City of Refuge has arrived!



City of Refuge Arrives March 9th, 2018! 

Artwork by Tessimo Thompson


Hello friends, 

It has been a hot minute! These past two years, we’ve been down a winding path with lots of rabbit trails, but the time has come to return to our purpose. 

Our debut studio EP, City of Refuge, will be released March 9th, 2018! Your support has been everything. We truly would not have been able to make this happen without you. 

Our time spent with Mike Davidson over at Plaid Dog Studios was an amazing, creative sanctuary. I’m proud of what we’ve created and so ready to share it with you. 

Watch out, we’re coming. 

                                all the best,

                                           Taryn, Colin, & Jason

Pre-order City of Refuge:



Wild Wool (formerly the Taryn Jessen Band): The Story 

Surprise! We've changed our name! I thought I'd share a bit of the story behind this change.

"Wild Wool" is the title of a beautiful 1875 John Muir essay (you can read it here) that inspired this change. Over the past two years, I have been wanting to change the name of the band, searching for something with personal meaning beyond an eponymous name.

My love for (nonhuman) animals has been a constant. So, I decided to return to school and study their incredible behaviors, the problems they face today, and how we humans might do some good.

I grew and learned so much.
I finally started putting my money where my mouth is.
I aligned my actions and my ethics.

And now, I carry that experience into all parts of life.

So, I found a name that honors my other passion and represents what I hold to be my core values. My choice of this name can be summarized in this statement from "Wild Wool":

"I have never yet happened upon a trace of evidence that seemed to show that any one animal was ever made for another as much as it was made for itself."

We have been given exactly what we need. We were perfectly designed to be who we are, as were all other animals. I marvel at this notion, and hold the deepest respect for it.

I am so ready for this new season with all of you.

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Previous events


The Taryn Jessen Band: Guster Party

Mohawk Valley Winery, 706 Varick St, Utica, NY

"Taryn Jessen Band will be playing 2 sets at Mohawk Valley Winery; before and after Guster @ Saranac Brewery The Taryn Jessen Band, rock americana from Buffalo NY, has been winning the heart of Utica with every visit. Guster fans are sure to be pleased. Free admission."

Fundraiser for the Upper Room!

Beit Shalom, 48 Franklin Square, Utica, NY

Tickets are $5 at the door and can also be purchased online! DOORS ARE AT 5:30PM Three amazing LOCAL bands:

The Rusty Doves Inland The Taryn Jessen Band

Drink good coffee & eat delicious locally made baked goods in a lovely and comfortable atmosphere.

The vision for Utica's Upper Room is that it will be a place where people of all ages can feel comfortable sharing their talents. A place where your creativity can thrive and change the world.

Bands for Bernie

Rome Polish Home, South George Street, Rome, NY

Hey come out to the Rome Polish Home on April 17th! Doors open at 7 and will end at 9pm. There is not charge to come so bring as many Bernie Supporters as you want!

Bands and Artists Playing: Jack and The Jukebox Fight For Rome Taryn Jessen Astrospace Jam


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DeSales Center, 309 Genessee Street, Utica, NY


And not just Utica, but Onieda County, Upstate, and all New York!

Potluck: 12 Noon Rally + March: 1pm

After the march, we will break into small groups to Get Out The Vote!

Please join us for the potluck beforehand—bring food and your own plates and utensils if you can. We will also have pizza on hand. It'll be a great opportunity to meet each other!

The Taryn Jessen Band

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12 North Sports Bar, 10125 Mulaney Way, Marcy, NY

$5.00 admission.

8:00 PM - 8:45 PM - Wall Paper Circus 9:00 PM - 9:45 PM - The Taryn Jessen Band 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM - Casanova Frankenstein & The Voodoo Machine

12 North Sports Bar & Bring Em Down Productions are proud to announce that they have partnered up in 2016, and are planning to bring you a TON of great shows this year. Make sure you stay tuned as we continue to announce the upcoming schedule in the coming weeks. We are hoping to have a new show for you just about every Saturday throughout the rest of the winter, and into the Spring. If you have any suggestions, please send them to Rich @ Let's make these Saturday night shows ROCK!


The Taryn Jessen Band Returns to the Tram!

The Tramontane Cafe, 1105 Lincoln Ave, Utica, NY

Only $3 at the door! This will be our first show at The Tram in over a year, come hang out, enjoy some great food and refreshments and join us as we debut some new songs for the first time anywhere! We hope to see you there :)


Schuyler Car Show and Corn Eating Competition

Schuyler Recreation Center, Wood Lane, Schuyler

WHAT THE HECK IS THE CORN ON THE COB EATING COMPETITION?! Simple! It is an event that is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. To qualify, one pays $2.00 to receive 60 seconds to eat as much corn on the cob as possible. The corn is weighed before and after qualification. Your name (or stage name) as well as the amount of corn eaten is posted on a bulletin board. You can check throughout the evening to check your ranking! You can even re-qualify as many times as you would like. Qualification time is between 5:00pm and 7:45pm. The GRAND EAT-OFF is at 8:00pm. The top five qualifiers are called to the stage for a 90 second corn on the cob eating competition eat-off. Judges will enforce rules during this event. The winner will receive $500.00 along with his or her name on the corn on the cob competition belt. There is a $50.00 prize for second place and $25.00 prize for third place.

Free Age limit: All ages