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Title: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: Bri on July 30, 2010, 11:24:14 AM
Welcome back Near-Festers,
Soon I'll be posting info for the upcoming October 15th Friday night jam.
Wow, our 8th Near-Fest and our 7th jam in the the spacious entertainment building. I hope Mr. Mike can get the gods on his side again and bring the same weather we had for the spring fest.

BTW, a fellow Near-Fester approached me at the last MIT flea and said someone mentioned the jam was just for guys. Who came up with that crap?
I just want to state:
The Near-Fest jam is open to ALL musically inclined humans playing ALL kinds of music. If you play or sing we want you!

'Nuff said.
Stay tuned brothers and sisters!


Bri
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: W1JS on August 09, 2010, 05:53:11 PM
Check out this posting.  I don't believe the contact information has changed:

http://near-fest.com/index.php?topic=366.0 (http://near-fest.com/index.php?topic=366.0)

Or contact Mr. Mike, W1RC.

73,
Jack
W1JS
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: Bri on August 21, 2010, 08:38:45 PM
Soooooo,
About the jam.

I'll kick out the usual questions:
Who's coming?
Are ya gonna play, sing or both?
Whatta ya wanna play?
and whatcha bringin' fer equipment?

If you look at past jam posts you'll get a sense of the format (very loose) and most of your question will be answered.

For starters see: http://near-fest.com/index.php?topic=465.0

http://near-fest.com/index.php?topic=521.0

Can't wait to see and hear you all again.

More soon,

Bri

Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1NTT on August 25, 2010, 02:44:02 PM
Soooooo,
About the jam.

I'll kick out the usual questions:
Who's coming?
Are ya gonna play, sing or both?
Whatta ya wanna play?
and whatcha brinin fer equipment?


Hey, Brian and folks

Unfortunately due to a poorly timed gig, I won't be able to make it to the hamfest this October.  Have a great jam and we'll see you in the spring.

-Scott
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1ERF on August 25, 2010, 05:05:24 PM
At the risk of sounding predictable... I'll be there.

I'm good for Bass and optionally scary backing vocals. ;D

I can try to come up with a song wish list if needed.


John
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: Bri on August 31, 2010, 01:06:39 AM
So far we've got the following degenerates to assault your ears.
They are:

Brian, your host (throat gargle with out of tune guitar)
John Derrico (Bass, guttural nuance)
Cliffy (guitar, slide)
Rick (Twang-o-matic gui-tar, Axl diesel voice, one legged drumz)
Adam 1 (Radio-matic keyboards, Drumz, wok-fi {kinda sounds dirty don't it?} )
Adam 2 (,,,,ohh my God look at the size of his "Farfisa Organ")
Jenny, Ben and Andrea (Crazy volume, feed to the Wok-Fi)

Possible guests may include:
Tyler (drums a-plenty, Whore moaning)
Sting (crap, who knew he's a HAM) Wait.. Did I say Sting?.. I meant Stin-Gee.
Elvis (Don;t laugh; It could happen. It could!!)
The guy who looks like Katy Perry but sounds like Alvin Chipmunk.

Hopefuls:

Raj (loud-ass guitar and flavor.)
Geoff (Hammond-cheese, Winwood voice)
Bob Spak (Accordion, bass)
Harmonica guy
John... ? (no really. His last name is question mark) Guitar

Can't make it this time but will be big time missed:
Scott (Bass)
Greg (Keyboards)
??????
??????
??????

Who else is coming or not?

lemme know,


Bri





Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1NOF on September 04, 2010, 04:00:43 PM
I believe I'll be coming and camping Friday night.
  I'm a HS music teacher and play piano/organ/sax in a Seacoast area band.  I'll be bringing my board and amp, possibly my alto sax as well.  I'm happy to play whatever style folks want to play.

  I have P.A. stuff as well if needed. 

  Looking forward to it.

Lonnie
N1NOF.
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: Bri on September 06, 2010, 07:17:12 PM
That sounds fantastic Lonnie,
I'm looking forward to playing with you and anyone else that comes.

As for P.A. stuff I'm pretty sure Ben and Jenny have that covered.
However, please check this forum as we get closer to the Fest as there might be changes.


