Here is a message from Amiel. I'm passing this information along because I think it's of interest to the group: __________________________________ Hi Sue,
The Park Slope Old Time & Bluegrass Jamboree is a wonderful event that happens every September.
It consists of: Concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings. On Saturday mid day and afternoon there are various workshops (for instruments and vocals) and jamming in the garden. You can normally find about 10 different jams going on at the same time, bluegrass, old time and sometimes folk singing -- for all different levels of playing.
WHAT: The Park Slope Old Time & Bluegrass Jamboree
WHERE:Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture 53 Prospect Park West at 2nd Street Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, 11215 Phone:[masked] /[masked]
WHEN: Fri, September 11th: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm Sat, September 12th: 12:15 pm - 10:30 pm
It would be a wonderful opportunity for members of our group to experience the workshops and concerts and to form a slow jam that will attract other players at a similar level. Also, the opportunity to mix with other jams. It?s a fluid thing. You don?t have to stick with one jam. I usually wander from jam to jam and join when they are playing a tune I know.
This meetup caters to an advanced beginner/intermediate level player. The jam happens every SECOND and FOURTH MONDAY of the MONTH -- even when I forget to post it on the site. As the jam has evolved, I have hired a rotating group of leaders who lead the jam from 7:30-9:30. This means that I must charge a $5.00 fee, so we can pay a leader. Each leader will choose 25-30 of their favorite bluegrass/old time songs. Click on the "Pages" tab at the top of the page for a description of our leaders and their songs.
Having a leader does not mean that jam participants cannot lead songs. But it does mean that there will be a few set guidelines. For example, people can only lead songs if 1) they know the song fully (including the words) 2) they are able to give out breaks effectively. This is a skill, and one that anyone can learn.
Finally, I want to let peole know that the jam is not a structured "class". Rather, it is a forum where leaders will be available to guide us along, ensure that there is a constant stream of jam-enhancing songs, and facilitate an amazing experience that is geared to an advanced beginner/intermediate level of player. Generally, after 9:30 or 10:00 an unstructured jam takes place, with higher level players. ALL are welcome to that too!