Win, Lose or Jam

Capturing the sounds, the souls and the smells of Battle of the Jams

Not surprisingly, the members of Somebody's Closet and Baraka are good sports about the outcome. "Lymbyc Systym is so cool," says Christine Devlin, who insists her bandmates are okay with just having played to such a relatively large crowd. "Hey, we got to play outside for a lot of cool people, so whatever!" she says, smiling.

"I love playing with other bands that are good," adds Jeff Bujak. "I just enjoyed the night, hanging out with good musicians."

Arguably, the whole idea of a battle of the bands runs counter to the communal feeling people come to a jam-band show to experience, anyway.

"We actually do punch a clock": Ghazi Al-Mulaifi (left) commits to Somebody's Closet.
Emily Piraino
"We actually do punch a clock": Ghazi Al-Mulaifi (left) commits to Somebody's Closet.

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"There is that element of irony there," agrees Hanley. "But the cool thing is, a lot of the nine bands who participated in this will end up opening shows for each other or jamming together later on. They become friends."

Dan Biederman, who's already made some good contacts since finishing short in the second night's competition, agrees.

"Competition is kind of contrary to the vibe," he says. "But hey, we played for 150 new people.

"That's awesome, dude!"

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