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Blind Date Jam

No rehearsals or homework. Improv music jam. Preorder Nils’ BLIND DATE JAM® 80 minute video download with collectables!

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WHAT IS BLIND DATE JAM®?

Blind Date Jam® is an exciting musical project to share with you. Let me attempt to explain it…. Over the last 50 years, I’ve been involved with many different musical productions for TV, video, live performances, and film. Traditionally and appropriately there is always a great degree of organization, rehearsal, preparation and pre-production detail that goes into these endeavors. During these rehearsals, there are inevitable breaks and down time while technical issues are sorted out. Often these require the musicians to stay put on the set, instruments in hand and wait. Occasionally one of the players will start a cool, off the cuff riff and others will join in, in an impromptu jam session that can be quite inspired. Of course, the audience never hears or sees this. Not burdened with arrangements, beginnings, ends or any type of required structure, these jams can be free, reckless and fun.

A number of years ago I was in a fantastic band that Patti Scialfa had put together to do some live TV performances. We were promoting a great album of Patti’s songs that we had recorded with her. I was playing some B-3 organ which was big fun for me. Along with Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Mark Stewart and Cliff Carter, all fabulous musicians, we seemed to be quietly jamming a lot on TV sets while waiting for the next run-through. I was thrilled to be a part of such impromptu, special musical moments and it reminded me of many other moments like these, gone un-recorded and never shared. I kept thinking in the back of my mind that music fans would enjoy seeing this kind of interaction amongst great players.

So I started planning the “Blind Date Jam” sessions in the back of my mind. Where players get together with no rehearsal, no plan, no pre-production, and challenge themselves to jam on the spot and rely on years of musical experience and instinct to create something special. Just show up with your instruments, no plan but to improvise inspired music with friends for a couple hours, play free with no rules but to be your creative self, enjoy and express your musical gifts and go home. Not all musicians are comfortable with that type of jamming but I know many who are, including me.

So, here it is, a brand new eighty-minute jam that we recorded to capture the magic of the moment at Cattle Track Gallery in front of a very small group of friends. Featuring Greg Varlotta on guitar, keys, trumpet, trombone and tap dance, Gary Bruzzese on drums, John Willis on bass. You’ll see me presenting ideas on the spot, talking through the chords briefly and launching in to each piece. It’s primitive, rough and inspired jamming that I feel and hope you as music fans will enjoy. I hope some of you decide to check it out. If you try it and enjoy it, please spread the word for us as this is a grass roots, homegrown endeavor.

–Peace & Believe, Nils

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Blind Date Jam Download
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Blind Date Jam ® 80 Minute Video Download and access to Nils’ personal updates including a Bonus Jam!

Face the Music Box Set

Face the Music Box Set
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You’ll receive the Blind Date Jam ® 80 Minute Video Download when it is released, the 10 disc ‘Face The Music’ box set as well as a pin featuring Nils’ likeness, and access to Nils’ personal updates including a Bonus Jam as part of your AccessPass!

The stellar career of singer-songwriter-guitarist Nils Lofgren receives a comprehensive retrospective in Face the Music, limited edition nine-CD/one-DVD boxed set that is individually hand signed and numbered by the artist.

Official Bootleg Signed DVD of 'Blind Date Jam'

Official Bootleg Signed DVD of 'Blind Date Jam'
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You’ll receive the Blind Date Jam ® 80 Minute Video Download when it is released, the official bootleg and autographed DVD version of the Blind Date Jam download, and access to Nils’ personal updates including a Bonus Jam as part of your AccessPass

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Signed Handwritten Lyric Sheet

Signed Handwritten Lyric Sheet
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You’ll receive the Blind Date Jam ® 80 Minute Video Download when it is released, a signed, handwritten lyric sheet for “Keith Don’t Go”, and access to Nils’ personal updates including a Bonus Jam as part of your AccessPass!

5 Alive CD

5 Alive CD
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You’ll receive the Blind Date Jam ® 80 Minute Video Download when it is released, and the 5 Alive on CD and access to Nils’ personal updates including a Bonus Jam as part of your AccessPass!

5 Alive CD contains 5 old demos of songs that have remained meaningful and “alive” in musical spirit to Nils.

  • “You In My Arms” –early on, dating my beautiful wife Amy, I was taken by how a love and happiness you’re unfamiliar with, can inspire and "awaken’ you on so many levels.
  • “Here For You” –A rougher version of this song appears on the “Damaged Goods” CD. There’s an innocence in this original demo that still feels special to me.
  • “Hide My Heart” –Sometimes we shut down parts of ourselves so completely to survive rough chapters and circumstances, that they’re hard to access again when needed. Thanks to Timm Biery for the drums and rough mix.
  • “Love Is . . .” –Yeah, bad things happen to good people; sometimes great loves inspire survival . . .?
  • “So What?” –Certainly the most vulgar lyric I ever wrote. In the 90’s, a series of news stories got me extremely incensed about the brutality and dominance bad men visit on desperate, struggling women. In this case, a Mom, whose young son has reached a breaking point, where rage begins to overcome fear.

Signed Bottle Opener

Signed Bottle Opener
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You’ll receive the Blind Date Jam ® 80 Minute Video Download when it is released, a signed bottle opener, and access to Nils’ personal updates including a Bonus Jam as part of your AccessPass!

"Touring Since 1968" Signed Poster

"Touring Since 1968" Signed Poster
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You’ll receive the Blind Date Jam ® 80 Minute Video Download when it is released, the “Touring Since 1968” 11×17 poster, and access to Nils’ personal updates including a Bonus Jam as part of your AccessPass!

Signed T-Shirt

Signed T-Shirt
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You’ll receive the Blind Date Jam ® 80 Minute Video Download when it is released, a t-shirt autographed with sharpie, and access to Nils’ personal updates including a Bonus Jam as part of your AccessPass!

Out of Print Live Tribute DVD

Out of Print Live Tribute DVD
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You’ll receive the Blind Date Jam ® 80 Minute Video Download when it is released, a rare, out of print, live tribute to Nils Lofgren on DVD, and access to Nils’ personal updates including a Bonus Jam as part of your AccessPass!

The DVD was recorded in 2004 and includes Grin Reunion.

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Signed Vinyl - Audiophile Acoustic 2x LP

Signed Vinyl - Audiophile Acoustic 2x LP
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You’ll receive the Blind Date Jam ® 80 Minute Video Download when it is released, an autographed copy of the Audiophile Acoustic Live double LP, and access to Nils’ personal updates including a Bonus Jam as part of your AccessPass

The vinyl is a 200-gram gatefold double LP.

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