Gather ‘Round the Mic

For more than 10 hours on a sultry Cleveland night, in a bar roughly the size of a small two-bedroom apartment and on a “stage” cordoned off by tables and placemarked with an Oriental rug, musicians from all over the world played and sang their hearts out.

The day before was an all-day, all night jamfest around a raging bonfire – the musicians hoping to not catch ablaze in the middle of their songs (none did). MySpace may have let them find each other, but music brought them together. Hugs. How are you’s. Then right into it, as though they had been playing together their whole lives.

During those two days this virtual family became a real family, united by their singular passion – to play music on their terms, and to enjoy the music of others. There were no judgments. No competitions. Just free-flowing, fearless creativity.

And the world’s biggest ukulele strap.

This is the film of that weekend.

2009 / A Film by TYLER WEAVER / Sound by JAY COX

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