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Welcome to the Near-Fest 2016 Spring Season Ham Jam!

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Welcome to the Near-Fest 2016 Spring Season Ham Jam!
Well here we are again! Another musical event is upon us and it's time to start planning and to get ready to share your musical passion with friends and the Amateur community.

ALL musicians are welcome to come in and play and be part of the Near-Fest musical community.

Generally, nothing is formal. If you wish to play certain songs, let us know ahead of time! There?s no guarantee that it will be played, but it will give those who are interested and motivated, time to learn that particular song. Don?t be shy, speak up!

Any and ALL genres or musical styles are welcome. The dominant trend (but not exclusively), has typically been rock?ish ? But THAT really depends on who shows up and plays! You as a participant make it what it is! The most important thing is to show up and play.

If what you play is different than what may be currently playing, or is solo, you must speak up and we will try to put you in. Even if it requires kicking everyone off. It's a learning process for us so we'll do our best to accomodate everyone.


The general common courtesy guidelines below apply:

* Have Fun!
* Show up early to both set up, and assist anyone who needs help with their equipment
* When playing, do your best to keep the volume down ? It effects all of us and even moreso, those who aren?t amplified.
    I?ve also observed in the past, the crowd thinning out because the volume was too uncomfortable for them.
    Make it good for everyone!
* It?s best to keep the 100-Watter?s at home. It?s a small room and you don?t need much to be heard.
* Give others a chance to come up and play. It may require one to either not play, or just to sit back for a while and enjoy the entertainment.
   It can get really crowded at times.
* Accommodate those who have quieter or acoustic instruments. Adjust accordingly.
* At the end of the night, it?s everyone?s responsibility to help our sound person take down and pack up the PA equipment.
     He volunteers his own equipment and time at no cost to others. We need to show our appreciation to make it worth his time.
...And did I mention? Have Fun!

If you have any questions, just post it here and we?ll try to respond.

Hello again.

I am enjoying the early spring and hope to see you all there!

-Ben, KB1NZN

The board silence is deafening.
Usually there's a ton of chatter going on days/weeks before the fest.
Who's a yes, a maybe or a no?
I'm still on the fence but I'm working on it.
I was told through a friend of a friend who knows someone who is a friend that Rush might be there.
Actually... come to think of it, I wonder if he meant Mush.
No matter.


With any luck at all, I will be there with the Farfisa and other cheesy comestibles, errm, keyboards in tow! Been busy working for the Tax Man (hey, there's a song for me to sing at the jam...), but hopefully, things will slow down before too long. Anyway, here's my (un)usual list of some songs we could do:

Badfinger - Baby Blue, No Matter What
Beatles - anything
Black Sabbath - Paranoid, Iron Man, whatever
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, whatever
The Guess Who - No Time, No Sugar Tonight, American Woman, etc.
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, etc.
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb, Wish You Were Here, etc.
Joe Walsh (WB6ACU!) - Life's Been Good or Rocky Mountain Way (others)
Yes - Roundabout or I've Seen All Good People (might need to bring along helium for these ones...)

Can't wait!  8)

I can handle most things you can throw at me (at least on bass anyway). This season, time has been difficult to try to learn stuff on guitar. It requires extra time, which has been in short supply - since I'm a bass player. Been extra busy.

Adam - Just for fun, I just started to try to learn the slide guitar on Rocky Mountain Way. Don't know if I'll be ready by then, but I can probably rough it in enough to sound something like it. Won't be able to do the talk-box though. Don't have one and he switches to standard tuned guitar for that.

Can do American Woman on bass already. Need guitarists...
Can do Badfinger on bass, but still need guitarists...

I can try to offer up songs on guitar that we've played before:

The Stolling Rones - Jumping Jack Flash (Eb - or E if given enough time)
Free - All Right Now
The Hollies - Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)

Update: 25-Apr-16:

I also wanted to add Eric Clapton - Cocain, and Joe Walsh - Rocky Mountain Way to the list for guitar (or even bass). I'm going to try to learn it this week...

Anybody else want to add something so we can learn it ahead of time?

Will amend this list later.

Any one else have songs that they want to play? It's helpful for others so there's enough time to learn the stuff...

You should speak up here! Quiet leaders, Take-a-chance'ers and Wisher's, Please let us know!!! Put it out there.


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