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Title: Campground Jams?
Post by: Urban Hillbilly on July 08, 2017, 05:11:03 PM
We are new to RVing. We get our trailer this Thursday, so not even on the road yet.

I'm a musician, piano player/singer with a portable/digital piano. Do people get together at campgrounds and play music together just for fun. How about Sunday gospel get togethers? Is this even allowed?
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: Joezeppy on July 08, 2017, 08:07:21 PM

A friend's dad's barbershop quartet has gotten together a couple of times on camping trips to practice. They did gather somewhat of a crowd and even took a few requests! I've never seen any other type of impromptu get together but I'm sure they happen.
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: NY_Dutch on July 08, 2017, 09:09:08 PM
One of the parks we stay at in Florida in the winter has regularly scheduled jam sessions in the community center.
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: 8Muddypaws on July 08, 2017, 09:16:50 PM
They happen, just not often enough.  We've been to a couple of RV parks that have organized jams every week.   Check the bulletin board.   

The best jams are the ones that happen in the parking lots of music festivals.

Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: blw2 on July 09, 2017, 05:35:15 AM
when we stayed at Gamble Rogers State Park in FL, I remember them telling us at check in of a planned jam session.  We didn't get teh chance to attend so I can't comment on how it goes.  I think it was a regular thing.....since Gamble Rogers was a musician.
This is the only one I'm aware of....
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: UTTransplant on July 09, 2017, 07:40:39 AM
If you put your keyboard outside and quietly played, you would attract listeners. Some of those folks might be musicians who would join. I have a friend who is a good guitarist (not a pro), and he generally attracts listeners who end up singing with him in addition to listening. Not as challenging as a jam with other musicians, but he enjoys it. If you are a long term camper, put up a sign in the clubhouse. I bet you would find other interested folks. Just don't play too loud or play too late.
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: Urban Hillbilly on July 09, 2017, 08:50:11 AM
Thanks for the input. We are new, pick up our trailer this Thursday, so I don't know the protocol for this kind of thing. I certainly don't want to raise a ruckus.

I noticed in your list at the bottom of your reply that you have two cats and a dog. We have the same situation and are going through various ideas to make it work. If you any info or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: UTTransplant on July 09, 2017, 11:33:48 AM
I noticed in your list at the bottom of your reply that you have two cats and a dog. We have the same situation and are going through various ideas to make it work. If you any info or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.
We use a pet gate that has a smaller gate in it got the cats. We leave the little gate open and keep their food and litter box separated that way. The box is under the pull up bed with a hole fit in the side of the bed base (nicely trimmed). The dog takes up a lot of floor space!
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: Tom and Margi on July 09, 2017, 11:36:13 AM
I'm not a musician, but know that there are plenty of jamming opportunities in the Quartzsite, AZ area during the winter months.  Some jams are held in RV Parks with large meeting rooms and are scheduled.  There are impromptu jams all over the BLM camping areas that surround the town.  There is a Bluegrass Festival each year in nearby Blythe, CA.  I don't know the dates but you could probably google and find out.  Sometimes the jams are in unlikely places ... such as McDonalds.  ;D
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: Larry N. on July 09, 2017, 12:22:35 PM
Occasionally I'll get my guitar out and play a bit. It sometimes attracts notice (so far all favorable), and once in a while may attract another instrument. Not often, though.
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: Tom on July 09, 2017, 02:28:59 PM
Friends of ours check with the hosts or rangers when they check in to a campground. If there are no scheduled jams or performances, they bring out their ukuleles and start playing around the campfire. Folks, especially kids, come out of the woodwork, and occasionally musicians bring out their instruments.
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: spacenorman on July 25, 2017, 06:02:41 PM
On lazy days with good weather - I often set my keyboard on a stand next to the coach, grab me a nice glass of bourbon and play for a couple of hours.  It's rare that the afternoon walkers don't stop and comment.  If there are other players in the campground - it's pretty common that somebody in the walker crowd lets me know about them.   

If we're going to be at a campground for any length of time - I usually try to stop in at a local music store and ask about live entertainment in the area - especially where the open mics / jam sessions are.   Armed with that info - I do what I can to find somewhere to sit in.   During our trip to Florida this past winter - this approach worked real well.   I was able to find somewhere to play out at virtually every one of our three month long "stops".   
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: rjf7g on July 26, 2017, 09:02:34 AM
We have a Saturday night jam session every weekend in our seasonal campground - basically the same core group with others coming and going.  Sometimes overnighters will join in as well.  I suggest setting out a few extra chairs and just going outside of you camper and playing a bit.
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: Urban Hillbilly on July 26, 2017, 05:48:59 PM
Thanks all for the input. Spacenorman...good to see another keyboard player on the road. Maybe I'm not soooo crazy afterall! Great idea to look for local open jams. Great way to meet the locals, too. I hope to get together with some of you in the future and jam some good tunes.
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: Tom on July 28, 2017, 08:21:11 AM
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...good to see another keyboard player on the road.

