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Title: Music at campsites
Post by: guitarjan on April 24, 2019, 10:42:13 AM
My husband and I are retirees who like to play music as a duo and also jam with others. We are new to RV life. Can we spontaneously play music at our evening campfire at campgrounds?  We both play acoustic guitar and sing. I also play harmonicas, and sometimes we add a cajon. We also have a small sound system we use for busking, but wouldnít be using it at a campfire.

How do we find campgrounds where there are other amateur musicians who would like to join in?

Are there any in-campground music meetups?

Thanks!

Every day, begin again

guitarjan
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: Gizmo100 on April 24, 2019, 11:09:39 AM
I think it would depend on how close your are to your neighbors. Some may not mind ...Others may complain.

I always take a guitar with me when on vacation but the only place I took it outside was the BLM area by Quartzsite. The next RV was over 200 yards away.

If it's something you really want to do...You could go meet your neighbors prior to setting up to play and invite them to come enjoy the music. or let them know if it's a problem just to come over and say something.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: Tom and Margi on April 24, 2019, 11:23:31 AM
Yo might check out Desert Gold RV Resort in Brenda, Arizna (just down the freeway from Quartzsite.  They have a large activity room and host many jams.
https://www.g7rvresorts.com/rv-park/desert-gold/
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: Tom on April 24, 2019, 11:42:04 AM
Adding to Gizmo's comments, you  might also wish to ask the campground hosts if it's OK.

FYI friends of ours stayed at state parks quite a bit, and they'd often ask the campground hosts or the camp social/entertainment director. They weren't refused and, when they'd start playing around the campfire, folks came out of the woodwork to listen &/or join in.

When we're camped at our summer retreat, I put a notice in the resort magazine asking folks to join us, either at our lot or in "the barn". One of the regular participating musicians plays a tuba, so not very quiet. We usually have an audience in either venue, and nobody has yet thrown fruit or veggies at us. OTOH I extend an offer to neighbors to join us, and I even offer to teach them how to play if they don't already. I've avoided turning on the sound system.

I love the sound of a cajon on appropriate songs, although it might be a bit loud for nearby neighbors.

Meanwhile, I'm reminded of a line from the Barbershop Society code of ethics:

We shall refrain from forcing our songs upon unsympathetic ears.

Hope to meet up with you at a campground and play music together.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: HappyWanderer on April 24, 2019, 11:46:58 AM
Set up a couple of empty chairs at the campfire to make it easy for visitors to join in.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: Lowell on April 24, 2019, 11:49:34 AM
I don't want to hear any music from other campers. Its just noise to me.  I think as long as it is kept low volume, you might get away with it.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: mel s on April 24, 2019, 12:35:57 PM
My husband and I are retirees who like to play music as a duo and also jam with others. We are new to RV life. Can we spontaneously play music at our evening campfire at campgrounds?  We both play acoustic guitar and sing. I also play harmonicas, and sometimes we add a cajon. We also have a small sound system we use for busking, but wouldnít be using it at a campfire.

How do we find campgrounds where there are other amateur musicians who would like to join in?

Are there any in-campground music meetups?

Thanks!

guitarjan

http://borderzine.com/2010/06/slab-city-artists-play-their-music-free-and-easy/
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: SeilerBird on April 24, 2019, 02:33:18 PM
I suggest investigating the nearest town for meetups, sing a longs and jam sessions. There are many available in just about every town of some size. I found a ranger at the Grand Canyon that had a monthly jam session that I attended every time I was at the Grand Canyon. So ask around, you might be surprised.

https://youtu.be/xr80JTLrm1E
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: 8Muddypaws on April 24, 2019, 10:53:09 PM
Where are you?

Iím the director of a summer concert series in Watsonville, California.  Itís a nice park in the beautiful redwoods.  We do more than allow you to play, we give you an amphitheater to play in and free camping.  Usually there is a good audience.  50 - 125 people.

Weíve been in several RV parks that have weekly jams & open mics.  Crazy Horse in Lake Havasu, Catalina in Desert Hot Springs,  Las Quintas RV Resort in Yuma, Az. Park Place in Quartzite, AZ are the ones I remember.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: Great Horned Owl on April 25, 2019, 08:37:00 AM
I can recall, a few years ago, walking over to a nearby campsite to ask them to turn down their music. When I got there and discovered that it was livw, it was suddenly no longer objectionable. I went back, got a cair, and sat down to listen.

Joel
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: garyb1st on April 25, 2019, 10:39:47 AM
Where are you?

Iím the director of a summer concert series in Watsonville, California.  Itís a nice park in the beautiful redwoods.  We do more than allow you to play, we give you an amphitheater to play in and free camping.  Usually there is a good audience.  50 - 125 people.

Weíve been in several RV parks that have weekly jams & open mics.  Crazy Horse in Lake Havasu, Catalina in Desert Hot Springs,  Las Quintas RV Resort in Yuma, Az. Park Place in Quartzite, AZ are the ones I remember.

