Published on April 15th, 2010 | by Tim0
The Jam New York Allows Average Guys to Rock Out In Their Spare Time
There aren’t many places around where your average working man gets to dust off the ol’ guitar and take to the stage to perform in front of a screaming crowd, but at The Jam, this is exactly what happens. Guys from all over drag themselves and gear out of their dark secluded man cave and have the opportunity to perform in front of screaming fans. These guys are your everyday joes. Your butt-crack flaunting plumbers, your nose in the air Junior VP’s and you grease covered fast food employees can all get together for the love of the music and rock out. There are no whiney millionaires here who have lost all passion. The people performing at The Jam are actually using their hard earned money to buy themselves a little time in the spotlight and to show off their skills, not lip-sync and acquire overrated reviews based on their popularity.
The Jam has a ton of sweet services to offer, including:
Use of quality equipment
Match-making with similar musical talent and taste
Band showcases twice per month
I had the chance to talk to a member at The Jam. His name is Mike and he is just a guy who caught a job transfer from a job in Toronto and ended up in New York. Through The Jam, he managed to hook up with some other guys and now he currently is playing in several bands which do covers of The Beatles to Rush to Rage Against the Machine. I asked him to describe what it was like being at The Jam:
It’s kind of like a club where you meet people who like to rock and you network and put together projects and get your rock star on and perform in Greenwich Village in NYC.
There are several different jam session one can attend throughout the week:
- MONDAY NEWBIE JAM 6 pm to 8:30 pm; $10 for Jam members, $15 for non‐members. The wonderful Patty Murray facilitates a jam session specifically geared toward the newer jammer. If you don’t have much experience playing with others (or just like playing in a guided, more structured situation), the Newbie Jam is your ticket. Make a little music in a supportive environment and pick up useful wisdom from a seasoned, gigging pro.
- FRIDAY “BY THE BOOK” JAM 6 pm to 10 pm; $15 for Jam members, $25 for non‐members. The Legendary Bobby Day leads a Jam session in which everyone is (literally) on the same page. Here are the rules: You can only pick tunes from the (included) songbook, you can’t change the key, and everyone takes turns picking songs. A second room is available for those opposed to structure.
- SATURDAY ROCK JAM 4 pm to 8 pm; $15 for Jam members, $25 for non‐members. Our Saturday jam with the multi‐talented Kenny Ashby is a groovy affair that starts early, so you can get out in time to experience other forms of nightlife.
- LAZY SUNDAY JAM 4 pm to 8 pm; $15 for Jam members, $25 for non‐members. The Sunday jam with Ed Howe, the awesome axe‐man in No Mersey, among others, is a fun, anything‐goes session that will melt away your cares‐‐and allow you to get you home in time for Sunday dinner.
Tomorrow night (April 16) are the annual Jammy Awards. The Jam puts on this kick ass event to honour their best of the best and they spare no expense in putting it on. The Jammy’s are hosted at the Rebel in New York. It’s basically a three story dance floor with a monster stage for performers. The Jammy nominees get to perform and are judged based on how hard they can rock. If you’re reading this and happen to live in New York, you now have plans for tomorrow night.
Guys, this place is bloody cool and I hope to see more locations pop up over North America. If you are close enough to one of these places, take advantage.
For more information on The Jam, check out:
http://www.thejamnyc.com/Default.aspx?pageId=110015 (Jammy Awards)
The Rebel NYC: