Across-the-Way Productions (AtWP), an event management company best known for its flagship event FloydFest, brings its unique vibe back to the Star City with two early June events. The first, a picnic-themed day of music, the Giant Jam Sandwich, is this Sunday, June 4, and features a delicious compote of bands at Elmwood Amphitheater, including festival jam band favorites Tauk and Big Something.
The following Friday, June 9, pop country duo Montgomery Gentry takes the Elmwood Park main stage. These events come after AtWP brought the Star City Concert Series to Elmwood Park in 2016 with nostalgic acts that included Huey Lewis, Blondie, and Brian Wilson.
Being billed as “showcasing the best in jam bands in 2017,” the Giant Jam Sandwich will bring a total of six bands to Elmwood Park. Roots rock collective Sol Searchers, (the latest creative endeavor from Foster Burton and Kris Hodges) kicks off the event at 12:30, setting the tone for a day of family fun at Elmwood Park. The music and merriment keep rolling along with the prog-rock jam band, The Mantras, blues-infused psychedelia of People’s Blues of Richmond, and trance jam band The Werks, before BIG Something and Tauk.
Big Something hails from Burlington, NC, and has made a BIG name for itself touring festivals, sharing their electronic and reggae inspired funk music. They have created a new front in the jam band scene with their superb musicianship and innovative use of new sounds.
Tauk creates a very trippy atmosphere with its music, combining fast electronic guitar sounds, synthesized keyboard tones, and a dazzling light show that promises to transport attendees to a parallel world, wherein you’ll begin to think of quitting your day job, and following this band on tour! That urge is strong some days, and Sunday will be a test for some.
What makes the Giant Jam Sandwich even tastier is the price. Tickets are only $20 in advance and $25 at the gate for all six bands. Meld all this fantastic music with the family-friendly atmosphere Across-the-Way productions has become known for, and you’ll have no doubt that festival season is underway.
The magic returns just five days later when Across the Way Productions brings Montgomery Gentry to the park. Comprised of Kentucky natives Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, this pop country duo, best know for it’s billboard toppers, “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me,” have released six studio albums over the 18-year span of their career and was named Country Duo of the Year in 2000.
The gates open at 6 p.m. on June 9, and Philadelphia rock act Stolen Rhodes will open the show. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. As with many of the AtWP events, VIP experiences are available for this show.
More details on both events can be found online. Also, Martin’s Downtown will be posting a Giant Jam Sandwich after party featuring the Mantras. Information on that event can be found on the Martin’s website.