Savannah wrote:The What/When/Where guide given away at Greeters also lists things like small & medium sized theme parties, jam sessions, and other events, though not usually artists by name. There's a map folded into it.
When you say jam sessions, is that something that typically people can participate in? I don't know if I would dare bring my instruments to BM (especially my first year) but I can only imagine how magical it would be to jam with some burners on the playa...
It can be hard to say what will be available; keep your eyes on "2013 Art & Performance" as the event grows near and start looking at your collection with an eye to what, if anything, you don't mind risking the health and safety of.
You're right--bringing something irreplaceable or impossible to clean wouldn't be smart, because that powdery dust gets everywhere, but there are stages & opportunities everywhere and lots of folks with instruments. People pre-schedule some performances (ranging from very small to enormous) & perform spontaneously at other times. Drum circles tend to spring up, and their are marching bands that are well-rehearsed but don't always have set venues--they just swoop down upon a wedding, or at Center Camp, & do their thing.
One year some friends of mine met a British group online and said "come play with us Thursday night of the event" and so an on-playa connection was made (it wasn't easy to find the group) and then they jammed together for a while unrehearsed over some speakers that one of them had brought . . . I think it was a bass, some drums, keyboard, clarinet (can't remember all of what) and some girl wandered by and decided to come sing. It was really beautiful.