Saturday Blues Jam at Farside

Farside hosts Saturday Blues Jam in Hoboken, NJ

After the Hoboken Saturday Afternoon Blues Jam fizzled out over at Scotland Yard – they had a brief stint over at Hotel Victor across the street. Well that didn’t last long either – as they had to be cut due to the utter lack of visitors that came to town with the PATH train down for the count.

They happily found a new home for the time being over at Farside Bar (531 Washington St.). So if you’re in the mood for some blues to listen to while you down your drinks – head over tomorrow afternoon starting at 4pm!

Enjoy!

No more Blues Jams at Scotland Yard in Hoboken?

9/20/2011 Update:

A Hoboken411 reader sent an email that the long running Saturday Blues Jam over at the Scotland Yard (72 Hudson St.) is no more.

Apparently a dispute between the ownership and the guys that ran the jam led to the discontinuation. No word on whether anyone is picking up a similar gig, or if it’s relocating to a new venue.

Kutiman: YouTube Mashups – the best use ever of the internet

Speaking of music – and in order to make this post more complete, let me remind you of probably the single most entertaining and fulfilling things I’ve ever found on the internet.

Two and a half years ago, I shared Thru-You with Hoboken411 readers. A collection of outstanding musical video “mashups” made entirely with YouTube clips. To this day, I still find it my #1 favorite “by-product” of the information age. Sheer brilliance in my opinion.

Sadly, my busy schedule leaves me less time to surf or “check” things I used to, but this post somehow brought back memories, and I was pleased to see YouTube user Kutiman has been making more videos, including this phenomenal mashup of Led Zeppelin Black Dog – using only amateur video recordings. (You should check out the history of that song – I’ll bet anything it’s 100x more interesting than the history of any Lady Gaga or Justin Beiber “song.”)

I have much respect for the brain and talent of this individual (and to the users who provided the material!) Enjoy!

19 Responses

  1. unclebillyscrow says:

    Stopped by a few Saturdays ago and no jam! Rumors of its death have been greatly exaggerated for years but I think it really done this time, a causality of lack of interest, beer pong and college football? Back in the day with Joe Taino playing and running the jam and Christine Santelli behind the bar it was a fun Saturday afternoon. The cast of characters (and I mean that with the utmost respect) showing up week after week to play, listen and drink was nothing short of the best sitcom/reality show ever! The music was great, the beer was cold and the people were always welcoming. We’ll miss that funky little, really loud bar on the occasional Saturday afternoon. Support local musicians and music of all kinds! Thanks and good luck to everyone.

  2. Jimmy Mack says:

    After hosting the jams at Scotland Yard Pub the year and a half since Joe Taino stopped running it, I feel compelled to comment

    I must agree with unclebillyscrow’s comments. The jams at Scotland Yard , besides being a long running attraction, were enjoyed by many. And it was all about people. People who came for the music – listening and or playing their instruments.

    I have many memories of joyful Saturday afternoons spent there while the music played. Then include the Monday nite jams as well!

    Realising the great patronage established there and that people truly CAME OUT for the music, it was with no regret that we sought to continue the jams and did so for one and a half years after Joe Taino left. Back then, no one knew what would happen to the jam at that point.

    This time I aim to keep our followers informed. We are working to keep the jams alive.
    We, Jimmy Mack and the Boys are actively seeking a new home and want to stay in Hoboken! When that is accomplished, we will make an announcement and reach out to our patrons, friends, and musicians to come and join in. It’s been too good to forget about and so, we will Survive.

    Support Live Music and the bars that bring it to you………See you soon 8)

  3. Jimmy Mack says:

    By the way, to keep it clear, there was no dispute between management and the Band.

    • hoboken411 says:

      @Jimmy – It was sort of a dispute how I see it… the band wasn’t bringing in enough money for the bar during that time, so the owner pulled the plug on it.. he gave them a chance, however – and they still didn’t meet the revenue mark. Too many people just lounging around just having one drink for hours. I don’t know how any humans can milk a drink that long without going bananas.

      But one problem they had was poor marketing and bad timing.. mid-day saturday isn’t necessarily a cash cow in a music venue anyway.

