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Hi Making Sawdust....Yes there is an old time jam every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at the Center for the Arts at 68 S. Main St. in Phillipsburg, NJ, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. I missed the first one, but got to the second one last Tuesday. Old time is mostly fiddlers, of course, but there were other guitars besides mine, as well as some dulcimers, banjos, and mandolins. There are some other jams I've heard about that are more bluegrass oriented in Hellertown and Stroudsburg and there is a Celtic jam on certain Wednesdays at Hammerhead in Northampton, PA. Some of these I located by Googling. Others I found by joining Meetup.com. Good luck with getting linked up. Maybe I'll see you in one of these jams!
Hi Making Sawdust,
There's one in Stroudsburg, PA, that is a real BG jam.
Pocono BG & Folk Society
Elks Lodge, 260 Washington St., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Neil 570.424.2937 or John 570.992.2259, email@example.com
Shindigs: 1st Sundays Oct. thru May, Doors open 11 am
The above is one that I haven't attended yet but have heard that everyone must take a "break" in turn. That gives you a chance to do your individual thing. In old time music everyone plays together through the whole song. You don't have to sign up for the P'burg old time jam; just show up. The Pocono BG jam, which meets this Sunday, may cost some money. I'm going to stay home and play with my jam recordings until the sun comes out. Have fun!
The Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival is presented March 13-15, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Select in Claymont, DE. by Wilmington Wintergrass, Inc., as we proudly present our 2nd annual all-indoor festival.Featuring 2 stages, workshops, jamsSee More
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