‘Dad Jams’ at Glasslands

Pop’s pop: ‘Dad Jams’ DJs spin tracks only a father could love

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Someday you’ll thank them for this.

The cadre of DJs behind a cult online radio station dedicated to “dad jams” will spin tunes fit for working on cars, barbecuing, and handing down life lessons at Glasslands on April 25. The organizers say the night will pay homage to the ideal of the “dad,” more so than any of their specific fathers.

“It’s not about your dad, its about the quintessential Dad,” said DJ Liz Raftery.

The actual definition of a “dad jam” is hotly debated, but Raftery interprets it as music “Dad” enjoyed when he was your age.

“Basically any song with a saxophone solo and a male vocalist is fair game,” she said.

Bands featured on the night will include Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, and perennial pops favorites Hall & Oates. Just don’t expect to hear “Hotel California,” because Dad’s tastes are more refined than that, another DJ said.

“Of course there’s no Eagles allowed, because Dad doesn’t like the Eagles — he likes Don Henley’s solo stuff,” said Russ Marshalek.

The collective has created some special-edition posters to give away at the event, and Marshalek said he plans to hand out a crate of records that he has no room for — definitely a dad move. And both are free, which is good, because money doesn’t grow on trees.

The “Dad Jams” clan is encouraging people to dress up for the night, but one of the DJs said the Williamsburg aesthetic will really raise the bar for impressively dad-like duds.

“Sadly, hipsters have appropriated the dad look, so I think it’s going to be tough to stand out,” said Erin Litt.

It all may sound overly ironic, but organizers say they are motivated by nostalgia, and their love of the dad jams they play is sincere.

“It’s safe to say we’re all genuine fans of this music,” Raftery said.

“Dad Jams Live In New York” at Glasslands (289 Kent Ave. between S. First and S. Second streets, April 25 at 11:30 pm. $5. Send song requests to

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
Dad Jam's? No, it's called Classic Rock.
April 23, 2014, 11:06 am
diehipster from Jiggin' Joshes says:
I love that pic of Dad coming to visit his kidults and seeing what his money is being spent on in Nieuw Breukelen.

Dad Jams Deeeeeeeeeeeeeed!
April 23, 2014, 11:44 am
NYPD from NY says:
Awww, you miss your daddy, cryhipster?
April 23, 2014, 1:13 pm
Bkdude64 says:
Jk, only limited to the city?
April 23, 2014, 3:57 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
I was on the subway for hours the other day trying to find a better place to live and the most unpleasant experience by far was the packed car of snotty nosed hipsters on the L at 8P from Manhattan to Williamsburg. (Aside from the woman on the #1 train referring affectionately to her one year old as N _ _ _ _ r.) I have never been a hipster hater per se. But, they have reached critical mass and are starting to turn my stomach.
Interesting enough is the fact that there are several $3,000 / mo. apts available in the hippest section of Greenpoint for awhile now. Are the trust funds running dry?... a question for our time.
April 23, 2014, 9:30 pm
The REAL Martha Plimpton from a very expensive apartment byotches says:
Dad jams: apricot, boysenberry, and lemon curd.
April 24, 2014, 8:47 am

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