by Garrett Montgomery
If you love live music but can’t leave home without your fishing pole and pup, The Mad Tea Party Jam is calling you. From June 19-22, Dopapod, The Werks, Papadosio, and 40+ other bands will rock in the summer solstice at Ashton Farms in Hedgesville, West Virginia.
The lineup features up-and-coming acts on the verge of blowing up. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Mantras, and Consider the Source will each jam for multiple sets. A couple of New York-based bands will also be on festival goers’ must-see lists. Joining the jamboree for two nights is Brooklyn’s Turkuaz—a 9-piece funk train driven by a full brass section. Another NYC quartet, TAUK, is sure to leave people talking. Their instrumental debut album, Homunculus, features soaring jams with emotional guitar licks, spacey keys, and tight percussion.
“All the bands here are friends, and we’re all looking forward to playing and hanging together,” The Werks’ drummer/singer and Potsdam, NY, native Rob Chafin said of The Mad Tea Party . He went on, “This is such a good, loving family festival. It bloomed from my friends Taco and Elise’s wedding anniversary into this big party. Their love for music and art shines.”
When a break from the music is desired, there are two trout ponds on the festival’s grounds to cast into and a watering hole to swim in. Even better, the fun can be shared with your best four-legged friend as long as she or he is friendly and leashed. Chafin advises, “This is one festival you don’t want to miss!”
More information can be found on the festival’s official website: http://www.themadteapartyjam.com/