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Near-Fest Jam VII.
« on: October 27, 2009, 01:39:06 AM »
I know I'm way early but I'm still smilin' from Fest VI.
I loved all the other players especially Kim.
While he played I spied several people singing "quietly" while he played and sang.
I wish I had a 1/10th of his talent.
I hope the spring Fest features a lot more of Kim and other "acoustic players"
It's the melting pot which is the fest.
Please, Please, Please come forward and be heard and enjoyed.


See you in the spring.

Bri

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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2009, 02:25:26 AM »
 :)Hey Bri,

I'll admit, I sat back (stood actually) and watched this time and last time and actually back as far as Hosstraders jams in the 90's. I play, but didn't really know any one, so was reluctant to jump in. I spoke to a several of the jammers this time and played the fellow's (damn, I can't remember his name!) Jackson (Charvel?) while the others were packing up. What was I so shy about??? I read that you had even planned a rehearsal of sorts beforehand and I'd be up for that to. I'm definitely bringing a couple of guitars next year and heck, we might even have our by Technicians by then!

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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2010, 05:44:19 PM »
Near-Fest players, shakers and movers,

Soon the snows will melt, there'll be that spring earth smell in the air and like the geese that migrate south for the winter, you too will feel an urge to move, to congregate..to reach for that string rusted guitar, that Marine Band harmonica on the shelf. Go ahead; Tickle the keys on that Hammond organ sitting in the basement corner, it's key's smiling at you, beckoning. You have no control over it. 'never did. Don't waste your time trying to take charge, give in. Feel the warmth roll over you like expectations of that first date. Ok, enough dime store novel.

Yes my friends; It's the Near-Fest Jam 7. It's back with a vengeance and we want YOU to be part of it.
History in the making! Your first time up at the mic, the crowd goes mild (hey were talking a Ham-Fest here). The first chord rings out, you open your mouth to sing. Lo and behold you fill the room with the sound of a spring lamb being castrated. No matter. You swallow; Focus and regain. The crowd smiles, approves then cheers. You have them in the palm of your hand.
OK wake up. Back to reality

Here's the word:
This time were going ACOUSTIC and were going to JAM.
I'm talking a semi-circle of players feeding off one another, taking it places it should go and where it shouldn't!
It's going to be primarily for us, the players but as always the rest of the Festers are welcome.
Yeah were gonna play songs, but in extended mode. 

Why Acoustic?
Last fest was too much setup/breakdown, Large amps overpowered smaller amps, an audience with fingers in their ears and not enough room for the players. I'm a lousy singer and I have enough trouble singing in tune in a normal volume environment. Add a jig-a-watt of screaming' guitar and I'm now having flashbacks of screaming at my kids for taking a dump in aunt Pegs pool when they were 4. Wasn't pretty then and it aint pretty now.

Does that mean I can't bring an amp?
Hell no. I wouldn't bring a 4 X 12 100 watt Marshall stack. But a small 10-25 watt amp for an acoustic is fine.

What about bass and drums?
If you play bass; Bring it and a small amp. leave the 800 watt amp at home. You won't need it.

Drums: I'm thinking of bringing my electric kit and a small amp for it. Otherwise, if you want to bring percussion (conga, Cajon, tambourine, etc) bring it.

Harmonicas, horns, etc.. Bring it.

How about an electric guitar?
nope.

But I don't have an acoustic and I still wanna play.
Bring that mandolin, banjo, viola, bassoon, uke.
Ask another player if you can use theirs. (please try to arrange that before the jam. It puts people on the spot and some are finicky about their stuff)

Keyboards?
Sure. Again; Small amp.

I'm planning on having a mixer for vocals, a few mics, stands, etc. and If we can get John and Adam, the Wok-Fi guys to do their thing again, we'll be on the air!!

OK, so lets hear from you players.

We do need your song list's to work from and fall back on if and when the jam falters.
Lets see those song choices!

See you all in April!

Bri
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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2010, 06:27:55 PM »
All well and good, but there should be room for some electric jamming...say, 10:30 pm for those who are interested.
I had talked my good friend and bass player into coming...but he is not realy a 'folkie' So, we might lose him.
...thoughts anyone?

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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2010, 02:36:14 AM »
Acoustic could be real good! After playing in electric bands for years, I think I have finally gotten my ears wrapped around the acoustic thing. Bri, are you planning a rehearsal (of sorts) like last year?
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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2010, 12:45:16 AM »
I doubt I'll have a rehearsal. They don't always end up productive and the scheduling logistics is kind of a nightmare.

What i'd like to know is, What songs players have "in the can" that they have down and could play/sing unaccompanied if need be.
I'm sure folks will help out on most tunes but there may be the odd tune no one gets at the start that someone wants to do and I don't want to keep that from happening. Some of the best stuff comes from out of the ordinary.
I'll be posting a web site of songs that people can access for practice in the near future.

