—who plays bass—jokes that contract negotiations are currently pending. “They have some outrageous backstage demands for their shows,” he said. Suttman seems especially jazzed for Possum the Light Doctor’s light show, which can only be enjoyed through the slight cloud of dust raised from dancing on the barn’s dirt floor, he said. The camping aspect of BarnJam is also an enormous draw, with about 50 to 60 tents expected on Saturday. A huge rope swing is set up near the back camping area, and an all-night drum circle usually forms around the large bonfire sometime during the evening. “My favorite part is all the late night conversations around the many small bonfires by the tents,” Suttman said. Along with hot dogs and s’mores, Vegan chow will also be provided throughout the night by a new vendor. In addition to tents, drinks and drums, Pfriem recommends BarnJammers bust out old Grateful Dead or Allman Brothers tie-dies, and grab some extra snacks, a flashlight, bug spray and a nice group of friends. The festival community is so tight-knit that “baby BarnJammers,” the kids of returning alumni, often make appearances. Suttman’s own one- and three-year-olds, Eliot and Declan, are also prone to jamming out from time to time. Even Pfriem’s got his family hooked. “I’ve only been once because I’m only a sophomore, but I’ll be there for sure Saturday,” his sister Amanda said.
U.D. Flyer News Sept. 2007 by Laura Wagner:
Couldn’t make it to Tennessee this summer for Bonnaroo? Well, you didn’t miss out on your only chance to camp out and listen to good music. On Saturday, September 16, BarnJam will take place on UD professor Eric Suttman’s five- acre farm, only a short drive from campus. This music festival is held twice a year to raise money for UD’s Appalachia Club. Local favorites such as The Werks and The Maji will be performing this year on the two stages¬¬¬¬-an electric one in a barn and an acoustic one outside. The Werks have performed several times at UD and have accumulated a large fan base. They are an improvisational rock band and many agree that they never fail to put on a great live show. For more information about the student band The Werks, see their website www.thewerksmusic.com. The Maji is a Dayton- based rock band that just released their first studio CD in August. Also performing is the UD faculty band The Backporch Jam. Eric Suttman, host of BarnJam, is the bassist. Among the many other musicians appearing at BarnJam are Ann Bourke, Drew Cappotta, Alex Hoffman, and Jersey Joe featuring Xandra. In addition, there will be an all night drum circle for those who like to party until morning. “BarnJam provides a medium for students to interact with professors and friends of the university through entertainment. It is music that everyone can enjoy,” said senior International Studies and Spanish major Marissa Bond, who attended BarnJam last year. In addition to the live music, many people are drawn to the community aspects of Barn Jam. Many concert-goers bring their own tents and campout. There is a bonfire for roasting hotdogs and making s’mores. Suttman usually projects a movie onto the side of his house. One year there were even tight ropes for people to test their balance on. “I like the idea of BarnJam. You’ve got a lot of groups doing their own things but then they come together for a collective music experience. If you go to a concert you feel obliged to stand there and listen to the music, but here you can move away and talk by the bonfire if you want,” said UD faculty member Robyn Reed, whose husband Kurt Mosser of the philosophy department is a band member of The BackPorch Jam. It ocosts five dollars to attend BarnJam and the proceeds go to support the Appalachia Club. Members of the club volunteer in an Appalachian community here in Dayton during the school year and make occasional weekend trips to visit families in Salyersville, Kentucky. Over the summer the club offers a nine-week program in Kentucky where students tutor, work at a teen center, and visit families and the elderly in the Appalachian community. BarnJam draws several hundred people each year. There is a devout following including many UD graduates who still come to the event. Perhaps the motto of BarnJam is what keeps bringing people back; ‘what goes down in the barn, stays in the barn’. On Saturday, The Werks kick off BarnJam at 7 p.m. Bring your own tents and drinks. Plenty of hotdogs, s’mores, and fun will be provided. You can find directions to the farm and more information on BarnJam’s website, www.barnjam.com.