My daughters long term SO plays in bands in the Bay Area.  Not sure he'd be interested but also a musician and lives in the Silicone Valley.  Not sure if he writes but plays keys, guitar and possibly drums.  He's an hour and a half from Watsonville.  Not quite an avid RVer but they have a Sportsmobile and love camping.  If interested, what should he do?
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: Roy M on April 25, 2019, 10:42:57 AM
I don't want to hear any music from other campers. Its just noise to me.  I think as long as it is kept low volume, you might get away with it.
I don't want to sound like a miserable old goat but I feel the same way. I go camping for solitude, quiet conversation around a fire and the night sounds are the only entertainment I want.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: jackiemac on April 25, 2019, 12:43:55 PM
I don't want to sound like a miserable old goat but I feel the same way. I go camping for solitude, quiet conversation around a fire and the night sounds are the only entertainment I want.
We are a bit like that too.  I suppose if it was occasional it would be ok, but not every night.  How would folks feel if I had my D.I.S.C.O. music playing  ;D
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: Gizmo100 on April 25, 2019, 05:01:32 PM
We are a bit like that too.  I suppose if it was occasional it would be ok, but not every night.  How would folks feel if I had my D.I.S.C.O. music playing  ;D

D.I.S.C.O.. I'm starting to think your just not a stable person.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: SeilerBird on April 25, 2019, 05:08:27 PM
D.I.S.C.O.. I'm starting to think your just not a stable person.
Then I am not a stable person either. I love Disco. But then again I love all types of music without exception. I am a music lover.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: UTTransplant on April 25, 2019, 06:20:55 PM
I would not be concerned about any music that is played quietly. A big group jam would probably be louder than polite. I always try to make sure sounds from my site donít carry farther than the site. I have been next to people playing acoustic guitars and even a violin, and those were nice.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: PancakeBill on April 25, 2019, 06:25:05 PM
I love and pay mostly bluegrass, and there are many festivals of like minded folks, lots of times the music around the CG is more enjoyable than that n the stage.  Seek out festivals!

Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: Gizmo100 on April 25, 2019, 06:34:46 PM
I love and pay mostly bluegrass, and there are many festivals of like minded folks, lots of times the music around the CG is more enjoyable than that n the stage.  Seek out festivals!

Now we're talking......Love me some bluegrass.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: 8Muddypaws on April 25, 2019, 07:53:23 PM
Weíre working a festival at the park in Watsonville Memorial Weekend.  Folkies, bluegrass, jazz, rock, blues, and whatever else strikes someoneís fancy.  One of the blues guys played with The Reverend Gary Davis for several years.  It should be interesting.  :) :) :)

Hit me with a PM if you want information.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: jackiemac on April 26, 2019, 03:26:43 AM
D.I.S.C.O.. I'm starting to think your just not a stable person.
Neigh I'm just someo young  ;D

Then I am not a stable person either. I love Disco. But then again I love all types of music without exception. I am a music lover.


I love everything except the freestyle jazz, like Chloe Laine. Just can't get the rhythm of that at all.  :o
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: jackiemac on April 26, 2019, 03:32:43 AM
I love and pay mostly bluegrass, and there are many festivals of like minded folks, lots of times the music around the CG is more enjoyable than that n the stage.  Seek out festivals!

To be fair, I've not heard anyone playing at any campground we have been to, so I might change my mind. I do think folk have to be respectful and considerate about noise (and lights) around the campsite.

We are going to have to seek out live music this year I think as it's not something we've come across very often.

One of our best experiences was before camping we stayed at The Mexican Hat Motel in 2006/7, the "home of the swinging steak".  Whilst eating said steak, a band played country music in the garage, or barn, and it was fun!  They cooked steaks on a grill that swung over the BBQ fire. Unfortunately the steaks were a bit chewy  ;D  Great memory.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: UTTransplant on April 26, 2019, 09:14:04 AM
We are going to have to seek out live music this year I think as it's not something we've come across very often.

Are you still planning on coming to the 49er Encampment in Death Valley this November? There is music in Sunset and Fiddlerís campgrounds for sure, at least some of the week. Sunset usually has a real stage set up with amplification, but they shut it off promptly at quiet hours. Fiddlers is more casual jams at the campsites. Old time western, American folks tunes, and bluegrass predominates.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: DavidM on April 26, 2019, 12:56:35 PM
I'm loving what I'm see here.  Was wondering about this. 

