This is an acoustic jam in a private homes; for this reason we have chosen to keep this meet-up "private". At this time we are only taking members who are experienced musicians and who have been referred to the group by an existing member. If you meet the criteria, click on the "Join" link above, answer the short questionnaire and complete the process. We require that you post an actual picture of yourself - your face must be visible in the photograph.
No one is making any money from participation or hosting events, so we rely on the generosity of our members to make it work. As such, we require that members not only attend and participate in our jams, but also host some sort of event for the group at least once per year. It doesn't have to be a big thing, and you can limit the size. If you don't have a home large enough, then pick a park in your neighborhood and invite people. We love outdoor jams!
A lot of folks ask to join the group and many never attend, so we regularly purge those members who have not attended in over 6 month. Please don't be offended by our housekeeping. If you feel you have been booted unjustly, please reapply and send a note explaining what happened.
Once you have requested to join, one of the administrators will review and either approve or disapprove your request. Please don't be offended if you don't make the cut. We are hosting in our homes, and need to be very careful about who we invite in for a number of reasons including: security, liability, and quality of the music. We've been doing this for 8 years and have had a fair share of bad experiences, so we are careful.
Please do not join this group as a means to promote yourself, your group, service, or product or business.
If this all sounds rather unfriendly, we'll just add that this is, really, a great group to jam with - our jams are great music parties and social gatherings and very friendly. Many of us have become close friends through this group!
This meetup was started in April of 2010 by Prune Rooney and Gwen Huff and it has grown tremendously since its first event. We sometimes have as many as 70 people attend our gatherings and camping trips.
It is an acoustic jam, which means no PA or amplifiers. However, sometimes we will use a small amp for a keyboard. We do welcome drummers who play with brushes and are sensitive to acoustic music. We also welcome brass players; preferably played with a mute - if that is possible. We (most of us) don't read music, we play by ear. Some of us use lyrics with the chords charted. This is an opportunity to use your ears and have fun improvising.
The jam usually begins with a potluck so people have an opportunity to meet and greet; bring a dish to share and BYOB. After the potluck we break up into jam circles and take turns sharing songs. Generally someone will lead the song and the rest of the circle will accompany in a complimentary way. Folks tend to move around from circle to circle throughout the night. The scope of this jam is to play music together and experience the fun and enjoyment of playing music with others.
Once you join our group, if you have not jammed with others, we recommend reading The Art of Jam, which can be found on the Discussions, Message Board, please read these guidelines before coming to your first jam. We look forward to playing with you!