U.D. Flyer News Sept. 9, 2005
"BarnJam 16 raises money and spirits Sept. 10, 2005"
Dana Kulchawik A & E Editor
BarnJam 16: The attendance numbers keep getting higher, as does the popularity of this bi-annual event. The event will once again be hosted by UD faculty member Eric Suttman to raise support for UD’s Appalachia Club. Essentially, BarnJam is a festival much like Bonnaroo—just 4 stages smaller, 90,000 people less crowded, 700 acres less to walk and 2 nights shorter. The best part about festivals are always the memories you share with those who are there. So, just incorporate camping, bonfires, drum circles, live music, food and good people and you’re bound to have a rockin’ good time. “It’s a friendly group of people,” said Nick Chignoli, fifth-year Psychology and Communications major. “A lot of people already know each other, but by the end of the night everyone knows each other.” BarnJam is held twice yearly to raise money for the UD Appalachia Club and University of Dayton Summer Appalachia Program (UDSAP). Together the two challenge themselves to go beyond UD and experience the Appalachian culture. Fundraising supports club events as well as a nine-week summer program to an eastern Kentucky Appalachian village where students get involved in tutoring, operating a teen center and visiting families and elderly people. There’s a great line-up of home-grown UD musicians set to perform. There are three stages this year: the main stage inside the barn, another acoustic stage past the raging bonfire and the newly-added kiddy stage inside the house (set to perform are visiting alumni’s children, as well as Suttman’s new seven month old baby girl, Eliot —SpongeBob SquarePants anyone?). Kicking off BarnJam 16 will be last year’s Battle of the Bands runner-up, The Melting Room. Other performances include a group of sophomore music majors, Riding Shotgun, and the almost legendary BackporchJam, consisting of UD faculty members Kurt Mosser, David Darrow, Bill Schuerman, Maura Donahue, Marilyn Sandness and, of course, Eric Suttman. Also, traveling from Columbia, MO to perform is former UD student Liz Klug and her pal, Rory Carroll. Senior Electronic Media major Greg Hansberry is also performing at this year’s BarnJam. Greg will put on an acoustic performance, showcasing some of his original indie rock n’ roll songs. Capping off the evening of live music will be popular Dayton area jam band, The Goods. This will be the third BarnJam at which they have appeared. Watch out for these guys in the future jam band scene, their collection of original tunes is rapidly expanding and so is their fan base. After the all the live music is finished, the night continues on into the wee hours of the morning. If you find your tent without falling into a bush or, even worse, stumbling into one of the wild horse paddocks, you’re lucky. Then the drum cirlce and acoustic jams begin. This fall’s drum circle will be led by Robert Chafin, sophomore percussionist and member of Thesaurus, winners of last year’s Battle of Bands. “The property’s beautiful, the ability to look up at a clear sky of stars, sit around the bonfire with your friends and enjoy a night full of awesome music … it’s indescribable,” said Senior English major Kelly R. Townsend, summing up her past BarnJam experiences. Rain, shine, or blizzard (literally), BarnJam is set to take place Sept. 10 beginning at sunset. There’s a $3 donation at the door to support the Appalachia Club and you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth. For more information and driving directions visit www.barnjam.com.
sat. Sept 6, 2008
venue limit of 300 tix
tix avail. day of show at the door
doors open 6pm
THE BackPorch Jam
& the BarnJam AllStar Band
& as always:
ALL NIGHT DRUM CIRCLE
Here's who was featured at BarnJam 15
(april 23, 2005): (also known as SNOWJAM!!!)
