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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Daria

Most of all Daria enjoys creating, designing, taking photos of, writing about and sharing all the beautiful, cheerful things and moments. She finds them everywhere she goes. And tons of fun people, too!

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Ruth Read - January 6, 2012

If I lived close I would be there too! great post.

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    Daria - January 19, 2012

    Believe me, Ruth, I can easily imagine how much fun it would be having you around at our events! 🙂

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Grace Doerk - January 7, 2012

I was estactic over the response the Sucoast Center is getting and really must congratulate everyone involved. You can’t imagine how happy I am. I hope to soon once again visit the old #778 SNPJ Hall–the new Suncoast Center.

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    Daria - January 19, 2012

    We would love to see you here again, Grace, any time! 🙂

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Bob Courtney - January 8, 2012

Being of Irish decent, I too could not understand the words to all of the songs, just like the German gentelman (Herman). But just like he, I loved the music and I hope this Jam Session idea takes hold and goes on forever

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    Daria - January 8, 2012

    Thank you for your comment, Bob, and I’m glad you didn’t tell the whole story – about how you sometimes don’t understand the words and Daria wouldn’t translate them for you because T… is not behaving… lol
    Have a beautiful week – till we meet again! 🙂

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Ron & Ilene - January 8, 2012

We really enjoyed the Polka music from the jam session in Florida. Very much talent from all those players. We are very good friends of Bernie (plays the accordian upside down) and Kathy–we are all from Minnesota. Everyone keep up the good work and we hope to be able to view some additional videos of all the talented musicians involved.

Ron & Ilene

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    Daria - January 19, 2012

    You were all much fun so – thank You form coming and participating and I very much look forward to seeing you again, soon! 🙂

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Frank Mlakar - January 18, 2012

Hello Daria,

The Florida sunshine and the happy Slovenian music you sent has warmed and brightend a really nasty winter evening here in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Thank you so very much for sending.

Frank

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    Daria - January 19, 2012

    You’re more than welcome, Frank, always! To me there’s nothing more pleasing than knowing that my writing brightened someone’s day… 🙂

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Nada - January 29, 2012

Hi Daria,
It is cold in Chicago today. I am making some palacinke and thinking how great of the time everybody had yesterday at tne Slovenian Club with Walter Ostanek and jaming with Bernie Barich. Wish I was there. Lokking forward to your postings! Nasvidenje!

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    Daria - January 29, 2012

    Hi Nada,
    It was a great event, the hall was full and everyone had a lot of fun. For me, however, it was a long day and I came home with a bad headache and fever. Still recuperating but will start uploading videos and photos as soon as I feel better.
    Lep soncen pozdrav s Floride, da malo pogreje vse vas v chicagu! 🙂

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      Nada - February 3, 2012

      Hvala Daria,
      Hope your are feeling better! pa se malo slivovke popij da glavobol cim prej mine- ali pa pride nazaj!! ha-ha

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        Daria - February 6, 2012

        Saj ne bi bilo slabo, ce bi bila slivovka zdravilo za vse tezave… 🙂

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frank stanger - January 11, 2013

Hi Daria Looking forward to seeing everyone in flordia Frank Stanger

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    Daria - January 11, 2013

    Hi Frank,
    We’re all looking forward to having you around for the first time as well!! 🙂

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