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NJ DISCOVER: EXCLUSIVE SPOTLIGHT: Guinness World Records to officially certify “Sandy Castle 2013, Second Edition” as the new World’s Tallest Sandcastle on the first anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Be There!!!  By Calvin Schwartz NJ DISCOVER: EXCLUSIVE SPOTLIGHT: Guinness World Records to officially certify “Sandy Castle 2013, Second Edition” as the new World’s Tallest Sandcastle on the first anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Be There!!! By Calvin Schwartz(0)

NJ DISCOVER: EXCLUSIVE SPOTLIGHT: Guinness World Records to officially certify “Sandy Castle 2013, Second Edition” as the new World’s Tallest Sandcastle on the first anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Be There!!!  By Calvin Schwartz

 

 

 

Before I go any further being a journalist, I should mention to “stay tuned” here at NJ Discover for details on next Tuesday’s October 29th commemorative events at Jenkinson’s Point Pleasant Beach coinciding with the completion of the world’s tallest sandcastle by renowned sculptor Ed Jarrett.  I had a chance to meet and interview Ed Jarrett several weeks ago just as the foundation for this sandcastle was being erected. Personally, I think it’s hugely thrilling that a Guinness World Records adjudicator will officially be on hand to certify.The other key ingredient to this successful sandcastle project at our Jersey shore:  Steve Conboy and his company, Eco Building Products have given unwavering support for the whole project and securing Guinness involvement.

 

 

Of course I had to ask about his journey to sculpting. “How did you evolve into all of this sand sculpting?”  Ed’s mother advised him that if he went to art school, he would become a starving artist so he went to Culinary Arts School at Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island. In one class, he learned how to ice carve. He remembered when an instructor walked out with a chain saw. “Standing in a puddle of water, I learned ice sculpture.”

While a junior student, he got into a seafood cooking challenge and beat out the instructors and best chefs in the state. Later he did a New York food show and took first place in pastry. He had his own ice carving and catering business before he graduated. Along the academic way, Ed took management courses and ended up managing private golf courses but still practiced snow and ice carvings. “I got into wood carving eight years ago and sand sculpture 11 years ago.”

There was also a need to ask Ed about this second sandcastle and soon to be world record holder. He was quick to reply, “It’s not about beating a record but all the community that comes out and helps. I want to see these kids wear the tee shirts with pride that they had a chance to sign official Guinness log book. It becomes a family and sense of community. People walking by on the boardwalk stop and ask, “Can I help?” And yes there is even a bucket brigade system used to move the 1.6 million pounds of sand.”

 

 

 

Earlier this year, Ed first attempt to break his world’s tallest sandcastle record which was well over over 30 feet, resulted in raising more than $50,000 for Hometown Heroes. Then I asked him why he is building a second castle so soon. “I came to Jersey to build one castle and now I’m building a second one to get the Guinness record for the 2500 school children (and the few thousand adult volunteers) that helped me on the first one. I’ve gotten world records every time I tried and been out here every day now to make this happen.”

Ed interrupted me and thanked NJ Discover for all they have done to support him with the live streaming 24/7 of the whole construction process which continues right through all the festivities next week.  Live streaming link:

http://www.njdiscover.com/wp1/2013/09/live-video-building-worldstallest-sand-castle-super-storm-sandy-anniversary-sand-castle/

By the way, it’s a very special sight to behold, even now as Ed races to completion on Sandy’s anniversary. Check out the live streaming. I just did again. The Jersey shore ocean looks great. The ‘Sandy Castle’ looks better and amazing. Yes, Jersey strong; that feeling is all over the sand being used so I asked about the sand and how is it able to withstand his weight and Mother Nature.

“In my three world records in Maine, I used lake sand which is powdery sifted sand. Every one of the grains is sharp because glaciers over time have roughed them up. Beach sand here is rounded by ocean currents and it becomes like marbles together. My sand is sharp and edges interlock like Velcro. Rain sucks the water in and pulls it tighter. I can walk on the castle.”

