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Not The Next One (Still fixing things) - NEAR-Fest XXX - October 15 & 16, 2021 => NEAR-Fest XXX - October 15 & 16 2021 => Topic started by: Bri on August 16, 2021, 05:39:33 PM

Title: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: Bri on August 16, 2021, 05:39:33 PM
Did I get your attention?

We're talkin' XXX here!
How much more Nasty can you get than that?
Let's go players! Pull up your trousers and shimmy over to your computer keyboard and step in what I'm putting' down.

Well we're a month away. I can almost taste it. I know you wanna taste it too.
I've got gear to sell, money to buy and new songs to play!
I don't know about you people but I'm looking forward to seeing your ugly mugs and hearing' your broken voices and buying your unloved electronic musical gear.
I'm uglier than ever and my singing has gotten much worse (is that even possible?)
I've got a new guitar pick that makes me sound like a "Page" (Norman), "Hendrix" (Jiminy), and "SRVaughn" (Sarah Rachel). I can't play like them, I just sound like em. Only cost me 2 cows and my soul but it's worth it.

Just wondering who's coming? Should we start a song list of tunes to practice/play/drive into the ground?
We'll also have to keep in mind that the jam may only be an outdoor event depending on how things are shaking out.

Anyway lets see some chatter here and get with some positive waves for a change.


Bri


Title: Re: The next "Near-Fest Spam-Ham Jam"
Post by: KB1NZN on August 18, 2021, 04:46:50 PM
He's BAAAAACCKK!!!!

Good to see the whip cracker at it again.

Ooops, Didn't mean to call you a "cracker". Some people might be offended!
Title: Re: The next "Near-Fest Spam-Ham Jam"
Post by: Bri on August 19, 2021, 07:20:42 AM
Not offended in the least Ben!
Hope everyone in your universe is doing ok.
It's time to wake up, smell the corona of electronic gear, dust off those musical chops and get in the groove! Or should we say "Relaxation Grove"??
Can I get a witness!

Now it's time for the rest of the Near-Fest board Lurkers out there to chime in and state their intentions.
Are Ya' comin''? what cha' bringin'? what cha' playin' & singin'?

BTW Ben, there's someone in the Portland area looking for a sound guy. it's on craigslist Maine.

C'mon people! Step up! time to generate some buzz here.

I got my ticket who else does?

Bri

Title: Re: The next "Near-Fest Spam-Ham Jam"
Post by: KB1NZN on September 02, 2021, 10:23:49 AM
I vote for "Relaxation Groove"     :o

Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: AA2OZ on September 23, 2021, 08:02:41 PM
Me: Sweetheart, the amazing "Bri" is coming to the next ham jam!!
Her: Wonderful dear, but isn't he ugly and untalented?
Me: Yes, and he promises to be even uglier and less talented.
Her: Great. Even so, he can still be a roll model for you. Your therapists will be pleased.
Me: Yes, even in his diminished capacity, many of us welcome his return.
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: AA2OZ on September 23, 2021, 11:25:13 PM
Her: But I remember there was a really cute guy who was very talented. Why does he play with you guys?
Me: No one knows. We wanted to kick him out for being too good, but Mr. Mike said we had to welcome everyone,
Me: regardless of talent, so here we are.

Her: Who is Mr. Mike?

Mr. Mike is the Grand Imperial Poobah of the entire hamfest.

Her: Wow. He must be very wise.

Me: Indeed he is. Yet somehow he puts up with us.
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: AA2OZ on September 24, 2021, 12:04:44 AM
Her: Why does the cute guy only have 4 strings on his guitar? Can't he afford more strings?

Me: Actually, that is a BASS guitar. Your have to be attractive or talented to play a guitar named after a fish.

Her: I see. Now I understand why you don't play one of those.

Me: I am glad you talked me out of buying that mint 62 jazz bass at the garage sale for $30.

Her: You are not very good at fishing either. You should avoid fish guitars as well as regular ones. I am glad I could help.
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: AA2OZ on September 24, 2021, 12:24:44 AM
Her: If I go to watch the cute talented guy with the fish guitar, do I still have to listen to you play?

