One new addition that we're particularly excited about is our JAM STAGE which will be in the Chai Tent.
The stage will be circular and placed in the center of our Chai Tent. Musicians will face each other with the audience circling the stage and the speakers will shoot out in four directions.
Here's Exactly How it's Going Down
5:30pm - 8:00pm: Free For All
The Free For All jam is one for anyone to get up and have a go. It won't exactly be a case of jumping on when you feel like it though. You'll need to let the host know you want to get up and jam and they'll let you know when to take the stage. Our host will make sure that no one hogs up all the time and players get to change around. They're also there to conduct it so that it can be as good as it can be (and make sure people who haven't had a few too many aren't getting up there). Remember that it's as much about the audience as those jamming on stage and we want you to always have the audience in mind. This jam will be more relaxed than the later sessions and mistakes are a-ok. At points it's going to be magic and at other times not so much, but that's quite alright. Relax and have some fun.
8:00pm - 9.30pm: House Band Session 1
9:30pm - 11.00pm: House Band Session 2
Each night we will have two house band sessions where we have established bands start out the jams and then other players can swap around or add in to the jam. The amazing vocalist, Claire Davies, will be hosting these sessions. See Claire if you want to get up and jam as well and she'll orchestrate the jams by swapping players in and out. Sometimes while the jam is still going she'll give everyone a one minute turn around to get the house band on stage and everyone else off. These jams will be at a higher standard than the Free For All so if you want to join in you should be a competent musician with confidence that you'll add to the flavour. The house bands will be announced at a later date
11:00pm - 3:00am: CHURCH hosted by Ofa Fanaika
From 11pm, Ofa Fanaika (Captain Dreamboat/Chocolate Strings) will be presenting CHURCH. A jam series that features house bands made up of some of Brisbane and Australia's finest players from the jazz and neo-soul scenes. Each night will have a different theme with one night focussing on progressive rock and another night focussing on funk and soul. The focus for these jams is completely on the audience. If you want to be a part of these jams make sure you see Ofa during. Be aware though, she's going to want to know that you're going to get up there and nail it.
The following backline will be set up:
- 2 x Guitar Amps (Vox AC30 and Fender Hotrod)
- 1 x Bass Rig (Ampeg SVT3 pro and cab)
- 1 x 5-piece drum kit including cymbals, snare, kick and stool.
- 2 x Fender Strats (or similar) with overdrive, delay, chorus, tuner and wah
- 1 x Fender P Bass
- 1 x Nord Electro 3 (organs, electric pianos, clavs)
- 1 x Roland SH-201 (Polyphonic synth)
- 1 x Moog Little Phatty (Monophonic synth) plus Space Echo
- Vocal Mics
Musicians are welcome to bring their own instruments. We will have an engineer who can mic them up. Just keep in mind that we can't take any responsibility for your instruments.