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Bus Jam
Bus Jam

What does Stockton have in common with San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Paris?  More than you might think.  Terry Williams, who works in Marketing for the San Joaquin Regional Transit District, was inspired by artists he encountered at public transit stations and on board public transit so much so that he brought the idea to Stockton.

Since last October there have been eight music events (or bus jams as I like to call them) on Stockton’s express buses in conjunction with RTD’s 50th anniversary.  A variety of musicians have played including jazz musicians Brian Clark (Bass), Chad Deacon (Sax), and Sean Britt (Guitar) from the University of the Pacific; Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players with Shane Kalbach on guitar and Lexie Kalbach on vocals and Brian Clark; Benjamin Vogel, Jimmy Kraft, Quentin Purviance; a string duo with Robin Roulet and Shane Kalbach; and a string trio with Shane Kalbach on violin, Robin Roulet on violin, and Eric Urbina on cello.

Why schedule these events? Terry says, “Here was a way RTD could enhance the ride for our existing passengers, perhaps entice a few new ones to get on board, and promote the work of local artists from our community.” Even the Stockton Arts Commission is getting involved by helping RTD discover new local talent.

If you would like to join the fun, the next bus jam is scheduled for this Tuesday, February 10th with the “Souls of the Rising Sun” (Khemya MitRahina, Dontell Ramirez and Jairo Ambriz) drumming, dancing and singing traditional folk songs of the African Diaspora on board the #44 bus loading at 2:33pm at the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) arriving back at the DTC at 3:10 pm.

Want to learn African dance and drumming?  Khemya is offering classes during the month of April at Delta College. Sign up at Delta Community Education.

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