Newsletter - July, 2015
Welcome to the SF Bay Area Acoustic Guitar Society (SFBA AGS
See below for recent news, upcoming events, and random speculation.
Please contact me (Rich Morin) with news items, comments, or suggestions.
I started the meetup on June 22nd and we already have more than 50 members.
I'm really pleased by this response and expect our numbers to grow rapidly,
at least for a while.
I also expect the group to provide an increasing range
of services and benefits as our membership grows.
Our fundamental service, of course, is the shared online calendar.
This gives performers, venues, and audience members a convenient way to keep in touch.
So, I encourage everyone to list (and sponsor!) events, make comments, etc.
If you need help getting started, just send me an email...
However, that's only the beginning.
As our membership increases, we'll be able to influence and support the growth
of live acoustic guitar music in the area.
We can initiate events, help performers to find venues and audiences, etc.
All of this will help to increase the number and visibility of local events.
Although large concerts can be a lot of fun
(and are the only way most of us will ever see a top-ranked performer),
I prefer the intimacy and informality of house concerts and small-venue events.
Sitting a few feet away from the guitar, I can see and hear everything perfectly.
I also like chatting with performers, buying their CDs, etc.
Although there are quite a few venues for large-scale events,
finding small to mid-size venues can be quite a challenge for performers.
So, we can always use more guitar-friendly venues
I'm delighted to report that we've been offered the use of two interesting venues.
- Dolores Corner is a large, comfy bar in San Francisco's Mission District.
It's largely a sports bar, but the new owner (Lee) is a fan of acoustic guitar.
If you're interested in performing at either venue, please send me a note.
I can introduce you to the owner, help to schedule and publicize your event, etc!
Quite a few guitarists pass through this area on their performing tours.
I'd like to make it easier for them to set up pleasant and rewarding gigs.
If we can offer comfortable venues and appreciative audiences,
many of these performers will be happy to add us to their itinerary.
So, I'm compiling a list of performers that I'd love to see and hear.
I plan to email them, telling them about the hospitality we can offer.
Please let me know if you have any favorite guitarists I should add!
I've been talking with local luthiers about setting up a monthly series
of "Luthier Showcase" events.
The exact content and format are up to each presenter,
but guitars will certainly be demonstrated and discussed (:-).
We're having a planning meeting in late July
and expect to have the first "real" event in mid-August.
Stay tuned for details.
The online calendar is the definitive resource for schedule information,
because events may be added, changed, or even removed at any time.
However, the following tables may be handier than the calendar for a quick scan...
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