My son is off to school in the fall to get a performance degree in New York City.  It's great to see so many musician into camping.  I've had live music played at home just about everyday for the past 10 year it will be cool to still get that some out RV'ing.       
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: jackiemac on April 27, 2019, 06:26:14 AM
Are you still planning on coming to the 49er Encampment in Death Valley this November? There is music in Sunset and Fiddlerís campgrounds for sure, at least some of the week. Sunset usually has a real stage set up with amplification, but they shut it off promptly at quiet hours. Fiddlers is more casual jams at the campsites. Old time western, American folks tunes, and bluegrass predominates.
Yes, we are! Thanks for the tips!
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: UTTransplant on May 01, 2019, 02:00:30 PM
Jackie or anyone else interested in the Death Valley 49er Encampment and the music, send me a PM with your email address and I will forward the latest 49er newsletter. It has descriptions of the many activities and musical opportunities that will there this year plus some information about last yearís Encampment to whet your appetite. Note that musicians are encouraged to play at the Coyote Howl on Wednesday night so practice a piece and be prepared to perform.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: jackiemac on May 01, 2019, 06:47:10 PM
Jackie or anyone else interested in the Death Valley 49er Encampment and the music, send me a PM with your email address and I will forward the latest 49er newsletter. It has descriptions of the many activities and musical opportunities that will there this year plus some information about last yearís Encampment to whet your appetite. Note that musicians are encouraged to play at the Coyote Howl on Wednesday night so practice a piece and be prepared to perform.
A triangle is my limit in musical instruments and I am tone deaf but would manage a howl  ;D
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: Tom on May 01, 2019, 08:04:01 PM
A triangle was the only thing they let me play in elementary school  :(
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: SeanAndKaty on May 14, 2019, 02:51:54 PM
I don't want to sound like a miserable old goat but I feel the same way. I go camping for solitude, quiet conversation around a fire and the night sounds are the only entertainment I want.

I'm a regularly-gigging solo musician -- and I AGREE! I'll definitely be playing my guitar when we're camping, even outside. But it'll be very low volume (conversation level) and I wouldn't think of playing so loudly that it would bother our neighbors....
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: 8Muddypaws on May 14, 2019, 06:33:38 PM
Iím with you on that.  Iíve had folks in the next site ask me to play louder a few times.  Iíve used a small amp with headphones so I could play with a JamMan Solo looper.  Thinking of getting a tonewood amp, ever used one?
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: Peggyy on May 14, 2019, 07:55:10 PM
Sorry, dont want to offend, but we love the quiet at campgrounds.  I like to hear the sounds of birds, owls, etc.  not everyone likes the same type of music.  I play piano and I love almost all genres of music, except jazz.  So if someone in the site next to me was playing up some jazz every night, i would probably pack up and leave. 
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: Bill_Fold on September 20, 2019, 07:24:06 AM
As a performing musician for almost 40 years it is my Humble Opinion(and my experience) that if the musicians are really good, then hardly anyone will complain, as long as the players respect the rights of their neighbors to get a good nights sleep.  8)
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: TheBar on September 21, 2019, 07:44:47 AM
Sorry, dont want to offend, but we love the quiet at campgrounds.  I like to hear the sounds of birds, owls, etc.  not everyone likes the same type of music.  I play piano and I love almost all genres of music, except jazz.  So if someone in the site next to me was playing up some jazz every night, i would probably pack up and leave.

X2. I am a musician myself playing keyboard and guitar since I was 4 years old. But at home. For many working stiffs camping is about enjoying nature and getting away from it all. I don't mind someone playing music respectfully for an hour but nobody should dominate their neighbors entire evening. Especially if alcohol is involved since it always increases the volume and singing every note loud and flat. Which is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: Back2PA on September 21, 2019, 08:25:28 AM
X2. I am a musician myself playing keyboard and guitar since I was 4 years old. But at home. For many working stiffs camping is about enjoying nature and getting away from it all. I don't mind someone playing music respectfully for an hour but nobody should dominate their neighbors entire evening. Especially if alcohol is involved since it always increases the volume and singing every note loud and flat. Which is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.

X3. Most of the time I sit out, it is next to the fire with no music. Very occasionally, I have a bluetooth speaker on, sitting next to me. When I have the speaker on I check the volume carefully by walking about halfway to the nearest camper - if I can hear mine, at all, it's too loud. IMO, whether it comes from a speaker or a guitar you're playing, if others can hear it you are imposing your music on them. They might respond politely, but as TheBar stated, they came to get away from it all. They didn't come there to hear your music, no matter how good or professional
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: garyb1st on September 21, 2019, 09:07:12 AM
I've got an upright piano at the SB.  From time to time, I've played quite late at night.  Didn't know the neighbors could hear until my neighbor mentioned it one time.  Don't do that anymore.  I'm not good, but enjoy playing.  I would like to take my keyboard when we travel.  It's a 76 key Yamaha, so quite long.  As soon as I can convert the dinette into an office/desk/storage/music station, I will bring it.  However, I'll have the headphones plugged in so I don't get stoned.  And I'm not talking about the kind of stoned you get by smoking.  I'm only good enough to make myself happy :-[ 
Title: Re: Music at campsites
Post by: knucklebucket on October 03, 2019, 11:59:06 AM
lol remind me not to stay at any of the grounds where all the nay sayers say no to music in the camp ground. if your truly trying to enjoy nature, then you are somewhere on a mountain ridge, or in the desert plain in a tent, roughing it as nature intended. most campgrounds I go to are filled with families, with kids and/or tourists and they are enjoying getting out of the city. respectful by far mostly they are, but nature quiet they ain't and I don't mind that. I am a touring musician, but when i'm camping in my luxury class A I always take an acoustic and more often than not will play for a bit if asked to do so. and I have never found anyone coming and telling me to quit, but again, I am respectful and don't do it all night. music fills the soul. it's not for everyone I get it. but nothing wrong with a good campfire jam.