TAILGATE! Sammich Has a Front Row Seat for an Epic GridIron Alumni Battle August 15th


Come August 15th, the Metamora/Washington high school football supremacy argument will be settled – well, sort of.

The players who take the field on this night in Washington will a be a roster of alumni players – reliving days of glory under the lights while a packed stadium of hometown fans go absolutely berserk in the stands. And if you think either of these teams plan to phone it in, you’ve clearly never been to a Washington/Metamora High School Football game.

As you might imagine, this matchup has BOTH towns buzzing, thousands of tickets are selling and a historic event is brewing.

The geniuses at Five Points in Washington are seizing on the spirit of the night and throwing a MASSIVE tailgate – Sammich will be rocking the tunes 8-11pm in the 5 Points parking lot across form the stadium and admission is just $3. Lots of great tailgate food and drinks will be available for purchase and tailgaters are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, tailgate games, giant foam fingers, etc.

On a special note, this show will mark the debut of our new bassist, George Herbst. George takes over for longtime member, Soup Wignall who moved to Pennsylvania in June. George brings a lifetime of experience with him as former keyboardist for local legends, EXIT and Bubblegum Jack, and a new energy to the stage that fans will immediately love!

Should be a BIG night on many levels! Can’t wait! Are you ready for some FOOTBALL??!!!


Wine in the Valley: JammSammich Long Ride With Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

Given the fleeting nature of live music venues, it’s refreshing when a location emerges that not only stays solid and consistent – but, improves over time – like fine wine. Such is the case with Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Paul and Diane Hahn’s Summer oasis. Complete with a tasting room, deck seating, an amphitheater style hillside, ample dance floor and dazzling views – along with its own custom line of locally crafted wine, the Vineyard has become an essential Summer stop for the Sammich and other popular local bands for the last several years.


“It’s unique because it’s this place out in the middle of nowhere that regularly draws huge crowds every weekend for these parties. People bring picnics, blankets, kids – it’s like a mini-festival all Summer long, and it used to be an empty field,” – according to Brian Carroll, JammSammich frontman.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard has also become one of the area’s busiest wedding venues. It’s not uncommon for the Hahn’s to host multiple weddings in one day – then a concert that evening. Staff stays busy – and clients are happy with the results.

What makes it such a destination for Sammich fans? A combination of all of the above. The family-friendly nature of the Vineyard concerts means tons of kids (most of whom are hearing live music for the first time). The hillside gives folks room to spread out under the stars and enjoy themselves with friends in a way no other venue in the area allows. Oh, and the wine! Let’s not forget the cornerstone of the Hahn’s business. Not content to sell the same offerings every year, Paul is always dreaming up new variations – and based on the reactions of those who sample his work, he’s mastered the craft.

What it all adds up to are AMAZING nights of Summer music for Sammich and our fans. Not even a little rain can stop the fun – the Vineyard sports a massive open-ended pavilion for bringing the outside inside when weather fails to cooperate.

JammSammich appears at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard 3 times during the 2015 season:

  • Saturday, June 13th Scott “Soup” Wignall’s Farewell Party
  • Saturday, July 18th
  • Saturday, September 5th

All shows run 7-10:45pm (rain or shine) Admission is $5 per person (Under 12 free) and reserved deck seating is available. For more details, contact the Vineyard: (309) 359-WINE

CLICK HERE to Visit the Vineyard Online


Summer is upon us again! Easy living, sun-drenched days in the sun, cold beverages, parties under the stars – and MANY good times in store!


Here’s our current rundown of events between May and September – mark your calendars and join us for our best Summer yet!

Saturday, May 16 – Kep’s – Washington (9pm-1am)

Sunday, May 17 – The Great Bloody Mary Mixoff – Limelight Eventplex – Peoria (noon-3pm)

Friday, May 22 – LOUIE LOUIE Riverjam – Peoria Riverfront (9:15pm -11pm)

Saturday, June 13 – Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (7pm – 10:45pm) Soup’s last show!

Saturday, July 18 – Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (7pm – 10:45pm)

Saturday, July 25 – Morton BBQ Throwdown (8pm – Midnight)

Wednesday, August 12 – Taste of Peoria – Peoria Riverfront

Friday, August 21 – CEFCU Center Stage – Peoria Riverfront (8pm – 11pm)

Friday, August 28 – Dunlap Days (8pm – Midnight)

Saturday, September 5 – Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (7pm – 10:45pm)

Saturday, September 19 – Morton Knights of Columbus Beer Garden (8pm-Midnight)

Watch for more dates to be announced! Going to be a great Summer of outdoor shows!

Looking Back: The Sammich Ten-Year Anniversary Bash

During a recent archaeological expedition (i.e. – cleaning up one of the various hard drives that house almost two decades worth of photos and video collected during this wild Sammich ride) we discovered a folder cryptically marked “Sam10”. Upon inspection, it was clear we had stumbled upon a piece of our history we weren’t even aware still existed. Several years ago, we realized we were about to hit our 10-year anniversary as a band and decided to celebrate by inviting back key players from the past of the band – including the original 5-piece lineup which included Christopher Summers (keys), Matt Tomlianovich (bass) – along with Carrie Soderstrom and Cherry Whitaker on vocals (each taking their own soul diva moments at the mic). Both Doug Rendleman and Chris Booher were on hand to play drums – as well as former keyboardist Eric Anderson and bass wiz, Adam Erickson. Our bassist, Soup even pulled double duty, switching over to sax for a large portion of the night. The result was a crowd-pleasing jaunt through the different “eras” of the band – and a ticket so hot that people were wrapped around the outside of Crusen’s on War Drive waiting to get in. It was an eclectic night of music that ranged from funk instrumentals to 80’s hits – and tons of soul music. The crowd was on their feet and “in the moment” from the first tune to the last. The band genuinely enjoyed sharing the stage and re-visiting the old lineups and, especially, the great tunes – some of which had been retired since the band’s earliest days. Fans even got into the spirit of things with a “Top SammichHead” showdown, with the winner (a nutcase who had literally painted himself half red and half black) taking home an autographed Sammich guitar.


All in all – probably the most special night in the band’s lifespan (up to the point) and a great source of nostalgia thanks to these videos that survived. The videos were shot with a ceiling mounted hi-def video camera (which also respectfully captured the sound – thanks to an outstanding mix by Chad Cook and Squid) and a handheld hi-fef camera operated by Mark Davis. The result is intimate footage of Sammich and their fans and a snapshot of a very special night. Enjoy!

Back to the 80’s for the Kids of St Jude: Friday February 13th


A Night of 80’s Music and fun planned for 2/13!

JammSammich has been a staunch supporter of St Jude Research Hospital and the local Midwest Affiliate for as many years as we can remember – and this year promises to be our busiest year ever with the charity. It all starts, Friday February 13th at the Bullpen at Landmark – for an all-new event called “Back to the 80’s!”

As you can imagine, that means a night of faithful, loving covers of your favorite 80’s hits as only Sammich can deliver them. Music by Duran Duran, INXS, Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis and the News, Rick Springfield, Prince and waaaaayyyy too much more to mention here. We’ll also have some special guests onstage and the band will be decked out in full 80’s gear (does anyone remember how to tight-roll jeans?) It’s going to be a GREAT time. A real trip back in time!

More importantly, the proceeds go to a great cause – one that has touched many lives. Chances are you know someone right now who benefits from the loving care of St Jude. It costs over 1 million dollars to operate the St Jude Research Hospital for one day. This truly is a fight for life and we need YOUR help!

Tickets are $25 per person and include, hors’ devours, candy, and photo booth (cash bar available). Pick up tickets today at the St. Jude Office, Landmark or online.

There will also be 50/50, raffle, and silent auction.

Prizes will be given for best costume by an individual and couple.

Click HERE to check out our event page and help us pump this one up!

NEW YEAR’S EVE: Time Machine Bash at Hat Tricks in Pekin


Hat Tricks in Pekin plays host to one of the most ambitious parties we’ve ever planned this New Year’s Eve – and a rare public New Year’s Eve performance for JammSammich.

The JammSammich Time Machine Bash promises to be a multi-media “trip through time” as Sammich plays three distinct sets of tunes from three eras of party music: The Seventies – featuring tons of polyester-soaked disco, funk and R&B, The Eighties – with all of your favorite 80’s retro and one-hit wonders – concluding with a smooth-landing back in the current top 40 charts. All hits, all GREAT party music – ALL NIGHT. The whole night will be filled with sites and sounds from the 70’s and 80’s to help capture the mood – and there’ll be a champagne toast at midnight and some HUGE surprises! Everyone is encouraged to wear their finest 70’s and 80’s garb!

“New Year’s Eve should be more than just going to see a band or dj. It’s a celebration – and needs to be special. We feel like we need to give folks a good reason to get out of their house that night. Plus, we can’t wait to go back and play full sets of the great tunes we cut our teeth on”, says Brian Carroll, JammSammich frontman.

Admission for the night is just $10 per person. A full kitchen menu will be available for food, along with drink specials and contests. The Concorde Inn and Suites in Pekin (a short cab ride from Hat Tricks) is offering rooms for just $56 – just mention Hat Trick’s when you call. The Time Machine launches at 9pm sharp.