The past six days brought throngs of live music fans into Putnam Den as we “up’d the ante” with a trio of big time acts on our performance stage.

Deer Tick shook the roof on Saturday night before a large crowd, with Upstate Live on the scene and reporting “that it’s no wonder that Deer Tick has a dedicated fan base” as well as their appreciation of the room’s “free space to move around in, with very little view obstruction you can see the stage from anywhere in the room.”

Grammy-winning rock legends Blues Traveler pulled into the Den for a highly anticipated Monday night show in front of a sold-out (and stoked-up) audience. The Saratogian caught up with famed frontman John Popper, who told them: “The people here are great. There’s good energy, good crowd. It was a lotta fun to play here.”

Wrapping up the week were Melvin Seals & JGB; the musical heirs to the Jerry Garcia Band. Lead by the original group’s famed B3 organ master Seals, the group lead a huge contingent of local Dead Heads through a two-night Friday/Saturday run of nostalgic jam classics. Describing Putnam Den as “our favorite stop in the east coast,” Mr Seals is already matching calendar dates with Den management for a 2013 return engagement.