There have been thousands of parties on the land on which Samapalooza is now held. At the same time, Sam’s family and friends have also been using the land for over 20 years to camp, fish and do some partying as well. The first Samapalooza was little more than one of such parties,  the difference being a band and an admittedly pathetic stage built from scrap wood taken from the barn. The marriage of the land and music was consummated.

The years following saw a dramatic scaling of the event. Throughout this growth, the crew has developed a deep, personal attachment to the land and to Samapalooza. With a beautiful large covered stage, a bar and food area constructed from scratch with love from an old treehouse on the property and a complete sound system made possible by all the hard work from the “kids” who once camped and partied on this same
magical spot.

As with any grassroots effort, Samapalooza would not be possible without the effort a large number of participants. The Samapalooza group is a tight-knit conglomeration of artists, musicians, sound engineers, land surveyors, cooks, electricians, handymen and countless other brilliant minds including RootJam Director of Music Services Andrew Keating and RootJam Founder Cat Caspar  which is why the RootJam/Samapalooza  partnership is so special. For the second year in a row, RootJam is the sponsor for this event making much of the updates possible on the quest to give musicains and fans a fun, safe place to meet, enjoy, listen and play music!

This year Samapalooza and RootJam will host 10 unbelievable bands from California.
Please check out the bands playing below!

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Brothers Anton and Lewis Patzner of Judgement Day have been bringing their unique,high-energy brand of “string metal” to rabid audiences for over half a decade now. Their innovative style and shredding chops on violin and cello have earned them US and European tours with buzz bands like Mates of State and dredg and guest spots on the albums of heavy-weights from Bright Eyes to Slash.Add to the line-up the heavy-hitting, double-kick-pedaling drummer Jon Bush and an extensive array of vintage effects pedals and you’ve got a highly unique concoction that calls “a distinctly progressive, experimental take on the guitar-less metal band, taking full advantage of the strengths of the strings while pushing the sound in unexpected directions.”More about Judgement Day…

Meet the Oakland quartet Audrye Sessions. Their self-titled debut on Black Seal — is packed with polished, propulsive rock songs and gentle, stripped-down tunes with the kind of ear-grabbing melodies that instantly hard-wire themselves into your brain. Recorded with Andrew Scheps (U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash) and Matt Radosevich (The Hives, Taking Back Sunday), the album is anchored by Ryan Karazija’s remarkable voice, which is whisper vulnerable one minute, roiling with emotion the next and easily slips into a smooth falsetto.Audrye Sessions arrived when bassist Alicia Marie Campbell met Karazija, who was gigging solo in coffee houses after his previous band split up. His early musical loves included the Beatles, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Radiohead and Oasis. But Karazija’s true love has always been slow-churning melodies (“My heart beats slow,” he says), and when he hooked up with the Björk-adoring former model Campbell, it was time for a change. Looking for more players, Karazija hit Craigslist and stumbled upon Michael Knox, who answered a seeking-guitarist ad by announcing he didn’t have a guitar. The band’s current drummer, James Leste, has been part of the lineup since 2007 and Knox says they’re an eclectic little family now. The outfit picked up the moniker Audrye Sessions from a commercial for a CD burner that happened to be on the television when a venue called demanding a name.

Audrye Sessions shows off Karazija’s unbelievable command of melody and the band’s ability to channel his vision into masterful rock songs. First single “Turn Me Off” is actually darker than listeners would expect: “I was watching a show where James Gandolfini interviews people that have come back from war,” Karazija says. “There was one guy who lost his eyes and his life has completely changed. He has these awful dreams and doesn’t want to be alive. The song talks about being so messed up that you want to be shut off.” Karazija, who’s been known to text friends with complete songs he’s composed in the car so he can remember them, writes music before words, but knows his spontaneous writing process works just fine: “I’ll wait for lyrics to happen, and one day I’ll find something perfect.” More about Audrye Sessions…

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