About our Collaborative and Logistics for Friday Evening's Music Party

From: Steve G.
Sent on: Monday, February 18, 2013 10:22 PM

Hello Fellow Einstein Alley Music Collaborators,

We are just a few days away from our Singer-Songwriter party! We’ll be featuring a little bit of everything at this evening ranging from originals performed by some of our own singer-songwriters to some really well-known classics that you will want to sing and dance along with. While our performance slots filled up very quickly this time around, we still encourage anyone, and especially our new members to join us on Friday night to see what our special community is all about. But don’t wait too long to RSVP. The capacity of the Arts Council’s Solley Theater is limited to 75, and 52 members/guests have already reserved a spot.

Here’s what everyone needs to know about Friday’s gathering:
1. Because of scheduling conflicts at the Arts Council, we learned only last week that we would not be able to start setting up the sound equipment for the evening until 6PM. This constraint has presented us with some very difficult challenges, but a number of people have been working very hard behind the scenes to help us meet them and make the evening work. I would especially like to recognize two of our fellow members, Ed Hermann and Michael Cohen, and Mike Haggerty from the Arts Council who have rolled up their sleeves, and will be working Thursday night bringing in their own PA equipment and pre-positioning it so that we can have our party on Friday. Please be aware of some adjustments we have had to make to the schedule. We have had to delay the start of the evening until 6:30 and have pushed most performers back 20 minutes in the schedule. This revised schedule is now posted at: http://files.meetup.com/2556222/EAMC%20Songwriters%20Lineup%20Rev%200218.pdf   Michael and Ed are requesting that a number of performers swap timeslots to make the evening’s equipment changes faster. Please follow their directions, as they will be running the sound as well as performing at the event. If you have any special equipment needs (such as you will need a 1/4” input for your acoustic guitar) please email either Ed or Michael prior to Thursday.

2. We will have many newcomers to the group on Friday. Some are singer-songwriters themselves. Unfortunately we have not been able to include all who wanted to participate in the schedule. Please make them feel really welcome and a part of our community.

3. Our co-organizer, Kathy Haynie will be bringing her 88 key Yamaha Keyboard and is graciously allowing any performers who need an electronic keyboard to use it. We will also be using (and will be responsible for) the Arts Council’s Grand Piano. We will have a PA available most of which is being supplied by Michael and Ed. Please bring shakers, cowbells, Conga’s etc, and your voices for the sing-alongs. Lyrics for these songs are posted in the Files section of our Meetup group. Please be responsible with all equipment on Friday and treat it better than you would your own.

4. The Arts Council of Princeton is a non-profit arts organization that has graciously made its facility available to our group at a minimum cost. They incur additional costs to keep their facility open for us, such as overtime that kicks in for their staff at 10:00. We greatly appreciate how our friends at the Arts Council have welcomed us and helped to promote our community. Promoting local music – our reason for being – is part of the Arts Council’s mission. Please support that mission and consider becoming a member of the Art Council.

5. There will be other events at the Arts Council on Friday including another event in the Solley Theatre until 6:00 Friday. Please be courteous to our fellow neighbors in the Arts Council community. Equipment and food may be loaded in starting 6:00. The building needs to close at 10PM so all performances must end by 9:45 sharp. We appreciate everyone’s help in loading in, breaking down, cleaning up and vacating the building immediately following our party.

6. What Else to Bring:
• Your camera and upload your pictures to our Meetup group!
• I will have my video camera and tripod at the event. I’d appreciate any help in shooting segments and will look to share appropriate footage, (such as the closing jam on PiFight’s Facebook page)
• Please bring either a contribution of $15, or a contribution of $10 and a sharable snack for our potluck. Rachel is keeping a running list of contributed items on our page. It looks like we still need some food items so if you are unsure what to bring, please message Rachel.

7. We are thrilled at the joy that our community has provided to many in the short time of our short existence. We established the group on a number of core principles and guided by these we have been making it up as we go along. Now with the rapid growth of our community, we are encountering some growing pains and will need more leadership, input, structure and stable funding to take our community to the next level and meet the demand we are now facing for more frequent and varied events. Provided we stick to these core principles, we are confident that we will grow wisely and remain sustainable for the long run. Kathy, Rachel and I would like to remind everyone of these shared values which are posted in the “Pages” segment of our Meetup site, and also at the bottom of this note. Your cooperation is appreciated.

We’ll see you on Friday!

This we believe . . .


The Einstein’s Alley Musician’s Collaborative is a nurturing and cooperative musical community located in Central New Jersey. We gather together people who share a passion for making music. Our community is a place for members and seekers to have a lot of fun, be musically engaged, make friends, feel safe to experiment musically, and “feel the love.”


• We welcome people from a variety of musical levels and musical backgrounds and seek to support, encourage, and stretch each other at all levels of musical development.
• We encourage random acts of musical joy.
• We structure a variety of different kinds of events, and facilitate independent member collaborations outside of formal gatherings.
• We embrace musical freedom and creative ferment such that members are inspired to stretch themselves in new ways.
• We embrace diversity and experimentation, challenging, but not ever forcing members to step outside their comfort zones
• We are an open organization and encourage members to invite others in our region to visit or join.
• We expect members and visitors to respect the mission and values of the collaborative in their interactions with the organization and each other.
• We cultivate a special relationship with the Arts Council of Princeton as a frequent venue and a source of creative inspiration.



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