Crash Music to present marketplace and jam

Mike Easterling

FARMINGTON – Any musician with a spare instrument and a need for some quick cash — and can you really call yourself a musician if you don’t fall into that category? — is invited to take part in the Musician’s Marketplace & Jam this weekend at Crash Music in Aztec, a day-long swap meet, jam session and networking opportunity.

George Rowe and Sue Rys of Crash Music said this is the second such event they’ve held. The first one was in March 2014 and was a success, attracting dozens of interested buyers and 12 individuals or groups that rented tables for the event to showcase their equipment. The marketplace is intended to serve as an event through which someone looking for a bargain can find someone looking to unload an instrument or some surplus sound equipment.

Potential buyers can test drive their new instrument at one of the two jam sessions — electric on stage, acoustic in the office in the front of the building. Even those who aren’t in the market for a new guitar, bass, drum set or amp are welcome to show up, Rys said, explaining that the marketplace is a good way for unaffiliated musicians in the community to meet each other and perhaps find someone who plays a similar style.

Tables can be rented for $25 on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who have only a single item and who don’t want to go to that expense are welcome to display the item for sale, and if someone purchases it, Crash Music takes a 15 percent commission.

The marketplace also will feature beer, wine and sandwiches from the St. Clair Winery & Bistro, as well as a series of raffles featuring a guitar from Aztec’s Main Street Music, and a drum and show tickets from Crash Music.

“We want people to play together, find some cool gear and maybe meet some people,” Rys said. “It’ll be a lot of fun.”

Mike Easterling is the A&E editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610.

If you go

What: Musician’s Marketplace & Jam

When: noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5

Where: Crash Music at the Aztec Theater, 104 N. Main Ave. in Aztec

Admission: Free

For more information: Call 505-427-6748