My final journalistic message here is to see if I can EXHORT all our readers to find their way next Tuesday October 29th to Point Pleasant Beach and the ‘Sandy Castle’ and be part of a Guinness World Record.  Being there (watch for timing details here) is a once in a lifetime experience; TRULY!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And on Facebook (The Sandy Castle Foundation):https://www.facebook.com/sandycastlefoundation

 

A PLACE TO DONATE AND VOLUNTEER:  http://jarrettscastle.com/

 

NJ DISCOVER: ON THE ROAD:  AT NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY Warren County Community College Washington N.J.     By Calvin Schwartz   (video)  October 23, 2013 NJ DISCOVER: ON THE ROAD: AT NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY Warren County Community College Washington N.J. By Calvin Schwartz (video) October 23, 2013(0)

NJ DISCOVER: ON THE ROAD:  AT NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY Warren County Community College Washington N.J.     By Calvin Schwartz   (video)  October 23, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday September 25th NJ Discover journalists Tara-Jean Vitale and Calvin Schwartz hit the road,  departing  central New Jersey, under a clear blue autumn sky, to experience the third annual National Rural Health Day at the largest statewide activity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural.” This all-day event, supported entirely by volunteers, was held at the Washington campus of Warren County Community College. Free services (dental and medical screenings and services for the rural population of northwest Jersey) were available to all age groups.

Calvin Schwartz with Dr David Stein DDS.(Periodontist in East Brunswick)

 

 

Zufall Health Center, in cooperation with Delta Dental of New Jersey and Warren County Community College joined in putting together this integral program which screens patients for oral cancer, periodontal disease and cavities as well providing medical screenings for vision and glaucoma, blood pressure, weight and body mass index, asthma and blood sugar.

National Rural Health Day was created to showcase rural America and increase an awareness of rural health related issues such as difficulty in getting transportation to receive health care as well as a shortage of health care providers in rural areas. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation also supported this event. New Jersey is very much at the forefront of rural health. Tara-Jean Vitale noted on her first trip to this part of northwest Jersey. “It’s incredibly beautiful here but indeed surprisingly rural and pastoral.” I wanted to say “we’re not in Kansas,” to confront the stereotype that New Jersey is the Turnpike and Parkway; we’re quite rural as well.

 

 

 

 

 

NJ Discover reporters spent several hours interviewing key personnel involved in the event which ultimately would bring in several hundred patients. Enthusiasm of the volunteers as well as the patients was pervasive; it was quite special. Five hours later NJ Discover reporters were back in Monmouth County; a most inspiring day. Thanks to Dr. David Stein for lighting our awareness; Susan Cichowski, Michelle Blanchfield and Dr. Sam Wakim, all from Zufall Health Center, an integral part of rural health care in northwest Jersey; and to Roslyn Council, Program Specialist Coordinator, New Jersey Office of Rural Health.

 

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On My Way to See a Wizard Building a World Record Sandcastle On Point Pleasant Beach by Calvin Schwartz.  October 6, 2013 On My Way to See a Wizard Building a World Record Sandcastle On Point Pleasant Beach by Calvin Schwartz. October 6, 2013(1)

On My Way to See a Wizard Building a World Record Sandcastle On Point Pleasant Beach by Calvin Schwartz.  October 6, 2013

 

 

On Thursday morning October 3rd I got a call from the head of NJ Discover (my boss) inviting me to experience a new world of record breaking sandcastle construction and imagination launching points. I’ve never really seen sandcastles other than the ones I built myself on Belmar beach when President Eisenhower was playing golf on the news and the Everly Brothers started singing ‘Bye Bye Love a long time ago. The castles I built seemed to last less than ten minutes and vanished quickly in wind and ocean wave.

Thing is; I had no concept about the scope and enormity of the project being built on Point Pleasant Beach by Jenkinson’s in conjunction with Superstorm Sandy One Year Anniversary. So as I walked the steps from the boardwalk to a patch of sand then through a makeshift office,  public relations and souvenir booth to the site of a 30 foot partially existing sand structure, I stood in awe as a towering spire of sandcastle dwarfed my 6’5” height.

 

I was overwhelmed and walked around the circumference. Built into the side of the castle was a ‘sand’ car in the Holland Tunnel with a license plate, ‘Brzy Pt.’ Was I in the Metropolitan Museum of Art? The detail work on the sculptured castle was incredible. I looked around the beach. It was a warm day for October; a handful of people in beach chairs were still clinging to last vestiges of summer.

