As always, the jam night is an evening of entertainment by Jazz and Rock where random musicians get together, drink some, play together on stage, drink some more and generally have a jolly old time while showing off their musical talents to everyone else.
With instructions on this second jam night that rehearsed bands would be frowned at and mistakes on stage would be applauded things were set to be interesting. Starting it all off was Jon C and mates with a steady blues jam. With things warmed up another assortment was formed on stage, notably with two very expensive guitar owners. One half of the assortment was quite amusingly playing heavy rock while the other half weren't interested. Still, the next batch was more in sync with a guitar, bass and keyboard blending ambient and infectious sounding phrases with a mellow "Doors" sound to it.
There is no clear way to describe the sound of the next band. Armed with a bass, guitar and a drummer they created a wall of sound. Intent on building an epic, long and defined mellow movements went into heavier undefined ones and it's the bass that kept the sanity all round. Full marks must go to this trio for experimenting outside the normal realms and rules of music.
We were back on to the blues next with some very talented individuals who soloed through the hearty and groovy set. Guitarist and legendary bluesman, Andy Thorpe added spark to it all with some smooth guitar solos. The keyboardist and the drummer’s solos were also simply fantastic. After this blues fest next on were Artemis who were helped by a violin and harmonica in their original pieces. Following them were Adiose Mr Morose's Rob and Anastasia's performing a self written duet.
A large collection then played Comfortably numb, with Swedish rocker Adam Steineck on vocals, Mu on bass and Jonathon providing the lushful strings on keyboard. Andy McKinley then stayed on alone with a drummer and played "We will rock you”, enticing the whole audience to sing and thump along. A bunch of metallers then got the decibel level in dB to shoot straight up with a storming version of Master of Puppets, it’s jerky moments receiving full on applause by the audience.
The concluding acts were fairly amusing with a bluesy vocalist holding an unopened can of beer through his whole set. Paul, the non Al member of Ember Daze was on vocals for the final jam, which concluded with the Radiohead song Creep.
So, it was yet another wildly entertaining night of ad lib music on stage, with a nice blues touch to it. The growing popularity of the jam night is pulling in more people and encouraging student musicians. With several gig nights planned in the summer term, the student gig scene is set to be alight as end of term events and parties hit a place near you.