Re: [Acoustic-Music-Community] Meetup Cancelled: Denise and Karel's saturday jam

From: Valerie S
Sent on: Sunday, September 30, 2012 11:57 AM


On Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM, v stuart <[address removed]> wrote:
So many good thinkers on this site!

Karel and Denise, I'd say if you don't mind being the only ones showing up, then continue at Folsom.  Otherwise as someone else suggested, cut it back to once a month and see if more people show up (supply and demand). 

It is possible this will do better in the winter except that some folks don't come out when it snows.

It sounds like being in public and the stage which doesn't allow everyone to be together are big handicaps to Folsom Street.  I wonder if there is a bar or club (Nissi's) that is closed to the public on Sunday that would be open to you doing a Sunday jam.  I think the Dickens opera house in Longmont might have a room you could use but lots of boulderites wouldn't come.  The room the grey wolves use for games nite is off on one end and we are pretty noisy.  Dickens might feel a jam would bring in more patrons. This is just brainstorming ideas about a similar place to the Dickens in Boulder with enough space for everyone to sit in a circle without having to look at patrons of a coffee shop.  It sounds like that added too much pressure for many accousticalites.  ;   )
 
It does seem that a venue change is in order and reducing the jam to once or twice a month might get you enough people to make it worth your while.  People won't take it for granted and think "oh, I can go next week."

We REALLY appreciate all the work you put into this.  It would be nice if someone had a large home to offer once a month, heh?

Valerie

V

On Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM, Cathy Kerry <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Karel & Denise,
  It's great you've gotten so much feedback so far!  I'd say it's quite a mixed bag of sentiments and what works for each, really varies.
I really appreciate all the work you both have put into this, hosting it so faithfully every week and all the time and effort!  And you can never please everyone all of the time, just some of the people some of the time, I guess.
  From what I've seen, it seems like it's "feast or famine" with attendance at Folsom St., and not sure why that is -- other than, as some people have expressed in the comments -- some of them are just very shy about playing in a public place, and also some regulars just got busy, were traveling, or have had health issues...  But it would be really nice to get different people coming and trying it out.    I guess, as long as you both don't burn out from hosting it every week and getting such feast or famine attendance, then it's great to have that option open for people to just come when they can.

My thoughts on possibilities for the Saturday jam:
*  My thoughts on the format, echo some of the comments ~  re: maybe not having it so much plugged in (maybe just one or two mics for the leader of the song -- the instrument and the vocals,  IF they want it and IF they can't be heard in a large group.  It would be nice to have it more acoustic, I think  and just try to listen and hear each other better if we can. (some singers voices, including mine, are not as strong, and sometimes their guitar or other instrument might not be heard well if there were a large group).
*  Also, I really thought the white board, and keeping songs to fairly simple chord progressions worked out the best!  And thought that would allow more people to feel comfortable attempting songs AND be able to join in easier to play and sing along.
*  Also the stage isn't as conducive to an 'everyone on the same footing' feel at Folsom Street, as it was at Rock and Soul -- where most all those "in the circle" playing and singing got to be on the stage/platform.  But that can't be helped, I guess.

Personally, too -- I guess I just have a hard time in the summer, spending beautiful days on the weekend inside :-(, and I also got busy with my son's activities, traveling, etc...  I appreciate having the opportunity there though, to mingle with friends and play and sing music together and get introduced to different songs.   Given my schedule, I probably only am into attending a jam once or twice a month, as I am also focusing on other musical interests, like trying to do open mics and challenging myself that way.

Maybe also ask the group -- if the time is good.  If there was a chance to vary the time on Saturday or even the day perhaps?? (not sure it would make a difference or not) -- doing one in the mornings (like you used to do -- I know that was voted down before, but maybe varying it -- different members might appreciate that time better) -- could do a 11-2, or 10-1 on Saturday and alternate it with other Saturdays in the afternoon.  I might rather like to go get my cup of coffee at 10 in the morning and then join in for a couple hours of jamming, and have the rest of the day to do things or get things done -- when my schedule permits.

Just some of my thoughts.  Hope you can keep this going ~ and find a format that meets a large segment of the Acoustic Community's needs.

Thanks much!
Cathy

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From: [address removed] [[address removed]] On Behalf Of Ben Burdette [[address removed]]
Sent: Sunday, September 30,[masked]:49 AM
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Subject: Re: [Acoustic-Music-Community] Meetup Cancelled: Denise and Karel's saturday jam

I've had some tendonitis in my left hand, so I've been laying low lately.  I hope to see you all at future jams.

Ben

On 09/29/[masked]:17 AM, Karel (dr. Z) wrote:

Hello,

We cancelled today's jam because of lack of interest - last week, we were basically playing alone too (except for Wysh who joined us later).

We'd appreciate it if people would let us know whether there is still interest in our jam from this community - if not, we'll start working on a plan B.

Karel & Denise




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