Hey Now! Mike here.
Our Organizer Larry has asked me to take over the administrative stuff for the group and I am happy to do it. If anyone else wants to be an Organizer with me, they can be. Contact me and we can start brainstorming. I am signed up for the next six months and anyone who has met me will attest, I do not tolerate any nonsense. :)
I am willing to invest my time in this group because it brings me great happiness. It combines my love for Grateful Dead music with my love for New York City and it gets me 'out there' playing music. We come together to celebrate not only the music and discipline of the GD but also the community that built up around their music. It is this balance of music and community that we need to preserve with this jam group. I have some ideas about this and I'm open to all of your ideas.
History of the Workingman's Dead Meetup Volume 1 (Dean's Choice)
Dean starts the group which has 60+ members after like a month.
then small jams in midtown get thicker and thicker with more and more people (mostly guitars)
then bigger jams uptown in bigger space = more guitars and way LOUDER. Also, people who did not know/rehearse the material. Too much subbing in and out. Mike the Hack (that's me) takes up the drums because of the too many guitars thing (hackery to this day)
then back to smaller micro jams- probably tighter jams but less community.
I recently met a new member who was a little turned off because to him the jams seemed like inside deals. This bothered me because what I love about this group is that everybody who loves this music is welcome to come and try to play it. Because of this I want to set up the following to try to get us all together so that we are all meeting more Deadheads and making more music
I am planning on setting up the following:
6 Monthly stumpliquor Jams: My intent with these is to put up more than enough jams so that everyone can pick one and play for the whole three hours. It makes a big difference in the third hour when the group stays the same. I'll pick a set list from either a studio album or a live release that we can all listen to in advance. These jams will each require 2-3 guitars, 1 bass, 1 or 2 keys, drums, percussion, other. I know there are a lot of guitarists who want to play and if we need to set up more jams, we will, but I am limiting the number in these jams to keep it manageable. I am not signing up for the drums on all of these. I expect Ari, Bill, anyone else to grab a few of these drum slots so I can play guitar and sing more. The only rule is to bone up a little on the material before the jam. if you need charts, bring them. These jams will probably be at Ultrasound Studios.
Seasonal Equinox/Solstice Jams:
Every three months we should have a group-wide jam. This way new members have a jam they can go to, old members can play with new people, dogs love cats, etc. These jams will be bigger events like the ones we had at Montana Studios. For these events, we can set up two rooms with a 7 person band each and have more substitution. What better way to celebrate the change of the seasons than a big open GD jam in the city? At these jams 20 minute Franklin's Towers and 20 minute Lovelights will be encouraged so that people who have maybe never taken a lead before... will. There are some great 'open jam friendly' setlists laying around in the Lawrence Setlist Archive that we'll be dusting off. If you need charts, bring them.
Acoustic Jams as needed:
Last weekend the Workingman's Dead group had our first acoustic jam and it was me and one other dude at The Studio. He played acoustic guitar and I played the banjo. We mic'ed it because, "what the hell, we're paying for a studio." We knocked out The Hobo Song, Shady Grove, Deep Elem, Ripple, Pig in a Pen, others and had a good time. He knows some other people who would be into it and we hope to grow this. I intend to develop a set list and then enlist some banjomandodobro types.
and you can set up:
The privileges will remain 100% open and anyone in the group can Organize a jam whenever they want. This will allow us to get together in small groups and the individual Organizer can book the time, decide how many guitars?, etc. I vote for a Neil Young night. I have had good luck with this approach and have met/jammed with many good people this way over the last 2 years.
Anyways, this is Mike and I'm the new Organizer and I do not tolerate any nonsense.
I will set up my six stumpliquor Jams and two Seasonal Jams sometime over the next week and then post them all at once. Sign up for them first come, first serve. If there is a huge demand and we can build more than one rhythm section, we will reserve a second studio or book more jams.
if anyone has suggestions regarding the Discussion Boards or anything else, let me know.