More soon,

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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2010, 02:42:33 AM »
Hey Bri,

Those are all good ideas, the acoustic thing, the posting of song lists, ect. We happen to be putting together a book of songs for the summer to play around campfires which we are practicing now. I do some things that are a bit obscure that would be more of a solo thing since probably no one else would know them, but the rest are easier, more familiar and more suited to a group setting. I'm more of a group player, anyway.

Having a page with a list of songs (and hopefully the keys they are in) would be a great way for everyone to run through the tunes beforehand. I look forward to it!

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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2010, 06:38:55 PM »
Richard,
I'm one of the Festers that has played the Jam.  I played the fall of '08.  My one an only time but I enjoyed playing. 
Anyway what I was wondering was, the more obscure songs that you spoke about in your message, are there any that have (please don't take this the wrong way), a comical or funny sense to them?  I really don't know how to better explain what I mean but I think something like that might make the night.  We all work hard on the music that we do and it shows in how the music comes out.  It would add a little more to the night.  We all like to have a good time  and a light song or two might do the trick.  Again, I don't have a clue as to the music that you do but in a solo sense it might be easier for you to come up with something like that.
I hope I haven't offended you by asking this.  That's NOT my intent.  I can be as serious as the next guy and I love music of any kind short of classical and when I see you I'll explain that one to you.
Bri knows me and can, hopefully ,stick up for me and let you know that I'm not a crazy.  Maybe a little crazy but not enough to worry about.
I look forward to meeting you at the Fest.  I usually stay around the Relaxation Grove with the guys from the Whitman ARC.
Catch Ya!
Greg
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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2010, 05:18:50 PM »
Alrighty now...

Since there are no wish lists (yet), I'll cut the cake and get this party going.

Here is my wish list of the songs I'd like to do, either unplugged or electrified.
If there are songs that you'd like to play, just let us or me know.

If you have your own songs you'd like to play, just post it. See if anyone signs
on.

John


This list is in alphabetical order and not by preference.

I'm interested in Bass for all songs. Scary back up vocals for some, if needed.
Most are in original keys as recorded. Some songs may be in between keys and
default to the next half step down. If need to changes keys, let me know in
advance.

America - Ventura Highway (1972)
America - Sister Golden Hair (1975)
America - Horse With No Name (1971)
Bad Company - Can't Get Enough (1974)
Badfinger - No Matter What (1970)
Beatles - Back In The USSR (1968)
Beatles - Get Back (1969)
Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought The Law (1966)
Bobby Hebb - Sunny (1966)
Boz Scaggs - Lido Shuffle (1977)
Classics IV - Spooky (or A.R.S. version) (1968/1979)
Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knocking (1971)
Derek and the Dominos - Layla (1970)
Eddie Money - Two Tickets To Paradise (1978)
Elvis Presley - Burning Love (1972)
Free - All Right Now (1970)
Guy Mitchell - Singing the Blues (1956)
Hoodoo Gurus - Come Any Time (1989)
James Taylor - Fire And Rain (1970)
John (Cougar) Mellencamp - The Authority Song (1983)
Monkeys - The Last Train to Clarksville (1966)
Mott The Hoople - All The Way From Memphis (1973)
Paul Revere and the Raiders - Kicks (1966) <about 1/2 step down down if I remember correctly>
Ozark Mountain Daredevils - If You Want To Get To Heaven (1974)   
Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy (1971)
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In the Middle with You (1972)
Sugarloaf - Green Eyed Lady (1970)
The Animals - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (1963)
The Hollies - Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) (1971)
The Meters - Cissy Strut (1969)
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Walk On The Ocean (1991)
Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally (1966)
Wilson Pickett - Midnight Hour (1966)
Van Morrison

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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2010, 06:07:49 PM »
Wish list posters!!

Please list what instrument you wish to play on a particular song and if you are going to sing it. Also, What key.

Thanks,

Bri


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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2010, 02:25:29 AM »
Here's my list of what I can do (not necessarily will do)

