Sunday, November 20, 2011
Bass Bash Night
Bass players from across the Charlotte, NC region gathered for the second annual "Bass Bash Night" and "Bass Jam" festivities
with a special guest performance by NYC based "Consider the Source" at
the Double Door Hotel.
Like last year, the clinics, workshops and instruction are for 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’Alegria.com where James is the US distributor. In addition, James writes a bi-monthly bass column for Modern Player Magazine based in China.
2nd 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;
www.ronbrendle.com 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)