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Title: Spring Jam
Post by: Bri on February 21, 2012, 07:29:31 PM
Hey Festers, Hipsters, Mobsters and Hamsters,

Were baaaack and we wanna play!
For starters look at past posts if you've never played the fest before.

All the regulars (and you know who you are): all the usual stuff applies.
I'll check with the better half (The Mrs.) and see if we can co-ordinate a practice to shake off some cobwebs.

Sooooo, Who wants ta play?


Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on February 21, 2012, 10:57:29 PM
You could talk me into it!!!
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Adam KB1MRJ on March 29, 2012, 03:59:11 AM
I'm in, as always!!  Let me know when you want to have a practice; I'm pretty sure the Red Line train issues have been laid to rest by now LOL!!!   :) ;D 8)
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Bri on April 07, 2012, 07:25:01 PM
Hey Hammer-Jammers,
Were less than a month away and I'm wondering who's coming to Near-Fest and more important; WHO'S COMING TO JAM???
Here the useful news you can use.

General Info:
The Jam will start between 7:30 and 8:30 dependin' on if the moon is in the right phase, the creek don't rise and the good lord (guy with the building key) is willing to let us in.
End time will be when we want it to. Could be 10:30pm, could be 2am.
I'll be coordinating the jam. Generally Some people will play a few songs then sit out while someone else plays. If there's a hole (bass player/drummer, etc) I may ask that person to stay up.
Please sit out every now and then and give another player some stage time. I may ask you to sit out if your bogartin' the situation.

If the temps hold out maybe we can play out on the stage.
Or  maybe we can do a little afternoon "stage practice" if there's no planned event in the entertainment building.

There is no storage for equipment before or after the jam. (other than your own car/camper/etc)

Bring your own instrument, cables, stand, pedals and amp unless you've made plans to borrow from someone else.
On the subject of amps. It's not a big space. 5-25 watt amps will fill the place and cause ears to bleed. So leave the  800 Jigawatt Marshall  with 8- 12" at home. We want to hear all the players not just the over amplified.

I'm hoping Ben, Jenny and Andrea are bringing the PA, but I haven't heard yet.

I don't know if someones bringing a kit or electronic set this time.
Anyone want to chime in on this one?

Also, bring a little extra stuff in case a fellow musician forgot. Like picks, capo,guitar strings, power strips, mic, mic cable and stand, music stand, etc. I like cash so bring plenty for me.
Please let us know what equipment your bringing so I can work logistics. 16 cowbells and no sticks to hit them with just begs for a tongue thrashing.

Anti-Dick clause
Please Don't be a dick.
Do come early or stay late to help us set up or break down.
If I have to ask you to help; Your a dick. Don't make me ask.
Don't hog the mic, play on endlessly or play way louder just cause you can. That's just dick
If I'm being a dick I have a 2 person notification clause. That means 2 non-related people have to tell me and I'll cease and desist..or at least chill a bit.

Bring lyrics/chord sheets of songs you want to play.
Musicians need to remove their equipment right after the jam ends. The building needs to be put back in order and locked. No equipment will be allowed to stay in the building overnight.

Thanks and see you at the jam.

Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: W1RC on April 09, 2012, 05:50:59 AM
Anti-Dick clause
Please Don't be a dick.
Do come early or stay late to help us set up or break down.
If I have to ask you to help; You're a dick. Don't make me ask.

I love it!  If Bri says you're a dick - you're a dick!


See you all in a few weeks!


Title: Re: Spring Jam - "How Low Can You Go?"
Post by: N1ERF on April 11, 2012, 12:41:08 PM
Well... I'll post my wish list. Speak up if something interests you.

Q: "How Low Can You Go?" - Lets rumble the nails out of the woodwork

A: Spinal Tap - Big Bottom [Have Bass, Will Rumble]

Spinal Tap - Big Bottom (Seriously!)
Free - Alright Now
The Monkees - Last Train To Clarksville
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
T. Rex - Bang A Gong (Get It On)
Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
Brownsville Station - Smokin In The Boys Room
BTO - Takin' Care Of Business
Bad Company - Can't Get Enough
Aerosmith - Sweet Emotion
The Beatles - Back In The USSR
Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knocking
Steve Miller Band - The Joker
Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself
Eddie Money - Two Tickets To Paradise
Bobby Fuller Four - Let Her Dance
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on April 15, 2012, 06:32:16 PM
Hey all, DICK here,... I mean RICK here..... Almost time to break a string!
Couple things guys!

