I came across this in the drafts folder and thought that it was about time that I published it – only one year late. The 2017 Station Inn, Andover, annual Rock-Jam took place on the 7th January.
It was organised by Mark Holden of Band ‘Less is More’ and the staff of the Station Inn. It is a great opportunity for the members of local bands to get together for an evening of live ‘covers’ performances and to socialise with members of bands that they may seldom, if ever, see or get to meet.
Mark organises a set-list and then identifies performers to put together a workable band. He has a rule that no more than 3 members of a single band can perform together at any one time (although this tends to get broken as the evening leads to more and more performers joining each set with everyone on stage at the end).
The rule ensures an edge to the performance that would not normally be there and also that no single band features unduly.
As the evening wears on and the drinks flow the atmosphere is, as always, electric, exciting and full of meetings with new people and new bands. For me the event had always been unmissable and set the New Year off to a positive start.
Bands this year included ‘One in the Chamber’, ‘Nailed’, ‘Less is More’, ‘Reload’, ‘Black Dog’, ‘Sketches of Sound’, ‘Reluctant Sons’, ‘Stonepig’ and ‘Common Ground’ among others.