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South Bay House Concerts - SF2SJ music connect

Los Altos, CA

South Bay House Concerts - SF2SJ music connect

If you build it they will come…a South Bay network of house concert and small live music venues, and all us fans who love the up close and personal music experience.  This site is for music lovers of all genres to check out what's happening on the San Francisco peninsula down to San Jose.  The artist talent pool is amazing.  Let's build the audience!

Never been to a house concert?  You're in for a treat!  Defined as "true listening environments", they are typically small gatherings in the privacy of a home or small stage.  Usually 30-50 people.  Occasionally, like if someone has a super cool back yard, it's easy to fit in more.  Every host runs things a bit different.  Typically, seating is provided.  But you may be asked to bring a chair or a blanket.  Typically it's BYOWhatever.  But, there might be  social time and/or a potluck.  

Guests are asked to be very respectful of the house.  Stick to the concert area, be clean and no smoking.

The artist reflects the flavor of the host, from classical to singer songwriter.   Don't' worry if there are just a couple rsvp's.  Most experienced hosts have cultivated a mailing list.  This site is an adjunct to that and to help new house concert providers get started by establishing a shared pool of fans.  The more house concert venues, the more fans, the more artists who get to share their amazing talents. 

Want to become a host?  It really is easy.  But please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.   Here are a couple resources:  http://www.americansongwriter.com/2014/02/songwriter-u-make-real-money-donation-based-house-concerts/         http://www.concertsinyourhome.com/CIYH_HouseConcertGuidex.pdf

PLEASE NOTE!!!!  Seating is limited.  You are not allowed to rsvp yes and then not show.   No shows are a big deal.  Attendance is taken.   The reputation of this meet up will be one of dependability, as if you paid for your ticket in advance.

1905 members · Public

Bay Area Drum Circle

San Jose, CA

Bay Area Drum Circle

NOTICE: I am REQUIRING all new members to supply a picture that shows their face, centered and without a mask or sunglasses, in their profile for this group. A low resolution blurry picture or a full body picture where your face is tiny is not acceptable. Also unacceptable is a picture where your face is off-center and cropped when it shows up in the list of members. This is so we can learn names of our fellow members and so I can more easily manage who attends events. (When you join a group, the picture that is used for the group is the same one that is in your top level meetup.com profile. After joining, the picture in other groups and in your top level meetup.com profile can be different. Unfortunately, you have to use the meetup.com website, not the app, to change a profile picture for a group. Here is a link to instructions - https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002878591-Changing-or-removing-a-profile-photo )


Normally, we meet and drum at various locations in the SF Bay Area - mostly in the South Bay and Peninsula, including one regularly scheduled drum circle and others that are not on a fixed schedule. We do everything in person, so if you don't live in the SF Bay Area, your request to join will be denied. Due to Covid-19, our schedule has changed significantly and we are limited to outdoor locations only. Meetup.com will let you know via email when new events are planned.<br>

Our circles are mostly free form with possibly some light facilitation and opportunities to learn new rhythms. We don't do meditation or other rituals. We are all about having fun. <br>

Creating your meetup.com account and joining this group is free. You will only be asked to occasionally contribute a dollar to help with the meetup.com fee assessed to the organizer.

All experience levels welcome. If you are a beginner, you will learn by listening, watching, and asking questions. Most of the drumming that we do, does not require training. Some locations may be difficult or impossible for mobility impaired people.

Due to COVID-19, it’s best to bring your own drums or percussion instruments, but now that restrictions have loosened, if you want to share something, that’s OK, if you accept the risk. 

244 members · Public

HARMONY WERKS Presents: The San Jose Pop Up Choir

San Jose, CA

HARMONY WERKS Presents: The San Jose Pop Up Choir

Welcome, thanks for checking in.

COVID UPDATE:

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Hello all, you can read below about who we are and what we have done in the past, but during this crisis we are all struggling to keep the music going and most importantly to find safe ways to do it.  Things are very different and as singing is known to be a significant spreader of the CoronaVirus, we will only plan things that keep us all safe, from singing in your own car, virtual events and special outdoor session when available. 

