Handel Hosts 4th Annual Jamapalooza at TribalNet in San Diego

Handel Information Technologies has been a vendor and frequent speaker at the TribalNet conference for several years. TribalNet is the leading conference for technology decision makers in tribal country and was first recommended to us by Chuck Scharnagle, Chief Information Officer of the Mohegan Tribe and long-time TribalNet board member. We started attending about 10 years ago.
For many years now I have been aware of the link between technology and music. A lot of IT people also play instruments (although the reverse is not necessarily true, that all musicians have an inclination for technology). I remember attending Microsoft conferences where there would be an open mic night or a karoake event, so in 2013 I decided to give this a try at a TribalNet conference. At the St. Paul conference that year we hosted our first jam session. We decided on the name Jamapalooza, partially inspired by the Lollapalooza music festival. The first year we had about 5 musicians and perhaps 30 people attending. Next year we did it again in Las Vegas, with about 10 musicians and 50 attendees. Each year this event has become more and more popular. Last year we were in Austin (a music city if there ever was one), and this year in San Diego we set a new record with about 25 musicians and an estimated 100 attendees. For a conference drawing about 400 people, we appreciate how many people now come to this event which has become a TribalNet tradition. Please enjoy the video as a memory from this year’s Jamapalooza. This is all about building relationships and having a great time through music. As most of these musicians played together for the first time that evening, don’t expect the precision or musical chops of a seasoned touring band. What is important here is the appreciation these people have for making music together and performing for fellow conference attendees. We had a good time doing this. We hope this video will serve as a memento for those who participated; and for those who did not, an encouragement to come to TribalNet 18 in Glendale, AZ, November 6-9, 2017.