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ABOUT US

 
  Mission Statement  
  The Mississippi Blues Society (MBS) was founded on September 18, 2001 to increase the awareness and enjoyment of blues music in Lanark County and area. Our Society encourages, promotes and seeks to expand live music performance, communication and education focused on blues music.  
     
 
Please feel free to contact us via email and, if you like, you can give us your mailing address in case we send out any events or update information.
We also appreciate any comments or suggestions.
 
     
  MBS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President, Gary Sanford
Secretary, Ivor Allen
Treasurer, Angela Scheps
Musical Director, Barry Buse
Executive Member, Peter Brown
Executive Member, Mike Lush
Executive Member, Ina Jackson
Executive Member, Pat Grenier
 
     
  JAM ETIQUETTE  
  Here's a guideline for musicians who want to be part of the entertainment at an MBS Jam. The first set is played by the house band, after which Jammers will be asked to go on stage.
  • Normally, Jammers can expect to play 3 songs, unless asked by the house band and/or audience for more.
  • Please don't let songs go for more than 5 minutes, unless a substantial number of people are dancing, then by all means play on a bit longer.
  • Please don't pull out complicated arrangements at a jam, unless your colleagues are familiar with it.
  • You may perform with musicians you are not familiar with. If you are a regular at our jam, please make them feel welcome!
  • Whoever is singing automatically becomes the conductor i.e., starts, stops, who solos, when, dynamics etc.
  • When using the mic, don't use vulgar language, the audience is there for you and the jam, don't insult them.
  • Solos...please keep solos to 1, 2 or 3 verses unless song is an instrumental.
  • Singers and other instrumentalists, do not cut or play over another soloist until they have signaled their ending their solo.
  • Please don't solo way too loud. That makes patrons leave.
  • Instrumentalists...don't solo over vocals, answer call or between vocal lines would be cool.
  • If possible have your guitars and basses tuned before you get up, if not, please tune as quickly as possible.
  • Try to keep a minimum of noise between songs, and quickly move to the next tune.
  • Drummers ... please do not adjust the kit, make do with how the house drums are set up and bring your own sticks!
  • When using other artists' gear, treat equipment with respect.
  • If any damage because of misuse has occurred to any equipment you have borrowed, you will reimburse the owner accordingly.
  • We reserve the right not to let a Jammer up to play if they're disrespectful and/or intoxicated.
  • Be a team player, head up, eyes and ears open and you can't lose !!!
  • Do this, don't do that, do that, don't do this....Oh and remember,come on out and have some FUN !!!!!!
The audience is there to see and hear a Blues Jam. It's a great opportunity for Blues fans to rub elbows with musicians from the area. It's also a vehicle for players who don't play live regularly to get up and have some fun, as well beginners to cut their teeth for the first time in front of an audience!! Over the years I've seen dozens of projects materialize from Musicians meeting and jamming together. The Ottawa area is a hotbed of talented Blues artists and thankfully many of them come out to the MBS jams. What makes a successful Blues night are the Jammers and the audience who comes out to hear the music!

BARRY BUSE (Co-founder / Musical Director)
 
     

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