11pm GROOVE DISTRICT
flesh-tearing funk from Ann Arbor
feat. members of DUCKSAUCE
bobby streng, ryan bash, tim reinhart
& the midwest's premiere drummer FRANCIS WYATT
10pm MICHAEL JOHN MOLLO
a fusion of keller williams, jack johnson & ben harper
7pm THE GOODS
southern ohio's juiciest jam band
solo tour = of the indianapolis COHORTS
the BackPorch Jam
Jersey Joe Lipinski
Jam Master of Ceremonies
ALL NIGHT DRUM CIRCLE
led by latin percussionist robert chafin & dr. mark brill
REVIEW OF BarnJam sept 2004
JAMBAND from ann arbor www.smokestack.org
“Musically, Smokestack has much in common with the jazzier contemporary jam bands, especially String Cheese Incident and Phish. The music is intensely eclectic, with elements of Latin, bebop, reggae, fusion and bluegrass. The musicianship is at an extremely high level.” The Aspen Times Aspen, Colo.
EMILY STRAND www.emilystrand.com
CD release party for "Delay in the Connection"
michael john mollo cincinnati
if you like keller williams, you gotta see michael john!
ANN BOURKE columbus,OH www.annbourke.com
The East Ash Street Band
the BACK PORCH JAM
All night DRUM CIRCLE led by LIZ KLUG jemez, NM b.y.o.d.
Jersey Joe (jam-master of ceremonies)
East Ash St. also led the newly added "BonfireJam" Fri. 9/10 11pm unplugged
of PAST BarnJams 4/17/04:
*****main stage #1:*****
8pm: while supplies last(from columbus) - the Dayton CD Release Party of "Take It Outside"
8:45pm: all-star jam (featuring members of all bands)
10:30pm: GRAMMY AWARD WINNING
Jazz Trumpeter "GRAHAM BREEDLOVE"
of the Sat. Night Live Band, joins
for a fusion jazz JAM!!
the 'SAUCE is Back!
Bobby Streng,sax Ryan Bash,bass
Tim Reinhart,keys Francis Wyatt, drums
*****acoustic stage #2:*****
the backporch jam
kurt mosser, bill schuerman, mark brill
JON DITTERT & DAWN DEKRELL
& their BarnJam CD Release Party for "Winter in Lexington"
(winners of UD's 2004 Battle of the Bands)
TODD DAY WAIT (boco como)
jersey joe (jam-master of ceremonies)
Liz Klug (columbia, MO) picked up where the African Master Drummers left off at the last BarnJam leading a
1am till Dawn (BYOD)
Ann Bourke's review of BarnJam 9 (April, 2002):
(shamelessly lifted from her website www.AnnBourke.com)
Why hello there, good lookin's. I have to tell you, Barn Jam was a great time once again. Thanks to everybody who came to the party. How 'bout that Dave Cronin? My guitar turned to me and said, "Now why don't you ever play me like THAT?" and I said, "Because I'm a mere mortal." Not to start rumors about Dave being supernatural, only to start rumors that Dave is *possessed* by the supernatural. There's a difference. For more information on this, please read my book, Secrets About Dave That Only I Know And That He Would Probably Deny If Questioned. I'm sure you'll find it to be an enchanting read. Once again, those While Supplies Last boys just rocked my world. For more information on them, please visit www.geocities.com/rowlante. Kudos as well to Mike Walter!, Kelley Haldeman!, Joe Lipinski!, Sound Storm!, and all of the other fabulous performers! As they say in Britain and should say all the time over here in the colonies, too, "Good show! Bloody marvelous show, everyone! All right then, let's have some scones and tea."
