Fall into more music

Community Jams plays at Pioneer Courthouse Square, October 2020

Thank you to all who came out on short notice to play or listen at our special jam at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. We played on the Polka Dot installation set up for COVID-conscious performances. It was a great chance to share music with the downtown community!

Let’s keep playing together with our park jams as long as weather permits, reducing COVID-risk as much as possible for as long as we can! Our studio waits for us in central Portland and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we can safely return. Please consider donating through Patreon or our website at www.communityjams.org so we can continue to operate and support local musicians and collaborations.

How to participate

Please review our requirements for participating in Community Jams in the Park. Health and safety are priorities!
• Portland park jams will be held at Sellwood Park on Wednesday evenings 5:00-7:00pm and Saturday afternoons 1:00-3:30pm, weather permitting
• Max attendance is 10 musicians
• Setup time is 4:30pm on Wednesdays, 12:30pm on Saturdays – please do not arrive earlier
• Masks required at all times
• 10′ minimum distance between musicians required at all times, more when possible
• Your gear will need to be contained within a 4′ square
• Singers bring your own mics and mic stands
• Important! Digital tablets required for access to bSteele Music App song charts – please bring your tablet and a stand for use while playing an instrument!
• No shared food or drink
• Restrooms available at the park
• Power is not supplied
• For electric instruments, please bring your own self-powered amps
• Bring your own stool or chair, drinks or snacks to fit into your 4′ space
• We have more time to play if we come prepared with our song choices or arranged for others to sing for us. Browse the bSteele Music App ahead of time (no login required)!

If you want to jam with us, please let us know the following:
• What instrument you will be playing
• If you plan to sing (which requires your own mic/mic stand)

Send the email to play@communityjams.org !

Directions: We’ll be playing at Sellwood Park, and parking is directional going north along 7th Ave. There is also ample parking in the lot two blocks north. Going north on 7th Ave, enter Sellwood Park at Bidwell and park near the playground. Walk into the park past the playground and restrooms, and we will set up farther back toward the trees.


Other jam alternatives

If you need to stay connected in the safety of your home, please join us on Zoom for a social exchange every Sunday at 1:40, just before our music jam on Twitch. Or view our live music jams on Twitch at 
https://www.twitch.tv/communityjams, sharing comments and song requests you have in mind. We love the musical adventure with you! See details below.

This week with Community Jams

Play together again – CJ Park jams at Sellwood Park 
Community Jams hosts COVID-conscious park jams by pre-arranged scheduling only
Wednesday, Oct 7, 5:00-7:00pm
Saturday, Oct 10, 1:00-3:30pm

Share together on Zoom Socials:
Sunday, Oct 11, 1:40-2:00pm
Community Jams hosts a Zoom chat where interested musicians and friends can join, talk about our current experiences, and share with friends. We’ll catch up on everybody’s week and have a few laughs.

Join Zoom Meeting here

Personal Meeting ID: 610-826-3816

Watch and play along at home with Twitch Livestream Jams featuring back porch guests (weather permitting):
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2:00-3:00pm
Thursday, Oct 8, 2:00-3:00pm

Sunday, Oct 11, 2:00-3:00pm

Community Jams hosts a livestream on Twitch where everyone can watch and play along downstream at home. We’ll take requests and provide a backing track for everybody to play along at home on their own. We often feature a CJ musician friend on the back porch! 

Join us at https://www.twitch.tv/communityjams

Please rsvp to Zoom Socials and Livestream Jams on Portland Casual Jams meetup event pages! Park jams will not be post on meetup.com due to the need to schedule slots individually.

Reviews and reflections

This week, a Community Jams’ musician provides inspiration on his recent experience studying the life and works of Brian Eno:

Anybody with even a passing interest in the UK art-rock scene of the 70’s and 80’s should read David Sheppard’s book “On Some Faraway Beach – The Life and Times of Brian Eno”. As someone with no formal musical education, I was inspired by the intriguing history of how rock’s most famous non-musician became pop’s most articulate spokesman and in-demand producer.  The flap copy says it all:

Few record collections remain untouched by Brian Eno’s aesthetic DNA: from ambient soundscapes and world-music hybrids to cut-and-paste vocal samples and amniotic chill-out rooms, Eno is all around us. A sonic alchemist to the stars, his address book is a veritable who’s who of rock and pop and his credit adorns an outrageous number of albums.  Tellingly, Eno’s work with Roxy Music, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Devo, U2, and Coldplay has coincided with those artists producing their most challenging and critically revered work.

Buy this book and if you are fortunate enough to have access to a Spotify account or similar, use the book as your detailed insider’s guide to some of the most adventurous music of forty or fifty years ago and the fascinating characters who made it.

– Darryl Parish

Thanks for your continued support. Stay involved and stay healthy!

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