Thanks,

Bri

Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1ERF on September 06, 2010, 11:21:19 PM
Anyone up for a little Stax or Motown? ;)
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: nebula on September 08, 2010, 01:27:28 AM
I'll have to check the schedule with work. If it works out, I'll be there with my Alesis DM10 Studio Kit.

JT
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1NOF on September 08, 2010, 04:20:52 PM
N1ERF de N1NOF:
  Motown/Stax is one of my specialties.  My band, The SoulMate Band plays Motown from Boston to Portland, and many points in between.  Happy to back you up on anything you like - Jr. Walker, Aretha, Stevie, Smokey, Temps, Gladys...


  FWIW: I've been playing in hamfest bands for about 40 years now; my father, K1CXW/SK, always brought his guitar to the Bangor/Windsor/Union/St. Albans/Etc. Hamfests, and managed to cajole my mom, KA1MRS, to bring her Hammond Porta-B as well.  I usually ended up playing a little sax on the side, so it's exciting to re-visit that "Ham Band" experience so many years later.

  Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: nebula on September 08, 2010, 08:00:53 PM
I'll have to check the schedule with work. If it works out, I'll be there with my Alesis DM10 Studio Kit.

JT

...aaaaaand I'll be there. Any practices scheduled yet? Setlists? My kit is super-compact now, and it's a 7-piece! I'm thinking of bringing my acoustic cymbals for fun if we can turn the volumes "up" for the rest of the kit.

Looking forward to good times as usual.

JT
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1ERF on September 09, 2010, 11:41:58 AM
Does it have a volume control? ;D


...If it works out, I'll be there with my Alesis DM10 Studio Kit.
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: nebula on September 09, 2010, 11:49:57 AM
Yeah, I'll be plugged into a mixing board from the main module. Two volume controls!
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1ERF on September 10, 2010, 04:15:50 PM
I've been accused of not being loud enough, I may have to borrow one! ;D


Yeah, I'll be plugged into a mixing board from the main module. Two volume controls!
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1ERF on September 11, 2010, 07:56:53 PM
So Just to get some ideas ~flowing~ I wanted to submit a *preliminary* wish list. In other
words, It will probably change as other people submit theirs. I'll probably add or delete songs
from it.

All the material is dependent on other peoples abilities and likes. The most important is if
anyone can sing and/or play them. What I hope is that if we can get enough people to
buy into a song, that we actually play it when we are there. It's always fun to learn songs,
but it's even better when we can execute them together.

So if there is something you really want to do, mention it in future posts, or with
your own list. We can come up with lyrics, (sometimes chord sheets) or pointers to where
we can listen to the song. Let us know what instrument you'd like to play.

Anyway, here goes:

This list leans a little more towards R&B/funk than past years lists.

The main instrument I'm interested in is Bass (For All).

This Season
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: w0rmi on September 13, 2010, 12:43:40 AM
Andrea has a wish for the wish list.

She wants to sing her ham fest specialty again that she does each jam - Kryptonite.

She wants to know if anyone knows how to play "Take on Me" by AhHa. She says there is a keyboard part or two also so if anyone who plays the keyboard could take a look see and practice, she would love you forever!


She also wants to sing Mama Mia, but I told her that may be too girly for you rugged men, LOL!

I'll give her the list posted above by N1ERF and see if she wants to practice vocals on any of the songs listed.

Lat year's live feed sounded great. There are a few areas we want to improve on and will be working with John and Adam to make this year's jam even better. We are also going to attempt to record the jam Session in full via audio and video. We would like all amps hooked up to the main board so we can adjust what the music sounds like on the live feed since the live feed sounds so much different than the music in the room. One big problem we've had in the past is even tho the vocals may sound fine in the room, they are drown out in the live feed. We were able to correct this really well last spring by having everything hooked up to the mixer. I think everyone was happy!

I hope I said all that right. If not, I'm sure Ben will correct me!


Thanks!