I will plan to bring the "Ham Jam" drum kit, unless someone comes forward who plans to definitely bring their own electronic kit. As always, all are welcome to play it!

Wow! I like that "ham Jam!".   Mmmmm tasty!!!     Eeeeeew!

Also, I will post very soon the "setlist of songs that we have played somewhat sucessfully, in the past!"
List list includes, who sang what! I think its helpful stuff to know!

Mr. Mike, and or Brian, if there is anything else I can do to help out please let me know!

Looking forward to another great get together!

Who'z Your Daddy?
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Bri on April 15, 2012, 08:39:04 PM
Hey Rick,
Great to hear!!
I'll post a "somewhat sucessfull" list as well as we often play in different groups/sets.

"Mr. Mike, and or Brian, if there is anything else I can do to help out please let me know!"

Well, I still don't know if we have a P.A. and operators or not.

Anyone want to step up???

If not we go instrumental. After hearing Rick sing that might be a good thing.

My bad...After hearing me sing.
My bad 2...After hearing Raj sing
My bad..... After hearing anyone sing......

Chime in Play-ahhs!

Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on April 21, 2012, 11:30:55 AM

Hi All!
Not Long Now!
OK, Here's the "Near-Fest" - "HAM JAM" List!
Once again, this is just a list of songs we have "Played" somewhat successfully in the past! I'm sure we will play some of these songs and others we may not! All songs are welcome & I would suggest bringing Lyrics & Tabs of any songs you would like to do. Also double check the equipment your bringing so you don't forget a guitar strap like I did once! BTW any word From Ben and the Family "THE PA GANG!"? Hope all is well!!
Ok, See you all soon!
SONG NAME          ARTIST                                     PERFORMANCE   LEAD VOX
AMERICAN BAND          GRAND FUNK RAILROAD                    PLAYED                    RICK
BLISTER IN THE SUN          VIOLENT FEMS                                     PLAYED                    RAJ
BLITZKREIG BOP          RAMOANS                                             PLAYED               NOLAN & RICK
BORN TO BE WILD          STEPPENWOLF                                     PLAYED                    RICK
BOUND FOR THE FLOOR      LOCAL H                                     PLAYED                    RICK
BURNING LOVE          ELVIS                                                      PLAYED                    RICK
BREAKDOWN          TOM PETTY                               PLAYED                       RICK
DUELING BANGO'S          NA                                                      PLAYED                    NOLAN & BANGO GUY
GOOD                           BETTER THAN EZRA                    PLAYED                    RICK
HURT SO GOOD          JOHN COOGAR                                     PLAYED                    SCOTT
JENNY JENNY          TOMMY TWO TONE                    PLAYED                    SCOTT
JOHNNY B. GOOD          CHUCK BERRY                                     PLAYED                    RAJ
KEEP YOUR HANDS             GEORGIA SATELLIGHTS                    PLAYED                  RICK
KRYPTONITE          3 DOORS DOWN                                     PLAYED                    NOLAN
LAID                           JAMES                                                      PLAYED                    RAJ
LEARNING TO FLY          TOM PETTY                                         PLAYED                    RICK
MOTHER                           PINK FLOYD                                     PLAYED                    JOE
MY OWN WORST ENEMY      LIT                                                      PLAYED                       RICK & NOLAN
PARANOID                           BLACK SABBATH                             PLAYED                   ADAM
SMALL THINGS          BLINK 182                                     PLAYED                RICK
SMOKE ON THE WATER          DEEP PURPLE                                     PLAYED                    RICK
STAND BY ME          JOHN LENNON                                     PLAYED                    RICK
SWEET CAROLINE          NEIL DIAMOND                                     PLAYED               RAJ
THE MIDDLE (Drop D)          JIMMY EAT WORLD                         PLAYED                    RICK
TWO TICKETS 2 PARADISE  EDDY MONEY                                     PLAYED                    RICK
WHAT'S UP                           FOUR NON BLONDS                                 PLAYED                    RICK
WEARWOLVES OF LONDON WAREN ZEVON                                     PLAYED                    ADAM
WHEN I COME AROUND      GREENDAY                                          PLAYED                  RICK
WISH YOU WERE HERE          PINK FLOYD                                            PLAYED             SCOTT
Here's Some Ohter Songs We Have Done In The Past:         
BAD MOON RISING                            CCR      
BLURRY                                             PUDDLE OF MUDD      
BRAIN STEW                            GREENDAY      
COMBERSOME                            7 MARY 3      
FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES                      GARTH BROOKS      
HAND IN POCKET                            ALANIS MORISSETT      
MAN IN A BOX                            ALICE IN CHAINS      
MARGARITAVILLE                            JIMMY BUFFET      
SEDATED                                             RAMOANS      
SONG #2                                             BLUR      
SQUEEZE BOX                            THE WHO      
WILD THING                            TROGGS
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: DrOptigan on April 21, 2012, 11:28:02 PM
I can't wait for the jam! Got the big red Farfisa tuned up, finally, so it won't be quite as out of tune as it had been at previous jams! Granted, I'll still be the one behind the keys, so whether the re-tuning will matter much is debatable...

