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Bluegrass Jam

The Joys of Jamming ~An essay

Stephen C. Butler shares his thoughts on jam circles and his life-long love of making music with friends. Click the title to read. 

Five Jams per month!

Hosted by Red Spruce and the adirondack song dogs

SLOW JAM lead by Adirondack Song Dogs meets weekly on Thursdays Continuing this summer at Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church 

175 Fifth Avenue / Corner of Henning on the east side of Saratoga. 

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. $5.00 donation at the door.
(doors open at 12:30 p.m.) 

SCHEDULE:

 june 13 – August 29, 2024

BLUEGRASS JAMS lead by Red Spruce meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month

7pm – 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm) Kitchen is open! 

All are Welcome!

WE LOVE TO MEET NEW PICKERS,

AND WE LOVE PUTTING ON A GOOD SHOW FOR LISTENERS!

THERE ARE NO PRE-SHOW RESERVATIONS FOR THE JAMS!
SUGGESTED DONATION AT THE DOOR. $5.00 per person

Our jams are all about sharing songs, making new friends, and enjoying a relaxing and casual evening of irresistible string band music.

ALL are welcome to join the circle for an afternoon or evening playing and listening to classic grass, new grass and folk favorites. We sometimes refer to our genre as eclectic acoustic.

Red Spruce and Adirondack Song Dogs will kick off each session with a few tunes then open the floor for musicians to lead their favorite bluegrass tunes and folk music, backed up by the other pickers in the gathering. Simple tunes are always popular! So sharpen up your axe, come prepared with your song, and let us hear some good old fast, high and lonesome, some slow and low, or a good old favorite. All are welcome!

What is a Slow Jam?

It is a group of string instrument players and singers who get together to have fun making music. The “slow” modifier indicates that it is targeted to the following musicians: people who have been playing solo and want to get used to playing in a group setting: people who have just learned how to play and want to play with others; people who have instruments that have been gathering dust for a “few” years; experienced players who are trying out playing instruments other than their primary instrument; people who are comfortable playing their instrument but want to become more comfortable singing/leading a song.. The tunes are played at 80 to 110 BPM and usually in basic keys such a G, A, D, C major, but it always sounds great to play in some minor keys such as “a”, “e”, and “g”. We will try to avoid “jam busters.” It is our hope that after this experience you will feel more comfortable playing at the many open jams and open mics that can be found in our area.