Again, a hearty thank you to all of you who helped SOJO get off the ground and grow rapidly since our humble beginnings in September. Join us in April as we check our inhibitions at the door and raise the roof singing and playing loud and proud! Is there a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Most important points:
1. RSVPs give us an idea of the best way to set up the room and more importantly, allow us to ensure the room is not overly crowded. You can RSVP here:
http://www.meetup.com/tampabaysojo/events/85954382/ or the top right of our homepage.
2. Attendance is capped at 30 and then a waitlist kicks in. This does NOT apply to those who bring an instrument to play at the meetup. If instrumentalists RSVP late and find themselves on the waitlist, I will add them to the confirmed list. But you need to state that you'll be playing an instrument (doesn't matter how well) in the comment field when you RSVP, or send me an email, ONLY if you're on the waitlist. Please don't think of this as favoritism. We have a critical, and puzzling, shortage of instrumentalists, and we're trying to uphold the integrity of our group's name - Sing Out JAM out. SOJO is for singers AND players. And most people agree the experience is more satisfying with a good number and variety of instruments.
3. Since we use the Rise Up Singing songbook as the basis for our sing/jam, you'll want to obtain a copy. You can purchase them gently used and reasonably priced on eBay, half.com and amazon.com. There may be a few to borrow as well (one time only please).
4. You're strongly encouraged to occasionally bring lyrics to hand out, preferably with chords, for songs not in Rise Up Singing.
5. We ask for a donation, from $3 to $5, or whatever you can afford, to help offset the expenses of our comfortable meeting space. If you can't make a monetary donation but can contribute your enthusiastic voice or playing, we still want you to come.
6. You might want to bring something to drink as singing is likely to make you thirsty.
We're a friendly group sharing our love of music, however it expresses through us, in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. COME CHECK US OUT!
Further details, if you like:
1. SOJO is about singing and playing along to all kinds of music, especially folk. While the emphasis is on singing, your musical instrument is a welcome and valuable accompaniment to the chorus of voices. We warmly welcome harmonicas, mandolins, banjos, dulcimers, fiddles, basses, autoharps, and all acoustic stringed, wind and bellows instruments. Some instrumentalists sing along with us, some just play. All the rest join in the merriment with just their voices. We even have a piano for anyone to use!
2. We meet the first Sunday of every month from 1:30 to 4:00 just outside of downtown St. Petersburg (exact location shown only to SOJO members).
3. See these links to get an even better idea of what we're about:
More about our format: http://www.meetup.com/tampabaysojo/about/
Even more about us: Go to "Read More About Us" in the top left of our website under the group picture.
Pictures of past SOJOs: http://www.meetup.com/folkSOJO/photos/
4. Feel free to take advantage of our very own Discussion Board, where you can talk about music, upcoming events or anything else you think might interest the group. Click on "Discussions" in the banner toward the top of any SOJO website page, then "Message Board." Or take this shortcut:
5. We're also on Facebook! Here's the link: ttps://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/[masked]/
And as usual, we're at your service to answer any questions...or you can post them to our Message Board or Facebook group!