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#1 dodobird



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 04:27 PM

Here we go ...........

I have permission from Steve to use "MIGHTY OAK MUSIC" as the official name and sponsor of our planned "INFORMAL GATHERING".

Disclaimer.........all attendees are responsible for all scheduling, planning, finances, travel, food tab, bar tab, and attendance. Lodging at the Holiday Inn is not guaranteed and we are all on our own. Times and events may change and we are not responsible for scheduling and changes that are made. In other words...you are on your own!

What is the difference between formal and informal?

Formal "MOM" Gathering would have more artists events, sponsors, venders, artists and days of a schedules and agendas such as teaching theory, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Blues sessions, Jazz Sessions, Guitar set-up workshops, etc..more people and more logistics involved. A block of rooms at a Hotel would be guerenteed. More structure in scheduling and more labor, work and people involved.

Informal "MOM Gathering- This is a scaled down version and less planning and logistics to pull off within a shorter time frame. This is a tentative schedule and I am putting it out here for people to start planning for this summer. I want to work this around Summer NMM in Nashville, TN because we will have a week of built in special events and artists in Nashville for NAMM and we can take advantage of all the extra curricular activities.

1. Lodging- you are free to do as you please. We are working on trying to get accommodations (price break) on rooms at the Holiday Inn further up Broadway which is still within walking distance to the area of Broadway where NAMM is held.
2. NAMM may or may not have an open session day for guests. This is for merchants and music industry people. Steve is checking on trying to get some guest passes. It will be limited in numbers and we will just have a lottery if necessary to be fair.
3. We will have a day where Steve will Have guitar sessions.
4. We are working to get Greg Voros to do a workshop for guitar maintenance and set-ups
5. Attend Gruhn's Guitar Live Session

Here is the tentative dates. Don't buy tickets for travel yet, we will try and lock this in this week if possible:

Monday, 6JUL2015- travel day and get settled in rooms and have an informal dinner gathering. (I am working on special events calendar for events this whole week of NAMM)

Tuesday, 7JUL- informal lunch gathering to meet and greet. Open day for Nashville events, tours, Music Hall of Fame, Museum, Grand Ol'Opry tour, etc. 7:00pm Gruhn's Live Session with Steve Krenz

Wednesday, 8JUL- Workshop sessions with Steve Krenz and Greg Voros. Free time to dine, attend special events Nashville

Thursday, 9JUL- NAMM.....not sure of which day if any we can get tickets for guests to attend NAMM. Attend special events and enjoy Nashville. IIf room can be made available, we will have an impromptu "student jam session"

Friday, 10JUL- NAMM.......same as above depending on which day we can get a large room and or attend NAMM. If room can be made available, we will have a second impromptu "student jam session"

Saturday 11JUL- NAMM......Social gathering lunch. Attend special events Nashville.

Sunday 12JUL- travel day.............

You can plan your schedule that fits your budget and time frame. Feel free to come and go as you desire and attend what events you want for you and/or your family. This is an outline for planning purposes only and we have to be flexible with this informal gathering. Please understand that we as LMG Family can organize and do more or less, but I need to keep this simple to pull it off this year.

Please throw out some type of percentage of probability of how many is attending- example- I have a 50% probability of attending or I have a 99% probability of attending. This won't be hard a fast cast in concrete, but we have to have some idea of credible numbers to accommodate room for function, workshops, Gruhn's Guitar, etc......

Be Flexible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And don't blame me!!!!!!!!! :)

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 04:53 PM

Popeyetsm, thanks again for taking this on.  I don't have the authority to speak for anyone but myself but I feel fairly confident in saying "Thanks" from all of us on the L&MG forum for doing this.   As I said before, if I can help in anyway, call on me!  My wife says I do nothing all day!!  (except play guitar :tunes: ). 


Speaking of her, let me check with my social coordinator before I get back to you with my probability.  I have a nagging feeling this is going to conflict with a business trip she has to Las Vegas. :cry:

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 05:34 PM

Hmmmm.... may have to do some selling to my wife but, I will do my best!

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 10:08 PM

You're awesome Popeyetsm.  Thanks for doing this.  I really look forward to taking part in this.  Odds are pretty good (80%+) that I'll be able to make it.



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 10:29 PM

I have a 50% chance of attending as of 2/5/2015 pending personal responsibilities & possible summer school conflicts otherwise I'd be 100% :biggrin:



Wow, the tenative dates are much sooner than I thought which is good in a way .  I appreciate the heads up and will try to save enough for a trip up there.


Thanks Popeye for the info!  I hope to be able to make it.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 12:16 AM

I have a 0% chance of coming, but I'll be there in spirit and look forward to all the stories and pics
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Posted 06 February 2015 - 02:57 AM

Yes, Mike and I have talked and, while I can't put together a full blown conference this year, I think this is a fun idea to have an informal type of gathering.


We'll know more in the coming few days as I check on a few things but hopefully we can put together a great time for everyone here in Music City.


We'll keep you posted.


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Posted 06 February 2015 - 03:05 AM

Popeye--count me in at about 75% for at least part of the time. Sounds like a great time and I've penciled into my calendar. 



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Posted 06 February 2015 - 05:06 AM

I would love to attend but the key attraction for me is not NAMM, but Steve and the Community of players. I already have our vacations planned, so to make this work, I'd need to link it to the weekend. Is it vital that we link with Live Lessons? Is there a chance that the full day with Steve could be on Saturday? That way it would be possible to make this work missing just one day of work.


That said, probability of attending is 50/50 at this point.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 07:20 AM

This is very similar to the way the first gathering started!  :biggrin:


I have about a 90% chance of attending! 


Keep me posted on the details!  :cool:


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Posted 06 February 2015 - 08:37 AM

Great initiative Popeye!

It is people like you that get the weels rolling around the world.


As David mentioned, I think interaction with Steve and our LMG family is the big thing, not NAMM.

To me, jam sessions, instruction and social time in the evening would be the top events.


I have allready signed up for a guitar week this summer, with Justin Sandercoe.

Due to costs and limited amount of vacation I estimate my chances as < 10%.


I hope it will happen and that everyone gets a fantastic week.



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Posted 06 February 2015 - 01:00 PM

Very interested but my chances are probably less than 5% unless we want to charge $1000+.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 02:03 PM

unfortunantly I will not be able to make it from Jul6-12..

I've already committed to the wife's plans from July17-aug3.. Bummer.


maybe next year.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 04:51 PM

Hmmmm.... may have to do some selling to my wife but, I will do my best!

This would be an easy sell to my wife, if the trip is also "wife friendly"-things for her to do and be engaged in if I am doing something else with the LMG community, as I am retired and fairly flexible with travel. I just saw this so I will get her take on another trip this year. 


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Posted 06 February 2015 - 06:30 PM

Sadly no ..although I'd love to go. Its a long way from the UK :(

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 07:03 PM

Hi to all, I was in Nashville in 2003 and 2004 for conventions that where at the Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel, this place is huge, if you have been there you know what I mean, right next door is the current Grand Ole Opry [ not the Ryman Auditorium ] also a Mall that is a 1/2 mile long and travel is in a circle, the first store was a large guitar store I think was a Gibson outlet. I would love to have a compelling reason to return to Nashville, I did not find the time to visit downtown Nashville at those times but at least got to take in a show at the new Grand Ole Opry with my 12 year old daughter, also bumped in to Kris Kristofferson when I was getting off an elevator in the hotel. So this is the place that I would stay any time I came to Nashville, check their web site, I was blown away both times there. :megaphone:

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 09:06 PM

All good points bruster.......the Gaylord is amazing and people are free to pick and choose. There is a lot to do in Nashville. This is deffinently a family event and the reason Nashville at NAMM was used, is not for NAMM, but for all of the artists and extra events hat will be available in Nashville because of NAMM.

JLO- glad you are getting to go to Justin's gathering.......have a great time! Hopefully we can get a formal MOM gathering going for 2016. Thanks.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 09:15 PM

Just talked to Steve and he Talked to Greg Voros, today at Gruhn's and Greg is excited and onboard for a guitar care and maintenance workshop during one of the days we are gathering......scheduling will be put together as information and event schedules come together!

See you at the Mighty Oak Music Gathering!!!!!!!!

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 02:45 AM

I'm 80-90% certain to attend if this comes to be, however I am concerned  about obtaining good lodging ( and possibly affordable) the week of NAMM . I would think reservations would need to be locked up soon as well as air fare, as I assume the NAMM is a fairly large event. I would likely want to tie the trip into an extended (earlier) visit through Tennessee and possibly surrounding states. I also am less interested in the NAMM event and think more in line of a casual gathering of the LMG friends. I might be less "guitar ready to play" as  I would like to be, depending on my recovery from thumb surgery on my fretting hand scheduled this spring .  I would also need advice on transporting gear or borrowing at the event if "jamming"or workshops are planned.  


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Posted 07 February 2015 - 03:23 AM

About 50% chance of going.
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