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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.

1894 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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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!

351 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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San Francisco Kirtan Connection

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Kirtan Connection

2021 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: PLEASE READ.

Due to the spread of Covid-19 virus. Many counties have social distancing guidelines in effect. 


Check the latest CDC information here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/variant.html

Check California gov guidelines

https://covid19.ca.gov/masks-and-ppe/


you can find many more kirtan events below:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/166399253494846/


Some kirtan events are now in person and some are indoors August 1st 2021

Contact the hosts and venues and check their covid guidelines for your own safety.


Please practice social distancing wear masks and be safe.




People who enjoy or are curious about kirtan and South Asian spritual music are all welcome.  

Singers and musicians who help enhance kirtans and South Asian Spritual music experience are also welcome to post their events here. Please message me related events and I will post them in event section.

Kirtan or qawwali to me are types of sound meditation. Members participating and experiencing kirtan or qawwali events is our goal.

Our focus is personal spritual experience and non-religious.

If you would like to read about Bhakti movement's origin and development in South Asia please read:

https://www.livemint.com/Sundayapp/0irwa2rMY1lUJKtPEtX4sO/A-brief-history-of-the-Bhakti-movement.html

Wikipedia 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhakti_movement#:~:text=The%20Bhakti%20movement%20originated%20in,century%20Bengal%20and%20northern%20India.

452 members · Public

Sacramento Irish/Scottish Learning Session

Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Irish/Scottish Learning Session

We are a learning session for beginning to intermediate players of various traditional and non-traditional instruments to learn and develop our ability to play new and familiar Irish and Scottish traditional tunes, and learn the etiquette and various techniques needed to participate in a traditional Irish session.


We are all learning together and welcome everyone, but intermediate/advanced players who have a great deal of experience with Irish sessions, or who are experts with their instruments should bring their patience and be willing to support new players.


Participants should bring their own instruments, a music stand and have some familiarity with their instruments and either know how to read music, or to play by ear. Participants should also be prepared to learn about traditional Irish/Scottish music specifically. Some familiarity with Irish/Scottish music will be helpful, since the session isn't "free form" but is a learning session designed to help participants prepare for Irish traditional music sessions. We are developing a tune list, and place links to our tunes in the discussion forum (for now).


Once we have developed a crew of people with a strong grasp of a good repertoire of tunes, we can create a more traditional Irish session. More advanced players who wish to create a more traditional session right away may contact to help organize such a group as well.


Anyone is welcome to join, but I am checking in with people personally before providing location information, because these events occur in a private home. People who join and don't reply to messages will be removed. I know that joining groups and not participating is kind of a "thing" on meetup, which is fine, since most events are casual, join-as-you-like kind of events, but learning music together requires a great deal of coordination on everyone's part, so we need to develop a different vibe for this group. So, nothing personal if you are removed. You can re-apply when you are ready to participate, no worries!

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