Jenny

P.S. - I'm making/bringing food again. Please put in your requests here and if it isn't too expensive and exotic (no lobster Bri!!), I'll try to accommodate you. The pulled pork went over well two Jams ago so I'm thinking of doing that again along with maybe some meatballs, or cocktail weenies, some chips, fruits, veggies, bring your own refreshment.
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: KB1NZN on September 17, 2010, 12:51:00 AM
Very close Jen,  I'm impressed!!  LOL

Actually what I'm going to try to do is get all the players "into the mix" somehow, but don't worry I don't expect you to have a way to plug in to the mixer,  - we'll do what we have done in the past -- Improvise!!  ;D We've been getting a little better every NEAR-FEST.

The reason for this is to ensure all the contributors can be heard not only in the room, but on the radio station feed as well. We usually don't have a problem with the (electric) guitars and drums (although I did mic the amp for the drum kit in the spring and that seemed to help) but some of the other instruments like the harmonica and violin got drowned out a bit before they were MICed. We want to make sure those who are there contributing their skills can be heard in all their glory!!

This time I'm going to try some different mic placement around the room as well as some additional MICing of discrete instruments to see if we can't top the spring's pretty good radio station feed as well have a nice mix for recording.

It's a bit hard when we don't know who's going to show up or what they are going to bring, but once again I refer back to the big "I" word above. And besides, that's half the fun :-)

-Ben


Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1NOF on September 17, 2010, 02:53:13 AM
 I use a "mixing amp" that has an XLR output to the main, so recording my keys should be no problem.

 However: do we have a "Main Genre" that we're looking at as far as styles are concerned?  I can play anything from Scott Joplin to Fifty Cent, but ... what are our expectations here?

 
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1NOF on September 17, 2010, 02:56:33 AM
 By the way, I'm fully expecting to play Booker T. & the MG's "Green Onions" (in Fm), so be prepared to take a solo, and I'm looking for some cool drums on this.

de N1NOF
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1ERF on September 17, 2010, 02:42:26 PM
Well, I guess there are no rules on what genres get played. If you are a soloist, you bring your favorite songs and entertain your peers. If other individuals know the music, they are encouraged to participate and play. It
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: Bri on September 18, 2010, 02:59:48 AM
As the organizer of the jam at Near-Fest
I'll post my 2 cents worth.

This is an open mic that doesn't have a "practiced house band" with 150 blues,rock and standards in their back pocket.
It's a bunch of people of varying skills, ages and tastes trying to play music. We play (or try to) rock, blues, country, soul, pop, bluegrass and classical.
Sometimes there are 7 guitar players (all playing rhythm
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1ERF on September 18, 2010, 02:42:03 PM
I would like to second that motion for helping Ben, Jen & Andrea out on setup and tear down (and in any way possible).

It shows that we do not take them for granted and are thankful for all they do.
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: W1RC on September 22, 2010, 10:53:22 AM
I would like to second that motion for helping Ben, Jen & Andrea out on setup and tear down (and in any way possible).  It shows that we do not take them for granted and are thankful for all they do.
We don't take anything for granted.  Thank you ALL for making the "Jam" such a major and pupular aspect of NEAR-Fest.

See you all there in about three weeks!

73,

MisterMike, W1RC
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: nebula on September 22, 2010, 06:18:31 PM
Bri- I know I'm not great, but sheesh... "A bad drummer"... HAHA

In all seriousness, I'd love to play some Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd!

(drummer JT)
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: n1bus on September 22, 2010, 10:35:52 PM
Hi all, I hope to bring 2 microphones,stands,music stand,possibly an 18 watt amp if I finish it in time,extra mic cables. any chance that anyone going to the jam could meet up in the morning to tell what they have and make it easier on the people setting up when the jam time comes? I'm hoping to sing ghost riders in the sky and have been practicing. Also blue moon ,16 tons vocals only,possibly try to remember (an old show tune) I will likely sit out brown eyed girl as I made the same mistake 2 years in a row (yeah thats me in the tape screwing up). If I dont know the tune peolple are playing I just turn my amp down and strum lightly so as not to interfere with it but get some learning experience, while looking at other players guitars to see what chords they are playing.
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: nebula on September 23, 2010, 09:08:16 PM
...out of the list posted previously:

Bobby Fuller Four
Title: Near-Fest jam song idea
Post by: Bri on October 03, 2010, 02:05:25 PM
Well I keep seeing the "latest posts" for Near-fest are for viagra.
Is this what we've become?
Screw it,
Lets embrace that thought with some stiff songwriting.