Then I spotted a figure way on top of the castle who waved and invited me to come on up the ladder but I’d wait for his descent. NJ Discover’s chief introduced me to the artist, sculptor, culinary artist and world record holder, Ed Jarrett. “Could that sand castle hold my weight if I climbed up?” “Sure.” Of course I was still in denial and retrieved my reporter’s microphone; it was time to interview Ed Jarrett.

“How did you evolve into all of this sand sculpting?” I powered-on the microphone. Ed’s mother advised him that if he went to art school, he would become a starving artist so he went to Culinary Arts School at Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island. In one class, he learned how to ice carve. He remembered when an instructor walked out with a chain saw. “Standing in a puddle of water, I learned ice sculpture.”

 

 

While a junior student, he got into a seafood cooking challenge and beat out the instructors and best chefs in the state. Later he did a New York food show and took first place in pastry. He had his own ice carving and catering business before he graduated. Along the academic way, Ed took management courses and ended up managing private golf courses but still practiced snow and ice carvings. “I got into wood carving eight years ago and sand sculpture 11 years ago. I just finished a 22 foot totem pole for an Iraqi War veteran who is blind. He wanted his kids to see it. We became best friends.”  He doesn’t do ice sculptures for weddings anymore. “I have to do bigger projects with a meaning behind it.” Just then a helicopter flew overhead. We both looked up smiling.

 

Ed was born in Maine. Somehow I thought he was a Jersey native. I wondered how he wound up in Jersey on Point Pleasant Beach. His best friend from college called him after Hurricane Sandy but couldn’t really explain or comprehend what happened like his neighbor’s house resting in the middle of the street. His friend, in the tile business, was out of business for a while. So Alan suggested to Ed about building a sandcastle on the NJ beach. He knew lots of people and they could bring in lake sand and make it happen.

“I came to Jersey to build one castle and now I’m building a second one to get the Guinness record for the 2500 school children that helped me on the first one. I’ve gotten world records every time I tried and been out here every day now to make this happen.” He pointed to the wood foundation; it’s the same technique how a bucket is used to build a small beach sandcastle. “This new  Sandy castle is already six feet in the air. It goes fast now. By this weekend it’ll be double size on its way to over 40 feet high which just beats my record.” Then Ed paused a few seconds and took a deep breath. “It’s not about beating a record but all the community that comes out and helps. I want to see these kids wear the tee shirts with pride that they had a chance to sign official Guinness log book. It becomes a family and sense of community.” People walking by on the boardwalk stop and ask, “Can I help?” And yes there is even a bucket brigade system used to move the 1.6 million pounds of sand.

 

I had to ask Ed, “Is there something special about us Jersey folks?”  He was quick to respond as if he’d been waiting for this question. “There’s an incredible energy. I’ve never wanted to do two sandcastles in any one year. It’s been the biggest high and energy level right here from all the people volunteering and coming back for more. We are Jersey Strong. Of all the builds I’ve done, this is the most fulfilling. Best karma with all the people here.”  Ed’s lived all over the world but has fallen in love with Jersey.

I asked about the sand used for his sandcastles and reminded him that all my sandcastles as a kid at the Jersey shore never lasted more than ten minutes or made it over 12 inches high. He laughed at my childhood ‘deconstruction.’  “In my three world records in Maine, I used lake sand which is powdery sifted sand. Every one of the grains is sharp because glaciers over time have roughed them up. Beach sand here is rounded by ocean currents and it becomes like marbles together. My sand is sharp and edges interlock like Velcro. Rain sucks the water in and pulls it tighter. I can walk on the castle. Of course I do design my castles with moats to drain the rain water.”

Then Ed’s voice got louder and prideful. “I’m the greenest sculptor out there. People sometimes think there is wood or binders or glue holding my castles together. But not; you see I don’t want to contaminate the sand so I can use it again.” The new castle which will be finished by October 29th for a huge celebrity filled celebration at Jenkinson’s will have a gothic feel and be part haunted for Halloween and ready for Guinness’s new category, ‘World’s Tallest Sculpture.’

