Speechless. It is with honor and humility that we say "THANKS" to everyone who voted for us – and especially to those who have supported us over this amazing 20 year voyage. Being called the "Best" at anything is always a subjective statement – there are certainly more accomplished musicians and MANY deserving local artists – especially those creating their own original work. But, our goal has always been simple: have fun every time we get together, connect with people and give back when we can. And this is justification that it's working! Please stay tuned for a VERY special announcement regarding our plans for celebrating this honor in a way that truly gives back! We think you'll like it!
Again, thank you! This means the world to us!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Winners of this year's voting. We are in amazing company!
Woke up to good news – JammSammich has made it to the Final Three in voting for the “Best Performing Artist” category of Peoria Magazines Annual “Best of Peoria” Readers’ Choice Awards. It means a lot because the finalists were chosen by the public. It’s a been a while since we were nominated for an award – an though, it’s not why we love to play – it certainly makes us feel great! Voting runs through June and the winners will be announced in July. In an odd twist, we are squaring off in voting against, The Corn Wolves – the acoustic band featuring Sammich boys Brian Carroll and Bill Trulove. Healthy competition is a good thing, though, right? We’ll see how this turns out…
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Some nights everything just comes together and makes for perfect night…
September 3rd, Sammich took the stage for one final night this season on the lawn at one of the most beautiful venues in Central Illinois – if not the entire State. Getting a helping hand from Mother Nature in the form of unseasonably mild temperatures and, what seemed like, a never-ending stream of birthdays, engagements, bachelorettes and engagements, it was clear that the band and venue were in for a special night when the lawn virtually filled up before Sammich hit the stage.
What ensued was a non-stop dance party for the next 4 hours, the dance floor literally packed from the stage all the way back up the hillside.
A lot of factors have come together to make Mackinaw Valley Vineyard a favorite venue for Sammich fans. It’s vast with lots of room to stretch out. The “bring-your-own-eats” policy has inspired some truly special picnic experiences and…that wine. MVV has a flavor for every taste from sparkling and sweet to dry and complex – and they sell amazing quantities of it on nights like September 3rd. Most importantly is the natural beauty of the venue, from the view of the pond beyond the bandstand, the healthy grapevines – and the breathtaking skycap, unspoiled by city lights.
“From a playing standpoint, there’s no other place like it around. The crowd is RIGHT on top of the band, interacting, singing every word – and you look out and just can’t see the end of the crowd. Just people bouncing up and down, arms up – It’s just impossible to not have a blast,” says Brian Carroll regarding the view from behind the mic.
When all was said and done, new attendance records were set and an incredibly memorable night was in the books.
Watch for 3 Mackinaw Valley Vineyard dates for Summer of 2017 to be announced later this month.
JammSammich prepares to close out another Taste of Peoria on the CEFCU Center Stage, Wednesday, August 10th. Say what you will about one of Peoria’s longest running and most well-attended events: it’s always a little different – and always fun.
As a frequent guest of PACE, Sammich has played in no less than 4 different locations. In the early years, the streets of Downtown Peoria would be shut down and massive crowds would gather on Jefferson Street. Eventually, it was decided to move the festival to Peoria’s Riverfront to allow it to spread out – and last year, the band found itself sharing twin stages of continuous music in Festival Park – on account of flooding at the Landing.
For the uninitiated, the premise is simple – you buy “Taste Bucks” that can be redeemed for sample-sized servings of some of the area’s best restaurant fare. Ribs, sandwiches, desserts, pizza, wings – just about anything you can dream up can be found. Still looking for something to top the chocolate covered bacon we discovered a couple of years back…
Taste has also always been about music – party music. While other local fests boast eclectic lineups and varied genres, Taste has always seemed to be geared toward maximum fun – lots of pop, Top 40, rock and country bands and artists. This year, Sammich splits duties with Peoria favorites Brian Dennison, Coco Loc0 and Wolf and Gypsy – as well as newcomers to the fest like House Cat and Stone and Snow.
For the second year in a row – one member of the Sammich is out for the gig (last year, bass legend Dave Plunk sat in). This year, Mike Mercer is out for the night and uber-talented rocker, Michael Layne (Michael Layne Band) steps on lead – promising a slightly more rocking setlist than usual – and a few cool surprises.
Sammich takes the stage at 9pm at the Landing. Get there early and allow time to stand in line for the great eats.
Perfect weather, killer Beach Party decor and our biggest gate ever on the Peoria Riverfront. It was a historic night for Sammich. From the full-size palm trees that flanked the the stage, the undulating hula dancers and the occasional stray beach ball – there was no mistake that the beach theme was in full effect on July 9th at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Riverfront. Continue reading
JammSammich has always believed in giving back. That’s why this year, we mark a decade of performances at one of Peoria’s longest running and favorite festivals, the Louie Louie RiverJam. The event caps off one of Peoria’s craziest parades (kazoos, business folk in boxer shorts, pink flamingoes – and that song…played on a wide variety of exotic instruments) and marks the traditional kickoff of Peoria’s Summer.
Besides the huge crowds and party atmosphere Louie Louie promises, we look forward, every year, to the opportunity to donate our time to help raise money for our favorite cause, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Along with the Illinois Valley Striders and AMP Media and a small army of volunteers – the event (always held the final Friday of May) donates its proceeds to St Jude to assist with research for cures for childhood illness and the rising cost of caring for St Jude kids.
This year’s parade starts at 3:30 – followed by the RiverJam at 5pm. Sammich is joined by Three and a Half Men kicking off the fun and this year’s exciting closing act, Dexter O’Neal and Funkyard. Weather permitting, it should be a fun night!
Playing in a working Midwest band has two basic annual cycles: Indoor and Outdoor.
And truthfully – it’s like two completely different businesses.
Every year, around this time (Mid-April), the weather starts to turn (sometimes unseasonably so) and our minds themselves turn to the outdoor, dancing under the stars nights to come – through roughly the end of September. Don’t get us wrong. We love playing the bars and events of the chillier season. Getting to see our favorite bar folks in their natural habitat, the excitement of tightly-packed venues – the intimacy of the the occasional stage-crasher. But, Spring and Summer bring with them a kind of magic to Sammich Inc. that simply must be experienced. In the OLDE days (yes, olde, that’s how old they were), the outdoor season meant an escape from smokey confines. Now, as the band gets older, it means the opportunity to play for a wider fanbase – including those not old enough to – or not inclined to – frequent the bar scene. Shows give way to concerts – a fact not lost on the Sammich boys. And, though we are prompted to watch the weather forecast a lot more closely than we do the rest of the year, being able to stretch out outside typically means early start and end times, bigger crowds, the occasional corn dog and fun.
Between outdoor venues – like the Peoria Riverfront CEFCU Center Stage and the beautiful Mackinaw Valley Vineyard – to private events – to local festivals and events Like Taste of Peoria and the Louie Louie RiverJam, you will be hard pressed to find JammSammich behind closed doors for about the next 5 months. Here’s a handy calendar of upcoming events between now and September. Hang it on your fridge and add the dates to your calendar: