I played out a bit in college, and sparingly a few times over the years. But with 3 kids, and a real job, I really haven't played out in years. So anyway, I found an open blues jam nearby and decided to check it out. I must admit, it was quite a disappointment. I've been to some open jams in the past that were awesome...well run, great musicians, and lots of fun. Let's just say tonight was interesting. Instead of holding folks to the 2 song standard, first outta the gate was a children's gospel group, who replaced the entire house band. They played 4 self-written hymns and were terrible. Their parents kept jumping to the mic to announce "None of them have been playing over 6 months!" The house band returned for one song (they were great BTW). Then, a bunch of morbidly obese senior citizens (I'm not making this up, and certainly not trying to be cruel) jumped in and melted my face off. A couple of them were quite good, but the trumpet player wrecked everything. He was actually pretty good, but he was playing FULL VOLUME. The band leader kept trying to motion to back off, but the oaf kept pointing the bell right at the bandleader, blowing like his life depended on it. Oh yeah, he blasted solos all over everybody else's solos. I realize I'm a total hack. I simply don't have time to be in a band, but I just wanted to play with some good musicians, and learn a thing or two. As it turns out, I didn't even take my guitar out of the case. I know I sound like sour grapes, but is this pretty much how it is nowadays?