Jam bands

Fifty years ago, a motley crew of Bay Area musicians came together from diverse backgrounds — classical music, jugbands, bluegrass — and formed the group that would become The Grateful Dead. From their decades on the road and unique sound to the community that grew around them, they were quite simply one of America’s most influential bands whose imprint is still felt today.

MCP Presents / Campbisco.net

A controversial Schenectady County annual music festival has been called off this year. But some fans said they saw it coming.

For more than a decade, thousands of electronic music fans have flocked to Camp Bisco, held for the past seven years at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, located in the Town of Duanesburg, New York — including Joe Marchitto of Burnt Hills, who first attended in 2011, and returned for two more festivals.

Marchitto said his favorite part of the festival is the extensive list of musicians who have played each year.