squire758 wrote:Since we've all spent alot of time watching the music industry for a long time, I have some food for thought looking forward. What do you think will be happening in mainstream music in the next ten years? What will be the future of jam bands? Do you see any trends working in favor of improvisational music? What do you guys see happening that you would love to see stop? What would you like to see more of?
I'll tell you what I'd like to see stop:
These "corporate" folks leeching onto the jamband scene to make a quick buck. Case in point: Bonneroo & Vegoose Festivals. The first couple of years for Bonneroo was all about jam bands, and same goes for the first year of the Vegoose Festival. Now, all these "main stream corporate bands" have hitched their wagon to them, and I think it stinks.
Not that I'm against seeing Tom Petty (although I think his production on stage is pretty lame), The Killers, Jurassic 5 (who I like), Fiona Apple, etc. or anyone else, but I liked the Festivals when they were all about the jam band scene. I've gone to both Vegoose Festivals (haven't gone to Bonneroo yet) and the reason I liked the first one more was because of the acts that they had playing. Year 1 was LOADED with jam bands, some of which I had never heard of before, and I was psyched to get out there and see them live for the first time and have so many to choose from. This year, there were only a few acts that qualified as "jam band" material, and I Was dissapointed with that. Still had a great time, don't get me wrong, but I don't think I hada good a time "musically", if ya know what I mean.
So I say this to those main stream bands: Let our festivals be OUR festivals!!! Go find your own!
As for the upcoming scene, who knows what's gonna happen. I would bet money on Phish eventually getting back together in some sort of fashion, though I don't think it's going to be like it was before, but if/when that happens, I'd expect everyone to jump on their ship for a little bit. But you'd have to assume that some
band is going to step up and take that "#1" status, but who? Maybe they haven't arrived yet. SCI had a good chance to do it before Billy called it a day. WSP has been around too long to do it, I think, but now that they've got Jimmy Herring, maybe they turn a corner. I like Railroad Earth, but I don't know if they have enough punch to get to the top. I see "the top" as being a rock n' roll act, ya know? Some band that can really scream and make people go nuts, ala the GD or Phish.