Bri

legend: V= vocal , G= guitar  B= Bass, P= Percussion B/V= backup vocal

spooky - classics IV/ atlanta rhythm section (V&G)
people who died - jim carrol band (V&G)
the letter - no capo - joe cocker (V&G)
Operator - Jim crocee  (B/V)
assorted blues jam - in Am (Wheel/Popcicle Stick)
stuck in the middle - steelers wheel (V&G)
I'm only sleeping - no capo - beatles (V&G)
Layla - Eric (Backup guitar)
It's only love - capo 4th fret - beatles (V&G)
Ain't it high time we went - joe cocker  (V)
Black coffee in bed- Squeeze (G&V)
Season of the Which -Donovan (G&V)
we gotta get out of this place - Animals (Bass/Voc)
trawlerman -  mark knoffler (V&G)
Cissy Strut - the meters (G)
Check your bucket - duke and the drivers (V&G)
jumping jack flash rolling stones (V&G)
gimme some lovin - spencer davis group (V&G)
from the beginning - E.L.P. (V&G)
behind blue eyes The who (V&G)
kicks - paul revere (V&G) maybe
50 ways to leave your lover - Paul simon (V&G)
Waiting on a friend -Rolling Stones (V&G)
Ain't no sunshine - Bill Withers (V&G)
Baby It's you - beatles  (V&G)maybe
Oh Darling - beatles (V&G)
Wichita lineman - Glen Campbell (V&G) maybe
monkey man - rolling stones (V&G)
Fortunate Son  CCR (V&G)
Nancy Sinatra  Bottle Rockets  (V&G)
10am automatic  Black Keys (V&G)
Grown so Ugly  Black Keys  (V&G)
Suzie Q  CCR (V&G)
My guitar gently weeps Beatles (V&G)
No Reply Beatles (V&G)
Melissa Allman Bros  (V&B/V)
Brown Sugar Rolling Stones (open G)  (V&G)
Live with me Rolling Stones  (V&G)
Oh Pretty Woman Roy Orbison (G&V)
Saving Grace - Tom Petty (V&G)
Bad case of lovin you Robert Palmer  (V&G)
Knockin on heavens door  Dylan  (V&G)
Wild Nights Van Morrison (V&G)
The Weight  The Band (V&G)
Livin lovin Maid Led Zepplin  (G)
Roxanne  Police (G B/V)
Babylon David Grey Down 1/2 step (V&G)
I want you (she's so heavy) Beatles  (V&G)
Sweet Jane Lou Reed  (G B/V)
Mustang Sally  (V&G)
Try a little tenderness Otis Reading  (G)
Tell her no Zombies (G/V)
Keep on rockin in the free world Neil Young (G B/V)
Her Strut - Bob Seger (V&G)
Breakdown - Tom Petty (V&G)
The Pusher - Stepenwolf  (V&G)
Psycho Elvis Costelly (G&V) maybe
Jesus Etc. - Wilco (V&G)
Come Together - Beatles (G & V)
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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2010, 03:04:15 AM »
 
Anyway what I was wondering was, the more obscure songs that you spoke about in your message, are there any that have (please don't take this the wrong way), a comical or funny sense to them? 
I hope I haven't offended you by asking this.  That's NOT my intent.
Greg
Serious? Not at a jam! Ha-ha-ha..

Obscure stuff that I could just bang out?
Dear Abbey - John Prine (D)
Six Pack To Go - Hank Thompson (C)
Payday - Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks (C)
Fishin' - Taj Mahal (D)

Not so obscure?
Dead Skunk - Loudon Wainwright (G)
Hear Comes The Sun - Beatles (E w/capo)
Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Paul Simon (E w/capo)
Willin' - Little Feat (G)

It's always fun to have others to play stuff with, though. Any other suggestions?


John & Bri, I've done these in various bands:

Bad Company - Can't Get Enough (C?)
Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knocking (E)
Guy Mitchell - Singing the Blues (?)
Ozark Mountain Daredevils - If You Want To Get To Heaven (?)
Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy (D)

Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally (C?)

Never played these in a band, but know (or used to know) them.
Not sure how many I could sing, though.Have to find out, I guess. The ones in blue are ones I have sang :

James Taylor - Fire And Rain
John (Cougar) Mellencamp - The Authority Song
Monkeys - The Last Train to Clarksville
Mott The Hoople - All The Way From Memphis
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In the Middle with You
The Animals - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
The Hollies - Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)
Van Morrison
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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2010, 02:47:07 PM »
Taj's Fishin
Payday..."think I'll spend it like a crazy fool"
I'm an old cowhand...best version id Dan Hicks with Maryann Price(check her on Facebook)


What we should do is get together in the early afternoon and go over some things;
keys parts etc....Sound Good?


Cliffy


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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2010, 10:32:46 PM »
Sounds good to me Cliff.  I'll be around.  Call on a radio to all those who are going to play in the Jam and call them over to the Entertainment building.  I'll be on 2 meter and 900.  Specify a frequency and I'll be there!
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Re: Near-Fest Jam VII.
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2010, 01:38:30 AM »
Ease up a second boys on the early get together.

The entertainment building is in use a good chunk of the day. And in the past it's been in use right up until the jam
We'll have to wait and see if it's booked.

If it's in use and the weather is warm and dry we can meet outside (maybe on the outdoor stage) for a little pre-jam workout.
If it's rainy and cold we'll have to wing it or find a big dry tent.
I'm awaiting word from the "Big Kahuna"

Options?? Ideas???

Bri
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