Caboma’s 30-year Jam Keeps Bluegrass, Old-time Music Fresh

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. . You can do anything here. A project, a song you want to roll out and its just fun. CABOMA got its start about 30 years ago, when a group of local musicians started meeting in leafy Lyon Park to play bluegrass and old-time music (acoustic American folk music, played primarily with fiddle and banjo) together. That informal beginning evolved over time into an organization that now has 150 dues-paying members. As many as 45 participants show up at the twice-monthly jams in good weather (as few as 10 in poor), with three or four circles of players at different skill levels spread out across Lyon Parks grassy open space. Musicians still finding their footing in playing bluegrass are encouraged to come for the first hour and play in the slow jam led by an experienced member; the groups Web site, caboma.org , includes a songbook for musicians new to the genre, which includes many of the songs that might be played at a typical jam: Red Haired Boy, Whiskey Before Breakfast and Roll in My Sweet Babys Arms. Passers-by are welcome to listen in, and children from Lyon Parks playground sometimes drift over to watch and occasionally dance along to a tune or two. But the jams are meant less as performance than practice, a chance for musicians to hone their playing alongside fellow musicians. Within the areas bluegrass community, jams are an informal social complement to more formal gigs and performances Lisi and Swain, for example, are two of the four members of the King Street Bluegrass band who played three gigs the same weekend they showed up at CABOMA to let off steam and jam informally. And while the D.C. Bluegrass Union lists multiple jams in the area, CABOMA is the most well established and, as Romagnoli notes, its centrally located, easier to get to, and theres a Facebook group that promotes it. Social media have brought new followers to the CABOMA jam in recent years, although its core group has remained fairly constant. Its been good for keeping us going, said CABOMAs president, Bruce Day, who started a Facebook page for the association three years ago. Weve gotten new blood. Day said social media appeal to longtime members as well, with some older musicians saying they decided to sign up for Facebook to join the group online. The associations latest challenge is finding a temporary home when the Lyon Park Community Center will undergo renovations this winter.

MUSIC: The Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s performance of “Romeo and Juliet”

Sunday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $12-$59; 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com Last season, Colorado Springs Philharmonic music director Josep Caball?Domenech took his orchestra to a place it had never been before. His relentless demands for excellence resulted in superb performances as a commonplace occurrence. It’s different this season. Three concerts have already gone by and no Caball?Domenech. As he begins his third season here in the Springs, the 40-year-old Spaniard believes the orchestra has achieved a “cruise altitude. I’m proud and satisfied if every single performance we do matches our audience’s expectations. If I’m on the podium or not becomes secondary.” His concerts this weekend reflect both his artistic vision and European roots. “For the Prokofiev (‘Romeo and Juliet’), I’m doing my own selection of the ballet music, not of the suites that he wrote later. The music follows the same order as the plot, so this selection has a dramatic sense per se. It’s a wilder, crazier, a more aggressive instrumentation, which gives a sense of unity to the piece, almost like a symphony.” For Mozart’s “24th Piano Concerto” he invited Croatian Martina Filjak to be his soloist. “I worked with her couple of years ago and I was impressed by her personality.

CBGB Music and Film Festival 2013 A Rousing Success

Markets closed CBGB Music and Film Festival 2013 A Rousing Success Hundreds of Thousands of People Rock Times Square 3 hours ago View Photo James Murphy of DFA/LCD Soundsystem — For a photoset from the Festival, click here.Click here for high-resolution version NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – October 16, 2013) – Hundreds of thousands of people filled Times Square on a picture perfect fall day to experience the 2nd Annual CBGB Music and Film Festival’s largest event: a concert featuring My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, The Wallflowers, Lisa Loeb, a DJ set by James Murphy of DFA/LCD Soundsystem and dozens of other bands performing on multiple outdoor stages. My Morning Jacket’s set featured guests Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, TuNeYaRds’ Merrill Garbus and Antibalas’ horn section.Jakob Dylan joined the band for a rousing performance of “Don’t Do It”, echoing The Band’s performance encore from the seminal film The Last Waltz. Jim James of My Morning Jacket described his experience of performing on the CBGB Festival Stage in Times Square as “incredibly surreal and beautiful, like playing Red Rocks if Red Rocks was made of computers and light.The crowd had a great spirit!God Bless NYC!” The annual outdoor festival each Columbus Day Weekend will surely soon be one of the largest music events in North America. The stages and festival grounds started on Broadway at 46th Street and stretched north towards Central Park for as far as the eye could see.Massive digital billboards and additional festival activities also extended south to 42nd Street giving the show an unmistakable feeling of New Year’s Eve in Times Square but with better weather, better music and better food. The CBGB Festival filled the streets with much more than music. Fans enjoyed extreme sports demos and booths with carefully curated music, clothing and crafts.This was a day that offered something for everyone — including, in true punk spirit, a “smashing pumpkins” booth where kids could do just that. The live music portion of the festival ended well past midnight on Saturday with an incredibly powerful performance by Ice T in the East Village. His show left the capacity crowd in awe as he displayed his unmatched ability to ignite excitement and passion in people. Other festival highlights were the keynote addresses by Duff McKagan(Guns n’ Roses/Velvet Revolver) andVan Toffler(President of Viacom’s Music and Logo Group). As an integral part of some of the most successful rock bands in history, Duff McKagan delivered the CBGBMusic Festival Keynote. Leading the charge of rock music for three decades, McKagan continues to be a potent and venerable noisemaker in the industry.In his address, he laid out his advice for artists clearly: “New bands should be true and honest.F*** commerce.What you’re doing should be in your heart.Money will come and you can deal with that all later.” Van Tofflerdelivered the overallConference Keynote Speechon the state of the music industry in 2013.Toffler, who oversees a collection of the most successful and vibrant brands in music and entertainment as President of Viacom’s Music and Logo Group, delivered a clear-eyed compelling assessment of the hierarchy of artists and media in the current environment. In reviewing MTV’s key role as a platform for the most creative artists, Toffler traced a line from Madonna to Nirvana to Kanye to Miley saying, “Speaking for MTV, we’ve been used, abused, and trampled upon by the best.Madonna played MTV like a mandolinand we also never know what to expect when Kanye comes through the door, but we know enough to stand back and let him do his thing.” Summing up the festival, CBGB co-owner and festival executive producer, Tim Hayes said. “We want to make every Columbus Day weekend a time when the whole world can celebrate Hilly Kristal’s dream of presenting live music to the largest audience possible.There is no better spot than the crossroads of the world, Times Square.” The CBGB Music and Film Festival aims to transform Columbus Day Weekend into a six-day, annual celebration that will include the largest outdoor concert in North America along with hundreds of other music themed events, “firsts” and special moments across New York City. This week’s CBGB Music & Film Festival featured 525 bands in over 175 venues.The festival also hosted more than 125 speakers and 60 new music based films and documentaries including Green Day’s “Broadway Idiot.” James Murphy of DFA/LCD Soundsystem Photo: Getty Images for CBGB. For a photoset from the Festival click here The following files are available for download: