We’ve got some great things planned for May 15th. And the party keeps getting bigger and better…here’s some breaking news on the Bass Forum’s 2 year birthday party.
First off, we celebrate our new partnership with Fredericksburg Academy. I’m sending a huge thank you to Fredericksburg Academy and their Music Department for hosting and partnering with the Virginia Bass Forum.
So to help Fredericksburg Academy benefit from this partnership, I ask that you please bring a few dollars with you to donate to the FA Band Boosters. They will have a concessions table set up with food and drink for sale. They will also be selling jewelry created by a friend of mine; April Tos of Corvus Creations. April has her own unique spin on recycling. She takes used bass and guitar strings and creates one of a kind jewelry pieces from them. She’s offered to split all of the proceeds from her jewelry sales with the FA Band Boosters.
We’re going to kick things off at 3 PM with a clinic with Bryan Beller. This is definitely a “hands on” clinic, so bring your bass. Bryan is going to take participants through learning songs by ear. I saw this clinic at Bass Boot Camp and it was very interactive and a lot of fun. You are welcome to bring either an electric bass or an upright bass to participate.
We are going to have a potluck dinner after the clinic ends (so please bring a dish to share!). During the dinner hour, we have added a Bass Open Mic/Open Jam. Several people have asked if we were going to do another concert like we did in 2010 for the one year birthday bash. Since a good portion of the bass community will already be together, this seemed like a great opportunity to get local bassists up and performing. We will have 2 bass rigs set up, a vocal mic, and a drum set. I’d love to see a mix of student performances and jams by local bass instructors.
The dinner break will also be a great time to pick up CDs from Bryan and Kira. Both of them have new CDs out, and Bryan will be releasing a new DVD.
At 6:30, we will wind down the Bass Open Mic/Open Jam. Kira Small and Bryan Beller will have a house concert at that point. We can settle in to finish off the evening with lovely, sultry vocals and R&B music. And Bryan has been known to throw in the occasional solo bass piece. Solo bass meets sexy R&B. Sounds like a nice finish to the evening to me! Haven’t heard them play? Oh my…you owe it to yourself to click the link below. This is Bryan and Kira performing at WesFest 5:
So…how cool is that? A clinic, dinner, a bass open mic, and a house concert.
Advance discounted tickets are on sale now for the event.
Clinic only: $20 (starts at 3 PM)
Concert only: $20 (starts at 6:30)
(This is a great option if you have a bassist in the family, but the family only wants to come for the concert. Buy 1 ticket at $35 for the family bass player, and $20 concert tickets for everyone else who only wish to see the concert.)
Entire day (clinic, open mic, and concert) $35
Prices at the door:
Clinic only: $25
Concert only: $25
Entire day: $40
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