1 Ric12string 8 months ago The Gretsch California Gold Rush Roundup is set to begin!When: September 9-11, 2016 Where: Camp Lodestar, 6135 Blue Mountain Road Wilseyville, California 95257 The Roundup is only about six weeks away and time for us to start making our plans. The Roundup will be three days and two nights this year beginning on Friday, September 9. We will call Camp Lodestar our home for a few days of music, food, fellowship, and fun.With the impending date to pay Camp Lodestar for our stay, I need to begin to collect registration fees from everyone during the next few weeks as I have to complete the deposit in the coming weeks. The cost of the event, including lodging and all meals, will be $175 for the two nights. If you not able to join us until Saturday (beginning with Saturday lunch), the cost will be $95. Payment will be made via PayPal (you can send payments to Paypal.me/CaliforniaRoundup). Send me an email at CaliforniaRoundup(at)yahoo.com to let me know that you will be attending and we will get the financial arrangements completed.And you are welcome to bring a friend who may want to learn more about what the Gretsch world is all about. Just let me know that when you are registering for the event.Be sure to go to the Happenings page and click on the words "I Am" next to "Who's Going". Then, everyone else will see that you will be attending the event.What to bring: Bring as many guitars as you want – we all like to ogle each other’s gear. We will probably have sufficient amps for everyone to play through, but, if you have a special amp that you want to bring for others to see, go ahead and pack it in. The lodging is bunkhouse style with common bathrooms, so you will need to pack a sleeping bag and pillow, towel, washcloth, and toiletries, and anything else that you need to make your stay comfortable.If you are vegetarian or have some other medically-related special dietary needs, you need to tell me that in advance rather than waiting until the Roundup. The staff needs to know this information in advance so that they can plan the menus and buy appropriate supplies. For new attendees, our system of playing music is pretty loose. I have created a songlist section in the Happenings Section of the site for people to enter a song title and link to a video. You can use that to try to inform others of songs that you may want to play. For new attendees, however, be prepared that the music that gets played at our Roundup is pretty spontaneous and doesn’t necessarily follow the songlist selections – if someone knows a song and wants to play it, and anyone else in the group knows it, we try to do it. Parabar is a great one for knowing songs and, with his help, we can usually support most people who want to perform (unless the songs are too obscure!). I can bring my PA again this year, but we will need some monitors. If you have some smaller powered monitors, that would be ideal. But, please indicate if you have something that we can use, and what it is, and then we can resolve those things as we get closer.We also need rhythm players – bass players and drummers. If you have a bandmate or friend who plays bass or drums that you would like to introduce to the Roundup idea, please plan to bring him/her along. We will also need a bass rig and drums, so, if anyone is close by that can bring that equipment, that would be a big help.Okay, so please let’s start moving forward on this as the Roundup isn’t all that far off into the future. Now is the time for us to get this organized!