The massive guitar jam is part of the 2015 Make Music New York event that features more than 1,200 music performances on streets and in parks around NYC, and the guitar gathering is probably the largest of all the days performances and jam sessions.
It’s called Mass Appeal: Guitars, hosted by Acoustic Nation and the New York City Guitar School, and sponsored by Martin Guitars, Ernie Ball Strings and Tech 21.
If you want to join the jam session, you must bring your own guitar.
Mass Appeal: Guitars kicks off at 4pm with check-in and run-throughs of the play-along songs. Guests will receive free Ernie Ball guitar strings while supplies last, and can also sign up for a chance to win a Martin LXM Little Martin guitar, which will be given away at the end of the event, at 7pm. The winner must be present.
The first featured performance is at 4:45pm, with a special performance by one-man act, J. R., also known as The Bones of J.R. Jones, a spellbinding musical force, who plays several instruments – guitar, banjo, bass drum, high-hat – at once, by himself.
The play-along begins at 5:30 p.m. with songs including Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly,” Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”. The songs will be led by players including Acoustic Nation editor Laura B. Whitmore; NYC singer/songwriters Dorit, Craig Kierce and Melinda May; Brooklyn bands The Good Good and Bandits on the Run; and New York City Guitar School instructors.
The final featured performance at 6pm features fiery blues-rock artist Danielia Cotton of Hopewell, N.J. Cotton’s natural gift of raw, searing vocal chops combined with a deep, buttery tone, draws from listening to AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and grooving to Mavis Staples, Etta James, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Shortly after entering junior high school, Cotton received her first guitar from her mother and began writing songs hours at a time, an experience she said saved her.
The event ends with the announcement of giveaway winners and a final play-along of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” led by Cotton.
Attendees must bring their own guitar.
Mass Appeal: Guitars also is happening at Make Music events in Nashville, Boston and Seattle.
- Boston – http://makemusicboston.org/
- Nashville – http://makemusicday.org/nashville/
- Seattle – http://www.makemusicseattle.com/
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