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MAGFest presents The PAX East 2016 JAMSPACE!

NickTheNewbieNickTheNewbie regular
edited April 2016 in PAX East
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You may know us as the people who ran the Jamspace at PAX West. You may know us as the people who run the Jamspace at PAX South. You may know us as the shitheads who inadvertently booked their 13th annual flagship event the same weekend as the inaugural PAX South, and subsequently lost the bet surrounding that. However you know us, or even if you don't, the shitheads from MAGFest are coming to invade PAX East 2016!

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What's Jamspace?
Jamspace is a room where you can see musical performances happening morning to night all weekend. We've got performances from DJs, chiptunes, video game cover bands, and even open mic open jam sessions where WE provide the instruments and YOU provide the talent (or lack thereof).

How do the Open Jam Sessions work?
We've got guitars, bass, keyboard, and drums available for public use (though we've omitted public use microphones for the safety of yourself, and those around you). If you'd like, you can even bring your own instrument, and we can get you all plugged in! Sign up for an instrument, and you'll get called up on stage to join whoever's already up there. Talk everything over with your fellow musicians to decide a song or chord progression, and then go at it!

Are the jam sessions public or even interesting for non-musicians?
Usually! A lot of great musicians roll through jamspace, so you have a chance to witness the serendipitous chance gathering of amazing musicians that had never met before that day.

What about the scheduled performances?
We'll have some great shows from the local nerd/vg/chip scene, and maybe even some of the main stage performers! Check out the posted schedule in front of the room when you arrive. We'll also have the schedule available online via this post, Guidebook, and the PAX website as we get closer to the event.

Where is the Jamspace?
We're in Room 109A+B of the BCEC, waaaaaay down at the end of hall past arachnid theater.
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What is MAGFest?
MAGFest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization dedicated to furthering the appreciation of games and video game music. MAGFest Inc.'s main method of achieving this goal is to create events which provide a means for people to enjoy games, as well as musical concerts. We hold several different events throughout the year, including Bit Gen Gamer Fest, MAGStock, our touring concert series Game Over, and our flagship annual event The Music And Gaming Festival.

Room schedule
Friday
  • 10am-1pm: Open Jam
  • 1pm-7pm: Live bands
  • 1:00pm - Astrologic
  • 1:30pm - Donut Shoes
  • 2:00pm - DiamondMachine/Bifflecup
  • 3:00pm - HUMANWINE
  • 4:00pm - Geeks and Guitars
  • 5:00pm - The World is Square
  • 6:00pm - Family Jules7x
  • 7pm-9pm: Open Jam
  • 9pm-12am: DJ Battle Dance Party
Saturday
  • 10am-1pm: Open Jam
  • 1pm-6pm: Live bands
  • 1:00pm - Epic Game Music
  • 2:00pm - Robot and the Wizard
  • 2:30pm - MC facepalm/Sam Mulligan
  • 3:00pm - (T-T)b
  • 3:30pm - Crunk Witch
  • 4:10pm - Videri String Quartet
  • 5:00pm - Professor Shyguy
  • 6:30pm-9pm: Open Jam
  • 9pm-12am: Chiptune Dance Party
  • 9:00pm - Death's Medicinec
  • 9:45pm - glenntai
  • 10:25pm - nanode
  • 11:10pm - diamond machine
Sunday
  • 10am-12pm: Open Jam
  • 12pm-4pm: Live bands
  • 12:00pm - Lame Genie
  • 1:00pm - ???Mystery Act???
  • 2:30pm - ???Mystery Act???
  • 3:00pm - ???Mystery Act???
  • 4pm-6pm: Open Jam

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  • All you musicians out there, what do you play and what games do you know the music from? Let's try to coordinate some vgm jam sessions.

    I'm a piano guy, and I know a few chrono trigger songs.

  • This pleases my dangly bits.

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  • Last year I saw Mega-Ran and Sammus and they were both great! Looking forward to this year as well.

    Steam - Verbena | 3DS Friend Code - 0576-4430-7964 | Xbox - Verbena Zero
  • No microphone if I understand correctly? Would we be able to bring our own microphone to plug in?