I felt invigorated and spiritual. I’d spent an hour with a very special artist and world record holder. The best way to finish this article right now is to remind EVERYONE that NJ Discover is LIVE STREAMING the entire sandcastle building process, day and night(24/7) for everyone to follow right up until October 29th.  Check NJDiscover.com website for info on Oct 29th celebration!!  Here is the link to watch live streaming of the sandcastle:
Watch Ed Jarrett and his volunteers LIVE as they build a world record sand castle! Tune in everyday to see the progress.

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Jenkinson’s Boardwalk offers your family a wide range of activities. Whether you are visiting for the day or the entire summer, you will always find something to excite every member of your family. From free weekly events to yearly festivals, there is always something extraordinary to experience here at Jenkinson’s.

 

Sandy Castle 2013, Second Edition. The current structure will remain in place until Labor Day. After that, it will be dismantled and we will begin packing sand into forms for a second attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle.

 

 

NJ Discover, a New Jersey based production company that produces TV commercials, Web commercials, Local TV Show and Social Media Ad Delivery and Management Company that specializes in getting your video seen by your targeted audience. NJ Discover proudly serves the entire state and is dedicating to positive programming for New Jersey.

 

 

And on Facebook (The Sandy Castle Foundation): https://www.facebook.com/sandycastlefoundation

 

A PLACE TO DONATE AND VOLUNTEER:  http://jarrettscastle.com/

 

 

Live Video!!  Rebuilding World’sTallest Sand Castle – Super Storm Sandy Anniversary Sand Castle Live Video!! Rebuilding World’sTallest Sand Castle – Super Storm Sandy Anniversary Sand Castle(3)

Just like the rest of the New Jersey Shore, Sandy Castle 2013 is open for business. And, we’re getting ready to build another sandcastle – Sandy Castle 2013, Second Edition. The current structure will remain in place until Labor Day. After that, it will be dismantled and we will begin packing sand into forms for a second attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle. Please visit our Volunteer page to learn more about how you can help.

Watch Ed Jarrett and his volunteers LIVE as they build a world record sand castle! Tune in everyday to see the progress.

Please support our sponsors! Eco Building ProductsJenkinson’s Boardwalk, Sandy Castle 2013 & NJ Discover !

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Eco is the premier manufacturer of proprietary wood products coated with Eco Red Shield™, our exclusive eco-friendly chemistry that protects against mold, rot-decay, termites and now fire. We believe lumber is back as the best building material and invite you to learn more about our products, as well as what makes today’s framing lumber different and more susceptible to mold, termites and fire.

 

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk offers your family a wide range of activities. Whether you are visiting for the day or the entire summer, you will always find something to excite every member of your family. From free weekly events to yearly festivals, there is always something extraordinary to experience here at Jenkinson’s.

 

Sandy Castle 2013, Second Edition. The current structure will remain in place until Labor Day. After that, it will be dismantled and we will begin packing sand into forms for a second attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle.

 

 

NJ Discover, a New Jersey based production company that produces TV commercials, Web commercials, Local TV Show and Social Media Ad Delivery and Management Company that specializes in getting your video seen by your targeted audience. NJ Discover proudly serves the entire state and is dedicating to positive programming for New Jersey.

 

 

 

Behind The Scenes: The first step in the ‘rebuild’ of the Jersey Shore. Episode 1. Behind The Scenes: The first step in the ‘rebuild’ of the Jersey Shore. Episode 1.(0)

Behind The Scenes: The first step in the ‘rebuild’ of the Jersey Shore. Episode 1.  The show starts airing on 7/31/13 through the month of August on Wednesdays and Sundays.

NJ Discover has been following Hudson Valley Environmental Deconstruction Company  for the past 3 months while in Ortley Beach documenting the first steps of the ‘rebuild’ process of New Jersey Shore communities. The next episode will be on the World Resource Solutions Center in Point Pleasant Beach where people who still need help with the ‘rebuild’ can get answers.

 Watch The Behind The Scenes 


Hudson Valley Environmental can help start your rebuild process if you need deconstruction. HVE is currently in Seaside Height’s, Ortley Beach and Lavallette. If you need deconstruction, house lifting or any assistance in your rebuild process, give HVE a call 732-967-0060.