I'll start:

Near-fest Cialis blues
Well here i am at near-fest in my element, my zone
My babe by my side,  she just let out a moan
she saw me reach for that 2 meter, on the dealers table
said you cant touch that til you please yo sugar Mabel

Awwwwwww,
blue pill blue pill do your thing now make me swing
give me full attention be hard to make her sing
blue pill blue pill help me do my thing
give me full attention so i can buy my bling

(2 meter baby, tricked out. all the bells and whistles. yeh yeh yeh)

But babe you see i'm hangin low, my get ups all gone



Who's next?

Bri


 
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: k1kfi on October 03, 2010, 03:50:20 PM
SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM...
It's more than HAM!

PS: getting the action on the new Laguna just right!
 ::)
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1ERF on October 03, 2010, 08:26:54 PM
Green Eggs, no SPAM please! :)
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: k1kfi on October 05, 2010, 01:43:24 AM
Two songs, as if there isn't enough....


   Natalia(Don can ya sing it)?.....................I'm an old cowhand.
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: Bri on October 08, 2010, 02:27:22 PM
Hey Festers,
Bri here and I'm gettin itchy ta play wit-cha.

Ohhh it's so close. 7 days and counting.
Can you feel it?

At this point most players know if they're coming.
So, can I get a witness??  (head count)
Who's coming and what they're bringing?

I'll be bringing the following:
guitar, my usual combo amp, mike, mike stand, cables, power strip,
guitar and music stand, patch cables,
song chord/lyric sheets for the song's I may play, extra strings, misc. music stuff.

I will not be bringing monitor amps or drums this time.
Is someone bringing a kit?
How about horns?

BTW My version of 1979 is in E, not Eb.
Just though John D. might want to know ;)

Keep in mind the "stage area" gets pretty filled up with the PA equipment and the Wok-Fi table so space can be tight.
So please leave the JCM 900 Marshal amps  with the 4-15" speakers at home.
A singe 10-12" combo amp is more than adequate. Or, consider sharing an amp with another player.

I'll be adding more as we get closer to the Fest.


Stay tuned!


Bri
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on October 09, 2010, 01:10:17 PM
Hi All!

Bri if no one else is planning to bring a kit, I can bring my electronic kit. If anyone is planning on bringing drums just let me know!

If it turns out that I do bring mine, we'll need some drummers to sit in! I can only play drums for so long. Besides I'm more of a guitar kinda guy!

I'm planning to bring a guitar/Small amp/cords/mic/mic stand/some lyrics/easy to follow tabbbed songs/& a guitar strap(remember the time I forgot one!)

Looking forward to it!!
73's
Rick  :P
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: DrOptigan on October 09, 2010, 08:18:00 PM
I'll be there with my big red Farfisa (hopefully tuned up a bit better than the last coupla times), it's amp, a cable, and a power strip. I can once again sing vocals, if needed. Can't wait!  ;D
-Adam
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: k1kfi on October 10, 2010, 09:02:58 AM
DAH DUMP....DAH DUmp!

Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1IDU on October 10, 2010, 05:47:29 PM
If all goes well at the transmi$$ion shop Monday- the 79 corsair camper will be steaming north with the CX3 Hammond clonewheel,and a hand cart!

(http://www.kimkinrade.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/cx-3_exp-300x143.jpg)
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: KB1NZN on October 14, 2010, 02:21:48 AM
It's looking like we'll be there starting Thursday afternoon with our usual collection of equipment to help ensure everyone is heard and we get a nice mix on the air as well. And, Jenny is planning on trying to have a pizza party for everyone (or at least as many as we can feed with the several pizzas we will bring to share), so ignore the forecast and come anyway!!

See ya there...

-Ben

Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1NOF on October 14, 2010, 09:24:08 PM
I just got out of the hospital after a 5-day stay (a viral thing and also pneumonia).  Felled me for three weeks.
  So... I don't think I'll be at the jam after all.  My original plan was to bring my camper and spend Friday night, but given the wx forecast and my weakened condition, I'll probably skip this year and just come on Saturday to try to snag a deal or two.

