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Red House Studios

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Anyone who reads my blog knows that I’ve been having some musical frustration as of late. Being a dad of a toddler doesn’t offer much time to rock out, and as a bassist I tend to need to play with other people. While searching craigslist for others to jam with, I came across a place called Red House Studios in Walnut Creek. They offer lessons, recording, and open jam sessions, and last night I attended something called “Band Practice: The Golden Age of MTV.” There were 2 guitarists, a drummer, and a teacher who helps everybody learn some cover tunes, and then in a month we get to perform them in front of people. Last night we played Rebel Yell, 867-5309 (Jenny), Hungry Like the Wolf, and Video Killed the Radio Star which was probably the toughest of them all. It was a lot of fun. It’s like being in a cover band without all the hassle of finding people to play with, finding rehearsal space, loading in gear and all the other less fun aspects of playing rock and roll. I just showed up with my bass, plugged into their amp, got the chord charts and I was rocking out within 10 minutes. This is the best place for aging rockers with day jobs and families to go and blow off our musical steam. A bunch of the local dads who are also musicians in my town get together once a week with the kids and have a mellow acoustic jam, but it does not compare to playing loud electric rock. When I play bass, I want to feel it, and I did last night!

Thanks to:Raja and Roxy. Leave comments (2)
  • Roxy
    12:18 pm on November 3rd, 2008 1

    Sounds like a great time…I haven’t kept up with your Desperate counterparts in the garage band on Wisteria Lane, but it is great to hear you’ve found a place to jam.

  • Jason
    12:29 pm on November 3rd, 2008 2

    Roxy, November sweeps is the best time to keep up with our desperate counterparts. Their garage band, as you may imagine, is nothing but trouble.

    By the way, I’m not sure how much control over the advertising you have here, but could you please do something to kill the Yes on Prop 8 ads. I can’t in good conscience blog while promoting bigotry. Thanks.

  • Roxy
    8:09 am on November 4th, 2008 3

    Just saw something on someone else’s blog (Thailand Land of Smiles) about Google Adsense violating their own terms of service with the Prop 8 ads that are showing up all over the Internet…I wonder if they’ve since pulled them as I’m seeing recording studio ads in your sidebar on my last three visits.

  • Raja
    1:18 pm on November 21st, 2008 4

    Hey Jason and Roxy:

    I stumbled across this post while doing some Google searches this morning. I’m the owner of the Red House is Walnut Creek. Glad you had fun at our place. Thanks for the blog posting, and let me know if you have any other ideas for us!


  • Jason
    4:53 pm on November 21st, 2008 5

    Raja, I’ve been back twice since posting this. I LOVE Red House and plan on coming in at least twice a month if I can. I emailed you about this, but just for the record, the one thing I would really love to see would be a jazz workshop for jazz newbies. I think there are plenty of rockers who would like to give jazz a try but are intimidated by serious jazz musicians, reading music out of the Real Book, etc. Can ya dig it?


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