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Good News (with a Twist)

We SAVED the JAMS! (and...)

Hey, you guys, this is George and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the generosity you have shown in supporting Mid-City's jams program, especially in the recent weeks of intense fundraising. I'm so impressed and delighted; it's hard to express.

To recap, because MCCM didn't get some expected funding, they needed to cut back spending in a hurry. But rather than cut the jams, which they love as much as anybody does, they fired up the "SaveTheJams" campaign.

I want to apologize--It was hard for us to communicate to you clearly during some of this fundraising. I'd like to blame the eclipse! But in reality, it was more due to the complexity of the problem space. We were asking for a tremendous amount of money ($3,000/month in recurring donations) to be raised in a very short time (within a month of our fundraising kickoff). We weren't sure we could even afford to do that fundraising, so we set a shorter goal of $1,000/month recurring in 10 days.

 

Result:

$1,993 Fundraising Total

$670.87 / $1,000 recurring monthly

 

A wow of a number, raised in just two weeks...not enough to allow MCCM to continue to run the jams.  But does that stop us?  NO--BECAUSE WE ARE AMAZING!!

At the end of the day, the verdict is "Good News With a Twist"

The Good News: With the tremendous generosity you showed, we will be able to continue the jams program for now, and hopefully get ourselves to a point of solid sustainability beyond that. You can expect continuity--no significant changes to time, place, quality, personnel, all of that!!! Take a minute to feel good about yourselves, people.

The Twist: As an organization, MCCM needed to raise money fast to run the jams. But as an individual, I'm in a position to be able to move more slowly. So by adjusting the organization of the Jams Programs a bit...well, it's a work in progress, but watch this space for news about MCCM's newest enthusiastic community partner, George's Jam Ashram!

Your SaveTheJams donations so far will continue to support the jams, and as we grow our base of recurring donations over time, MCCM's partnership with George's Jam Ashram will create a sustainable and ever-improving jam ecosystem. Until we get details further sorted out, you can continue to support this vision with your recurring donations. If you have any questions or issues about your donations so far, touch base with me at george@sdcommunitymusic.org



That's all for now. Keep on JAMMIN'!!

Jam Sessions - Every Monday @ 7:00 PM!

1st Monday - Latin Jam - at Queen Bee's
1st Monday of each month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

 

Location:

Queen Bee's Art and Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA

Just a block or so south of the Church.
Park at the school and walk down, or park next to the venue and
scan the QR code as you come in for special parking rate.

Now Acoustic!

A safe and welcoming introduction to the music that keeps the world beautiful!  In the tradition and community spirit of MCCM  jams, and run by four of our best guitar teachers, you'll play along with and learn the Latin music fundamentals behind Santana, your favorite radio rock, jazz, and traditional and modern Cultural music the world over. Let's have fun jamming and exploring this great, moving, universally loved music!

For players of all levels. Familiarity with Latin music is not required. Bring an instrument, such as an acoustic guitar.  You should at least know your open chords - otherwise, come anyway! We can also provide hand percussion as needed.d.

Host Team: Gonzalo, Daniel, Ramon and Omar

Questions:

For any questions or concerns please contact:  

Support@SDCommunityMusic.org 

Charts for the upcoming Latin Jam are in the folders below, and a Spotify playlist can be found here (these get more accurate as we get closer to the date of the jam):

 
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1st Tuesday - Open Mic -ONLINE
1st Tuesday of each month, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

 

First Tuesday - ONLINE Open Mic

(formerly Showcase Jams)

MCCM Online

Host/Instructor - George Sanger

7:00 - 8:30 PST on the first Tuesday of each month

Zoom opens at 6:45 for optional chit-chat and check-in

 

ZOOM:  https://zoom.us/j/225284824?pwd=aUowb1dLQjNjUjJLb3Z5TXhZWEJ4Zz09

 

PASSWORD: 8675309

Sign up to play a tune! First Come First Served!!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AThWWEe1hv9iEKk88zrXOeGRXvNNBNzOjFnWKquLcao/

Instead of just leaping into the old songbook as we do at the other MCCM Monday jams, we’re giving top priority to your latest explorations:

 

-Original songs

-Songs you’ve worked out

-Musical things you’ve been working on

 

If you plan to lead a tune or two or three, it would be extra cool if you’d bring charts so folks can play along.

 

Even if you aren’t planning to lead a tune, bring your instrument as always, because it’s MCCM, isn’t it? And for this showcase, the audience can play along without disturbing the performer!!

 

And because we all need to relax, feel free to just bring a smile and open ears.

 

HOORAY FOR THE INTERNET!!

 

See y’all then!!!

