Tom Petty Jam @ Red Light Cafe 10-19-17
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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY, ESPECIALLY IF NEW TO THE JAMS.
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The BadAsh Allstar Team (BAAT) Tribute Jams are "open tribute jams." That means they are open to everybody to sign up to participate in the jam. But instead of an "anything goes" jam, these jams are based on a music theme, or featuring music from 1-3 popular artists (or, in this case, Tom Petty's material). And folks sign up for tunes in advance instead of just showing up and sitting in at random.
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There is a house band that plays/sings a decent amount of the material throughout the night (especially if signups are low), and, when not playing, lets others play on their gear for the duration of the night. So just bring your axe, and/or hit up a house band musician for help!
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If you are interested in participating, please indicate your interest in performing a song/instrument by putting your initials in the proper cell, and add your name and instrument(s) to the bottom of the page, under "Personnel." If you put your initials in a cell, but do not put your name at the bottom, we don't know who you are.
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Ideally, participants are signed up weeks in advance to ensure the highest quality performance. Sometimes we are running late, though (people like to hold back and see who else signs up, and for what song, etc.)... Please help by filling out your preferences ASAP!
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There may be more than one person signed up for the same song/instrument. That's fine, and it's good to have options. Just double-click on the cell, add a comma, and then your initials in the cell (in order of sign up). Please don't remove somebody else's initials from a cell without their consent in the process (if that happens, use the Undo function, or hit Ctrl-Z). Final assignments TBD by Adrian based on a number of factors, including (but not limited to) equitable distribution of songs, optimal performer/song assignment, and time constraints.
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Don't NOT sign up for a song because there is already somebody signed up for that song. If "juggling" needs to occur, it's good to know you can cover a song, even if you're not initially assigned to it. Your flexibility is most appreciated.
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On the other hand, if you know every song on the list, please don't sign up for every song. The first thing other people who visit the sign up tab are going to see is that "all the songs are taken" (which they aren't*, necessarily). We want maximum participation, so we need to be flexible and make room for others. Pick your favorite ~5, and if a song is still not filled when show time is nearing, go ahead and fill it out.
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Sometimes folks want to bring their own group (that's fine!), have multiple players on an instrument, cancel, or want to move to other tunes. It's good to have options/backups in case this happens. If you don't indicate your potential interest, we don't know that you know the song.  Please indicate you know a song if you know it, just in case you may be called upon to perform that song.
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As much as we'd like, we can't have 30 people playing on "(insert everybody's favorite song here)," so please help fill out tunes that need coverage and think about pushing yourself to learn a new song or two. Once we play Variety Playhouse, we can have all 30 of us up on stage...
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Early birds receive favorable consideration, but, again, we must also make room for new participants (who will visit the spreadsheet and invariably say, "Oh, everything is taken - by the same 5 people who signed up for 20 songs - so I guess there's nothing left. Oh well..." Please be prepared to make room for newcomers. We want maximum participation! Don't hold back! We will find room for pretty much everybody! Don't wait for a personal invitation!
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No guarantees can be made, but every effort will be made to accommodate all requests. The goal is a balance of maximum participation, as well as putting on a good show. Your flexibility is most appreciated! This is a complicated balancing act!
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We like to do chronological order, but have also done alphabetical and random. That means your songs are probably not consecutive, but could potentially be, depending on circumstances. Please stay tuned to any changes in the spreadsheet, especially a few hours before the show, when minor shuffling usually needs to occur.
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Final lineup and set order TBD ASAP, ideally as soon as 2 weeks before hit, with occasional last minute changes (everybody's favorite time to flake). Please stay tuned to any changes in the spreadsheet, especially a few hours before the show, when signups are cut off, set order is finalized, and all musicians confirmed.
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Songs wherein few or no people sign up will not make the final cut (unless it's understood that a reduced instrumentation is acceptable). If your heart is set on a tune that hasn't "made" yet, please help by recruiting more musicians, or ask somebody else already playing the show if they wouldn't mind filling in, or be ready to play the tune solo.
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If you don't see a great song on the list, please suggest it!
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You are extremely encouraged to attend rehearsals. We want a great show, and these rehearsals are a great way to check for inconsistencies, get accustomed to playing the tune with a real band, assure high quality performances, and it's also great to hang with fellow bandmates. Usually rehearsals take place 1-2 weeks before the show (Sunday nights, maybe Tue or Thu nights, as well), at a bandmate's house or other rehearsal space equipped with backline. You are more than welcome to organize your own rehearsals with members of your group. Of course, you are always free to rehearse to the recording on your own time. No on-stage bed-shitting allowed.
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Expectations are to perform the popular version/key of all songs (usually the studio recording), unless otherwise indicated and agreed upon by *all members* on that song. Sometimes the radio cut or MTV version is preferred, as it can be a shorter version, or have a different arrangement. Always confirm, especially if you are using a chart that may be in a different key. Thou shalt not trust crappy tab sites.
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We play the songs in the original (studio album) keys. Please notify your fellow band members ASAP if you are changing the key! No on-stage surprises, please! Sometimes the sheet music key doesn't match the recording key. Always confirm! Also, be ready to transpose if necessary in case somebody might not have gotten the memo!
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Vocalists: you must sing the song in the original octave. Please. Unless you're Johnny Cash. If the part is too high for your voice, please don't sing it down an octave. Either get your bandmates to transpose down (not too far!) to a comfortable range for your voice, or don't sing it. Also, "Thou shalt not trust Google Lyrics."
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Please help spread the word to other musicians and vocalists who might be interested in sharing in the fun, as this relies heavily on participation from a steadily rotating cast of the musician-public. Feel free to sign up for more jams!
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This has become a fun networking and social event for local musicians, vocalists, and those who support them. Feel free to invite everybody you feel would be interested in such a thing. Enjoy meeting new friends and fellow musicians, and networking!
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If you're interested in being a house musician/vocalist, please make it known to Adrian ASAP.
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People will be paying admission/cover to hear us. As such, they may reasonably expect the performers on stage to actually know the song and perform their parts well (not that you won't, IJS).
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Please come prepared and make your bandmates sound great!!! Your bandmates are doing the same, and counting on you to come prepared! Memorized lyrics and changes are always nice! This is a team effort, and when all members of the team do their part, a great performance results.
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Please do not sign up to participate and miss your song(s). Many folks are counting on you to follow through with your commitment. If for any reason you feel you cannot fulfill your commitments, please do not sign up for any songs.
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If you sign up for a song, you are expected to perform on that song. Please do not leave the show before you have performed your songs. Others are counting on you to fulfill your commitment. Don't bail on your bandmates.
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If you sign up and discover that you for some reason cannot participate or need to leave the show early, please notify Adrian ***ASAP*** so that a suitable substitute can be found (if possible), or feel free to find an appropriate substitute, if you know one.
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It might be "just a jam," but at the same time, these jams have a very high level of performance (thereby resulting in a killer show...). Please bring your A-Game. This ain't your grandma's karaoke.
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Contact Adrian Ash on FB or at ashadria@gmail.com with comments or questions, or if you are new to the jams, reach out and connect with contact info.
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Thanks for your participation!!!
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***Please proceed to the tab below (or above, if it's mobile) entitled "Tom Petty Jam @ Red Light Cafe 10-19-17" for a current list of proposed songs. Feel free to browse past jams under the "Link to BAAT Jams" tab.***
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Tom Petty Jam @ Red Light Cafe 10-19-17
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