4/14/2000 Flyer News reviewed by Vic Harrison:
The equation is simple. Take a huge barn and lots of land, throw in a warm bonfire and a night's worth of live music and you get BarnJam. The biannual concert, hosted by adjunct faculty member Eric Suttman, will be held Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting well into the night. "The music rocks until midnight, then the guitar and drum circle around the bonfire has been known to last until sometime between 4:20 a.m. and dawn," Suttman said. Camping is available and encouraged, with Suttman opening his five acre farm, .commonground., for anyone to drop by for a free hot dog or two or to stay all night. This installment's featured acts are UD's own While Supplies Last (including Suttman on bass) and Duck Sauce, as well as the singing duo of Ann Bourke, senior English major, and UD graduate Kelley Haldeman. Past BarnJams have boasted such acts as Third Wish, Uncle Sam's Dream Machine, The Kilwein Family Tree-o and even Vice President of Student Development Bill Schuermann. "And I'm negotiating for Moxy Fruvous for next fall," Suttman added. Only 15 minutes from campus, BarnJam is a benefit concert to support The House of the People, a Dayton shelter for Rwandan refugees. A $3.00 donation is requested. Upon admission, people can enjoy not only the music, but the bonfire and tie-dye booth as well. Suttman has helped produce CDs recently for all three groups, making this BarnJam event a triple CD release party. "I bought a cool old farmhouse on five acres, took one look at the huge barn and started building a big stage in it," Suttman said. "BarnJam was born. I figured it'd be the perfect way to throw parties and also raise money and awareness for The House of the People. It should be a cool, dry night under the stars, but as always, it's rain, shine or mud," said Suttman. Jeremy Chmielewski, senior chemistry major and member of While Supplies Last is excited at the opportunity. "This will be my second time, and it's unique in a way because it's an event that gives a new perspective to local live music."
April 20, 2002, barn jam 9
reviewed by: ann bourke
Lordy, lordy, you shoulda been there. Seriously. I'll fill you in. Tim wore a "Tar Wars" t-shirt and commented about the genius of Microsoft Paint (it's a brilliant program, I concur). Jeremy continues on the path toward morphing completely with John Lennon, to a nice result. Eric seemed exuberant, as always, that his farm was packed with people, though one couldn't help notice a sadness in his eyes, possibly linked to the mysterious disappearance of his overalls earlier that eve. And Steve sat behind his set like a cross between Neil Peart and Gandhi, kicking out some great sound while patiently sacrificing his tambourine to Kelley and I so that we, too, could join in the fun. Which brings me to the music. Ahh, WSL, I sing your praises once more. I regret that I missed the opening song since I was tending to the bear that had gotten loose - again! - in the crowd. (Will we ever have peace?) But! I made it to the barn in time to hear the tail end of "My Days" and a whole lotta "Ob La Di," which is an excellent fit for the band. On to "The World Revolves Around You," a catchy new song by Jeremy. Catchy, indeed. Just try to get this one out of your head. Love it. Nice work, Germ. Then, what's this? "I've Got a Feeling." Exxxcceellllent. The boys punched out "Sex Pants" next, leading to my realization that one of my favorite moments in any WSL concert is the part where Jeremy says, "Fine creation!" It's a brief moment, but an honest one, and if it were up to me, it would become a huge moment wherein all four of the boys stop playing and give a big thumbs up. (Vic, your line is: "Ann, this is why it's not up to you." Heh.) Anyway, next! up was "Fountain of Cool," which will always be one of my favorite songs, period. Then came "Salmonella," a glorious musical list of what we lay people call "Bodily Nastiness." I first heard it sung in my living room last December, and the song is so rapid-fire fast and chock full of technical terms that it still makes me laugh out loud when Tim says, "Sing along!" On to the end... There was a rare absence of "Last Night" last night, which I had to mention just because I wanted to say, "last night last night." Capping off the night instead was a version of "First Tube" so good, SO GOOD, that one could close one's eyes and pretend that Trey and the gang were right there in Dayton, OH. But why would you want to do that when you could open your eyes and see While Supplies Last, instead? Good show, gentlemen...
declan suttman and eliot suttman are ready for the next BarnJam!
thanks for all of your help:
erika suttmann, louis suttmann, dakota suttman, ben suttman, kelly fine, papadosio, alexandra lipinski, zachary harrison, kevin skinner, lightshow by possum, connor smith, megan mcgrath, alexander hoffman
ben rivet, joe lipinski, joe suttmann, my dad louis L. frosty suttman, rob chafin, tyler ty hoying, KT's Kitchen, quentin marsh, jessie hanley, jessica creamer, rebecca holloway, jacklyn neforos, kiersten manifold, michael zoz, Jess Teater, & Jessie Hanley