Topic: Music From the Living Room
As I've mentioned before, I belong to (and am a board member) of a local non-profit group called the "Foothill Folk Society". Our members are local musicians, artists and others who want to promote and preserve local music and arts as well as give back to the community by being involved in projects like obtaining donations to the local food bank or providing free instruments and music lessons to those who might not otherwise learn to play an instrument. One of our annual fund-raising events is a winter concert held with the assistance of the Chillicothe, Ohio branch of Ohio University (OUC)
Each year we have a different theme. This year the theme was "Music From the Living Room", an on-stage simulation of our monthly "munch and jams" in which members gather for three hours the second Sunday of each month to share food and music.We worked in a pretty tight window once OUC gave us the available date, coming up with the theme, finding members who were available to play, obtaining stage props and sound reinforcement, etc. There was no time for rehearsals and we found ourselves still working on the stage set and positioning mics and stage lights right up 'til the doors opened.
This year a public TV station asked to film the event. The result was posted on youtube and I've attached a link. It's pretty lengthy as they ran the camera while people were being seated and Joe Thomas, one of our oldest members, played banjo as a "filler" until the show started. If you're interested in watching, I suggest jumping to about 22 minutes into the clip to start.