The Return of the Beloved ‘Tuesday Night Jam’ Now At Gypsy Sally’s

By Jason Herman / September 14, 2017
The Gypsy Sally Jam Cups
Gordon Sterling Present's Gypsy Sally's Jam

Earlier this summer the local D.C. music scene was hit with very sad news, the weekly Tuesday Night Jam at IOTA Club was abruptly coming to a end.  The night was part celebration and part sadness.  Fast forward to September, and the Tuesday Jam has found a new home at Gypsy Sally's,  just a few miles away and across the Potomac River in Georgetown.

The Tuesday Night Jam was the brainchild of local musician Gordon Sterling.  Although he knew that IOTA Club was going to close, he didn't realize how abruptly the Tuesday Night Jam would end.  Gordon had promised at the last IOTA Jam that he would look tirelessly for a suitable venue to host his infamous jams.  Over the past two months, Gordon looked long and hard and met face to face with venue owners to find a suitable replacement.  It might come as no surprise that Gypsy Sally's was the best fit for this weekly event as Gypsy Sally's owners are well known to be overwhelmingly supportive and encouraging of the Washington Metro area's musicians.  

 Admission was free to tonight's event as it has always been, however Gypsy Sally's set up a $2 suggested donation to help the house band, and everyone that came to Gypsy Sally's would have gladly paid more as the quality of music and the opportunity to perform at this venue was well well worth it.  

It was a slow trickle into Gypsy Sally's by fans and musicians as people entered Gypsy Sally's like cats slowly entering a new house after a move.  Faces quickly lit up as old friends smiled and greeted on another.  Like children in elementary schoolyard just returning from summer break people shared stories of "how I spent my summer vacation".  People shared stories of what concerts and festivals they attended or which venues they had performed at, what bands they had started performing with or had departed, and what gigs they had lines up next.  For some it was their first time attending a Tuesday Night Jam and were anxious with anticipation for all that they had heard about past performances.  Irregardless of how many times attendees had experienced the Tuesday Night Jam, they were very grateful that once again the Tuesday Night Jam was back.

Gordon Sterling welcomed everyone by announcing, "welcome to church."  With that, weekly services started, the ceremony of reaching into the cups and pulling out names, the incantation of the names of musicians to be called to the stage, and musicians transporting their instruments to the stage began.  

There was a palpable energy in the room as musicians awaited their opportunity to be called to the stage.  It wasn't uncommon to overhear some musicians whispering "I'm too nervous to enjoy the set until I'm called and it's may turn on the stage" and "man, there is always a glut of drummers, I hope I can get on stage tonight."

It was a truly wonderful night that was enjoyed by everyone in attendance.  Just like every Tuesday Night Jam, attendees spilled onto the street outside the venue and enjoyed one another's company.  As people said their goodbyes there were warm embraces as people told one another how they looked forward to seeing them very soon, perhaps at the next Tuesday Night Jam.  Yet another Tuesday Night ritual invoked, the only difference was that this night people looked across the Potomac River to see the shimmering lights and skyscrapers of Arlington, Virginia.  

The venue of the Tuesday Jam may have changed, but the rituals invoked and the joy of the community never does.

Related Article:  Read about the Last IOTA Tuesday Night Jam.

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About the author

Jason Herman

A 24x7 member and Photo Editor of DC Music Review. Jason has been passionate about music since his earliest days and is especially excited about the music scene around his adopted hometown, Washington DC. With over 35 Grateful Dead and 80+ Phish shows, and countless music festivals under his belt, you can find him at concerts around the country but especially in his adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. Before turning his lens to music, Jason followed professional cyclists around the U.S. Domestic Circuit to the tallest mountains in Europe.