I'm up to singing once again, if need be. Hopefully, I'll manage to remember the words! Keep the lyrics sheets handy, just in case...
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Adam KB1MRJ on April 22, 2012, 03:06:59 PM
Hey all;

We got an email from Ben on our Pirate Ship email thread; we're almost 100% sure they will be coming.  Got a FB from Andrea last week saying she was stoked for the fest  ;D  So anyway:

I will have a keyboard and stuff set up; anyone is welcome to jam on it as always.  I will do my usual stand-in on skins for when we don't have a 'real' drummer....LOL.....Now that Adam's/my old Farfisa is tuned up, I definitely want to try that out too! 

Rick, I'd probably plan on bringing your electronic kit anyway....I'll set up one of my boomboxes for a 'drum monitor' behind the PA.

Hmm what else:  John won't be with us this Fester; so Ben and I will try to figure out how to get the jam on the air.  If we get it, great; if not then oh well.  I saw Raj at MIT last week, pretty sure he'll be there too.

Guess that's it for now!  ;D
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: KB1NZN on April 25, 2012, 12:01:52 AM
Hi All:

Bri I heard you have been trying to reach me, sorry .. been pretty busy.. but bet I know why

But we will be there, with all the usual stuff!!

Workin' on getting the broadcast on also, we'll see how that goes. Should be able to get 'er done.


Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on April 26, 2012, 10:57:54 AM
Hi everyone,
Tune up! It's almost time to Ham & Jam at the Near-fest!
Yes Adam, I'm planning to bring my electronic drum kit, unless someone wants to bring their own kit? Anyone?

Ok, "Now here's something I hope you'll really like!"

"CQ" "CQ" "CQ-DX!"

Mr. Mike & The Team are looking for volunteers!

"Ham Jammers!" & "Listeners!" This is your chance to help out!

Volunteer for An HOUR!

They are in need of volunteers to each work a 1-Hour shift at the gate.
Two volunteers will cover the Gate at all times so no one has to be alone

To sign up please contact me directly at

All are welcome to volunteer, "Ham Jammers!" & "Listeners!"

Thank You!
Rick Allen
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Bri on April 29, 2012, 12:52:51 PM
Hey Festers and Jammers,
I won't be able to join you all this fest as a very close family member has passed away and I need to make the arrangements.
Push on and hopefully I can make it in the fall.
If someone could record it and send me the link I would be grateful.
Don't forget to help Ben, Jenny and Andrea set up and brake down the P.A.


Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: W1RC on April 29, 2012, 03:11:59 PM
Hey Festers and Jammers,
I won't be able to join you all this fest as a very close family member has passed away and I need to make the arrangements.
Our deepest condolences Bri.  We shall miss you.  See you in October.

Best regards from the entire NEAR-Fest team!

Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: antiqueradiobuff on April 29, 2012, 03:41:41 PM
I am Sorry for the Loss Bri  My  Sincere Sympthay  to you
 you will be in my prayers hope to see you in oct.
 william shenette
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on April 29, 2012, 04:31:13 PM
Hi bri,

Please accept my sincere condolences.

Bri, I was really looking forward to jamming with you! Its always a blast!
But, Oct will be here soon enough!

Hope all goes well and we will see you in the fall!!

Bri, IDK if you still have my number but give me a call if you do, when you have a chance.
Or you can always e-mail me directly at

Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Adam KB1MRJ on April 29, 2012, 05:17:44 PM
Sorry to hear that Bri; we will do our best to pull it together!  As far as a stream goes; the best I can promise is a recording because I'm not sure we're even going to have Internet access this time around seeing as how John won't be here either.  He's the one who provides our 'gateway' through his cellular data plan.
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Bri on April 29, 2012, 07:02:21 PM
I thank you all for your well wishes.

Now; I expect this jam to be epic!
A recording would be great
I hope you will play John Derrico's request of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom"

Play on. Play on.

Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Adam KB1MRJ on April 30, 2012, 02:00:13 PM
Switching gears a bit, anyone have an extra keyboard stand they can bring?  Part of my journey to this Fest involves some train travel so I am limited to what I can carry.  I WILL have a keyboard though!

Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: w0rmi on April 30, 2012, 05:19:31 PM
Brian - we will be thinking of you and yours. Bummed you won't be there, but family first always.

Adam - train time, lucky!

See y'all in a few days. I'll bring munchies again if I can swing it. I'll know better tomorrow.
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on April 30, 2012, 08:20:17 PM
Ok Everyone!
It's getting down to the wire now!
We've been thrown a curve ball or two but,
"The show Must Go On!"

Ben and the Family have got the PA Covered! (Very Much Appeciated!)
I've got the electronic drum kit! (All Drummers are welcome to play it!)
My Guitar Rig, Mic, stand, lyrics & Tabs!

Please remember to bring along a Mic, Mic Cord & Stand if your singing and playing, & any Tabs and/or Lyrics
If you have any questions please post them. Or if you rather contact me directly e-mail me at

Also Please consider volunteering 1 hour of your time to help out The Near-Fest!
Mr. Mike (&The Team!) Needs You!
They are in need of many volunteers to give only 1 hour of their time! You will be working along with another volunteer so no one has to go it alone.
E-mail me at

Thank You!
Rick Allen
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: k1kfi on May 03, 2012, 11:03:53 AM

Hi guyz,

I won't be at the fester this time...

Off to NJ to see my daughter row in the A10's

Too bad, I got a brand new Carvin V3m head...

Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on May 04, 2012, 04:10:30 AM
4:05am, we are on the way! Had to work till 1:00am!
We've got the drum kit, my guitar rig, and even a extra keyboard stand!
And we'll see u all there!

PS: any more gate volunteers?

Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on May 06, 2012, 03:52:14 AM
Hi all!
Ok so it's 2:53am Sunday 
Wow! Another awesome Near-Fest! And "Ham Jam!"

Thank you all...! Bri u'd be proud! Everyone was helping everyone(without being asked,) Ben!, I dont know how to thank you enough, if you don't know Ben, & his family, your missing out! Some of the niceeeest (sorry RI Accxccent right Paulie?) people at the Near-Fest! They bring an entire PA system just for the "Ham Jam!" ok, some of them might be a little clumsy tho,, LOL! Thank you! 

Ok, It was kinda like organized mayhem! What fun! Ok, maybe we could have used a good drummer or two (Joe!) but we made it thru!!!
The regular cast of characters were there! Some new faces in the crowd too tho! Pack up & cleanup was about the smoothest I've ever seen! Just a great job by all! We even got to do an old favorite "piss weak mobile blues!"  gotta love it! 
Just another great jam! Missing some of our regular players but as our friend Cliffy said "family!"

Seriously, tho Thank you all... 

Adam & Adam side by side on their keyboards,Raj on his guitar, kicking some vox! Scott on bass, doing his vox,  Nolan singing and cranking guitar!!!, John n' John were cranking! Mayhem!! Oh yea and the new fav "Big Bottom by Spinal Tap"  Unreal! Ok if I forgot anyone it's cuz it now 3:31am RI time!

On a more personal note, it was my dad's (Dave)KA1UKB 1000th Fest! And he still brings me along! I'd  also like to mention this was my good friend kevin's first Near-Fest! And also my daughter Marissa's first Near-Fest! They both had a great time! Also the the guy who made it a point to come say he enjoyed the jam and "I made him smile", thank you for the compliments it does mean alot!

Ok, gonna go sleep for a few! Hope to see you all again in the fall.

Have a great summer everyone!


Hey October is just around the corner! Mr. Mike & the team are doing great job in keep the whole thing alive! Thank you!

Great job everyone! 

Thank you all for pulling it all together!
Title: Re: Spring Jam
Post by: KB1NZN on May 08, 2012, 03:04:03 PM
Thanks again to all the musicians that came in to entertain me while I listened to the headphones!!  It's awfully nice of you to do all that just for me!  ;)

I missed some of our usual crowd, but it still went off quite well. We even managed to get it live on the air for the everyone on the grounds to enjoy (is that the right term??) There were a few times I almost volunteered to try to be a drummer, but that would NOT have been good!

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped me unpack and pack up, and especially to Rick for taking the helm, and to Ross, Tom and Jen for helping me navigate the chaos of the CAT5 cable. I don't even think we successfully tripped anyone.

Looking forward to the fall so we can do it all again, and hope to see more of the regulars and new faces then.