HOW THE GRID WORKS & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW THE GRID WORKS
1.) All participants will have the opportunity to select songs and parts they would like to play. You may ADD new songs on The Grid or JOIN songs that another participant previously added. When you ADD a new song to The Grid, you are the designated "Captain" of that song. Once your added song has a full roster of players, as Captain it is up to you to encourage communication about topics such as song versions, instrumentation, time signatures, song endings and more, between participants on that song. When the roster of players on your song is complete, the song also "Goes Green" and will be scheduled to be performed at Prog On The Ranch. You are allowed to add up to two parts to a song. EXAMPLES: Lead Vocals & Bass Guitar, Drums & Backing Vocals, etc.
2.) Choose songs that you feel have real appeal for our musicians and will fill up on The GRID. If you choose a particularly obscure song, don't be too surprised if very few of the other musicians join you. This means the song may not achieve a complete roster of players, and the song may ultimately not be performed at Prog On The Ranch. You are encouraged to lobby other players to join your songs (that's part of the fun). IMPORTANT NOTE: Initially there will be an 8 song limit on music from any single Band/Artist to encourage a broad range of music styles. We may increase that limit as The Grid fills. Unless otherwise noted on your Song Request Form, the "studio version" will be the default.
3.) You are welcome to ADD up to 5 songs (initially) and/or JOIN as many songs as you reasonably feel you want to play and are capable of learning, rehearsing and performing up to a maximum of 12 songs (initially) per player. Be aware that the likelihood of them all going green are very slim. The best way to make this a great show for both you and the audience, is to ADD a few songs you are really excited about playing when The Grid first opens. Then JOIN a few songs that other players have posted. And then hold off and just watch and wait until you see some songs you think you might like, that aren't getting filled quickly, and decide if you might want to lend a helping hand. All we ask is that you think through your selections, make sure they're right for you, and don't be too much of a..... "Song Hog"
4.) "Dream Team Songs" - This allows a group of like-minded players to put together a team in advance to play one particular song. Any player that is interested can ADD only ONE Dream Team Song to The Grid, and JOIN only ONE Dream Team Song that another player added to The Grid. No exceptions. One player will fill out the "Add A Song Form" completely on behalf of all proposed players on that song. Type in the remaining player's names in the "comments field" on the form. As soon as the song hits The Grid, it is complete, and the Song will immediately "Go Green" being designated as a Dream Team Song and will appear on the Performance Schedule.
5.) We will have approximately 10 to 12 hours of live music each day depending on weather conditions. That should translate to between 50 and 60 songs a day, at a fairly conservative pace of an average of 5 songs per hour. This is all dependent on the overall length of the songs, the average time taken to transition between each song, and of course the weather. We strive for a maximum 3-minute transition in most cases. As The Grid fills, we will be keeping track of how much performance time is remaining on the POTR song schedule. Once we run out of available time, The Grid will close, and any incomplete songs will be deleted. Notifications will be posted once we get to the point that we are down to the last few songs that can be completed.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1.) SO WHAT IS THE POTR GRID ALL ABOUT? This is a pre-production tool, and real-time song registration format with a set schedule, allowing participants to individually select songs, pre-rehearse at home for several weeks, or even months leading up to the Prog On The Ranch Festival. This is a multi-faceted event assembled by our production team and a core of volunteer musicians, in order provide our attendees (who are also musicians) the chance to give it their all in a Two Day Festival on Friday April 3rd, and Saturday April 4th, 2020.
Did you get all that? ;-)
2.) HOW DO I SIGN UP TO PLAY?
a.) Firstly, you do NOT need to send an audition audio or video sample if you have ever previously signed up and/or performed at Prog On The Ranch, or Cruise To The Edge. Simply go right to “The Song Grid” tab on this website and choose the relevant link to propose new songs and/or join existing songs.
b.) If you are joining us for the first time and have been recommended to us by one of our Alumni Players, you do not need to audition. Go to The Song Grid and choose songs.
c.) If you are a Tampa Bay based musician and have been contacted by a member of our production team (after searching tirelessly through Facebook & Bandmix to find musicians like YOU for POTR) this means we have already seen your videos and you are good-to-go.
d.) This is a private event by invitation or referrals only. However, if you somehow found us, or heard about us from a friend, please send us a message through this website's Info Page and we'll get you going (see sections #3 & #4)
3.) DO I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
"Prog On The Ranch" is for any talented musician who is up for learning some challenging songs and performing them in front of a large crowd of music fans and other musicians who will also be performing. The level of musicianship is semi-pro to professional level, so be sure to bring your personal A-game! The best way to find out if you’re the right fit is to sign up and submit your audition link(s).
4.) WHAT DOES THE AUDITION PROCESS ENTAIL?
