SAM BONDS GARAGE BANNED

2nd-4th(5th?) Tuesdays

Songlist examples

I am still fleshing this thing out, but here's some info if you're interested in sittin' in with the Sam Bonds Garage Banned. This happens every Tuesday except for the 1st Tuesday, when we have the Brown Stallion Invitational. You can learn about that here. This page is about the Sam Bonds Garage Banned.

A lot of the music we love started with some friends hanging out in a garage, cranking out some 3 chord rock and roll over a few cheap beers. Some folks call it garage rock; some call it proto-punk. Whatever. 3 chords, some beer and some friends, and we're good to go. That's the idea here. We got the garage. We got the friends. Now we're bringing the 3 chord rock and roll. Back to the roots.

HOW WE DO THIS

We will provide a little "suitcase" drum kit and amps, just bring yer axe and any accessories like pedals/cord/etc. We don't wanna clutter the stage up or deal with load-in/out, so leave yer amps home and just use what we got. Make it work.

This isn't a jam, in the sense that, we're not going to be like "noodle over an A chord for 20 minutes". We're going to play songs, but they're easy songs, 12 bar/basic structures, many of which are pretty well known, if not bordering cheesy. But that's where the fun is.

That said, you should be comfortable with "winging it", ie, being thrown into songs you might not know, but being able to navigate through it. Most of them will use familiar structures, knowing how 8 and 12 bar structures work will help a lot. Know your fretboard. If I say I IV V in A, know where that is. Google can help you with this.

We will bring various folks up in however it makes sense, and try to get everyone equal time.

We will start the night with the core Garage Banned around 8:30ish, playing for about a 1/2 hour, maybe with a special guest to get things moving. After that, we'll kinda divvy up the musicians, get the sets sorted out. We'll do the best we can.

We will have 2 house musicians to fill out on any instrument as needed. Yes, you can bring a friend(s) and request to play together. Encouraged even - but remember, this is a jam for everyone to be involved - not a showcase or an audition.

Garage Banned will be fun and loose, but there are a few guidelines we will employ to help keep things cohesive. Read these; they are good to know. I know this reads a bit more "stiff" than I want it to, we're just looking to have fun here, but sometimes the best way to do that is to have a roadmap laid out that we all follow, so we can get down to the business of mangling some Sonics songs.

GARAGE BANNED GUIDELINES

  1. No "jam band" meandering. There was one Jerry Garcia. We don't need any more.
  2. We're keeping the instrumentation to basic rock style instruments. Electric guitar, bass, drums. Keys are cool (ya gotta bring yer own though, we'll plug ya right into the PA). Harmonica could work. Horns are great. Digeridoo, banjos, and kazoos won't fit this style. Use judgement.
  3. Have fun with it. This is not a serious, life-changing event. It's not gonna make or break us, we're just some friends in local bands playing garage/punk/glam/etc covers we love/grew up with, much of which we wouldn't dream of playing in a "real gig" situation. We hope folks hanging out like them too. Don't take it too seriously. We're all gonna forget lyrics, blow a chord change, miss a beat; it happens. Don't sweat it. Nobody is paying attention anyways.
  4. We're loose, and doing this for fun; but we do have a format here, a zone we're playing in. We aren't doing jam band/boomer blues/classic rock/white-boy funk or anything like that. If you want to see the ballpark we're playing in, check out the songlist.
  5. Don't be a dick. That's my job.
  6. I can't believe I still have to say this, but might as well; any racist/homophobic/transphobic/etc behavior or langauge will not be tolerated. Insta-86. (that is a bar rule, not just this jam)

As always, there will be no cover charge. Musicians who play will get 2 drink tickets, and we will have a tip jar, which we'll split evenly among the musicians there at the end of the night.

We look forward to seeing you!