After performing thousands of times in front of an estimated 20,000 people, Wednesday Night Jam sang its swan song Wednesday night. The popular event will now move to Sunday nights beginning this weekend.
“We became a victim of our own success, but that’s not a bad thing,” said Michael Barry, owner of the Sun Dog Cafe and the newly opened Virgin Fire (which is delicious by the way).
According to Michael, the weekly event became so popular that it essentially stopped traffic in Mongoose Junction. While that was great for the jam session, it was a bit problematic for some of the nearby businesses; therefore Michael agreed to move the jam session to Sunday nights. The first Sunday Night Jam will take place this Sunday, November 24.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Wednesday Night Jam, it’s a very cool event. It takes place in the courtyard at the Sun Dog Cafe, which is on the upper level of Mongoose Junction. The way it works is simple – people who play instruments show up and jam. And the music they create is simply amazing.
“Over the seven year existence of the event, the overflowing stage has welcomed Jonathan Edwards (‘Sunshine’, ‘Shanty), Fly Amero of Orleans (‘Dance with Me), and other notable musical guests, along with a steady local offering of talent,” Michael said. “In contrast to a band or having an open mike, the now Sunday Night Jam is unique in that it encourages musicians who didn’t even know each other to join each other on stage. The results are often magical, occasionally erratic, but always entertaining.
We stopped by the jam session last night and it was a blast. Check out these videos we took for you:
Looks like fun, right? Be sure to check out the new Sunday Night Jam session this weekend and every Sunday through the season. It will take place between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.