Bellport.com's Acoustic Blues Jam
Next Acoustic Blues Jam: Friday, April 21st
Why an Acoustic Blues Jam?
For 7 years, every month Bellport.com has held Acoustic Jams in Bellport, NY. The music played at these Acoustic Jams has been primarily Bluegrass, Folk, Country, and Traditional Music, but almost no one played the Blues. There’s a jam held in Smithtown that’s all Bluegrass, there’s a jam in Huntington that’s primarily Folk, the one in Sea Cliff is similar to the Bellport jam, but you'll notice there’s no Blues being played. That’s why we want to start a new jam specifically for those players who, like us, love The Blues.
Why “Acoustic” Blues?
Why are we saying “Acoustic” Blues and not just Blues? We learned early on at the Acoustic Jam that amplification is a problem. Although it can be done successfully, trying to keep the volume of the instruments and vocals down to a level where everyone can be heard is a problem. In fact, even with straight acoustic instruments, the volume level can still be a problem. The solution is a little cooperation from the players and not using much or any amplification. As the idea of an Acoustic Blues Jam is new, we’re happy to consider the use of amplification if it can be successfully worked into the scheme of things.
What kind of Blues will be played?
Anything the players want to play. Blues from the
‘20’s, ‘30’s, ‘40’s, ‘50’s, and ‘60’s will probably fit the best in an
Acoustic Blues format, but we’re not the music police. Play what you
like and pick songs that others can join in with. Remember, it’s a jam
and not a performance or “Open Mic.” If no one else is playing along
with you, you’re either an amazingly good player or you picked a song
that most of the other players can’t figure out. Keep it simple. Above
all, remember that this is supposed to be fun. It should be
“inclusionary,” not “exclusionary.”
Is the public welcome to watch and listen?
Absolutely! Although the Jam isn’t a performance in the traditional sense, it will give you a wonderful window into what goes on behind the curtain. You’ll experience the give and take that has gone on between musicians for hundreds of years. It’s a fascinating process.
How good do I have to be to join in?
Everyone from beginner to Pro is welcome. Foremost, the Jam is a place to have fun and experience the joy of playing together with other musicians, but it’s also a place to learn and hone your skills. The Jam is a place to experiment and not worry about making a mistake. How else are you going to learn and get better?
Do I have to take the lead on a song?
As we go around the circle and come to you, it’s your choice as to whether or not you want to select and lead the next song, but you don’t have to. You should never feel any pressure, even if we tease you a little. You’ll know when you’re ready to take the lead.
What instruments are welcome?
ALL instruments are welcome. The only issue will be
the volume level at which you play. Remember, this is an “Acoustic” jam
and we’re playing at acoustic sound levels. If you’re too loud, we’re
going to ask you to take it down a notch or two. There’s no “11” at an
Acoustic Blues Jam.
As for the instruments themselves, we expect to see guitars, harps (harmonicas if you’re not Blues savvy), drums, keyboards, and a bass, but we’ll probably also see mandolins and even ukuleles. Everyone is welcome.
Where and when do we play?
Beginning in 2016, we will play at the South Country
Library located at 22 Station Road in Bellport, NY. Here's a
We play on Friday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Acoustic Blues Jam Schedule:
Friday, April 21st
Friday, May 12th
Friday, June 16th
Thanks a bunch,