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Humbled by Recent Endorsement

Bashful PuppyA few days ago, a musician and StreetJelly fan posted this testimonial on our Facebook page.

StreetJelly you are awesome and I LOVE you! ♥♥♥
Let me just say I have been a part of a few “upcoming” music things, and you are the first to be so incredibly supportive and active! I’ve got $16 in my tip jar and I can’t wait to schedule more shows- so fans if you haven’t signed up it’s FREE and musicians you can get in on it too (also free), go listen to music from around the world online LIVE, no more youtube videos!

We’re makin’ history y’all!
– Amelia Y.

What a delight, and we are so humbled by Amelia’s kind words.  Without getting all mushy, it should be known that our goal is to be in this adventure together, with all the artist and fans.  That’s kind of the point of live music anyway – making a connection, face to face.

I’ve chatted with Amelia a few times, she is definitely a cool chick – and an awesome musician.  Don’t forget get to add her, MeiaMusic, to your StreetJelly favorites and catch her next performance.  Let’s fill up her tip jar some more!

Don’t Miss a Performance on StreetJelly

Musician Dressing Room

Image courtesy of TheRadioCafe.com

Our artists spoke, and we listened!

StreetJelly has added a scheduling feature on the website.  Artists can now set a date and time for their next live performance on StreetJelly.  While spontaneous jams are the bread and butter of live entertainment, many of our artists like to prepare ahead of time for their fans.  They need to get their equipment set up, write down a playlist, spread the word to their community, and put on a polished show.  They are effen awesome!!!  And we are happy to obligue their request.

We’ve added a calendar system to the site.  It’s pretty simple, click on the calendar icon Schedule Live Performance Calendar in the upper right hand menu, or click on the “Edit My Schedule” link on the My Account page.  That will take an artist to an easy to use page to fill out a date and time, and a headline message for their show.  The scheduled performance will now appear on the site’s homepage, as well as the artist’s profile page.  Also, we’ll send out an e-mail notification to all the fans listed under the artist’s “favorites” list.

Hope you all enjoy the update.  Keep the ideas coming.  StreetJelly is a site for the musicians and music lovers out there.  Anything we can do to make it better is our goal.

The First 20 Days on StreetJelly

Grand Opening

StreetJelly.com went live on August 15th, 2012!  Here is a run down how the first twenty days have gone, which have been nothing short of amazing.  First though, we are grateful for all the new artists and viewers on the site.  We really appreciate everyone for helping spread the word, “liking” us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter.

My favorite moment so far?  That has to be LanaEve performing and trying to scroll down her music with her foot.  Lana sings and plays guitar while reading the lyrics and chords she pulls up from Google (incredible!).  So as she’s playing a song, she needs to scroll down the sheet music on her computer to continue – it’s the modern version of the age old page-turning dilemma.  So bless her heart, one night she tried to scroll down the music with her toes while still singing AND playing the guitar.  She almost fell out of her chair!  But she picked right up and kept on performing.  It was so adorable.  You all should add her to your favorites and catch her when she’s back on. www.StreetJelly.com/LanaEve  She has the most beautiful, angelic voice!

We launched the site without much fan fare in August.  It’s what we call a “soft launch” in the business.  We like to make sure everything works well, clean up the bugs, and get feedback from the initial users before we blast our name out to the whole world.  However, we are totally blown away by the fans that have already flocked to the site.  Here are some of the amazing numbers in the first few weeks.

  • 128 performances so far by 25 different artists
  • 2701 minutes of streaming video (45 hours)
  • 889 tokens giving to the artists (worth $142)
  • 785 unique people visited the site (1768 visits total)

We are very pleased, but our work has only begun.  Can we make StreetJelly go viral?  Yes we can!  And we’ll need your help.  So please keep spreading the word, and keep performing, and keep visiting the site.

And again, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for making the launch of StreetJelly.com so successful, exciting, and fun!

Busking Online has Arrived

First Performer Street Jelly

teo_doro from Guam is our first live performer on StreetJelly.com

Busking, playing music in a public forum for gratuities, has now officially arrived on the internet. Last night, August 17th, 2012, all the way from Guam, we had our first musician perform live from his webcam. Teo_doro was awesome!

StreetJelly.com had only been live for about a day. Somehow, word-of-mouth from Nashville and Knoxville TN had reached Teo.  The Nashville transplant found the site, signed up, and just started playing.  That is as spontaneous as it gets.

Things went well, all systems checked out.  Actually, we were amazed that the sound and video quality was quite well from Teo’s stock Gateway laptop with built-in webcam and built-in mic.

We can’t say enough how pleased we were of the outcome.  Our vision of bringing real LIVE entertainment for everyone – and helping musicians earn money for their craft – is still alive and well!

The Birth of Street Jelly

I miss street musicians!  I miss the surprise turning the corner of a city street to find a completely new sound.  There’s something special when discovering a musician plugging away at their art, in their most raw and vulnerable moment:  performing live for everyone and anyone that will listen.

Artist Streaming Music LiveBut it’s my own fault I don’t see and hear street musicians that often, I don’t live in the city anymore.  I’ve spent the past two decades in the ‘burbs, commuting to and from the office complexes of the tech world.  Sure, that pays the bills, but the culture of life can be easily sucked out of you.  Yes, I could frequent the downtown bars and nightclubs for the occasion live local bands, but that’s just not my scene.

FM radio these days blows.  Morning radio is even worse.  Who wants to hear two knuckleheads try to be funny on the radio while you’re stuck in traffic?  I want music!  My iPod is loaded with a 1000+ songs.  But every time I flip through my playlist, I see nothing I want to listen to at that moment.  Inevitably I flip through my Pink Floyd section and start thinking of the line, “I got 13 channels of shit on the TV to choose from …choose from …choose from.”  The spontaneity of mp3 players is missing; same thing with those online music streaming websites.  Satellite radio is good, all music and no talking!  But I think I’ve heard every playset on Classic Vinyl, Classic Rewind, The Bridge, etc.  Thank goodness I love the Grateful Dead channel on Sirius!

Live music, the Dead-Head inside me thought, I need more live music.  That got me thinking about the days when I lived downtown in the vibrant city of Nürnberg, Germany.  The streets, subways, tram stations, any little alcove could be hiding a street musician.  The music was as diverse as one can imagine: classical violin, jazz on trumpets, and my favorite horrible rendition of John Denver’s “Country Roads” that every hipster German tried to sing in a thick Bavarian accent.  Oh, good times.

That trip down memory lane subsided, but not without a quick googling of the web for places to find street musicians.  I’m not very patient surfing the web endlessly, so the few Google responses turned me off that I would find live music online or where street musicians regularly meet.  Then the entrepreneur inside me kicked in.  “Shit Frank, just build a dang street musician site yourself!”

Yes, I happen to be a software engineer.  I know, how convenient!  A dear friend of mine once said I am creative and methodical. So I flipped on the creative and methodical switches (and the insanity switch, too) inside my crooked little brain for full speed ahead.  The work began back in March 2012.  I’ll skip over the details of actually building the site and starting a business.  We’ll save that for another blog post.

A few months later…  Street Jelly was born!  Live streaming music, worldwide, 24 hours a day!