Here’s a little confession about myself: I really enjoy the Baltimore music scene. Even though the community can vary in numbers at times, it’s the bond that builds between everyone that is really inspiring to me.
And then there are times where we can go insane with creativity and enthusiasm………. this is where the All-Star Jam comes in!
The 98 Rock All-Star Jam is an event that happens twice a year where an army of musicians centered around Baltimore and other parts of Maryland get together to jam on some cover songs with other people from other bands.
I first got into this loop in the winter of 2012. One of my friends from a band called Nightsbridge invited me and a friend of mine in to play on a song. I had no idea what this event was, but due to my love of playing music, I couldn’t resist. I have played this event ever since then and have always enjoyed myself!
Last Thursday, we were scheduled to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe in Baltimore for this year’s summer jam (The theme was “At The Movies”, featuring songs from movie soundtracks), but due to the possibility of rain, we were moved inside……….WITH CLEAR CLOUDS AND SUN IN THE SKY BY THE TIME I GOT THERE-I digress.
In terms of the actual event itself, it was a lot of fun, but my definite highlight of the night was singing “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. The reaction to that song was summed up perfectly by a friend of mine afterwards:
“You were performing that song in front of parents with little kids around. By the time you got off stage, you made them all curse!”
They didn’t curse, they chanted that curse. It was probably the loudest rally cry I have ever had!
The rest of my songs were awesome as well, this whole show never had a down moment, in my opinion. Some definite instances of this that I witnessed included the Power Rangers theme song, Bohemian Rhapsody, I Disappear, The Power of Love, Holding Out For a Hero, The Time of My Life, and……… honestly if I keep going, I’m going to draw out the whole setlist for you, because everything was just THAT awesome!
I want to thank all of the participants for always making this event fun, and I want to thank Matt Davis over at 98 Rock for MCing and putting the event together, and Kristin Lagana over at Victims of Experience for always doing a great job of managing song lineups and making sure everything goes smoothly come showtime!
The next post that I do will be a little different, as much as I like talking about music, I want to open up a little more about myself as a person. I will see you guys soon, and remember to always support local music!