These are not normal times and while we all share a deep love of music, we need to find ways to keep our community active and most importantly safe.

Stay well, stay healthy and keep the music alive.

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First off, this IS NOT a traditional choir, but to help answer questions you might have - check out our FAQ page for answers to some general questions.

So no auditions to join, no expectation that you need to read music or can actually carry a tune. In many ways this is a social group with music.  A way to express yourself with a song.

This group is for those among us that like to sing, in the shower, on the road, in line at the store and in their own head during meetings. If you ever hummed or sang long to Lion King, The Greatest Showman, Newsies, Schoolhouse Rock, Hamilton, the theme to the Beverly Hillbillies or quite frankly any music that touches you, then this might be the perfect place for you.

NO, you do not have to sing well. YES, you do have to enjoy singing. 

Just about any kind of song will work, but here is the kicker, it would be nice if you were also interested in the possibility of performing in public. From spontaneous concerts in downtown San Jose, to caroling during the holidays and more. We will start with practice, individual songs to karaoke tracks and acapella group sing, to solos, duos and themed sing for special projects.

Be great to hear your voice, come join in the fun.

On the other hand, you may not want to sing, just yet. Perhaps you are a great audience and interested in hearing music from every conceivable genre sung, and you are only interested in humming along or tapping your toes - yes, you are most welcomed as well.

Sometime, someday, we hope you might be encouraged to sing along.


OUR CODE OF CONDUCT

The San Jose Pop Up Choir is dedicated to providing a harassment-free community for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, preferred taste in music, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, or religious beliefs. While we are primarily a group for adults, there are instances where minors (with parental permission) will be allowed to participate on a limited basis, as such, they too will be subject to our code of conduct.

We do not tolerate harassment within the Pop Up Choir and those we interact with (including but not limited to venues, patrons and audiences that support us) in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the community at the discretion of the organizers.

Read the full Code of Conduct Here.

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San Francisco EDM

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco EDM

Calling all EDM lovers!

You've found one of the largest EDM meetups in the Bay Area. More than just going to shows, we're a community centered around electronic dance music.

Here's how it works:

A. We list as many EDM events going on in the Bay Area as possible. Some weeks may have 10+ events happening!

B. We pick 1-3 events per month to make official. Official meetups are "hosted", i.e. they will have a concrete place and time to meet before the show (like a pregame at a bar) and are perfect for meeting new people in the city. If you're not sure if an event is official or not, check the title or description of the event for the words "official" or "hosted", or leave a comment on the event page.

C. For any non-official (i.e. unhosted) events where our official organizers can't make it, we leave it up to you to be proactive. If you'd like to meet up with people, reach out in the comments section of the event and see if anyone else in interested!

D. We *highly* recommend our official meetup events (e.g. Dolores Park socials, barhopping, pre-games before big events) for meeting new people to go to shows with. From there, it's much easier to go to unhosted events and see familiar faces.

E. We also collaborate with local venues and DJs under the collective Frequency SF. Check us out on Facebook or Eventbrite to see our latest events.

F. Interested in being an organizer? Some perks include free swag, community recognition, invites to organizer-only events and more! Still interested? Reach out to Jon G. and let us know.

Cheers, <br>Jon

P.S. Don't forget to join our community on Facebook too!

Join our slack chat room for the latest SFEDM info: www.sfedm.org/chat

(In the mood for some more reading? Check out our 'House Rules' and legal disclaimer below.)

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SF EDM HOUSE RULES

These rules are in place to make sure we all have the best experience possible. :)

Everyone

It goes without saying, but please avoid shameless promotion of self or affiliated events unless it is in a conversational, engaging, and respectful manner.

Fans

We are a group for the fans by the fans. If you are suggesting an event, would you be willing to host it and serve as a point of contact to other members who are attending?

Promoters

If you are suggesting an event to the group, are you ready to offer a number of free entry tickets or other promotional incentives? If so, please describe in the suggested event form or email us directly.

Venues

- If you are suggesting an event to the group, are you ready to offer a number of free entry tickets or other promotional incentives? If so, please describe in the suggested event form or email us directly.

DJ’s / Producers

We partner with local venues (e.g. Halcyon and Monarch) to throw events under the collective name Frequency SF. If you believe there's an opportunity for us to collaborate, reach out to us via our Frequency SF FB page.


DISCLAIMER FOR EVENT ACTIVITIES, SITE USE, SFEDM RELEASE OF LIABILITY


In exchange for participation in the activities organized by San Francisco EDM (SFEDM) Meetup Group you agree for yourself and your guests (if applicable), to the following:


You are responsible for your own interactions with other members of the SFEDM Meetup Group. You understand that the group does not do background checks on any of our existing members or on new members joining the group. This site makes no representations or warranties as to the conduct of its members. The organizers and event hosts of this group are NOT liable for any damages whatsoever, whether direct, indirect, general, special, compensatory, consequential, and/or incidental, arising out of or relating to your conduct or anyone else's conduct in connection with or attending an event with the SFEDM Meetup Group or use of this site. This includes, without limitation, bodily injury and emotional distress. You agree to take reasonable precautions in all interactions with other members of the group, including if you decide to meet outside of an event. In addition, you agree to the group's terms and conditions noted above and to abide by them.


You agree to observe and obey all posted rules and warnings, and further agree to follow any oral instructions or directions given by organizers or event hosts of the group when attending an event.


You recognize that there are certain inherent risks associated with the organized activities and you assume full responsibility for personal injury to yourself and (if applicable) to your guests, and further release and discharge the organizers and even hosts for injury, loss or damage arising out of your attendance or your guest’s attendance of an SFEDM event, whether caused by the fault of yourself, your guests, or other third parties.


You agree to indemnify and defend SFEDM against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgements, costs or expenses, including attorney fees and other litigation costs, which may in way arise from your attendance or your guest’s attendance of an SFEDM event.


You agree to pay for all damages to the facilities caused by any negligent, reckless, or willful actions by you or your guests.


Any legal or equitable claim that may arise from participation in the above shall be resolved under California law.


You agree and acknowledge that you are under no pressure or duress to agree to this and that you have been given a reasonable opportunity to review it before agreeing. You further agree and acknowledge that you are free to have your own legal counsel review this Agreement if you so desire.


YOU HAVE READ THIS DOCUMENT AND UNDERSTAND IT. YOU FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT BY JOINING THIS GROUP OR REMAINING A MEMBER OF THE GROUP, YOU VOLUNTARILY SURRENDER THESE CERTAIN LEGAL RIGHTS NOTED ABOVE.

8178 members · Public

Singing the Great American Song Book

Sacramento, CA

Singing the Great American Song Book

Monthly meetings to enjoy singing classics from the Great American Song Book with live musical accompaniment.

Thanks to our sponsors Shelley Burns Speech Level SingingGet on the Map and McMonagle Steinberg Workers Comp Attorneys.

What kind of songs do our members sing?  Just a few of the songs from the last month or two: You Can't Take That Away from Me, The Girl from Ipanema, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Night and Day, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, Candy and Misty.

Six Feet of Papa - Five Feet of Mama

Sac Jazz Camp on Soundcloud

What is the Great American Songbook?

from Wikipedia ...

The Great American Songbook, also known as "American Standards", is the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards  from the early 20th century. Although several collections of music have been published under the title, it does not refer to any actual book or specific list of songs, but to a loosely defined set including the most popular and enduring songs from the 1920s to the 1950s that were created for Broadway theatre, musical theater and Hollywood musical films. They have been recorded and performed by a large number and wide range of singers, instrumental bands, and jazz musicians. The Great American Songbook comprises standards by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, and also Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers and others.

Although the songs have never gone out of style among traditional and jazz singers and musicians, a renewed popular interest in the Great American Songbook beginning in the 1970s has led a growing number of rock and pop  singers to take an interest and issue recordings of them.





275 members · Public

Bay Area Blues Lovers

Emeryville, CA

Bay Area Blues Lovers

For anyone that wants to go out and hear live blues with a fun group of people in a wide range of venues across the Bay Area. Occasionally other music genres such as Rockabilly and New Orleans music will be posted.

Our events are combo of non-hosted and hosted events which is explained below:

Non-Hosted Events - Non-hosted events events can range from just FYIs to members about upcoming national touring headliner blues artists, special events (San Jose Jazz Festival for example) to weekly ongoing jams or gigs our Meetup members might be interested in that our meeting organizers can't attend all the time.

Meetup members can attend non-hosted events with other blues Meetup members and/or volunteer to be the main "meeter and greeter" for a non-hosted event.

Hosted Events - Meetup organizers will be there to meet and greet the Meetup members.  Generally a sign or a flag will placed on a table/tables to help identify our Meetup group.

Minimums for Hosted Meetups

At times there are minimums for a hosted Meetup and this information will be posted.

More about our Meetup Group - Tips

Seating at Venues

Depending on the size of venue, the draw of the band or artist playing that evening and when you arrive can make it challenging to save or find seating together. If you choose to arrive after the suggested time at meetup - meetup organizers can't always guarantee there will be enough tables for everyone. We hope you understand.

Notes about small venues or places that fill up quickly are always noted in the Meetup description for a good reason  --> seating *really* can run out/be limited (Little Lou's BBQ or the tables downstairs near the stage of Club Fox are good examples!)

Type of Blues Music

Everyone's tastes in blues music varies. To determine if an artist or group is someone you'd enjoy, visit related links such as YouTube (or Google the artist name) to get a sense of the music before you sign up or attend the particular Meetup.  This will help  you "find" the right Meetup to attend with our group.

Artists Choice of Music at Their Gigs

Please note the meeting organizers have no control over the music the group or artist plays at their gigs. If a blues group or blues artist at a Meetup chooses to throw some latin, jazz, funk, pop or instrumental tunes in the set they are playing that night -- that's the way it is! Live music - is just that --> it's live and subject to the moment.

Anyone that is a member can suggest a Meetup - feel free to do so and host a meeting yourself! This is a collaborative group effort!

There is NO CHARGE to belong to this Meetup. We always note cost/cover charge  of an event / venue when possible.

For example -- if there was a Meetup scheduled at a venue that is charging $5 cover on Friday night. You need pay the $5 to the venue when you arrive. The information on cost to get into the venue would be stated in the Meetup invite posted to the group.

There are also times when it is necessary for you to purchase a ticket for the event directly from the venue before the Meet-up (such as Yoshi's or SF Jazz Center). In those cases, information will be provided to you within the event announcement itself.

Blues bands who want to list gigs

Blues Bands are welcome to post gigs as Meetup events.

Meetup organizers will post your event in the DISCUSSIONS page under NON-HOSTED events with a link to your website.

We do ask that bands at least announce the Meetup at their gig and announce a welcome to the Meetup members so they can find each other/sit with each other to enjoy your show.

Any band or musician just posting gigs and not mentioning the Meetup at all or abusing the Meetup group in any way will be banned/their information removed from this group.

Thanks! We look forward to enjoying some great times and blues music with YOU!

346 members · Public

Out to the Symphony--Bay Area Lesbian Classical Music Lovers

San Francisco, CA

Out to the Symphony--Bay Area Lesbian Classical Music Lovers

Calling all lesbian classical music lovers from all over the Zoom universe!  

The live concert hall world as we know it has come to a halt. Temporarily, I hope. Until we are vaccinated against all the COVID mutations, Out to the Symphony -- San Francisco Bay Area Classical Music Lovers has moved online. 

As we patiently wait behind the glow of screens, we gather every other Monday 5-8 pm PST/PDT (if not local, please calculate the time difference), unless we depend on a public live streamed event Together, we watch films around classical music themes and attend virtual concerts. We aim to focus on feminist, lesbian, and queer composers, conductors, and performers. But of course, we cannot exclude Bach, Beethoven, and Bartok.

Long to share your passion for classical music with other lesbians sheltering in place? Perfect, me too. Originally, I started this meet-up so we could attend concerts at the Davis Symphony Hall together. Alas, no one can be certain when we'll gather as an in-person group again. 

Until then, my fellow lesbian and queer classical music lovers, kindly escape your domestic bliss and engage in celestial meet-ups of harmonious pleasure (the dissonants of modern classical repertoire included). Via Zoom, of course. Now more than ever it is crucial to cherish what little we possibly can. Come on and escape the COVID stress with three hours of lively music and conversations. 



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Tuesday Night Music Jamming Meetup -LA

Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday Night Music Jamming Meetup -LA

WE ARE CURRENTLY ONLY ACCEPTING NEW BASS PLAYERS. To attend a Jam Session, you MUST provide your confirmation card of full vaccination, with the final shot no earlier than 2 weeks before attending. This is a "Jam Club" for experienced players/singers wherein the goal is to have fun jamming out to Classic Rock, Current Rock, Pop, Blues, Folk, etc. If you have played in a band (F/T of P/T) for at least 5-10 years, played numerous gigs, and this may or not be your main profession, this may be for you. We are looking for people who sing, (Lead or Harmony) play an instruments such as Bass, Drums, Percussion, Horns, Sax, Guitar, Keys, Violin, etc., This is NOT for newer players, but for people who know how to work in the dynamics of a band setting. Everyones input and contribution to a song, and song suggestions, will be welcome and encouraged in order to make music that WE create, not attempt to copy, a particular version of a song. It will be flexible that way, with songs being done according to what the vocalists can do, and the musicians can play. Therefore creativity and fun are the goals. Maybe we all end up re-arranging the song altogether, maybe we play it the way it was recorded. Overall, the idea is to have a fun, and creative musical jam while creating a musical network, plus create acquaintances and friends, that can play well, form projects or bands or duets, just jam, whatever. We currently have seven identical binders of music with hundreds of songs each so we can all be playing off the same page. Session fee is $20.00 per person.

35 members · Public

Neighborhood Acoustic Jam Group

Oakland, CA

Neighborhood Acoustic Jam Group

This group is for people who like to play instruments and or sing for fun. All skill levels welcome. I am generally thinking of this as neighborhood group for the Berkeley/Oakland area. I live at Telegraph and Alcatraz and I will host the first 2 jams just to get things started, then if anyone else in the area would like to host that would be great.


The songs will come from 3 sources:

1. Rise Up Singing. This is a classic sing along book with 1200 pop and folk tunes – lyrics and chords. I have 5 copies, if you have a copy bring it along.

2. Digital tablets and laptops. In addition to your own personal table, we will often project Chords and Lyrics onto a large screen TV.  There is a growing library we are developing that is accessible via dropbox. A special IPAD app called OnSong makes these look even better, allows transposition, editing refine chords, etc. This works best if the songs are in  .txt format..., with either the chords above the lyrics or in front of them in brackets, e.g. [G7] (A format called Chordpro)

In addition to this library, pretty much any song and chords can be found on the internet.

3. Xerox sheets. This is actually one of the best and easiest ways for everyone to play. If you have a song you want to play be sure to bring at least 10 copies so every one can see.

The Format: We go around the circle and each person either chooses a song or passes. This way the songs will be decided by whoever is there at a Jam. We also try to allow for spontaneity and extended jams, solos, according to the mood of the group.
Instruments: Pretty much any instruments are welcome. Just singing with no instrument is great too. Electric instruments are OK as long as you have a small practice amp and don’t mind keeping the volume down to harmonize with the group.

Other things: I don’t have any music stands and am just planning to use the table as you see in the picture. If you have table or standing music stands, that might be helpful, and necessary if you stand to play.



671 members · Public