  Looks like there'll be plenty of keyboards there anyway.

  Have a great time, all;

Lonnie N1NOF
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1ERF on October 14, 2010, 09:49:27 PM
Bummer for both things.

...You'll have to make it a point to come in the spring. :)
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: Bri on October 14, 2010, 11:58:02 PM
Sorry to hear Lonnie won't make it.
Everyone else will just have to play better to fill the void.

Lonnie,
Get better and join us in the spring!!!!

Screw the rain. I got a raincoat an' umbrella and i'm packin with one hand and writing this note with the other hand.
Packed my amp, guitar an' mike. lets PLAY!!
It should be over by 11am. To prove it, I'll wear a hawaiian shirt.

I'm bringing two propane heaters for sale for some lucky person to keep warm.
1 is a RV catalytic type 4800 BTU used.
The other is a 20,000 BTU home type. never used.
See me by the entertainment building if your interested.
Neither includes plumbing or propane tanks. Bring your own.

See you tomorrow,

Bri, no Ty
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on October 15, 2010, 12:19:25 AM
Hi all!
It's gonna be beautiful out! Altho some of my best deals happened in the rain! Buying & selling!
Soooo! Do I need to bring the drums? I'll be there late 2night! C u all there!
Rick

Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1ERF on October 15, 2010, 12:50:12 AM
John T. (nebula) mentioned in an earlier post that he is bringing his electronic kit.
If you want to bring yours for peace of mind as a back up you could.
He mentioned on his fb page that he will definitely be there too.

JD
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: k1kfi on October 15, 2010, 01:15:18 AM
Bri,


I may need your help to get my tent up quickly,
I'll probably come in the early afternoon...

Cliffy

 8)
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: W1VFB on October 16, 2010, 09:30:11 PM
To Bri and all the Fest Jammers,
I hope you had a great jam!!  Sorry I couldn't make it but between the weather and other commitments it just didn't happen.  I'm hoping for the spring but my daughter is getting married in May and there's a lot going on around then but time will tell.
Hopefully I'll see you all then!  Have a great holiday season and a safe and warm winter!
Title: Thank You Near-Fest Jammersll!!!!
Post by: Bri on October 17, 2010, 08:55:23 PM
Near-Festers,
This is the Big Thank You post.

First I want to thank Ben, Jenny, Andrea and Julie.
They brought, set up, manned, broke down the P.A. and made a ton of food which was open to everyone at the jam.
All at their own expense. It was a gracious giving act.

Next I'd like to thank all the players who made it, make it happen, played it, sang it and helped.
You guys are all the best.
I had a blast trying some new stuff that I'd never played or sang before. Yeah I/we probably butchered some songs beyond recognition, but hey; This is Near-Fest.

The audience was great too. The clapped when it was good and even when it faltered.
Thanks for letting us play for you. Most of us don't get a chance to play before a live crowd (might be a good reason for some of that).

Last of course we should thank Mr. Mike. He and his crew gave us back the ham fest and that opened the opportunity for us to jam again.


I'm looking forward to next springs fest.

Have a great winter and see you in the spring.


Best,

Brian

Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: N1ERF on October 18, 2010, 01:15:36 PM
Definitely thanks!!! to everyone who made it possible!


And...

Woo-Hoo! There's 192 days left for everyone to practice their songs! So start working now! :D
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: w0rmi on October 20, 2010, 03:14:55 AM
We had a blast!

The only glitch was that we couldn't broadcast the jam live due to a big commercial truck/camper that was blocking the line of site to station. As I understand it, they were politely asked to move it for the evening. They politely said no (they were afraid they would lose their parking spot).

Next year maybe Mr. Mike will allow us to tape off that area so no one parks beside the radio station and blocks the line of site.

Thanks for the thanks, but really, it's our pleasure.

Can't wait until spring to do it all again!!
Title: Re: Official Near-Fest Jam info
Post by: DrOptigan on October 21, 2010, 12:28:44 AM
Yet another awesome jam session! I wish I'd been able to remember the lyrics better, but it still went great! Thanks to everyone who played, helped, and watched the ruckus unfold. Can't wait for the next one!  ;D
-Adam