Me: I'm afraid so dear. Sometimes life just isn't fair.

Her: OK. I will stay home. Have fun, remember your meds, and don't buy any fish guitars for obvious reasons
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: AA2OZ on September 24, 2021, 01:43:37 AM
As some of us get older, it is common to remember obscure memories - or so I have heard..

I remember riding on the school bus in elementary school. The "it" girl got on the bus.
She was holding a 45 single of a song called "Tush". (She probably did not what it meant at the time either, but I digress).
I can't blame her for my long history of well meaning, but uninspiring  guitar  playing, especially since I had no idea at the time what "Tush" meant. However,  some time later I  got a guitar and bought the "Fandango" album.
Life was different. In a good way.

We lost Dusty Hill this year. I didn't realize until very recently that it was Dusty that sang the vocals on Tush.

No one ever has, or probably ever will quite match the chaotic precision or greatness of the great ZZ Top.
I would like to get closer.

I hope to see you all soon
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: Adam KB1MRJ on September 25, 2021, 07:02:22 PM
Hi guys, Non-Farfisa Adam here.

I'm gonna try very hard to make it to the Fester; working out the details now.  No keyboards, as I will be traveling by train/bus from Jersey and can only bring what I can carry so I will be a drummer only (unless Other Adam lets me play one of his many keyboards...LOL).

Hope to see you guys there!

Adam C.
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam" Fly in the ointment.
Post by: Bri on September 26, 2021, 10:23:57 AM
Bri here we some sobering news.

I had a talk with the Grand Poobah (AKA-Mr. Mike) yesterday and he's not sure we're going to have access to the entertainment (I use the term very loosely) building.
He indicated that since it's an enclosed space and we usually stuff all kinds of creatures in there it could be off limits for clinics, talks, and the jam. We have to see where the numbers (covid) are going and safety is the greatest concern.

That said we can always jam OUTSIDE.
It's CraZeE I know but at this point we might not have much choice. Jamming during the day outside in 60-75 degree weather is ok but crippled hands don't work too well at 42 degrees. Since the temp trend at night is usually in the 30's-50's I'd say the night jam is out; Unless we have access to the entertainment building.

Maybe we can designate some place for the outside jam where we can all set up and play/sell like they used to at Hopkinton Hosstraders. I'll check with the powers that be.

I'll probably bring an acoustic but I'm leaving the tour bus and touring rig at home. Bummer! I was really looking forward to those 8 Marshall stacks, the 4 22 year old Hot Gurl backup singers and the lighting truss to cover up my lack of talent.


Bri





Title: Important Announcement from MisterMike.......
Post by: W1RC on September 26, 2021, 12:08:24 PM
Hello Bri and all the Ham Jammers:

Nice seeing you at Brookline yesterday.  Hope you sold a lotta stuff.

After our discussion yesterday at the flea I have pretty much decided that the Ham Jam as we know it held inside would present too much of a health risk and consequently I am cancelling it for NEAR-Fest XXX.

I have made this difficult decision early because I know many of the jammers like to make plans of what to bring and what to play and I feel this is a lot fairer to everyone than springing it on you all at the last minute.

Jammers are welcome to jam in smaller groups outside if the weather permits it.  During the day is fine too.  However should there be any complaints from the area residents or law enforcement you must agree to cease immediately with no complaints or arguments. 

Hopefully the Ham Jam can resume in all its original glory in the spring of 2022.

73,

MisterMike
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on September 26, 2021, 11:22:00 PM
ok then! where did all this come from???????????
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: W1RC on September 27, 2021, 05:58:10 AM
It came directly from me.  Too many people packed inside a small building exhaling vigorously as they belt out songs is a recipe for disaster.  We are asking folks to wear masks inside the buildings and it is very hard to sing with a rag over yer mug.  There is no way people can or will maintain 10’ spacing at a jam.  It is too risky.

You may hold smaller jams outside during the fest.  But in October it can get kinda cold up there......

Hopefully spring 2022 will be less restrictive.

Welcome back!