  • zombie247 wrote: »
    No microphone if I understand correctly? Would we be able to bring our own microphone to plug in?
    We didn't say we didn't have microphones, we just said, for the safety of the public and yourself, we don't leave them out for just anyone to use ;)

    But for real, what did you have in mind?

  • PurpleBekPurpleBek Manchester, England regular
    When will the bands be announced

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  • zombie247 wrote: »
    No microphone if I understand correctly? Would we be able to bring our own microphone to plug in?
    We didn't say we didn't have microphones, we just said, for the safety of the public and yourself, we don't leave them out for just anyone to use ;)

    But for real, what did you have in mind?

    Not sure yet, I just like singing and playing guitar. I have a few songs but nothing video game related. Could always come up with lyrics for some stuff though in advance.

    Arrow thru the knee blues for instance :)

  • zombie247 wrote: »
    Arrow thru the knee blues for instance :)

    And yet still an adventurer .....

    PAX East 2016 .... gots my Passes [x] Hotel [x] Flights [x] Packed [..] .... ok we're all good !!!!!
  • Used to be an adventurer -took an arrow to the knee,
    Yeah used to be an adventurer baby got an arrow in the kneeeeee
    All my friends fighting dragons- I got guard dutyyyyy

    It writes itself!

    annarchyjane
  • zoidbergzoidberg regular
    edited April 2016
    I'm a jazz musician (Bass player). I plan on coming down to jam for a little bit. I have a pretty decent ear when it comes to picking up on chord progressions and I love to improvise, but if you guys want to send any songs my way to listen to go ahead! Should be fun to jam with some fellow gamers.

    PS: Casino Night Zone from Sonic is a great tune with fun chord changes! Similar to All of Me. I can always write out chord charts in a flash.

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    NickTheNewbie
  • Why not, zoidberg? I would not call myself a musician exactly but know a couple of jazz standards.

  • What instrument do u play zombie?

  • Kazoo mostly. Oh, and some guitar.

  • PurpleBek wrote: »
    When will the bands be announced
    The list is all but complete, so I'll put it up tomorrow afternoon! We've got some good stuff in there, and will make sure it's on guidebook and the pax website as well.

    PurpleBek
  • Schedule has been updated in this thread, and the pax east website! Times are subject to rejiggering.

  • SleepSleep regular
    Schedule has been updated in this thread, and the pax east website! Times are subject to rejiggering.

    I mean that's kinda just par for the course for jam space though.

  • Staplers10Staplers10 new member
    Two questions.

    I'm planning to attend an Open Jam session. Is it possible to leave instruments at the room throughout the day so I can check out other PAX stuff? I'd be retrieving anything I leave when the day ends.

    It seems to me that the Open Jam is focused on certain instruments, though I assume you accept other instruments when I see there is an alto sax in the picture. Would I be able to bring a clarinet as well?

  • NickTheNewbieNickTheNewbie regular
    edited April 2016
    Staplers10 wrote: »
    Two questions.

    I'm planning to attend an Open Jam session. Is it possible to leave instruments at the room throughout the day so I can check out other PAX stuff? I'd be retrieving anything I leave when the day ends.

    It seems to me that the Open Jam is focused on certain instruments, though I assume you accept other instruments when I see there is an alto sax in the picture. Would I be able to bring a clarinet as well?

    You can drop them off, and we can set it backstage. While we'll keep an eye on it for you, we can't 100% guarantee its safety, so consider this a disclaimer.

    Open Jam is welcome to any and all instruments! Just because we don't have it doesn't mean you shouldn't bring it. Some of our best jams have come from violins, trumpets, harmonicas, and even an ocarina.

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  • OK, this is probably a really stupid question but here goes.... Does jamspace do any karaoke?

  • jdixon1972 wrote: »
    OK, this is probably a really stupid question but here goes.... Does jamspace do any karaoke?

    Find the right group of musicians to back you and you can do IRL karaoke! We reserve the right to boo you off stage if you can't hit that B flat.

  • Hehe, yeh, throwing rotten fruit would be one thing, but throwing broken controllers to show your dislike would be something else entirely :)

  • UEAKCrashUEAKCrash heh regular
    Stopped by briefly yesterday! Got to hit some circles with sticks, had fun! Thanks for running it!

    NickTheNewbie
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