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Bluegrass Scramble Review written by Rich Stillman

Posted by clawhammertim on Thursday, January 6, 2011

 Last Sunday's BBU-sponsored band scramble at the Real School of Music in Burlington brought out about thirty people who discovered talents many never knew they had. If you've never been to a band scramble, the idea is a cross between pickup baseball and the Hogwarts sorting hats: take a bunch of strangers who play bluegrass instruments, throw their names into paper bags. Draw names at random to create bands. Send each band away to rehearse for an hour and a half with a simple mission: create a 5-7 minute set of music on stage. Call everyone back, and put on a show.

 The five bands that competed in Sunday's scramble showed a range of talents. Every band had some people who had never played bluegrass onstage before. At least two people made their singing debut as well.

 I can tell you from touring the rehearsal rooms during those 90 minutes that the energy level and enthusiasm was high. Everyone was involved in picking band names, repertoire and arranging. The atmosphere in every room felt like a really good band rehearsal. That spirit made it onto the stage, where all the bands, who were competing for an opening act slot at a local coffeehouse and a set of tuners, put on enjoyable performances and cheered each other on from the audience.

 The comments were unanimously positive from everyone involved, and I really enjoyed the simultaneous spirits of cooperation and competition that extended from the selection of the bands through the concert itself. I think the first scramble was a complete success, and I'm looking forward to many more. Thanks to everyone who came out to participate, help out, or just watch!



5 comments on “Bluegrass Scramble Review written by Rich Stillman”

banjotef Says:
Thursday, January 6, 2011 @11:52:34 AM

That sounds WAY cool!

clawhammertim Says:
Thursday, January 6, 2011 @12:28:01 PM

It was. I totally dug it. We had about 65 people come and we put together 5 bands. The winning band won an opening set at an upcoming house concert with the Boston Boys. The house concert webpage: sharonhouseconcerts.com/

rbergesch Says:
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @3:19:57 PM

Very neat. I have a buddy who explained poetry slam to me one time; it sounds like a great way to get people to take their mjusic out of the closet and have some fun with simialr-minded folks.

rbergesch Says:
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @3:21:05 PM

Very neat. I have a buddy who explained poetry slam to me one time; it sounds like a great way to get people to take their mjusic out of the closet and have some fun with simialr-minded folks.

5Stringtrout Says:
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 @5:57:42 AM

Sound like a good thing to try with Old Time musicians too.

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