MisterMike
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on September 27, 2021, 08:52:45 PM
Yes better safe than sorry!
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: n1iro on September 28, 2021, 02:14:42 PM
I'll be bringing my electronic drum set for whatever we end up doing.  There will be playing somewhere!
 -VT Bill
Title: Jammed Ham...
Post by: N1ERF on October 06, 2021, 12:26:44 PM
I feel stupid, but not really.
As of today, I was still thinking the Ham Jam was still on (inside). Oh well.
I'm subscribed to this topic, but never received any updates for new replies. Sometimes (general) notices are intermittent if I do get notices.

Better safe than sloppy.  :o

I'll just wear a mask like I do at work every day.

Will bring my electric stuff, but will also bring my Plan-B (small) acoustic bass if anyone is inclined to need a portable bass player.
We'll play it by ear.
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: DrOptigan on October 08, 2021, 12:14:26 AM
Unfortunate, but understandable. :( I'll bring a smattering of smaller/battery-powered keyboards with me in case we decide to put something together outside. Even if we had an area with power like the Relaxation Grove stage, I rather doubt there'd be room for the Big Red Farfisa™ and my usual phalanx of large keyboards. In any case, hope to see you all there, and maybe jam as well!  :)
-Adam
aka Dr. Optigan
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: AA2OZ on October 11, 2021, 08:57:42 PM
Jammin will happen.
I can recall a very cool impromptu jam that happened in the campground area in the Thursday campground area a few years ago. I don't have a fancy pants camper this time, but I will be there. The weather gods clearly want this jam to be  EPIC. I hope to see some of you Thursday, and the rest Friday!
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: W1RC on October 11, 2021, 11:13:21 PM
Unfortunate, but understandable. :( I'll bring a smattering of smaller/battery-powered keyboards with me in case we decide to put something together outside. Even if we had an area with power like the Relaxation Grove stage, I rather doubt there'd be room for the Big Red Farfisa™ and my usual phalanx of large keyboards. In any case, hope to see you all there, and maybe jam as well!  :)
-Adam
aka Dr. Optigan
You could use the stage in the relaxation grove if the weather permitted it.
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: Adam KB1MRJ on October 12, 2021, 12:06:45 AM
I'll be wherever the jam is....bringing a cajon and one small keyboard to play.
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: kb1fxy on October 12, 2021, 04:47:32 PM
It came directly from me.  Too many people packed inside a small building exhaling vigorously as they belt out songs is a recipe for disaster.  We are asking folks to wear masks inside the buildings and it is very hard to sing with a rag over yer mug.  There is no way people can or will maintain 10’ spacing at a jam.  It is too risky.

You may hold smaller jams outside during the fest.  But in October it can get kinda cold up there......

Hopefully spring 2022 will be less restrictive.

Welcome back!

MisterMike

This is disappointing.  What happened to "...everyone's an adult" as mentioned in this video @ 2m30sec? https://youtu.be/EX4LSUlholI


It's unfortunate that those same adults are actually only permitted to make personal choices deemed permissible by someone else.  Free to do as you choose, as long as it's permitted.  :-\

If someone is afraid to come to the jam, they're always free to stay out of the building.  The Deerfield fair managed to bring around 100,000 people through the gates and buildings, tightly packed shoulder-to-shoulder over the four days of the Fair with low single-digit percentage mask wearing and absolutely zero effort to "social distance". No breaking news of Deerfield being the epicenter of a super-spreader event.

As a member of the Deerfield Fair Association and having first-hand knowledge of what occurred there, how can you possibly justify this?

Of all places, "Live Free or Die" has never been under a more fierce attack than it has been in the last 20 months.

I'll close with this:

The New Hampshire state motto "Live Free or Die" was taken from a letter written by General John Stark, too weak to travel, to his comrades gathering to commemorate The Battle of Bennington. The letter closed, "Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils".

New Hampshire memorialized this man for his unwavering commitment to freedom and liberty.  New Hampshire dedicated a bronze statue of this man in front of our capitol in 1890 and donated a marble statue which stands in the United States Capitol Crypt in Washington DC in 1894.  Our states Motto speaks his words all over our state still today.

