0265: /jamspace

jamspace

Getting the band back together…       for the first time

Jamspace is an event within PAX East put on by Magfest that brings together local music acts and also random musical strangers in open jam sessions.

Being located at the far end of the hall at a huge convention center isn’t ideal, even with the chip tunes blaring out at full volume.  The Magfest crew needs a better way to get the word out than relying on PAX’s own promotion of their event.

Since the open jam sessions rely on strangers in the area getting together to make some sweet music, what better way to make that happen than the local web.   By posting info about the open jam sessions to localweb.is/jamspace it allows Magfest to reach people who are at PAX — not on Twitter or Facebook or in forums but actually at PAX.   If you go to /jamspace and you can see people talking about the open jam sessions, then you are at PAX.

It’s a long walk to the signup sheet in the Jamspace room, so many     PAX attendees are just using the local web and /jamspace to ask questions, post what they can play, and in an ad-hoc way, getting       the band together before they meet for the first time at one of the open jam sessions.

All this activity has the side benefit of pushing the /jamspace slash to the top of the local web front page.  When PAX attendees are checking out the front page to see what’s hot at PAX this year, and /jamspace is at the top of the list, it really doesn’t matter how far down the hall you are.  If you play it (and promote it on the local web), they will come.

Note: PAX or Magfest are not officially affiliated with the local web.  The above is just an example of what could happen when the local web launches at PAX East in April.

We are building the local web and sharing a new way to use it each day.

Signup at localweb.is

Image via Magfest on the Penny Arcade Forums

0086: /vintage-gear

image

Buying and selling the rare stuff

One of the things musicians love to do as they tour is find vintage guitars, synthesizers and other musical gear.

Sometimes it’s for fun, and sometimes it’s because that 1972 Kustom B4 is the only thing that can replace the amp that blew out at last night’s show.  /vintage-gear is where the best rare instruments in the neighborhood reside.  Whether you’re traveling and need a new guitar or are just looking to add to the collection in your basement, it’s easy to quickly see what’s available nearby and debate the merits of Ibanez vs. Fender for your newest heavy metal project.

We are building the local web and sharing a new way to use it each day.

Signup at localweb.is

Image courtesy of Graham Niven | CC3.0

0081: /classical-musicians

image

An outlet for classically                 trained musicians

There are millions of people around the world passionate about creating and playing classical music.  Only a small handful of these people make it into conservatories like Julliard or the Vienna Conservatory, and an even smaller number end up making a career out of playing classical music.  Yet, every single one of these passionate, classically trained musicians yearns to connect and play with others who share their passion.

Enter /classical-musicians, where local musicians can connect with one another.  For classically trained musicians it’s an opportunity to share their passion and continue playing the instruments they took so long to master.  Every artist needs their outlet and for non-career musicians, this is that outlet.

We are building the local web and sharing a new way to use it each day.

Signup at localweb.is

Image courtesy of Ed Schipul | CC2.0

0058: /hot-spots

image

What’s going on, wherever             you’re going

If you travel even semi-regularly, there’s a problem you keep running into: finding out what’s happening that’s interesting around you that day / night or weekend.

Right now on the web you’d have to send a message to every friend, follower or contact in your address book to get an answer.  Or you could maintain and constantly update lists of where people are and their interests. With /hot-spots you could avoid the extra work and simply see what’s happening when you get there.  That way you won’t miss the standing Soul Rebel gig at Le Bon Temps Roule every Thursday, or any of the other great things that happen in New Orleans.

We are building the local web and sharing a new way to use it each day.

Signup at localweb.is

Img courtesy of Stephen Kennedy / Flickr, CC License 2.0

0010: /megafauna-on-tour

image

Local, real-time tour updates

For the last couple of years the band Megafauna has been traveling constantly, playing and hanging out with fans across the U.S.  As most bands do, they maintain a presence on social networks but it’s time consuming and repetitive to create a separate page for each of the dozens of shows per tour.

What they need is a way to reach fans at around each show. /megafauna-on-tour is a way to make that happen.  Simply sharing the link once on a page of tour dates makes it easy for fans to organize & connect around the show in their city.  The band can also use /megafauna-on-tour to let fans know they’re close, ask about the best local spot for burritos, and post in updated set times.

We are building the local web and sharing a new way to use it each day.

Signup at localweb.is