STUDIO A CONCERTS
For more than a decade, local non-profit JAMinc has brought musical artists “deserving a wider audience” to Richmond venues and schools. Most of the performances have been within the intimate and acoustically pristine confines of In Your Ear Music and Recording in Shockoe Bottom at 1813 E. Broad Street. These performances in Studio A are in a house concert format much like a pot luck supper with world-class live music. Tables set up in the studio lobby for food and drink. Guests arrive early to share what they brought and socialize. Doors open at 6:30pm. The only cost to participate in this feast is your one dish to share.
And what do folks bring? Well, anything from a favorite homemade dish to something picked up on the go from the local market. Appetizers, deserts, veggie trays, chips and dip, pizza, fried chicken, ham biscuits, sushi, meat balls, BBQ are typical. We have one semi-regular who serves everyone ice cream cones, and another who brings a theater-style popcorn popper. Variety is encouraged and a big part of the fun, so use your imagination. But please don’t come empty-handed. JAMinc provides ice, cups, soft drinks/water, plates, napkins, and eating utensils. There are a few outlets to plug in slow cookers. There are no food or drink specifications or restrictions. Dress is casual. The In Your Ear entrance is on the south side of E. Broad at the corner of 19th in Shockoe Bottom (just east of the McDonalds). Go up the brick steps that face Broad. Reservations will be guaranteed until 7:45 PM, so let us know if you’ll be arriving late.
The concerts begin promptly at 7:30pm. When it’s time for music the lights blink, and all go from the lobby to adjoining Studio A, where folding chairs are set up. The studio is a listening space, and conversation during the performance and recording is strongly discouraged although enthusiastic applause and support of the musicians is encouraged. The time for socializing is before and after the concert or during the break. Please, no flash or video photography during performances. There are generally two 50-60 minute sets with a 20-minute break in between. Concerts typically end by 10pm.
Here is what a typical JAMinc Concert at In Your Ear looks like!
IN YOUR EAR RADIO SHOW
All our Studio A concerts are carefully recorded on state-of-the-art multi-track equipment. And now many of those performances are gaining a wider audience, as 88.9 WCVE Richmond Public Radio is airing In Your Ear, an hour-long compilation of the best of JAMinc’s continuing monthly concert series. The show runs Saturday afternoons at 1pm during October and November and again during May and June each year. Host Tim Timberlake and In Your Ear studio president/engineer Carlos Chafin are producing the programs, reflecting the diversity and musical range of these special concerts. The eclectic selections cover many genres — including folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, old time, Celtic, gospel and singer-songwriters of many styles. Artists range from superior local and regional talents, to premiere acts from all over the country. In Your Ear offers a chance to discover new artists and appreciate the “in the moment” creativity, inspiration and soul of live music. Studio A is a “great room,” a haven for artists with intimate, friendly and informed audiences and peerless audio fidelity.
Production funding of In Your Ear is made possible through the generosity of presenting sponsor Hohner, Incorporated, a worldwide musical company based just north of Richmond, and famous for its harmonicas, accordions and ukuleles. And by TKL/Cedar Creek instrument cases, manufactured just west of us in Oilville, VA, and Digital Video Group, suppliers of broadcast and production equipment. Our visiting artists are comfortably accommodated by the Hampton Inn West on Cox Road in Innsbrook and by the Hilton Garden Inn, downtown at 5th and Broad. The programs stream live online at www.ideastations.org/radio, and are available for on-demand listening anytime at www.ideastations.org/iye.
2017 IN YOUR EAR CONCERT SERIES
Thursday, January 26 – Corey Harris
Thursday, February 16 – Sherman Holmes
Thursday, March 16 – Eli West
Friday, April 21 – Tellico
Thursday, May 18 – Ben Hall