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2nd Monday - Singer/Songwriter Listening Room - at Mid-City Community Music

2nd Monday of each month, 7:00 - 8:30 PM 

 

4011 Ohio St. San Diego, CA 92104

 

Hosts: Bonnie Nicholls and George Sanger

With our chairs placed in a circle, we’ll perform in the round, making it a cozy, safe place to share your musical creations. Participants are invited to play:

-Original songs
-Covers that you’ve made into your own

Please note: This event was previously a jam. Starting in April we are transitioning to a listening room format, in which every participant plays a song without accompaniment from others.

Please keep your songs to under 5 minutes so everyone has a chance to play twice.

Also, this song circle is acoustic except for a digital piano (so if you play piano, it’s already provided). Charts are not provided or projected.


FREE. Suggested donation: $5.

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3rd Monday Jam A- Jamolele with Open Mic -at Queen Bee's

Location:

Queen Bee's Art and Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA

Just a block or so south of the Church.
Park at the school and walk down, or park next to the venue and
scan the QR code as you come in for special parking rate.

We host a jam with with ukulele oriented chords and an opportunity to lead songs, try different instruments but mostly have a great time. Great for beginners or seasoned musicians. Step up to the mic with your voice and/or chosen instrument, and lead us all in one of the songs from our song set. We'll all play along and hold down the beat.

 

Feel free to bring your uke, guitar, banjo, rhythm instrument... a piano and cajon are available to play, too. If you'd like to lead a song we don't have, please have your chart ready as a Google Doc and send Cadence a message at least 7 days before the meetup.

 

Like all Mid-City Community Music jams, it's about community, and everybody playing along. Feel free to stay in your seat or try something new! There is a $5 recommended donation.

 

Songs are projected on a screen at the front of the room. Here is a link to our 2nd Monday Song Set => M2 Songs

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3rd Monday Jam B - SDBS Bluegrass Slow Jam - at Mid-City Community Music
3rd Monday of each month, 7:00 - 8:30 PM 

 

4011 Ohio St. San Diego, CA 92104

 

Join Mary Jane Cupp and Paul Belke for the in-person San Diego Bluegrass Society jam

Fun and friendly way to learn and practice jamming skills:

  • Playing chordal backup & simple leads

  • Using a capo

  • Singing lead & harmony parts

  • Jamming etiquette

  • Learning bluegrass standards at slower tempos

 

If you are a beginning/intermediate guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, or bass player (or even ukulele or dulcimer player!), of any age, you will enjoy learning & reviewing bluegrass jamming basics with other friendly folks!

Chords are represented as Roman Numerals, not letters.

Check out the San Diego Bluegrass Society at: www.sandiegobluegrass.org

$10 Public / $5 SDBGS Members

Questions:

For any questions or concerns please contact Mary Jane: mjcupp@yahoo.com

 

 
 

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4th Monday Jam - Classic Rock and Pop Jam - at Queen Bee's
CANCELLED FOR APRIL 2024

Location:

Queen Bee's Art and Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA

Just a block or so south of the Church.
Park at the school and walk down, or park next to the venue and
scan the QR code as you come in for special parking rate.

4th Monday of each month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM 

Fun and friendly jam session open to all levels. 

 

Charts will be displayed via projector and screen.

Hosted by Team 4 aka The MyKey Collective.

 

Format: First 10 songs a.k.a. First Set -Team 4 pick. After break, next 10 songs participants pick from our MCCM Songbook.

 

Participants who wish to lead a song have the option to lead it by themselves, or with help from the jam team.

 

If you have a song that’s not in our songbook, and want to play it, please email me, Michael Evans a.k.a. Mikey at conceptualphotographer@gmail.com with a chart in the PDF format at least a week before the jam so we might include it in the second half.

 

Please include your name and in the Subject Line, please reference “My Song Suggestion for MCCM 4th Monday Jam”.

 

PLEASE NOTE
The Setlist & Charts will be available online the Wednesday before the jam👀

 

Songs in the style of:


• Neil Young
• The Eagles
• The Beatles
• Creedence Clearwater Revival
• Elton John

FREE - $5 Sugg. Donation

Charts can be found by clicking on the folders below:

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5th Monday Wildcard Jam - at Queen Bee's
CANCELLED FOR APRIL 2024

Location:

Queen Bee's Art and Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA

Just a block or so south of the Church.
Park at the school and walk down, or park next to the venue and
scan the QR code as you come in for special parking rate.

When there's a 5th Monday in the month, come on out to this safe space and share your original songs, your covers, your poetry, your juggling, your recipes, whatever you've been working on and want to try with an audience! There'll be a sign-up sheet when you come in-- We'll provide one mic, a great stage, and a fun, friendly, forgiving community atmosphere.

FREE - $5 Sugg. Donation

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2nd and 4th Monday, 7 - 9 PM

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