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Second Jam Session Dance

Before the beginning of this season there was a lot of discussions whether or not we should try jam sessions on weekday – every first Wednesday of the month – after the board meeting. It has never been done before in the history of this club so we all knew that it might take some time for the word to spread.
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Star jammers: Tony Klepec, Bob Turcola, Bernie Barich, Ed Klimczak - Photo: Daria

Star jammers: Tony Klepec, Bob Turcola, Bernie Barich, Ed Klimczak - Photo: Daria

However, for this second jam session, on January 4, 2012, I had some musicians letting me know in advance that they were going to be there and I knew that if these jammers show up, the music will rock: Tony Klepec from Sarasota, Ed Klimczak from Cleveland and Bernie Barich from Minnesota.
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To my great pleasure, they all came – along with a few others. Here’s a list of the group that entertained at our Slovenian-American Club this past Wednesday – in order I signed them up at the door:

  • ED SLEGLE – saxophone
  • MARTY RAAB – button box
  • TOM TELEGA – bass guitar
  • BOB TURCOLA – piano accordion & keyboard
  • ED KLIMCZAK – brought drums and piano accordion but ended up playing the latter
  • CARMEN WHITE – drums
  • BERNIE BARICH – piano accordion
  • TONY KLEPEC – button box
  • ANNABELLE BOSTELMAN – button box

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Our hall can sit quite a few more people than we had at the first two jam sessions. But everything else worked out amazingly well. See for yourself – check out the videos, posted on this page.
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For the large part of the event our audience was ecstatic – and it all started when Bernie Barich from Minnesota joined the group on the stage. He sings Slovenian lyrics very nicely and plays a custom made piano accordion that looks like the regular one – turned upside down. Too bad Bernie and his wife are only staying in Florida for a month. We would love to see him playing again at our hall!
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Maybe Bernie Barich will have time to join us on January 28, 2012, and play some with Walter Ostanek and Bob Kravos. See him playing and singing in the video below.
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In short, we haven’t had a party like this at our Club in a long time. After the jam session on the stage ended, most of us were standing in a circle, singing, clapping and swaying, while Tony Klepec, Bernie Barich and Ed Klimczak were still playing on their accordions. A first time visitor with German background that came to Spring Hill for the first time, told me several times, “I don’t understand the words – but the music is just So nice!”
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Thank you to all the musicians who came and played and had a good time. There’s something special about these spontaneous, random gatherings. Maybe it’s that the musicians don’t consider them a job, play for a shorter time, just having fun and giving it all – or maybe there’s something else that fills up with energy musicians and attendees alike. Whatever it is, I love it!
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Last but not least, this event would never happen without help from the following people:

  • kitchen and food: Catherine Feil, Grace Bouma, Carmel Casanova and Erik Perse
  • bar: Nežka Novak
  • door: Ed Klasa
Big thanks to all of the above – and all those who payed their admission, purchased something from the menu and danced at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center in Spring Hill, FL, in the afternoon of January 4, 2012. I look forward to seeing you again, soon!

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