      • Jimmy Mack says:

        Well i see your point, but it never got ugly, just no negotiating, resulting in a lot of disappointment. And it was the deadest part of the summer when on Labor Day weekend, most bars were hurting for customers. We had about 30 people in the seats.

        OK, enough about that. Marketing and timing – things to work on. [quote comment=”211077″]@Jimmy – It was sort of a dispute how I see it… the band wasn’t bringing in enough money for the bar during that time, so the owner pulled the plug on it.. he gave them a chance, however – and they still didn’t meet the revenue mark. Too many people just lounging around just having one drink for hours. I don’t know how any humans can milk a drink that long without going bananas.But one problem they had was poor marketing and bad timing.. mid-day saturday isn’t necessarily a cash cow in a music venue anyway.[/quote]

  4. rag246 says:

    Willie’s is dead as doornails on Saturday afternoons; they have space and a stage in the backroom.

    • Jimmy Mack says:

      Well thank you for the tip. We will check it out at Willie’s.

      Any other suggestions and comments are welcome folks. Let’s get some noise going for
      the continuance of “live music”. I have heard from many of our friends and patrons who miss the Saturday jams and wait in anticipation for them to resume. There’s a good time to be had !!! [quote comment=”211093″]Willie’s is dead as doornails on Saturday afternoons; they have space and a stage in the backroom.[/quote]

      • cally says:

        Hey Jimmy,

        My husband Larry (drummer) and I were so disappointed to find out the jam was done when we came up yesterday on a rainy saturday afternoon to see the bar was completely empty.

        Please keep us in the loop…how about the whiskey bar on washington avenue? Anyway, seems to me that scotland yard had a great thing going….and instead of being completely empty on a saturday afternoon, they could have been making some $$$.

        Keep us posted and let us know what we can do to help.
        Rock on!!![quote comment=”211134″]Well thank you for the tip. We will check it out at Willie’s.Any other suggestions and comments are welcome folks. Let’s get some noise going forthe continuance of “live music”. I have heard from many of our friends and patrons who miss the Saturday jams and wait in anticipation for them to resume. There’s a good time to be had !!![/quote]

      • Jimmy Mack says:

        Thanks for your response Cally. You’ve helped already, by showing that there is a desire for the jams to be reborn.

        A column like this, and my long list of e-mail contacts’ replies, bears this out.

        It will have to be at some other venue. We are working on that now. So, if you are not already on our e-mail list, keep checking here. As you can guess, any new venue will have their eye on the number of folks we can attract. That will have impact on whether we can succceed. So………… please pass the word when we have the new Time and Place. And watch here for announcements. For our Facebook page, look for Jimmy Mack and the Boys. Thank you and we do miss you.
        [quote comment=”211244″]Hey Jimmy,My husband Larry (drummer) and I were so disappointed to find out the jam was done when we came up yesterday on a rainy saturday afternoon to see the bar was completely empty.Please keep us in the loop…how about the whiskey bar on washington avenue? Anyway, seems to me that scotland yard had a great thing going….and instead of being completely empty on a saturday afternoon, they could have been making some $$$.Keep us posted and let us know what we can do to help. Rock on!!![/quote]

  5. Jimmy Mack says:

    We want to reach out to all of our friends, fans, patrons, fellow musicians, Hoboken citizens, etc. to let you know that we are on track to resume Saturday afternoon / early evening jam sessions at the gracious invitation of Todd (manager) at Hobson’s Choice. We will be complementing his offerings of other fine musicians who perform there. Be sure to check them out. Support live music. I said,”Support Live Music” or………
    it goes away, as we very well know now !!!!!! Hobson’s Choice also has a Facebook Page. And food……… Check it out.

    We will be sending out e-mail announcements. But, tell your friends !!!
    Let’s fill Hobson’s C. 😀

    It’s at Hudson and Hudson, just like the “olde” place, only across the street!

    Saturday October 22 4 PM (respectable hours!) til 7:30 It’s right across the street from Scotland Yard Pub in Hoboken. See ya there.

