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    Ladies, Gents, Aliens and other sentient lifeforms; I've talked about this from time to time but figured I'd attempt to bring it into the spotlight a bit more. Every Saturday evening starting around 9:30pm there is an open blues jam in Upstairs Bar & Resto (on Jl. Cikini Raya, right across from the Whiz hotel). Open jam basically means if you're musically inclined, feel free to get up on stage and jam a couple of tunes. Instruments are generally available (guitar, bass, drums, harps - no keyboard so if you're a keyboard player, BYO). The food is decent, the drinks aren't too expensive, the atmosphere is generally laid back and most excellent - oh, and live blues.

    There are (of course) a few drawbacks to this evening/place; You do need to have enough music theory under your belt to understand what "slow blues shuffle in A" means And while the place has about 8 AC's, the area near the stage (and on the stage) gets hot like Satan's asscrack, so if you're prone to sweating, you may want to bring an extra t-shirt or something. Also everyone smokes. There is no "non-smoking" area available.

    And not sure if it'll be a drawback but you'll often find me there doing things like this (I know, blatant self promotion, but this'll make it easier for people to recognise yours truly if you show up and want to say hi):



    So if you're feeling a little blue on the weekend, go visit, and enjoy some decent live music, drinks and food - oh, and bring friends! The more the merrier.

    There's also a Facebook group for those of you on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/breaktimeblues/
    Last edited by MadCat; 11-08-14, 03:08. Reason: added facebook group link

  • naughtygab
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    madcat.. are you going to perform this saturday?

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  • MadCat
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    So last weekend was pretty good, against better judgement (my own :P) I'm posting this one, just a short little fragment of what kind of stuff goes on, recorded on my potato (ehr.. phone), and liberally dotted with either myself or my neighbours talking and hollering. But hey, it's just to give you an idea...

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  • MadCat
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    Originally posted by Puspawarna View Post
    It's a good idea - we rarely make it to Menteng anymore, but there are some places up there we love. I'll mention it to my better half - I could see doing drinks and dinner at Shanghai Blue, followed by a visit to the blues jam, as a great evening. I'm not a night person, though. Does it truly start around 9:30, or do things tend not to get going until later? Sadly, I'm usually sound asleep by 11:30 or so.
    Generally things tend to kick off around 9:30/10 - depends a bit on when people start showing up, because you need at least a drummer and a guitarist But you can always be a revolutionary and stay up till midnight, right?!

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  • Puspawarna
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    It's a good idea - we rarely make it to Menteng anymore, but there are some places up there we love. I'll mention it to my better half - I could see doing drinks and dinner at Shanghai Blue, followed by a visit to the blues jam, as a great evening. I'm not a night person, though. Does it truly start around 9:30, or do things tend not to get going until later? Sadly, I'm usually sound asleep by 11:30 or so.

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  • MadCat
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    Tomorrow it's on again so.... why don'tcha come by Puspa? :P

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  • naughtygab
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    one of the comment in youtube was :
    "Vocal professionals recognize how very difficult it is to intentionally sing just a little bit flat, or very slightly off-tempo. The sheer emotion on "I am Woman" (seriously) makes one believe the lyrics. ".. and yes agree....

    at first i was surprised and thought it was supposed to be for real .. lol

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  • Puspawarna
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    Originally posted by MadCat View Post
    Requests are fine but you'll have to get on stage to sing em :P
    I can sing! Just like this!

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  • MadCat
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    Originally posted by bad_azz View Post
    How's the flossing going CrazyPussy?
    Strangely enough not helping much - playing bass on the other hand, much better

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  • bad_azz
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    How's the flossing going CrazyPussy?

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  • MadCat
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    Requests are fine but you'll have to get on stage to sing em :P

    If you're going in September let me know, I'm going on a bit of a forced break from playing bass (managed to get my ulnar nerve pinched a couple days ago, it needs rest... *sigh*) but will make sure to line up schedules and all

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  • naughtygab
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    ah madcat.. you know how far it is to go there ( for me ... some drama wouldnt hurt eh ha ha ..) , plus my weekends in august has already been occupied by family matters. you know crazy big family can be sure i'll show up one day and give you some song requests ..

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  • MadCat
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    You make it sound like it's miles away gab... it's in Cikini, quit stalling, and show up :P

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  • naughtygab
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    Banana,..... plan to visit?? i plan to go there on september.. would be great if you could also make it

    Originally posted by Banana72 View Post
    Too bad about the unavailable non-smoking area

    But I will watch the youtube performance if there is one

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  • MadCat
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    Originally posted by Banana72 View Post
    Too bad about the unavailable non-smoking area

    But I will watch the youtube performance if there is one
    Just come by, trust me when I say that while a lot of people smoke there's no big foggy cloud hanging around :P

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