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Off to a Great Start!

We’re just back from our first festival, Some Kind of Jam 8. Great live music throughout and a laid-back vibe made for an awesome start to the season. We couldn’t have had much better weather… Every day was clear, crisp, and comfortable and there weren’t even any clouds until Sunday. The nights got cold, but the folks at the indoor stage and the bonfire didn’t seem to mind.

There was a good selection of food, craft, and art vendors, and a very family-friendly vibe. We were set up next to the Kids Area, which offered a variety of activities and shows throughout the day and was generally a lot of fun to watch from over at our booth.

The fairgrounds themselves made for an excellent venue, with easy access to restrooms and water and plenty of space. Parking was on-site throughout the grounds, which made setup very easy for most folks.

The sound balance from the various stages was excellent! The lineup was staggered and volume adjusted such that the music really permeated every part of the venue without being overwhelming. Lots of acoustic jams sprung up throughout the grounds, so you were never far from a great sound.

Speaking of great sound, we got the chance to burn with some amazing bands and spinners on Friday and Saturday night! Spent most of the rest of the time hanging out at the booth and playing in our glow field. We were set up a couple hundred feet away from the main stage and the line of vendors between us and there gave us a nice, deep pocket of shadow for a good, strong glow.

Our most popular props this festival were poi and staff. We also did a fair amount of repair work, mostly to help a number of folks with quick tune-ups and replacement hardware prior to the performance on Friday.

Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a much better time! If you’re looking for a great festival to start your season with next year, this would be the one. It’s easily accessible, there’s a lot to do, and the music is great!

Thanks to everyone who helped us with a great start to our season! See you next week at May Flora Fest!

TPM performs at YWCA’s Evening of Style

TPM will add some entertainment flare, or is it flair, to YWCA’s annual Evening of Style fundraiser event at the Deerfield on March 9th.  Come out and support this great cause.
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Fire Performance Friday

Whether you’re planning on heading out to the nearby St Anthony’s Italian Festival or looking for a nice evening out, stop by Union City Grille this Friday, June 17th.  We’ll be street performing out front throughout the evening, and singer Steve Silicato will be performing inside.
Their menu is online at, which you should peruse [...]

Party at Club 3 with Mr. Greengenes this Friday!

Come listen to the rock of Mr. Greengenes and dance hits of DJ Gizzmo between sets. The Playing Mantis will be going wild out front with their fire props!

Check us out “Under the Big Top” – March 26, 2011 5:30-6:30

Have you been thinking about hiring The Playing Mantis to entertain at your special event or backyard party?  Now’s your chance to get a great performance and support a great cause at the same time.  We’re donating a performance to St Elizabeth’s High School to be auctioned off at their Under [...]