Looking for solutions call  World Resource Solutions Center in Point Pleasant Beach 800.206.9413 or visit the website  www.WRSCenters.com

 

 

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NJ DISCOVER SPOTLIGHT: Hudson Valley Environmental (HVE); a vital company in the wake of Hurricane Sandy; what’s helping to make ‘Jersey Strong.’  By Calvin Schwartz   July 9, 2013 NJ DISCOVER SPOTLIGHT: Hudson Valley Environmental (HVE); a vital company in the wake of Hurricane Sandy; what’s helping to make ‘Jersey Strong.’ By Calvin Schwartz July 9, 2013(0)

NJ DISCOVER SPOTLIGHT: Hudson Valley Environmental (HVE); a vital company in the wake of Hurricane Sandy; what’s helping to make ‘Jersey Strong.’  By Calvin Schwartz   July 9, 2013

 

 

 

Sociologically, somehow after Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey emerged from being that place equidistant between Philadelphia and New York City to become the masters of our own fate, identity and destiny. What do I mean? I think Sandy showed the world what we’re made out of; a fierce determination to rebuild and rebound. Yes we are Jersey Strong. The world saw us in action. Prince Harry came by the Jersey shore recently. A week later President Obama and Governor Christie were here together cutting ribbons up and down the shore proclaiming reopening and rebirth.

 

 

In the midst of all the rebuilding energies in New Jersey, showing the world our resilience is an amazing company, Hudson Valley Environmental (HVE) intimately involved in many projects here. Much still needs to be done in Sandy’s aftermath. If you know of anyone still reeling from Sandy and needing any kind of constructive or deconstructive help, by all means get in touch with HVE. They do complete building demolition to simple air monitoring; they care about the people in Jersey; it’s their home state too. Since they are a full-service environmental remediation and demolition contractor, it allows them to take on difficult projects without subcontractors. Simply, this means more control, reducing costs, better quality and safety; they are getting things done quicker, even as we speak.

 

 

 

 

 

What is fascinating to me about HVE and their involvement in the rebuilding of our shore communities is that eight months ago, who really knew about HVE and their capabilities, services or about demolition, remediation, decontamination, deconstruction or dismantling. I always look at the extreme practical side of things.  Hudson Valley Environmental is the only company that has equipment that can raise a house 18 feet and will have a new foundation completed within one week; hugely critical with all the new rebuilding guidelines. HVE has a unique solutions center that is one stop shopping for all rebuilding needs.

This is all crucial to Jersey’s shore citizens. If you think you need any kind of help, big or small, check out HVE.  It is a brave new world and Jersey’s shore is coming back and companies like HVE are no longer invisible but a major part of our strength and revitalization after Sandy.

 

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NJ DISCOVER SPOTLIGHT: Gary Cavico’s Blues Jam. Tuesday Nights. Runway 34.  By Calvin Schwartz  June 14, 2013 NJ DISCOVER SPOTLIGHT: Gary Cavico’s Blues Jam. Tuesday Nights. Runway 34. By Calvin Schwartz June 14, 2013(0)

NJ DISCOVER SPOTLIGHT: Gary Cavico’s Blues Jam. Tuesday Nights. Runway 34.  By Calvin Schwartz  June 14, 2013

 

 

 

 

A few months ago my friend Dru-Anne McLane-Palaima provided me with one of those amazingly  timely and fortuitous head’s up; a weekly Tuesday night  pure Blues Jam here in Monmouth County with almost celestial ambiance (at the Allaire Airport); all put together  by musician and local icon Gary Cavico. I’d been to Runway 34, a restaurant (with surprisingly good food and a real chef) and bar located literally a few hundred feet from the real airport runway. There is something intrinsically alluring to eating; drinking, listening to live music and having secret corporate jets taking off and landing close by. Throw in a few helicopters and let your imagination take over; who else is going to be at Gary Cavico’s Blues Jam that night?

