I just wanted to let you know that Paddy's is having a singer/songwriter competition and our very own AJ Bender will be participating. If you have some time, go out and support him. Here's the info below:
FINAL TWO ROUNDS ? TUESDAY DECEMBER 01 & 08, 2009 7:30 pm ? 11:00 pm
Paddy Reilly?s Music Bar - 519 Second Ave., New York, NY 10016 - at 29th St. -[masked]
Come on over to Paddy Reilly?s Music Bar for the final two rounds of this songwriter?s competition ? hear an array of songs from a talented group of singer songwriters featuring an variety of styles ? folk, country, rock and modern ? as they compete for $ 1,000.00 dollars in cash prizes ! Audience participation & approval is evaluated by the judges in making their final decisions ? with each drink you will receive a ballot by which you can vote for your favorite contestant. ( $ 5.00 Cover)
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!