JAZZ JAM AT 6TH AND PEABODY - PLAYER INFORMATION
Load-in: 7:30pm (unless you have a complicated set-up)
Start time: 8:00pm (8:15pm if there is a slow crowd)
Featured Artist End time: 9:00pm-9:15pm (depending on the start time)
Jam End time: 11:00pm
Load-in from the street in front of the venue. You can park there temporarily if it's not blocked by tourist buses. Stairs to the stage are stage-right. See parking information below.
The Featured Artist will play for approximately 60 minutes, depending on the number of Jam participants that show up. We’ll then mix and match players until the end of the night. If there is time, we may bring back the Featured Artist for 1-2 songs at the end of the night.
If you are the Featured Artist, please send us the names of all of your band members at least a week before the show, if possible. That way, we can give them proper acknowledgement and thanks in our promotions prior to the show and when announcing and they can, hopefully, participate in promoting the show.
TO FEATURED BAND MEMBERS: House back line includes a bass rig and a full drum kit (with a snare and some cymbals, but you might want to bring your own snare and cymbals). No guitar or keyboard amps. There are mic's and DI's. Also, since we do a Jam after the Featured Artist set, they will be using your back line equipment (guitar amps, keys, key amps, etc.). They are all vetted professionals and guitarists and horn players will bring their own instruments and drummers will usually bring their own sticks.
Some Jam slots are filled by invitation prior to the show and others are filled by regulars and friends of regulars who show up. Invited guests have priority over everyone else for the opportunity to play. Although we make every effort to get everyone up to play, there will be certain nights that not everyone that wants to play will fit into the allotted time - 6th and Peabody closes promptly at 11:00pm and we have no control over that. If there’s time, we’ll try our best to get you up to play. We end the music as close to 11:00pm as we can.
If you’d like to join us for the Jam, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, feel free to show up any time and visit and network with the other great players and get a feel for how we do things. We’re trying to make this a great musician hang whether you’re playing or not.
We run most amps, horns and drums at stage volume (for large, noisy crowds, we'll mic them). Vocals and keys (most times) will go through the board. Direct boxes are also available for those that need them. Percussion may or may not be mic'd depending on need. We can also mic instruments without pickups. Mic's, mic stands, direct boxes and cables are all on-site.
THE JAZZ JAM AT 6TH AND PEABODY is open to any material, either original or cover. Featured Artists are encouraged to play their own material. For the Jam portion of the evening, being that most of the Jam participants will not have played together before, we encourage familiar cover/Real Book material that the audience would know and enjoy and that you can get together on quickly.
Please also show respect for the other players coming after you by keeping songs to a reasonable length. Twenty minute jam band extravaganzas and five cycles through solos are nice if we had unlimited time, but they don't work with our limited show window.
Also, since this is a family venue, please be aware of your audience when choosing your material and what you say onstage.
We try to get a Facebook event up by at least the Thursday before and we will be doing generic postering around Nashville. We encourage all of the artists to send out Facebook invites to the event after we post it (you'll be tagged so you'll know when it's live) and to let your fans know via other social media. We also send out Facebook invites and a few Twitter messages to our lists, but it's always more powerful coming from the artist. This is critical since we are on a three month trial at 6th and Peabody (now through October 9th) and we have to generate significant buy-in from fans and players to continue.
We will continue our tradition of having a big TIP BUCKET available for the Featured Artist (if they choose to use it) and the venue will add to the bucket at the end of the night depending on attendance. Placement is up to the Featured Artist and is usually on or near the stage. It's big, red and easy to see. Hopefully, this should offset your expense for getting there and bringing your equipment. The Host will announce that the bucket is there and encourage people to contribute. Feel free to mention it whenever you like as will the host. Unlike the Commodore, we have gotten no push-back (yet) about it being carried around the room.
Unfortunately, for those of you used to free parking at The Commodore Grille, things have changed a little. For the Featured Guest and their band, we will have free parking placards to put on your dash for the parking lot directly across the street from 6th and Peabody (the Mercedes repair shop). Parking is only $5 for everyone else (stay away from the $10 lots down the street).
BEVERAGES & FOOD:
6th and Peabody will provide two drink tickets to anyone in the Featured Band. John Haring will have them for you at load-in. We hope to have fountain beverages for all players soon. Their food vendors close at 7:00pm, but we're working on extending their hours.
CD’S & MERCHANDISE:
If you have any artist merchandise that you would like to sell during the show, set up at one of the front tables near the stage. You must, however, bring someone to cover the table and make the sales.
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