Meet Me in St. Louis will have several opportunities for musicians to connect and play. We encourage local musicians to come participate in our events, even if you're not a regular part of our dance community - you never know who you might meet!
Saturday, May 28
Bringing Tunes to Life with The Ripples - 3:30-5:00pm ($7 if paying at the door)
Join members of The Ripples to pick up some techniques that will bring interest to the most standard and basic of tunes. Bring your instrument and we'll use chords, rhythms, and improvisation to jazz things up in ways that are particularly appealing to dancers. Please plan to arrive at the Community Center a few minutes early to receive directions to the classroom.
Community/Open Band Session with Andrew Taylor -
Late-night - Midnight -1:30am - FREE for musicians
Don't forget to pack your instruments so you can join the band! Lead by Ripples fiddler Andrew Taylor, our Community Band will let you in on the action, right along with several of the musicians you'll see on the stage the rest of the weekend. Whether you play by ear or read sheet music, you'll be welcome in this setting. We encourage experienced dance musicians to join us, as well as those who are comfortable with their instrument but have never played for a dance before.
Those who prefer to read sheet music are encouraged to bring along a music stand and a copy of The Portland Collection, which contains many tunes well known in the Contra dance community (if you don't have a copy, don't worry about it - we'll share!).
Andrew's open band experience comes from leading the monthly 3rd Friday dance band in Berea, KY and working with bands at Christmas Country Dance School. He is also a session bluegrass, Irish, old time, country, and gypsy jazz fiddle player who works regularly in jam and performance settings with an ever-changing array of talent and styles.
Sunday, May 29
Singing Together with Gabrielle Lanza -
10:30-11:30am - FREE - outdoors in the Lion's Pavilion
Learn to sing sustainably and harmoniously! In this workshop, we'll cover the basics of healthy singing mechanics, including warm-ups and proper breathing. After learning about personal vocal health, we'll make our way through how to sing with others in rounds and canons. Come learn both the technical and expressive sides of singing!
Old-Time Jam with Roger Netherton -
Noon - 2:30pm - FREE - outdoors in the Lion's Pavilion
Bust out your instruments! Roger will lead a community jam, open to players of all levels. Whether you've been learning for a year, or playing for a lifetime, you're welcome to sit in for some tunes. This will be a great opportunity to connect with musicians visiting from throughout the Midwest (and beyond).