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Bass Day Charlotte
 Saturday, May 1, 2010

If you noticed a slight waver in the Bass Force, ala Star Wars, on May 1, 2010, it was probably due to Bass Day Charlotte. It also may have been Victor Wooten Nature Camp too over the weekend as well but Charlotte will take credit.

On Saturday May 1, bass players from across the Charlotte, NC region gathered at Black founding member, Johnny Colt’s Noda Studios. Aimed at bass players of all levels, the gathering included gear displays, clinics and an evening ending bass jam. Bass Dynamics founder James L Carrothers was the catalyst for the event having attended Bass Player Live in LA along with yearly visits to the NAMM show as an exhibitor. His Bass Dynamics business imports custom made D’Alegria basses from Brazil www.D’ where James is the US distributor. In addition, James writes a bi-monthly bass column for Modern Player Magazine based in China.

The 1st year event was well attended with a little less than 50 people officially signing up and with many more coming and going during the day. Attendees were treated to great gear provided by D’Alegria Basses, Mono Cases, D’Addario, Essential Sound Products, Epifani, and Sam Ash. A special treat was Atlanta Bass Gallery’s Darren Michaels bringing a variety of basses from their Atlanta store along local builder Ari Lehtela of LA Guitar Factory,

The full day event included lunch provided Chef Rev of Smallwood Presbyterian Church where James is bassist for the choir. A family affair, it included help from James wife Valerie and twin daughters Jasmine and JaNey.

Attendees sampled great gear and performances from local artists before heading into several clinics organized for the event. They included the following lineup: Ari Lehtela Bass construction and care; Dennis Contreras Classical Double Bass discussion and demo; Robert McClure and John Wynn Recording the bass and studio techniques; Tracy Curry National Artists, The New Country Player; Ron Brendle Upright Jazz Bass discussion and demo; Michael Vick Fretless Bass discussion and microtonal sound; Willie Walker and Gerard Benson Bass in Church, Electric Jazz Bass and Working the Bassist.      (Top of page)
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