Thursday 31 March - Featuring The Associates
The Gov and Adelaide Roots & Blues Association (ARBA) are proud to combine and to present the weekly Blues Jam “The Gumbo Room”all hosted at the front bar of The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel every Thursday from 8.30pm onward.
There will continue to be a Feature Artist each week. Billy Bob will be there, along with ARBA committee members to MC and make sure, with the Blackboard, that it all runs smoothly. There will be an 8.30pm start with the host band and the Jam commences around 9.15
- All ARBA members will receive a Gumbo/ARBA membership key ring that will entitle them to a $5.50 pint of beer on the Thursday night only plus other future drink specials
- patrons can become ARBA members on the night An ARBA representative will be present each week with membership forms Merchandise & raffles
- There will be a Gumbo Room/ARBA jammer’s chalk board where all jammer’s can enter their name to have an opportunity to jam on the night (on a first in first served basis)
- All jammer’s that get up and jam will receive a drink voucher from the MC on the night
- New Carpeted Stage has been installed to the front bar
- The Gov will have a free raffle for free double ticket give aways to future Main Room shows drawn at 10.30pm.
- Special $10 Gumbo meal will be available every Thursday night
- Backline – Drums, bass amp and guitar amp supplied, Jammers only need to bring their instruments
- New Coloured LED Stage Lights
- Curtain and Railing to side and back of stage
- There will be a Music community Noticeboard permanently in place and available for listings, wanted adds etc
- Special themed promotional ARBA event every 5th Thursday of the month,
Details to be announced soon for Mar 31, Jun 30
We are working together with the Governor Hindmarsh to continue to improve the Gumbo Jam Night and are always happy to hear your requests and comments.
Please come up and chat to us at the board or merchandise table, each Thursday night.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Below is an article by Chris Finnen on Jamming... enjoy!
GUITARSPEAK with Chris Finnen
Jam sessions can be structured in a number of different ways. For example:
- Choosing a collection of songs for a set, e.g. 1x30 minutes;
- Having a leader or leaders calling songs on the spot;
- Someone starts spontaneously, others follow; and
- Playing an organised set with a band and inviting up guests.
Creative jamming at its best is an intricate emotional, joyous form of language, in many cases far more direct than the spoken word. It involves a great deal of skill on the part of the player(s) to listen intently, contribute creatively, support strongly, to lead when required, and to follow when needed.
At this point it might be helpful to quote a few examples from personal experience, so I will be dealing mainly with guitar and vocals.
I first started playing music when I was around eight years old. By the time I was fifteen, I was living in Australia and had developed a strong interest in the electric guitar. Most of my learning was done by listening, looking, questioning and playing along with records. I was also playing live gigs with some of my early bands, playing at home and at the homes of other people with groups of friends. People would play songs and you just had to decide in a moment whether to join in or sit out. Over a period of time, you found that you had learnt new songs just by ‘keeping your ears open.’ Some of these ideas might stay with you for years, others forgotten the next day.
Some helpful points about jamming
- One point to remember when jamming is that there is nothing wrong with sitting out for a few tunes (you don’t have to all play at once).
- When required, you may have to lead the jam during certain songs, so make your intentions easy to understand. Nodding your head, facial expressions, and hand/arm/body movements all help you to conduct your music in a manner beneficial to the group. Remember also that some people have less experience than others, so be encouraging and helpful.
- Be direct about your playing. There is nothing worse than hearing three dribbling solos all going on at the same time. Use dynamics, self-expression, humour, and emotion to make your feelings known.
- Be aware of the volume. Use it carefully for dramatic effect (some people think that ‘turning it up’ is the way to be heard, but it isn’t good playing).
- Be aware of what is going on around you within your group of jammers. Allow everyone a space to contribute in their own manner.
- If time (good tempo) starts to drag or speed up and people are getting lost, be decisive in reestablishing a good feel to keep things on track (sometimes jams have to be rescued).
- Be aware that the stage is something that other musicians invite you to perform on. Always do your best and always have fun with your music.
Regards to all, Chris Finnen