So Gable Venture Music and Shop Rite have teamed up to help local musicians get a little publicity. Musicians can contact Gable Venture Music and, other the Sundays, pick a date, time and location and play in any Shop Rite Store. They can put out their CD's if they have any or a flyer of their upcoming gigs, and put out a tip jar. We've done 3 so far and it's been a blast. We do some busking Nashville stye using a guitar case. Our tips go to Partners in Caring an organization dedicated to feeding the hunger in Delaware. The next spot for us on this trail is April 19th at First State Plaza from 12 to 2:00. Come doing your shopping and check us out. You can also see us at Cromwell's Tavern in Greenville on March 20th from 8:30 to 11:00
"The Acoustic Jam in Invaded the Monster Mile"! The Acoustic Jam played at the Monster Mile International Speedway in Dover, DE. on Oct 19th, from 9:30AM to 1:30 PM. This was the location for the Monster Mash Full and Half Marathon, a benefit for the Wounded Worriers as well as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Along with the Monster Mash Marathon, was the Monster Mash for a Cause hosting a number of fundraising activities with walks, bake sales, raffles etc for causes such as:
The American Heart Association JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Junior Olympics American Lung Association Young Life Leukemia and lymphoma society March of Dimes The Delaware Wellness Community,
Here is what the event direct had to say.
It's been almost a week since the Monster Mash was held ~ since that time I've been able to reflect on the amazing day we experienced last Saturday. The success of this years Monster Mash would not have been possible if volunteers, sponsors and individuals like yourself were not involved. Your willingness to arrive early, travel at your own expense and sacrifice several hours of your weekend did not go unnoticed ~ I thank you and appreciate everything you did to make last Saturday special for the hundreds who traveled from around the United Sates to Dover, Delaware. Kent Buckson Race Director
The Writers in the Round series has been a gaining so traction. An intimate listening event the last Wednesday of the month at Aqua Sol in their sun room. here is some of the feedback we've recently received:
I hope the series is going well. I had a wonderful time when I was there. It does my old jaded heart good to see musicians running an event like this that let's a storyteller be exactly that. This business tends to create a false sense of competition between writers. It is one pen telling many stories. Thanks for making your event one that spotlights the story and not the mouth that chews the air. Thanks for not making this another broke ass open mike night. I hope this epistle finds you all well. Keep telling the tale,
We have just agreed to a reoccurring gig. The Acoustic Jam will be playing at Cheeseburger in Paradise every Friday night from 6:00 PM to 10 PM. We may be performing on the occasional Wednesday night Happy Hour as well. This is a great opportunity and a fabulous place to perform. Come out a check it out, you'll love it.
Well since my last blog the acoustic jam has grown even more. With over 25 musicians that have played out and jammed with us, we've had a number of locally well-known musicians join us, like blues icon Kenny Jones, Paul Gray and family, members of the Baltimore Guitarists Group and Joe Trainor of Joe Trainor Trio. One of the things I love about doing this is the surprises, like Kenny Jones just popping in and was nothing short of amazing. And the unknown girl I can only remember as Carol, four foot five wearing a bright tie died t-shirt and a ugh guitar showing up at the end of a gig last month and simply put, BLEW THE PLACE AWAY. This is what I mean with the statement, “The magic of the Musicians Jam”. These are the magical moments you just can script.
We’ve also had a number of regulars land their own gigs as a result of playing at the jam. Chad recently did a Friday night with a packed house at Aqua Sol, Cathy L will be playing this coming Sunday from 5 to 9, and Chris and Josh (aka EDGE) will have their original writings that were recorded Live and The Acoustic Jam, played this Sunday on WSTW's Home Town Heroes radio show. We have a few new female voices getting ready to join the jam over the next few weeks. Tory Bella, alumni of Cab Calloway School of the Arts, one of the most incredible singers to have graduate that school is joining myself Tommy and Brian at some future gigs as well as some open mics, as is newcomer Savanna Weldon, that jammed as a guest performer and sang with EDGE a few weeks ago, as agreed to sing with us as well. These 2 female vocalists will add a fabulous new sound to the jam.
The Acoustic Jam and Aqua Sol will be hosting an all-day music Extravaganza. This is a Live music event from noon to midnight with local bands and acoustic musicians playing throughout the day. This is a Multiple Sclerosis Fundraising event. All proceeds from this event will go the MS Society Delaware Chapter to benefit Delaware’s MS community and research. The Acoustic Jam’s most recent addition is the “Open Mic Nite on the Patio” on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 10.
This has been truly an amazing ride and I thank everyone that has been involved. Especially my brother Tom, my son Tyler, my good friend Billy Liblkey & Johnny B and my wife Kathy who supported and encourage me to break out and start playing again. Also special thanks to Tommy Keith who has helped me grow as a musician and works with me on setting up every gig. That’s it for now. Hope to see you at a future jam or open mic, don’t be shy, if you can play sign up at an open mic. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
The Acoustic Jam started out as a way of getting to play out, but has turned into something I couldn’t have designed ahead of time. I started playing for free at a bar in NJ, now shut down, just to see what it would be like to play out. This really helped get me over the anxiety of playing in front of a live audience, although at this bar on a Tuesday night I am not sure how “Live “all 5 people at the bar were. At the same time Cathy L and Johnny B, regularly invited me to play out on their gigs. Then Mr. McCann and I convinced Aqua Sol to give me a shot on a dead night in August. Tom suggested I collaborate with Chris, his son. Chris jammed with me a few time at the place in NJ, so I knew he was a good musician. I also reached out to Cathy L, and Tommy Keith to join me. The sell to the restaurant was that, although none of us has a huge following as individual performers, collectively we would bring in a decent crowd. I had no idea what was about to occur. On this first Wed night we brought over 50 people to their patio. The management was very happy with this and was interested in having us back. We did one show at a time and then scheduled the next show. After a few Wed nights with good attendance each time, we then went into the restaurant's winter hours and moved inside. Aqua Sol then asked me to be on a regular schedule of the first Sunday each month from 5 - 8. The first 2 shows were so well attended that I was asked to add the third Sunday as well. This whole time other area musicians have been getting wind of this and asking me if they could be part of this event. So I now have musicians for The Acoustic Jam scheduled out through April. I now have a few regulars, Tommy, Brian, Chad, Chris and Josh, with Johnny B, Johnny U, Cathy L and Billy Libkey with the BGG ( Baltimore Guitarists Group) playing on scheduled dates. I also talked to the musicians, especially the regulars, and encouraged them to use the Jam as a showcase for themselves to get paying gigs of their own and that I would support them anyway I could. At this writing, Tommy is waiting on a call back from a local hotel in Newark, Chris and Josh have formalized and started marketing themselves as an acoustic duo call “Project: Edge” and The Acoustic Jam is hosting a special show, Chad is going to be playing his first full 4 hour gig at Aqua Sol on April 22 ( Good Friday ) from 7 – 11. Tommy and I will be supporting Chad as his sound techs and fill in musicians during his breaks. I am completely taken back at how this little event has taken off, grown and impacted others. I thank all my family and friends for encouraging me, offering tips and feedback. Although still struggling a bit with the sound system I have learned so much in less than a year. That's it for now, more to come another time.