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Open Arms

PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:25 pm
by jeffl
I was travellin' for a few days over the weekend and spotted a blues open jam at a club I'd been into a handful of times (the Nighthawk Tap in La Crosse, Wisconsin) ... my wife didn't feel like goin' out, so she sent me packin' for the night and I went down to see what the jam was like. I got there a little early and the "house harper" was the first one to greet me when he saw my harp case. He filled me in on the format of the jam, asked me to warm up a little through the house's Blues Jr. (they had a pair of 'em on stage) and told me that he'd give me the opening slot that he usually played. The guy who's been hosting the jam for 12 years turned out to be a heckuva good bandleader/singer/guitarist and we hit it off immediately. All we had was a good bassist, the guitarist, drummer, and me. We played a two hour set and it felt we'd been playin' together for years. I was really impressed with how welcoming everybody was, including the club owner. The other harper got up and played the second set, but I thought it was very gracious of him to defer to me on the first one. I wish I lived closer to that place... 70 miles is a little hike for a weeknite jam.

Re: Open Arms

PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:24 pm
by maxx england
Sounds good, what about a few days away twice or three times a year? Make an event of it?

Re: Open Arms

PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:34 am
by jeffl
maxx england wrote:Sounds good, what about a few days away twice or three times a year? Make an event of it?
Yeah Maxx...that's crossed my mind. I could switch my day off at work occasionally too, so the late return drive wouldn't bother me the next day. I've played with a number of guys who've played out of that town-- or IN it-- but the people who play the Nighthawk are straight blues people while most of the rest of the bands have to play some rock occasionally.