Government is not the only entity that can restrict freedom and liberty.  It's all of our duties to defend and protect it, no matter the cost.  Our freedom is in jeopardy at every turn. It's time we all put our personal beliefs aside and collectively stand for liberty no matter how scary or how much we disagree; it needs all the help it can get. With freedom, we all win.

It may seem petty and some may feel it's an overreach to compare the Ham Jam to freedom and liberty but it's what's in the hearts and minds of the people making the decisions that cancel events like this that I hope to appeal to.
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on October 12, 2021, 10:22:00 PM
Hi Friends, I will be there! Just bringing an acoustic to jam at my camp site. I hope everyone understands that there will be no indoor jam at this(Oct 21) Near-Fest.
73's
Rick
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: DrOptigan on October 13, 2021, 01:20:47 AM
Unfortunate, but understandable. :( I'll bring a smattering of smaller/battery-powered keyboards with me in case we decide to put something together outside. Even if we had an area with power like the Relaxation Grove stage, I rather doubt there'd be room for the Big Red Farfisa™ and my usual phalanx of large keyboards. In any case, hope to see you all there, and maybe jam as well!  :)
-Adam
aka Dr. Optigan
You could use the stage in the relaxation grove if the weather permitted it.
That sounds great! :D Hopefully we'll be able to convene there, and that the weather will hold up; AccuWeather is showing some probability of precipitation for 'overnight' on Friday, but hopefully that means it doesn't occur until sometime after the jam would be over. We'll have to keep an eye on the skies, methinks.
-Adam
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: AA2OZ on October 13, 2021, 11:03:48 PM

Yes, It kinda sucks that we don't have our usual comfy indoor jam.

Yes. I more than done with Covid.
Yes, I am fully vaccinated. I have done so by personal choice, as it should be.

Please note: I am considered an essential worker - I have been to work every day throughout. I am not into excuses. I might be old, but not that old...

Also note: Mr. Mike has provided very well reasoned explanations why previous hamfests had to be cancelled. Some of them are still valid. They are in the archives. Those who disagree should read them.
If you still disagree, while we still have a somewhat free country, start your own. I look forward to attending YOUR hamfest.

Mr. Mike and amazing crew have brought us a great hamfest for many years.
Please appreciate their efforts.

Thanks,
John,  Now AC2XN

jtgorsky@yahoo.com


Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: AA2OZ on October 14, 2021, 12:10:44 AM
Now that I have vented.. My car is packed with great stuff for sale (a bargain at any price - bring cash) and I will soon make the drive from Albany, NY.

I have a couple of (largish) nice tube amps for sale. I will also bring an electric instrument to enlouden them.
If things go electric, I will probably have a loaner amp available... bring something electric if you have one handy, just in case.
I also some other interesting non musical boat anchors.  My car is full..

Despite my best efforts, I could not find a suitable acoustic guitar that's ready to roll, so I might not fit in with you long haired commie hippie freaks!

I'll do my best. I am bringing a battery amp (with new batteries). Let's rock!
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: Bri on October 14, 2021, 05:03:36 PM
Hey all!
Sadly I’ll be remote tomorrow and won’t be at the fest in person. I’m bow hunting in Maine and I haven’t got my  🦌 yet. It looks like the weather gods on on your side! Hopefully I’ll be back in the spring. Have a great time, jam hard and record it so all can hear 👂
I second what John Gorsky said! Let’s leave the politics where they belong; In the shitter.

Stay safe,
Bri
Title: Re: "Triple XXX rated Hamster Jam"
Post by: DrOptigan on October 22, 2021, 09:25:14 PM
An excellent jam was had by all, in spite of various circumstances. I still wish we could've used one of the other stages around the grounds, particularly the ones with lighting and/or a roof overhead due to the threat of rain, but we still made it work. 8) As always, thanks to everyone who participated or tried to participate, not to mention everyone who put up with my so-called singing and/or keyboard-playing. Can't wait for the next one, whatever form it may take, or wherever/whenever it may be held. ;D
-Adam
aka Dr. Optigan