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From the Public Domain

Sunday, Jun 14, 2015 5:00 PM

Event Details

DC Chapter

Meet & Greet Jam Details: Saturday, May 16, 2015 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Event Details: Sunday, Jun 14, 2015 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Gypsy Sally's, 3401 Water St NW, Georgetown, Washington, DC
Gypsy Sally's, 3401 Water St NW, Georgetown, Washington, DC
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About This Event


The original version of this post listed the show date incorrectly. The correct show date is Sunday, June 14



The laws of this land provide musicians with the opportunity to perform from a treasure trove of musical hits. The Public Domain is public property, and is yours to share, shape, mold, and perform in a way that retains the integrity of the original work, while still kicking in that 2015 spice. With this showcase at Gypsy Sally’s, you’ll be provided with the perfect setting to showcase some of these foundational musical works. Playing music from the Public Domain gives us the chance to highlight endless country, bluegrass, jazz, and folk standards from a bygone era with an acoustic flair. Let’s pay homage, and play music.

Like all our Flashband showcases, we challenge participating musicians (most of whom have never met) to make a band in a month. This is a one night only show. All bands play a 15 minute set, which must include all music in the public domain, plus at least one new original song written after the band forms. We encourage musicians to put their originals into the public domain, as well. We will record the entire show and make it available through the Flashband website afterwards.

Musician Signup

Musicians from all backgrounds and styles are welcome to sign up, although they should feel confident in their ability to perform a fifteen minute set on stage after just a few practices with their band. Interested in performing? Musician signup is open until the meet-and-greet jam date of May 16. Read about how the Flashband showcase works.

Registration fee covers:

  •  Use of space and equipment at the studio at the jam session
  •  Organization and logistics by Flashband staff
  •  Professional photos of the show (see past photos here)

Any musicians that have never been in a band before (regular band or Flashband) are required to attend an Intro to Performance class before participating. All musicians are strongly encouraged to attend - the class is designed to provide useful information to musicians of all backgrounds. The next Intro class will be held immediately before the meet-and-greet jam.

Meet-and-greet jam

Presented by:

7DrumLessonsAll participating musicians must attend the meet-and-greet jam, where musicians cycle through 4-5 concurrent jam sessions and then begin forming their bands. Read about how the meet-and-greet jam works.

7DrumLessons Studios

2008 8th Street Northwest, Washington, DC

Saturday, May 16, 4pm-7pm


4:00-4:10: Musicians arrive

4:10-4:20: Introduction

4:20-5:00: Jam 1

5:00-5:40: Jam 2

5:40-6:30: Jam 3

6:30-7:00: Closing Remarks and socializing

We love 7DrumLessons. Come check out the space, and next time you need lessons or band practice space you know where to go.


The Show

All bands will do one fifteen minute set, with at least one new original song and all songs in the public domain.

Gypsy Sally's

3401 Water St NW, Georgetown, Washington, DC

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Doors 5pm, first band at 6pm

$10 at the door + $1 venue fee

Get your tickets

This show will be at Gypsy Sally's in Georgetown. It’s a great space with tiered levels of standing and seated areas, food and full bar. Come early to get a table!

Flashband musicians performing at Gypsy Sally's


Anything written before 1922 is fair game. A directory of sheet music and recordings for songs in the public domain is available here. Creative interpretations encouraged.

Registered Bands (6)

* indicates band leader

The Revelations

Bluesy roots music with a side of history.


Grunge versions of classics

The Foggy Bottom Womp-Stompers

Hot Jazz/Ragtime/Dixieland Americana

Dublic Pomain

New Orleans Blues & Jazz. So far thinking to play St. Louis Blues, Some of these days, and the st. James infirmary blues. Would love to collaborate with horns!

Ari & The Foggy Bottom Boys

Soulful tunes with a twist! Likely tunes (some not in full, we promise!): House of the Rising Sun ~ Sinnerman ~ Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out ~ A Good Man is Hard to Find ~ Down by the River to Pray ~ Man of Constant Sorrow

Rusty Nail Ramblers

Traditional acoustic tunes

Message Board

If you are signed up for this event, use the message board below to communicate with fellow musicians. This is a great place to find bands, ask questions and make suggestions!

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Neal Humphrey
May 28, 2015 1:26 AM
Hey musicians, apologies for the mistake. The correct date for the show is June 14

Roberto Giberti
May 24, 2015 6:36 AM
Hey guys, I was not able to attend the meet and greet. Anyway I play bass, anybody need a bass player?

David Elliot
May 19, 2015 4:46 PM
The Foggy Bottom Womp-Stompers are looking to add a banjo player to the lineup.

Christine Jefferies
May 17, 2015 9:30 PM
Anyone playing 1910s ragtime/early jazz/Irving Berlin and want another vocalist/uke?

Mike G
May 17, 2015 5:25 PM
I missed the open jam yesterday. If anyone needs a banjo player let me know.

Ken Clevelnd
May 13, 2015 11:37 AM
I can not make the meet and greet .. But if some needs a guitar player (lol) .. I am in ..

Steve Andersen
May 12, 2015 2:37 AM
sometimes I really hate real life

Steve Andersen
May 12, 2015 2:36 AM
so would I, Patrick. it would be great but just realized i will be out of town on the event day.... !@!@#!

Patrick Ryan
May 4, 2015 8:47 PM
I'd like to try out some traditional Celtic tunes.

Mike Phillips
May 4, 2015 4:26 PM
I can't make the meet and greet either, but I am open to the challenge, even if I have to play quiet.

Steve Andersen
May 4, 2015 3:42 AM
wow. an almost unlimited number of traditional songs. rags, marches, music hall. could be a prime opportunity for vocal shananigans.

Patrick Ryan
May 3, 2015 8:35 PM
Hey all, I signed up but I can't attend the meet&greet on 5/16. Message me if you need a guitarist.

Event Leader

Ariel Shelton is leading this event. Have questions?
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