CopE & Friends at Orange Blossom Jamboree: Video

[The redoubtable Volke Mon and Pattie Boates took their 15 video cameras to Orange Blossom Jamboree (May12-16) at Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville, Florida. Their incredible work archiving events such as OBJ is a spectacular blessing to our community. Please consider subscribing to Volke Mon’s YouTube channel! The photos here are courtesy of Matt Hillman.]



The plan, as it was originally concocted, was for CopE, the premier jam band in the Tampa Bay area, to play the first night as people began to roll in.

Kenny Stadelman’s truck, however, had another idea.

Shortly before OBJ, Stadelman had a freak accident in which his truck ran over him, requiring extensive surgeries and a long road to recovery. The bass player for CopE (vocals, too), maintained his wry sense of humor. Consider this exchange:

Kenny’s daughter Sierra: Dad, how do you feel?

Kenny: Like I’ve been run over by a truck.



CopE & Friends – OBJ. 📷: Matt Hillman

On to plan B. It would be CopE & Friends for the evening. Initially, CopE members Dennis Stadelman, Juanjamon, and Dave Gerulat were on stage, joined by others, including Dani Jaye of Tire Fire. What emerged was the Juanjamon show, as he directed traffic while a host of players came and went throughout the evening. 

It was a series of loose jams on great cover tunes, beginning with “Feelin’ Alright” and “Little Wing,” then on to songs such as “Cosmic Slop” and “New Minglewood Blues.” The music was great, and Kenny’s spirit infected the entire proceedings with magic. 



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