    • Jimmy Mack says:

      Check out our new Facebook page under Jimmy Mack and the Boys. [quote comment=”211513″]We want to reach out to all of our friends, fans, patrons, fellow musicians, Hoboken citizens, etc. to let you know that we are on track to resume Saturday afternoon / early evening jam sessions at the gracious invitation of Todd (manager) at Hobson’s Choice. We will be complementing his offerings of other fine musicians who perform there. Be sure to check them out. Support live music. I said,”Support Live Music” or……… it goes away, as we very well know now !!!!!! Hobson’s Choice also has a Facebook Page. And food……… Check it out.We will be sending out e-mail announcements. But, tell your friends !!! Let’s fill Hobson’s C. It’s at Hudson and Hudson, just like the “olde” place, only across the street!Saturday October 22 4 PM (respectable hours!) til 7:30 It’s right across the street from Scotland Yard Pub in Hoboken. See ya there.[/quote]

  6. Jimmy Mack says:

    Yeah, it’s over. No More Scotland Yard jam.

    ITS all HAPPENING at Hobson’s Choice now. Right across the street from Scotland Yard pub

    What a great turnout yesterday! And some excellent music. What a party!

    Thank you All

    We’ll be there every Saturday at 4PM.

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      jonny maybe before you arrived here it was (The Redheads) owner classy former dancer in the old hudson in uniion city…nice place..If you can drop a 20.00 bill for a VO and water at hobsons and get nine back you have to have a clear head..enjoy.[quote comment=”211727″]Yeah, it’s over. No More Scotland Yard jam.ITS all HAPPENING at Hobson’s Choice now. Right across the street from Scotland Yard pubWhat a great turnout yesterday! And some excellent music. What a party!Thank you AllWe’ll be there every Saturday at 4PM.[/quote]

      • Jimmy Mack says:

        Huh?

        Are you talkin to Jimmy or Jonny?[quote comment=”211741″]jonny maybe before you arrived here it was (The Redheads) owner classy former dancer in the old hudson in uniion city…nice place..If you can drop a 20.00 bill for a VO and water at hobsons and get nine back you have to have a clear head..enjoy.[/quote]

  7. Jimmy Mack says:

    It is definitely happening at Hobson’s Choice now. Every Saturday at 4 PM.

    Great music and a great vibe. Come and check it out.

  8. Jimmy Mack says:

    And life moves on. Hobson’s Choice is closing for a facelift, due to re-open in early March.

    But the traditional Saturday Hoboken Blues Jam will not have a dead spell this time. It’s because so many people have come to Hobson’s, stayed for 3-4 hours, really enjoyed themselves and the great live music, and threw their support behind it. I get all kinds of e-mail thanking us for keeping the jams alive and making it better than ever. The crowds have filled Hobson’s. That tells us people want this and will support it.

    So, with all of that in our caps, we are keeping the Blues Jams alive. This Saturday, Feb. 4, will be the first jam at the Shannon, 106 First St. 4 PM. Yours truly, Jimmy Mack and the Boys will be hosting, and playing the first set, and the closing. See you there.

  9. Jimmy Mack says:

    Apparently, a lot of people like to hear live blues while enjoying their drinks. The Farside Tavern was packed last evening for the first jam there. Great crowd and great music!

    The jams will continue there. We plan on holding them every Saturday at 4PM to 8. Jimmy Mack and the Boys will be hosting and playing the opening set, a middle set, and the closing.

    Come on over! Check it out.

  10. HomeTeam says:

    Glad to hear that, Jimmy! The blue jams have always been great and I’m glad you are keeping them going.

  11. gmannn says:

    I had a few good times at that jam. That hack guitarist who ran it, Joe Taino, was a real bore. He has a chip on his shoulder as if he should be at Stevie Ray Vaugh’ns level. Too many of his ass kissers treated him like that too. The truth is nobody sings the blues with a Spanish accent, and goes anywhere except the barrio. His guitar timing is off too. Just check out his you tube videos. The place just got tired of an old, self-important latrino who ran a geritol jam. Later! Hasta la Vista baby!!

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