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Joined: May 30 2008
Venice Gas House Trolley

‘Angel headed hipsters’ and ‘holy barbarians’ arise, Venice Gas House Trolley is on the tracks and headed back to you! In a time when spoken word and music performance is rapidly taking shape as a popular form of entertainment, Venice Gas House Trolley stands poised to stake their claim at the forefront of new musical takes on the oldest school around. This three-piece Beat Freak group was formed in Madison, WI out of respect for the Venice West Beat Poetry Scene that flourished in Southern California. The group features Adam Gregory Pergament, a Madison Area Music Award Finalist for Best Artist. At once visceral, exciting, cool and jazzy, the vibe appeals to audiences ranging from finger-snapping cool cats to bohos looking for the next thing in words and music. For more on Venice Gas House Trolley please check out: or

Adam Gregory Pergament, a two-time finalist for Best Artist (Other) in the First Annual Madison WI Area Music Awards, is a Spoken Word performer who has bridged the gap between poetry and music. His dynamic style of Rock and Fire Flowpoetry combines rhythm, musicality, and a highly condensed depth of poetic language. His delivery on stage makes him one of the most unique and riveting performers on the Midwestern musical and artistic landscape. Adam speaks shamanically through poems of Asian Gods and Goddesses, tells Cowboy stories of the American Wild West and the Railroad Age, and poetically rants and rages about both Love and War. In 2006, he was appointed as the first ever "Poet-In-Residence" at The King Club, Madison, WI`s premier live music dance club. He has performed over 500 times in the USA with Rock and Roll bands, Jazz musicians, and as a solo poet.

His current projects include Venice Gas House Trolley (a "Beat Freak" trio consisting of voice, double bass, and percussion) and Rock and Fire Flowpoetry (spoken word with vocal effects, loops, guitar and electric bass). Over the past two years, he led and taught Chime Collective Big Band weekly improvised free flow musical and poetic workshops at The Madison WI Center For Creative And Cultural Arts. In previous incarnations, Adam has played catcher for the University of Minnesota Baseball team, spent five years backpacking throughout Asia and India, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Languages and Cultures of Asia and studied for seven years in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Buddhist Studies Ph.D program. He holds a black belt in Kendo (the art of the Samurai swordsman). He has performed with such Jazz notables as Hanah Jon Taylor (Chicago’s Artists For The Advancement of Creative Music) and Vincent Davis (Roscoe Mitchell Quartet). He has opened shows for The Steve Kimock Band, Cornmeal, Groovatron, Buck 65, and Claude Coleman, Jr of Ween. He has also appeared on festival billings with The Jerry Garcia Band and Indigenous. For more on the Venice Gas House Trolley please go to

Joined: May 24 2008
Farther than Furthur

A few friends and Myself have formed a little dead/Jam style cover band here in our home town of gainesville FL. Our last show's setlist was
AlabamaGetaway.1/2-Step.Cold Rain and Snow.Ramble on.Mr.Charlie.
Set Two: Eyes>Bertha>Werewolves.Morning Dew.Scarlet>Fire.
Encore AC/DC Bag>Psycho Killer.

We just love playing and being a part of the world of the Grateful Dead..........
"the drummer"

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
Last week's gig

I'm in this band, called "Crossroads", I play bass & sing lead vocals (a black art, like phil says in his book..), we had a concert last week in our town, Cerveteri, 40 km from Roma, Italia. We play 60'/70' music (and we're rehearsing "truckin" for some new gig in june). The place was small (about 100 people) but hot and the listeners were dancin' all night to this set list: Brown sugar, Dead flowers, Get off of my cloud (stones), The wind cries Mary (jimi), Have you ever loved a woman? (derek and the dominos version) I’ m so glad (cream), Cocaine (clapton) While my guitar gently weeps (fab four) Sharp dressed man (zz top), Fresh garbage (spirit), Little wing (jimi), Heart of stone (stones) I heard it through the grapevine (C.C.R. version), New world blues (gov't mule), Crossroads (cream version), Sunshine of your love (cream), Honky tonk women (stones), White room (cream), Badge (cream) and..
Johnny b. goode (berry) , Jumping jack flash (stones) as encores.
Almost all the songs are filled with guitars jammin', since the band's got three guitarists!
Have a nice day.

Joined: May 16 2008

I am in a band called underhill and we are heavily influenced by the Grateful Dead. We play mostly originals and are from the Chattanooga, TN area. You can check us out at or our website which is coming soon at


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Joined: Oct 24 2007
hmmm...speaking of victimless crimes...

well, bubble bubble bubble, that's a very interesting subject you raise there. There certainly are a lot of victimless acts that are labelled as crimes. And one might speculate as to their true criminality since they are victimless. Kinda thought that the phrase "witchy hairs ripping one" had an overtone of self-deprecating humor to it relating to old age and flatulance...oh well...jus' like walkin' on glass man, gotta take each step real slow and careful like...nah, life's too short!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
At least shameless self-promotion is a victimless crime

| I'm just a, well...porpoise. |

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Joined: Oct 24 2007
while picking some brain cells...

witchy hairs ripping one...
that felt good...only I can't remember what happened.... >> witchy hairs

Joined: Apr 10 2008

hey all, saw a note on the Dead Net Central Jam in Tampa, if you're in the area it will be a great time & I highly recommend it, many of the participants are musicians from the Musicians' Lounge on DNC. I'm hoping to hit a future such event, but we have a local gig next weekend.

My band is Ghost Pilot, we opened at one of the Dead Net Central Jam shows in Chicago last Sep, you can hear our stuff at &, we play around the area for the most part, originals, eclectic covers like Echoes, Zappa's Flower Punk, b-side cuts from the Clash, Talking Heads, etc.

Joined: Dec 13 2007
Dead Net Central Jam Saturday, April 19th 2008

This gettogether/show is happening Sat April 19th in Tampa, FL. Anyone in here ever hear of Dead Net Central Jam?

Joined: Apr 4 2008
all about my band

tory i am one of the founding fathers of the band, Comfort. i was playing bass in a band called Window, when i met Kevin.we played so instinctivley toegether that we formed our own band named Comfort.(named by Daniel Carr.)anyway... here i sit in Fort Bragg CA.,happy,a little older,retired and still looking for a band-jam, you know.Close your eyes,and shut the lights,and of course add about two hours,i am a headlight on a northbound train.Get on the chat if any of this makes sense for you.


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