Your audition does not necessarily have to be a high budget production. Some auditions have been nothing more than a clip of themselves playing along to a song while in front of a cellphone or iPad, while others have provided full-on concert-quality footage. This is what the production team will be evaluating: You should submit one or two links on the sign-up form, preferably a minute or two of video showcasing your singing or instrument ability. We try to be very inclusive, and are always here to answer your questions and concerns, as well as coach you if needed. The production team must be able to gauge your credibility when it comes to performing with others who will be relying on your understanding of musical elements such as tempo, key changes, dynamics, and in some cases syncopation, odd meters and various other factors. You should also feel comfortable with your ability to sing that well-known falsetto, or play that legendary guitar solo, bass run, keyboard interlude, or drum-fill that fans of that song/artist would come to expect. You do NOT need to be a virtuoso; however, you do need to have the basic skills and confidence to be able to competently learn & perform the parts you commit to when you sign up, with the understanding that there are NO PRIOR GROUP REHEARSALS.
5.) WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? Bring yourself – fully prepared to perform your songs. Bring your own Guitar or Bass (or make arrangements in advance to share). Keyboards will be provided, however you are welcome to bring your own keyboard. We suggest bringing a spare set of strings, and a possibly a battery for your active instrument as well. Amps, Drums, Keyboards, Monitors as well as full PA will be provided. Drummers should bring their own sticks. If you're bringing gear you'd like to share, let us know.
6.) WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT SONGS GOING GREEN?
a.) "What guarantees that a song will Go Green?" A song is completed and "GOES GREEN" as soon as ALL players are in position, and there are no remaining vacant instrument or vocal slots for this song. When a song Goes Green, all players are locked in place and the song will definitely be added to the POTR Performance Schedule, so those on the song can begin rehearsing their parts at home.
b.) "What happens if a song I've chosen does not Go Green by the time The Grid closes?" While we can't guarantee every song will be completed, we have contingencies in place that will ensure enough songs get completed to fill all the available POTR time. Your song group is responsible for contacting each other (usually via a Facebook or Facebook Messenger) to discuss specifics of the song's key, endings, performing a live version, etc. Groups that meet regularly on Facebook Messenger (or alternate platform) to coordinate their parts and discuss progress have a much better chance to pull off a flawless performance.
7.) HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT DAY/TIME I WILL BE PERFORMING?
A schedule will be posted shortly after the POTR Grid fills up and closes. It will include the songs to be played, as well as the day and approximate times they are scheduled. Please be in the performance pasture a couple of songs before your song begins; especially in cases where the schedule is pushed ahead (or back) due to varying circumstances. Please be at the designated side-stage “Pit Area” with your gear, ready to plug in at least one song prior to going on. The schedule will flex in case we need to accommodate rain or address a technical issue. or a Featured Artist who may be performing with us. Please don't count on all of your songs being chained together in one block, although it is possible.
8.) IT'S A MONTH BEFORE PROG ON THE RANCH, AND I REALIZED I CAN'T MAKE IT. WHAT DO I DO? Please let us know as soon as possible, so we can determine how to fill your vacant slots. Otherwise, any songs you're on will have to be dropped at the last minute, and there will be some very disappointed musicians who are at risk of not being able to perform their songs.
9.) GUIDELINES AND EVERYTHING ELSE:
a.) Whether you are a Newcomer or Alumni, don’t choose the same player(s) to get onto all of your songs with. Part of the fun for you and the audience is watching different combinations of players on each song.
b.) Make sure you fully read and understand the entire “HOW IT WORKS” section and ask questions if you are unclear on anything. You can post your questions on the Facebook Prog On The Ranch Discussion page. Somebody is always willing to help.
c.) Do NOT participate if you are planning on learning your songs at the last minute!!! We’ve seen it all. People who signed up for songs many months prior, but only get around to start learning them at the last possible moment. You may have the technical ability of your favorite Rock Star, but if you don't rehearse, take this thing seriously and prepare, YOU will be the reason that the song fails, and there will be about 5 different videos on YouTube afterwards that may make you cringe. So if you don't think you are disciplined enough to actually learn the songs you choose, then this is probably NOT for you.
d.) Remember, the other players are counting on you, so don't let your bandmates down by coming in too early (or too late) , forgetting chord progression, playing a passage in the wrong key or at the wrong tempo, etc. Don’t get us wrong, nerves and adrenaline can get the best of us, and mistakes can happen. That’s ok. However, it’s fairly easy to tell if someone just got around to learning their part merely days before the event.
10.) HOW DOES THE CRIMSON SKY MUSIC FESTIVAL TIE INTO ALL OF THIS?
The songs performed at the Crimson Sky Music Festival at The Skipperdome will be culled from the list of songs performed at Prog On The Ranch. These songs will be performed again at Skippers by our participating POTR musicians between the sets performed by the Featured Bands. The criteria used for selecting the qualifying songs will be as follows:
a.) All players on the song have confirmed that they will be present at the Crimson Sky Music Festival on Sunday.
b.) The song must be less than 8 minutes.
c.) The song cannot include a member of any of the Featured Bands who are performing at the festival.
d.) The song must have 3 or more performers.
We will try as best we can to get as many of our players up on stage for at least one song at some point during the festival. A fixed schedule of those songs and when they will be performed will be posted on the Crimson Sky Music Festival website shortly after January 1st. 2020. www.crimsonskymusicfestival.com