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VISIT US BEFORE CAMP:
FRIDAYS AT TIN ROOF CANTINA IN ATLANTA: THE ONE, THE ONLY, TOTALLY STUDENT JAM
SECOND SUNDAYS STUDENT SHOW AT SHORTY'S, TUCKER
(check for time slots at the link below)
Meet the campers and see the camp!
The CJRBC gang.
Each camp session begins on a Monday. Campers are grouped into bands, based upon skill level, the wishes of friends to play together, and the type of music each person enjoys. The faculty helps the bands choose the songs – average of four – they wish to perform on Friday. We build up to six bands per session, and the available slots for each session will be posted on the registration page, just above the registration form.
Established bands will have a pre-camp meeting with the faculty to determine the scope of work they wish to accomplish. Sometimes this means helping them prepare for studio recording. Often they wish assistance in writing or polishing original songs. Occasionally they wish to stretch outside of their “comfort zone.”
The days are set up for practice, with faculty rotating between the various bands. Campers needing extra individual time are helped in a separate room. On Monday afternoon each band plays their first song on stage. Every afternoon the bands get up and play what they have. This is what helps them get ready for Friday.
During the week, classes in guitar, bass, drum, horns, keyboard, and amp maintenance are given by professionals from the Atlanta area. In addition campers are treated to short performances by notable bands who love to come in and play for the kids and answer questions. Earl Klugh has played, as has the Mike Lowry band, Charlie Wooton, Mudcat, Mike Martin, Eddie Horst, and Andrew Black.
By Wednesday the campers are rocking along, gaining confidence, having fun with each other, and generally becoming more comfortable with their bandmates and their set. Laughter permeates the practice rooms and the stage.
On Thursday evening the bands gather at Maddy’s Ribs and Blues, in Decatur, to give a partial performance of their Friday set to an overwhelmingly supportive audience. This is the key to a relaxed and confident performance the following night. The skill sets of working with others, compromising, and mutual support all go together to make Friday night what it is, and the faculty stress those skills throughout the week.
The undisputed highlight of Chicago Joe’s Rock ‘n Blues Camp is the Friday evening concert. Each concert has been memorable, and the enthusiasm and excitement from the audience always surprises and delights the bands, who play an inspired program.