Your message and Spacenorman's motivated me to get the keyboard out of the closet. We're not currently in the coach, and don't normally haul a keyboard on our travels. I'm just getting away with several ukes and a guitar on board, and need to find a hiding space for a keyboard. All my fly fishing poles and related gear are a visible reminder to my other half of the space I'm taking up  :-[
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: MN Blue Skies on August 07, 2017, 06:54:30 PM
If you put your keyboard outside and quietly played, you would attract listeners. Some of those folks might be musicians who would join. I have a friend who is a good guitarist (not a pro), and he generally attracts listeners who end up singing with him in addition to listening. olks. Just don't play too loud or play too late.

If you have any ideas on how to encourage a campground jam at the "esoteric" rally/get together in Lanesboro, MN I would be open to pursuing the idea.  I'm not aware of any musically inclined rally participants but as you know Lanesboro is an artsy community so maybe there are some community folks who would be interested in performing?  Just random thoughts so far. 
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: UTTransplant on August 07, 2017, 07:04:46 PM
If you have any ideas on how to encourage a campground jam at the "esoteric" rally/get together in Lanesboro, MN I would be open to pursuing the idea.  I'm not aware of any musically inclined rally participants but as you know Lanesboro is an artsy community so maybe there are some community folks who would be interested in performing?  Just random thoughts so far.
Actually I have a friend who was going to attend who is a good guitar player. I enjoy singing too. Another friend is thinking attending (can't commit yet), and that family sings and plays the guitar too. Maybe we can get something started! One of the worst thing about traveling is that I can't be in a choir  :'(
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: MN Blue Skies on August 07, 2017, 07:15:07 PM
So let's make this happen!!  We still have sites that the CG is holding until 9/1.  So much fun to be had!
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: BinaryBob on August 07, 2017, 07:17:48 PM
As someone with no musical talent, I thoroughly enjoy campground jams. We experienced several in Nashville where we were staying. It was as good if not better than anything you'd pay for.
To the OP. Keep playin!!
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: MN Blue Skies on August 10, 2017, 05:19:29 PM
Bob do you know of any musicians who would be interested in a CG Jam at the October rally in Lanesboro?  Maybe a small stipend?
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: BinaryBob on August 10, 2017, 05:43:41 PM
Max, unfortunately I don't know of any local groups that may do this. I follow some local TC bands that would probably charge far more than a stipend to perform.
Sadly (again) I will be out of town on business for the Lansboro rally.
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: ajmilkfarm on October 18, 2017, 03:17:55 PM
I am a retired percussionist and drummer. I can not carry around a set of drums, vibes or timpani. However my stick bag and percussion bag is always with me. I also play the banjo and just sit a pickin' and a rockin' almost every night. I have attracted mandolin players and guitar players. Just play quietly and enjoy. I was just in Custer South Dakota playin when the Park Ranger told me it was the prettiest thing she ever heard in the park. Quite a compliment.
keep on giggin
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: judway on October 18, 2017, 03:36:43 PM
Don't miss Mountain View, Arkansas they have music every night except Sunday. We usually stay about a week when we are close. Lots of campgrounds plus the Ozark Folk Center.
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: B737doc on November 24, 2017, 01:29:44 PM
   I have a Marshall mini-stack with a full deck effect board that I play my Ibanez RG through. I do "Guitar Karaoke" by running my cell phone through the Karaoke machine, then amplify it through a basic stereo amplifier that run 6 speakers in my bonus room downstairs.  I warm/tune up with Boston's "more than a feeling" take a few sniffs of the old fireball, and in 20 minutes have the entire house rocking with songs like "little runaway" by Bon Jovi,  "Still lovin you" by the Scorpions, and my favorite cranked to the max is Ozzy's "Crazy Train" that I really love to play...Don't think this would go over very well at an RV site or campground!
Title: Re: Campground Jams?
Post by: SeilerBird on November 24, 2017, 01:33:53 PM
   I have a Marshall mini-stack with a full deck effect board that I play my Ibanez RG through. I do "Guitar Karaoke" by running my cell phone through the Karaoke machine, then amplify it through a basic stereo amplifier that run 6 speakers in my bonus room downstairs.  I warm/tune up with Boston's "more than a feeling" take a few sniffs of the old fireball, and in 20 minutes have the entire house rocking with songs like "little runaway" by Bon Jovi,  "Still lovin you" by the Scorpions, and my favorite cranked to the max is Ozzy's "Crazy Train" that I really love to play...Don't think this would go over very well at an RV site or campground!
Crazy Train would go over well in my campground. I used to play it in the last group I was in. I picked it up from my nephew who could play it note for note. He lives here also. Speaking of Crazy Train, have you seen this video?

https://youtu.be/JPBrA3sV90A