Episode #49 – Summary

31 Mar

Recording Date: August 14, 2009
Recording Location: The Way Out West Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden

This is another “Special Edition” International episode of Studio Jams…and one that focuses, not at all on jazz, but rather on European alt-rock and pop for a change. This is something we have never done before. We asked Tracy Silverman, a friend and frequent Studio Jams guest, to “host” this episode, on a trip that took us to Scandinavia and Sweden’s annual Way Out West Music Festival, fast becoming one of Europe’s most important alternative music festivals. It takes place in the city of Gothenburg in the region of West Sweden.

Gothenburg is a beautifully open, clean and welcoming city with a little something for everyone. Whether your passion is art, music, design, food, shopping, nightlife, or historic buildings, Gothenburg has plenty to offer…with wonderful music everywhere. And each year, for 3 full days, they host the Way Out West Music Festival. It is an extremely well-organized event that always features a strong and diverse lineup of Swedish and International bands and musicians. Throughout the festival, live performances take place all over town, in venues large and small. It typically attracts 25-30,000 visitors.

Gothenburg, Sweden

In this episode of Studio Jams, viewers will see profiles of a few of the many different musicians that appeared at Way Out West, through a combination of interview and short performance segments.

The following artists appeared at the festival and are briefly profiled in this episode:

1. Jenny Wilson (Sweden)…an extremely eclectic performer with a “larger than life” stage presence.

Jenny Wilson

2. Joshua Redman (USA)…a true jazz innovator…a saxophonist with monster chops.

Joshua Redman

3. First Aid Kit (Sweden)…two Swedish sisters with great, great harmonies.

First Aid Kit

4. Wilco (USA)… a popular Americana alt-rock band.


5. Monotonix (Israel)…unbelievable…a rock ‘n roll show beyond description…I have never heard OR seen anything like them in my life. Here is a short YouTube video clip posted by someone else from their performance at Way Out West.


For a nice musical change of pace, and if you like the vibe of a large and friendly outdoor festival, you may want to seriously consider a trip to West Sweden in August and the Way Out West Music Festival.

– Tom Emmi / Producer



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