Welcome to the new home of Toast & Jam online! We hope you like the look of our new website! Wow, what a crazy ride we've taken! Toast & Jam was supposed to be a little sideline project - something that would fill a couple nights every month. Well that was in 2002, and so much has happened since then!
We're busier than we ever expected to be, and we're lovin it! There's no sign of slowing down, and that suits us fine. And more challenges are ahead of us: we're crossing the border into the U.S. on a regular basis, and making a name for ourselves in more and more places, like Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado, Virginia, Washington DC, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maryland and more!
All this from a simple idea out of Mark's head: an acoustic duet, with a unique percussion kit, an acoustic guitar, and some good harmonies to fill the sound! And it's ALL LIVE. We take pride in being able to say that EVERYTHING you hear is being played LIVE on stage. No computers. No backing tracks. WHY? Because we think that's what live music SHOULD be: ALL LIVE. Otherwise, it's karaoke.
The REAL story on "the name":
What's in a name? Well, more than one meaning sometimes. As is in the case with Toast & Jam. Maybe the most frequently asked question: "Where did you come up with that name?", can be answered in a short little story - Mike & Mark were talking on the phone, trying to think of a fun, catchy name for this little duet idea. Mark was standing in the paint section of a hardware store, looking at the Martha Stewart collection of paints! After reading off a few names to get some inspiration, and rejecting ideas like A Hint Of Oatmeal and Jack Horner's Plum, he came across Bread & Butter. That seemed to hit a note with Mike, who thought the idea of tying two words together would best symbolize the duo. And "Bread & Butter" became "Toast & Jam", along with the concept of "toasting" between songs, and "jamming" out the tunes!
Please take your time
and fully check out our new site. We have lots to explore with a great
in depth look into both "Toast" and "Jam", who's who...
and why. And a look at our gear, great photo galleries and much much more.
Drop us a line and say hello! We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our next show!
And, for those of you planning your 2014 summer, we'll be at the Beer Barrel Saloon, Put-In-Bay, Ohio, on:
July 1, 2, 3, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and August 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Oh, and if you want to join our facebook group, and get reminders of our upcoming shows, click here: