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StreetJelly Meetup 2015 Info

What: StreetJelly Meetup 2015 – Great Smoky Mountains
When: Saturday, Sept 19th, 2015
Where: Wilderness at the Smokies Resort, Sevierville, TN

East Tennessee is just a half-day’s drive from anywhere east of The Mississippi!

Please RSVP by August 15th, so we get an accurate count. click here

Saturday, Sept 19th – starts around 3pm at the Cades Cove Room

All viewers and musicians on StreetJelly.com are invited to meet in person for a day of fun and music. The event is FREE to attend at the Wilderness at the Smokies Resort, Cades Cove banquet room, in Sevierville, TN. Musicians, bring your guitars and instruments to jam with friends from all over the country. We will broadcast the entire event live on StreetJelly.com, too.

Travel and lodging expenses are not provided. In other words, you have to pay your own way to get here. Discount lodging rates available at the Wilderness Resort, call 877.325.9453 ($109/night, includes passes into resort’s two water-parks!). Mention the group rates for StreetJelly event on Sept 19th.

Sevierville, Tennessee – home of StreetJelly – is just outside Knoxville (East TN). It’s easy to get to, right off Interstate i40, exit 407. To reach East TN from the south, take i75; from the northeast, i81; and all points east and west, get on i40 (which runs the length of the entire U.S.).

Make it a Vacation!

We are at the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the resort towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. The attractions are endless and fit for every style of vacationer: camping, hiking, cabin rentals, dinner shows, amusement parks, golf, museums, shopping, restaurants, zip-lines, horse-back riding, and so on. There are 10,000s of hotel rooms in the area. And it’s the home of Dolly Parton and Dollywood! 🙂


Add’l Links
www.Gatlinburg.com
www.PigeonForge.com
www.nps.gov – National Park Service
www.Dollywood.com
www.RipleyAquariums.com
www.VisitMySmokies.com
www.SmokyMountains.com

Wilderness At the Smokies  map it
190 Gists Creek Road
Sevierville, TN 37876
Please ask questions about the event below in the comments…

Caution: StreetJelly Flies are Biting

JellyflyCaution: You may have been bitten by the StreetJelly Fly?Jellyfly

StreetJelly FlyHow has StreetJelly changed your music listening, daily habits?  I’ll start…

I was listening to music on my headphones, a Grateful Dead ‘tube, and when a song was over…  I reached for my mouse to clap with smileys!  There are no clappy’s on YouTube. LOL  ~frankie

Almost everynight when I say bye on Facebook chat, I keep instictively go looking for a waving smiley to say bye.  ~merv

Musicians I love always come on when I’m cooking dinner.
Frankie gets a lot of burnt meals now. ~martina

Got StreetJelly Syndrome symptoms? Add them below…

Online Family

Special guest blog by Amanda Crann from “ImageAndFamily”

Online Family

AmandaIf anyone had told me that I’d develop online friends who could become more like family I would have laughed. But that is truly what I’ve found on StreetJelly. We’ve become a community of people who laugh together, cry together and share our lives with one another. Now if that isn’t family then I don’t know what is.

When we first started out on StreetJelly, we didn’t really think that anyone would listen to or even like the kind of music that we played, but the support we have found is mind blowing. We have quickly developed a steady group of people that offer their encouragement and applause to the shows that we put on. I have seen the growth in my own family that has occurred since we started performing for our wonderful fans. Many of you have watched my son, Robert, sing, play piano and tell jokes as well as interact with those who watch us. But what you may not know is that due to his autism, he is usually a withdrawn child around new people and struggles with communication. However, the encouragement he has found on StreetJelly has helped him to open up and not only enjoy but look forward to meeting new people. I have also noticed a new found confidence in myself that I never imagined I could have.

The feeling of family was demonstrated to me on Saturday, April 6, 2013. As many of you know that was the day that Merv asked me to marry him. Together Merv and Frankie rallied the whole community to be there and help to make that day one I will never forget. To see all the work that went into such a spectacular night and to know that so many people cared and wanted to be a part of our big night was overwhelmingly touching.

MervThat night started like any other, but when we began our show the number of viewers skyrocketed. Never before had I ever seen so many people all watching one show. I was blown away by the sheer number that amassed to watch us. Then the big moment happened as Merv asked the question that I have waited my entire life for and it may sound bizarre but I could hear the applause from our family that night. I have never felt as much love overflowing as I did that night. I thank everyone who came out to be a part of that amazing experience, especially our King, Frankie, you rock. You truly helped to make it a magical and unforgettable event.

As I write this I am reminded of the words of a song that my family and I close every show with and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that these words apply to each and every one of you in StreetJelly land.

“We’re running out of trees and we’re running out of space but we’ll never run out of good people,” from Great Big Sea’s Good People

Watch StreetJelly from your iPad and iPhone

Q:  Can I watch StreetJelly from my iPhone?
A:  Yes, with the Photon Browser app.

There is a Flash compatible browser, called Photon, that can stream StreetJelly performances on an iPad, iPhone, iPod.  Below is a screen shot taken from an iPhone 4.  Photon is an alternative browser to Safari for mobile Apple products.  It works the same way as any browser:  just navigate to a website as you would on the regular browser.  Photon works for any Flash enabled website, including those with Flash games like Facebook.

The StreetJelly website is obviously very small on a phone, the better experience is on an iPad.  But this gives us good insight as we develop our mobile apps for StreetJelly.  It’s not just a matter of “shrinking” down a website to fit on a mobile device.  We want to make sure the experience fits for when you are mobile, verses sitting at home or work in front of a pc.  In the meantime, check out the Photon Browser.  Cost as of this time is $3.99 on the iTunes App Store.

Photon Browser for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photon-flash-video-player/id430200224

Photon Browser for iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photon-flash-video-player/id453546382

 

Taken from an iPhone 4 with Photon Browser

Taken from an iPhone 4 with Photon Browser

The Jelly Dictionary

Special guest blog by Aaron Samuels a.k.a. “Maestro”

The Jelly DictionaryJellytalk, or “Jellese”

For those of you not entirely hip to the StreetJelly lingo, or even if you just need a refresher, below is the rapidly developing StreetJelly lexicon. This will be updated as the new terms come in.

  • Jellyfish – a frequent swimmer of the StreetJelly ocean. If you peruse the broadcasts often enough, you’ll find out quickly who we are.
  • Jellyfly – any one watching the broadcast but not participating in the real-time chat conversation. It’s all good. We got love for our Jellyflies, and sometimes the fish are in fly-mode. We just like to tease them because it’s much more fun to be a fish than a fly.
  • Jellybird – a performer on StreetJelly, our bread and (peanut) butter.
  • Jellyhead – see “Jellybird”.
  • Jellytainer – see “Jellybird”.
  • JellykingFrank Podlaha, naturally. All hail. The world will sing when he is king…and he is king. So we sing.
  • Jellyfire – a descriptive term for when a Jellybird is performing with passion.
  • Jellyswarm – any significant viewership for any given broadcast.
  • Jellyrat – see “drive-by”.
  • Drive-by – the act of briefly jumping on to another performer’s performance just to let their viewers know via chat that you are performing. Not cool. Performance over-lapping is going to happen and that’s totally fine, just let viewers make up their own mind about who they want to watch.
  • Greenwall – When enough individual token donations are delivered to a performer, the chat wall turns a delightful green (with gold accents). It takes a minimum of nine tokens to greenwall a jellybird.screenshot_clifty_20130127_greenwall
  • Whitewall – When enough blank chat entries fill the room, we call that a whitewall. Use this technique sparingly if at all.
  • Foot scroll – see “Lana scroll”.
  • Lana scroll – the act of using one’s foot on a laptop touch pad or track pad to scroll through lyrics or chord charts, so-named for the inventer and master of the technique, Jellybird LanaEve.
  • Spreading the Jelly – getting the word out about the awesomeness that is StreetJelly.
  • Bluewall – a Greenwall of Rocker Pins. You want this to happen to you.
  • Jellymood – I’m in the mood for love…simply because you’re jelly…
  • Purple Rain – A song by the Artist Formerly Known As The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. Jellyfish request this song on a regular basis, so you might wanna work it into your repertoire, if you’re a Jellybird.
  • AFJ – Away From Jelly. Not exactly fly status, just temporary absence.

What’s your favorite term? Have another to add? Continue the dictionary below…

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!