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WANTED: Drummer, Bassist & Keyboardist (to join successful band)

Phil Robinson (.
PhilRobinson
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Hi NY Culture Circle :-)

Our successful rock/pop/gospel band, THE BLISS JOCKEYS, is looking to expand its lineup:

We want to add:
- A Drummer
- A Bassist
- A Keyboardist


The Bliss Jockeys regularly play well-attended gigs at some of NYC's best venues (The Bitter End, The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, etc.) and have also played some prestigious out-of-town shows as well. The band has achieved all of this over the past year with only a stripped-down lineup (two guitars, hand-percussion, lead vocals & backup singers).

Now we want to expand to include a full rock rhythm section, and keys!



*** IF YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, is interested in joining us, please send an e-mail to Phil Robinson (auditions@philrobinson.net) to set up an audition.




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IF YOU'RE INTERESTED (or Know Someone Who Is):

- Please e-mail Phil Robinson: auditions@philrobinson.net


****Please be available for a 2-HOUR AUDITION during one of these three slots:
- SAT 11/10 (btwn 1pm-6pm)
- WED 11/14 (btwn 7pm-10pm)
- SAT 11/17 (btwn 1pm-6pm)


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WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:

All applicants MUST be: professional, diligent, responsible, ethical, non-flaky, & cooperative--
We're looking for positive, earnest team-players.
Our band is a supportive family; we each put INDIVIDUAL egos aside for the success of the WHOLE.


DRUMMER:
- Must be able to drive rock, blues, r&b, folk, pop & funk rhythms
- Must keep steady time
- Must lock in with bassist for a solid bottom
- Must inhabit sonic space of the arrangement w/o dominating
- Must be able to play at a variety of tempos and the full spectrum of dynamic range
- Must be comfortable improvising and taking solos/fills
- Must be able to learn & play pre-established drum parts
- Must be able to develop new drum parts quickly
- Must have own drum set (for when we play venues that DON'T have a house set)
- Preferable: Can play BOTH drum set AND hand percussion


BASSIST:
- Must be able to drive rock, blues, r&b, folk, pop & funk rhythms
- Must lock in with drummer for a solid bottom
- Must inhabit sonic space of the arrangement w/o dominating
- Must be able to play at a variety of tempos and the full spectrum of dynamic range
- Must be comfortable improvising and taking solos
- Must be able to learn & play pre-established bass lines
- Must be able to develop new bass lines quickly from chord charts
- Preferable: Play finger-style, picked & slap bass
- Preferable: Can play BOTH electric/acoustic AND upright bass


KEYBOARDIST:
- Must be able to play in rock, blues, r&b, folk, pop & funk styles
- Must be able to play BOTH organ-style (chords & pedals) AND piano-style (arpeggios)
- Must inhabit sonic space of the arrangement w/o dominating
- Must be able to play at a variety of tempos and the full spectrum of dynamic range
- Must be comfortable improvising and taking solos
- Must be able to learn & play pre-established keyboard parts
- Must be able to develop new parts quickly from chord charts
- Must have own keyboard (for when we play venues that DON'T have house keys)
- Preferable: Can play BOTH electric keyboard AND upright piano


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BAND LOGISTICS:

TIME COMMITMENT:
- Weekly Rehearsal (every Wed 7pm-9pm, near Times Square)
- One or Two Gigs each Month (usually on weekend night in NY area)
- Up to 4 times a year: A Weekend Day-Trip for out-of-town show (Philly, Boston, Upstate NY)

FINANCIAL DETAILS:
- The band shares EQUALLY in all proceeds earned from shows
- Beyond that, there is NO additional hourly rate paid to the instrumentalists
- (We're looking for true BAND-MATES, not HIRED GUNS)
- The bandleader pays all band-related expenses (rehearsal space rental, promotions, travel expenses, etc.)
- For the future, we're targeting high-paid bookings (eg. college circuit) as means of income

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THE BAND - SAMPLE AUDIO, VIDEO & PHOTOS:


VIDEO - The Bliss Jockeys - Live @ Prospect Park:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnvcloymXNk­

AUDIO - Two songs on Myspace (one studio demo, one live acoustic):
http://www.myspace.com/theblissjockeys­

PHOTOS:
http://www.facebook.com/TheBlissJockeys­
http://www.meetup.com/NY-Musicians/photos/9950802/­

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RECORD LABEL:

THE BLISS JOCKEYS are signed to ROOMFUL OF SKY RECORDS:
http://www.roomfulofsky.com/records­

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ABOUT THE BAND:

MUSICAL INFLUENCES:
- Bruce Springsteen, The Animals, Phish, The Indigo Girls, Musical Theater

NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES:
- Joseph Campbell ("Follow your bliss"), Carl Jung (Depth Psychology)

STYLE:
- Full rock-band + gospel-choir-style vocals (from 7 female backup singers)
- Bluesy harmonica, jazzy guitar licks, roots sounds, stomping & hollering
- Songs are: High-energy, upbeat, often with audience participation
- Mostly play originals, but also choice covers that highlight the vocal abilities of the female vocalists (Hallelujah, Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, The Letter, Romeo & Juliet)
- Lead vocals are shared between Phil & female choir members

ATTITUDE:
- Fun, earnest, spiritual, positive, non-ironic, all-inclusive

PERFORMANCE VARIETY:
- We play the full spectrum of shows:
- From large, amplified outdoor shows (w/hundreds of people)
- To small, intimate & unplugged house-concerts in living rooms (w/handful of people)

CAREER PROFILE:
The Bliss Jockeys regularly play well-attended gigs at some of NYC's best venues (The Bitter End, The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, etc.) and have also played some prestigious out-of-town shows as well (a festival and a conference so far). The band has achieved all of this over the past year with only a stripped-down lineup (two guitars, hand-percussion, lead vocals & backup singers). Bandleader Phil Robinson is well-connected to venues, musicians, fan communities and promotional/recording resources throughout the NYC area.

DEBUT ALBUM:
The Bliss Jockeys are signed to indie label, Roomful of Sky Records, and will soon be releasing its debut CD, entitled 'The Birth of Bliss' (the album is about 90% done-- the new members will help to finish it off).

CURRENT LINEUP:
- Phil Robinson (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)
- Josh Friedman (Guitar)
- Ellen Weiss (Vocals, Percussion)
- Leyla Mesic (Vocals)
- Naiika Alfred (Vocals)
- Dawn Hsieh (Vocals)
- Valerie Gomes (Vocals)

EXPANDING TO INCLUDE:
- TBD (Drums)
- TBD (Bass)
- TBD (Keyboards)
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