Over the past year I’d been to Runway 34 for several varied musical adventures. I planned taking in a Blues Jam and being at Gary’s birthday party and finding some quiet time to interview him; all in one special night.  This night began different. I couldn’t find a parking space; a bit unusual as this is Farmingdale, New Jersey; seemingly as rural as Dothan, Alabama. When I walked in (after meandering close to the jets sitting quietly under a setting sun; a perfect photo-op) I was caught off guard. Standing room only; the bar scene and restaurant was wall to wall people. All of a sudden, I was in Memphis, no it was Nashville; no it was New Orleans. I couldn’t be in Jersey or even Kansas. The place was electric and countrified, not like my typical Garden State; there were boots and hats and folks dancing and blues blasting. I thought I saw Michael J. Fox and I was back to the future. It was a fun exciting happening new world. I kept fighting off notions of really being in New Jersey. I loved the atmosphere and being transported to another place and time. This was pure fun and great blues music; real blues and real people; like a cable reality show except I was there. I kept thinking to myself; I’ve got to get this message out there; to lure folks to this magic blues jam and extricate them from their sedentary sofa.

 

 

 

Well into the night, Gary and I slipped outside to a bench under a canopy; the quiet airport just behind us, bathed in surreal lights. I took out my reporter’s microphone and had to find out how the Blues Jam success came about.

“It started at Brewster’s in Bradley Beach bowling alley four years ago around Christmas,” Gary proudly said. It originally started because he needed a ‘free’ place to rehearse with his band. There was a barter arrangement; he kept his equipment there. They played an hour set, “then it exploded.” “We thought it would just be a couple of guys but many people showed up to jam. We needed a list and some structure. The place was packed. Then I had to sort out all these musicians and egos.”

“People come in now and I’ve got five columns; guitar, bass, drummer, other and singer. But it must be strictly blues, a universal language.” After Brewster’s, Gary moved the jam to Chico’s House of Jazz in Asbury Park; a place that could really. I’ve been there enough times to know; it’s got New Orleans written all over it.  “Then Dru-Anne told me about Runway 34. Everyone has a blast here. I still leave my equipment and rehearse for an hour.”

I asked about the composition of musicians who play here. “It’s a crap shoot who you play with. Beginners play with pros and learn from it. It’s up to the pros to make it sound good. The purpose of the jam is to play with people you never played with.  Four to five people are up there. Everybody can follow everybody else.”

It was an interview interrupted.  Every few minutes someone was coming over to Gary and thanking him for the night and the music and wishing him happy birthday. Gary called out to each one, “see you next week.” My microphone kept running. Finally I had to ask Gary, “If I went into your car, who would you be listening to on cassette or cd?” He answered right away, “Albert King.”  It made sense to me. Albert King was an American blues guitarist and singer and a major influence in the world of blues guitar playing.

Yes I loved my time there. I thanked Gary and Dru-Anne and then tried to be a little dramatic when I said like Arnold did, “I’ll be back.” If you’re reading this, you should get here too.

Calvin Schwartz   June 14, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following excerpt is from Facebook and a description of Gary’s Blue Jam:

 

Strictly Blues Jam at runway 34 Tuesday Nites …..Rules

“List goes out at 6:30 pm while Stone Blue (house band) plays a rehearsal set..Then the jam starts at 7:30pm …goes till 11pm

You must sign up as an individual jammer..No special requests for lineup preferences will be honored…Absolutely no full bands,no solo acts,no duos ..The purpose for this is so people who come have to play with people they might not normally play with..People are grouped together by me,primarily by the order of the list to keep it fair to all…You must play Electric blues….By that I mean that you must pick straight ahead blues songs staying close to the 1-4-5 twelve bar blues format.The purpose for this is so the relatively new blues enthusiasts can play with the top players and still make good music…3 song sets or less if you take long to set up (pedals,drum adjustments etc),or you waste time teaching the group some complicated song..Again these rules are posted in an effort to be fair to everyone..Remember this jam is NOT YOUR PERSONAL SHOWCASE..It is here for people who are interested in playing and listening to blues can come out and make friends,do some networking ,and work on your blues chops with other Blues enthusiasts..If you are a newcomer,and you are courteous in your behavior,and playing ,you will be welcomed with open arms by the regulars…If you are pushy,or rude to me or other players you will be shut down quickly ..Share vocals and solos equally among other players..Again the purpose of these rules is to be fair to everyone that is truly interested in playing blues…If you are a good player ,it will get noticed.You don’t have to play loud….Also if you are a good player and get grouped with people that don’t make YOU sound as good as you may want,The rest of the people in the room understand why…Next time you may get grouped with the ideal players for your style. Backline is provided …drums,bass amp ,2guitar amps,2 microphones,pa system.”

 

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