Play and sing with other folks. 10am-noon every Saturday morning. Each week has a different theme. All ages and abilities welcome. All jam hosts are encouraged to start each jam with slow tempo, basic chords, and familiar songs with only 3-4 chords. Listeners and appreciators also welcome!
1st Saturdays – Ukuleles!
Any type of ukulele is welcome. Bring songbooks or songs if you’d like but none are required. Lots of singing and strumming is encouraged. We’ll go around in a circle and everyone has the opportunity to lead a song if they’d like.
2nd Saturdays – Old-Time
Old-Time means mostly fiddle tunes. You’ll find guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo players here. Often our hosts are fiddle players who are connected with Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA). We start our jams slow always playing each tune at full speed before moving on to the next tune.
3rd Saturdays – Americana
Anything from Bob Dylan to the Lumineers, Gillian Welch to Taylor Swift. Anything goes – any instrument, cover songs and originals. We’ll go around in a circle and everyone has the opportunity to lead a song if they’d like. Our host is often singer/songwriter and co-founder of The Warming House – John Louis.
4th Saturdays – Bluegrass
4th Saturdays – traditional Bluegrass song circle. Bring your string instrument: fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and more. Players from beginning to advanced lead tunes around the circle. The result is a robust fun collaboration. Some songs that may be played: Nine Pound hammer, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Shady Grove and more. Old Time fiddle tunes are welcome too, like: Old Joe Clark, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Bumble Bee in a Jug, etcetera.
This Jam is lead by Christian Lindgren, from the neighborhood. Christian, an adult learner on guitar, was taught Bluegrass and Old Time guitar by Master Jody Stecher, when he lived in San Francisco. In 2013, Christian won the Minnesota Bluegrass Flatpicking Contest at the Minnesota state Fair for age 50 and over and won third place the following year. He has played in several bands including for square dance. He has taught fiddle tunes at the Minneapolis High School Strutt Guitar Festival.
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$5-20 donation encouraged but not required.