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Published: 2001/10/18
by Jesse Jarnow

Interviewee Biographies

KREGG AJAMU worked at The Wetlands Preserve in a variety of roles
from 1994 until the venue’s closing in 2001, including a long stint as head
cashier. He is the vocalist for New York’s famed R & B/funk
outfit, Rhythm Republik.
CHRIS BARRON was the lead vocalist for The Spin Doctors. He is
presently writing and recording as a solo artist in New York City. His
latest song, We’re All New Yorkers is now available for download,
with all proceeds going to charity. More information can be found at ChrisBarron.com.
(JERSEY) DAN BISOGNO interned at The Wetlands Preserve from 1999
until its closing in 2001. He currently manages This Radiant Boy.
LARRY BLOCH founded The Wetlands Preserve in 1989, which he sold in
1997. He currently lives in Brattleboro, Vermont, where he operates Save The
Corporations From Themselves, an ecologically friendly shop, and actively
participates in Radio Free Brattleboro.
MARC BROWNSTEIN is a member of The Disco Biscuits. They are
probably on tour.
PAULY ETHNIC worked as a security guard at The Wetlands Preserve from
1997 to 2001. He is a vocalist and percussionist for The Conscious
Underground.
LO FABER was a founding member and principle songwriter of God Street
Wine. He now leads the Lo Faber Band,
who recently released their debut album, a two CD jamband rock opera titled
"Henry’s House".
RICHARD GEHR is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. He
co-authored "The Phish Book" with the members of Phish, contributes to The
Village Voice, and currently serves as an editor at SonicNet.com
TOM HAMILTON is the guitarist and vocalist for Philadelphia’s Brothers Past
MATT IARRABINO was the lighting director at The Wetlands Preserve
from 1998 through the club’s closing in 2001. He also served as The Disco
Biscuits’ lighting director from 1999 through 2001. He is presently serving
as lighting director for The New Deal.
JESSE JARNOW is a writer based in Brooklyn. He serves as a
contributing editor at JamBands.com
and regularly contributes to Signal To Noise, Hear/Say, Relix, and other
publications.
DAN LEVY is a Manhattan-based editor and founder of the web
consulting firm Levity. His current
projects include editing BobDylan.com
DAVE MASUCCI co-founded The Authority in the late 1980s and made a
name for himself on the New York club scene. His current project, IT Girl! combines DJ and studio
culture with the essence of live jamming and vocalization.
JEFF MATTSON is the primary guitarist and vocalist for The Zen Tricksters, one of the
world’s premiere Grateful Dead cover bands, who also play a variety of
original psychedelic music.
TOM McKEE sings and plays keyboards for Philadelphia’s Brothers Past
SCOTT (Mr.) METZGER is the guitarist for New Jersey’s RANA, as well as a contributing member of
Amfibian and Flacanticide.
DANA MONTEITH was a founding member of Albany’s infamous Ominous
Seapods. Since the group’s dissolution in mid-2001, Monteith has been
playing solo acoustic shows in the Albany area.
LANCE ROYES served as head of security at The Wetlands Preserve for
several years, in addition to heading up security at numerous Terrapin
Presents productions. He is presently the head of security at The Knitting Factory
SIR JOE RUSSO was knighted in an elaborate ceremony at The Wetlands
Preserve. Before attaining knighthood, he was the drummer for the
now-legendary Fat Mama. He presently plays with Learned Evolution and a
variety of other Manhattan-based ensembles.
PETER SHAPIRO is the director of several notable films, including "A
Conversation With Ken Kesey", "And Miles To Go: On Tour With The Grateful
Dead", and "All Access". He bought The Wetlands Preserve in 1997.
JAMIE SHIELDS is the keyboardist for Toronto’s The New Deal, who recently released a
self-titled record on Jive Electro
ANDREW (Mr.) SOUTHERN is a member of New Jersey’s RANA, purveyors of fine mullet rock and
roll, in addition to playing guitar with Amfibian.
RODNEY SPEED was the head of maintenance at The Wetlands Preserve
from 1990 to 2001. He now works at CBGBs. He made his debut as a frontman at
The Knitting Factory on October 17th.
JAKE SZUFNAROWSKI worked at the Wetlands Preserve from 1994 until
it’s closing in 2001. He is presntly the talent buyer for The Knitting Factory and the
manager of RANA.
JON TOPPER is the manager of moe.
ADAM WEISSMAN served in a variety of roles at the Wetlands Preserve
Eco-Center from 1997 to 2001, including Administrative Co-Director, Animal
Rights Coordinator, Internship Program Coordinator, and Media Director.
MAX VERNA was a founding member of the Ominous Seapods. He left the
band at the end of 1998. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and newborn
child.
MARK WHITE played bass for The Spin Doctors.
CHRIS ZAHN was the talent buyer at The Wetlands Preserve from 1994
through 1999, when he left to manage The Disco Biscuits. He currently works
at B.B. King’s Blues Bar.

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