Jams and Classes

Note: Please see the Bubbaguitar calendar and email newsletter for the most up to date info on jam sessions and classes happening around town!

If you host or organize a regular jam that you would like listed here, let us know at bubbavillepdx@gmail.com.

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These are mostly old-time jams. They come and go, shift and change. This page is often out of date. Bluegrass jam info is at the Oregon Bluegrass Association site. See Portland Folklore Society for song circles ‘n stuff.


NEIGHBORLY MUSIC STRING BAND CLASS.

This class is a real anchor (in a positive way!) of the old time music instruction scene in Portland. For fiddle, banjo, and guitar players who have basic proficiency on their instruments and are ready to begin meeting and playing old time music with others, this class offers the perfect opportunity. Classes meet on Tuesday evenings in 8 week sessions 3 times a year (fall, winter, and spring) at the Pacific Crest Community School in NE Portland. The Winter 2017 session runs January 31 – March 21. Check their web site for details. Contact: Maggie Lind


STRINGBAND CLASS SLOWJAM. Meets most every Sunday afternoon at Base Camp Brewing at 930 SE Oak. We are starting at 3pm specifically for SLOWjammers.  If you would like to play more up to speed, come from 4-6pm. Start times can vary as well as location. This jam plays a specific tune list each week.  Ask to be added to the mailing list to receive the list in advance.  Contact: Nola Silverman for more information and to be added to the mailing list.


JUG BAND JAM. Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd St in the Hollywood district, 7 – 9.  Every 2nd Wednesday. Start times can vary so check their Facebook page for current information. Contact: Arlo Leach or Ray Horton


GREG STONE’S TABORGRASS BLUEGRASS CLASS & JAM – BEGINNERS 10am-1pm   INTERMEDIATE CLASS AND JAM 1-4pm  at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 SE Harrison – For all instruments – $10 per session.  No registration required. Drop-ins welcome. Knowledge of basic chords and the ability to execute chord changes is required.  Meets every Saturday from September through May. For more details, contact Greg Stone at grgstone@gmail.com or visit www.taborgrass.com.


PDX QUEBEC JAM SESSION:   an inclusive, learner-friendly place to share and learn the energizing and joyful dance music of Quebec. Organized on the model of a house party, this jam takes place at the homes of hosting members of the e-mail list, on a rotating basis. If you’d like to receive invitations for this event, contact Therese Vogel.  You can also visit Lisa Ornstein’s website (lisaornstein.com) and look for details. Her website also contains (at the Resources drop- down Menu) some free downloadable Quebecois tunes (with sheet music and mp3s) as well as a master list of tunes played at previous jams, with links to media sources, AND (cymbal crash!), a page of recipes of dishes from Quebec .

 When: first Tuesdays, 7-10pm
Where: in and around Portland at the homes of various hosts
For Whom: folks who already play their instrument and would like to learn or share dance music from Quebec (all acoustic melody instruments, piano, guitar, bouzouki, flute- also stepdancers are welcome)
Contact: Therese Vogel (to get on the invite list)


PDX CAJUN JAM SESSION: an inclusive, learner-friendly place to share and learn Cajun dance music. Organized on the model of a house party, this jam takes place at the homes of hosting members of the e-mail list.
When: third Sundays, 1-3:30pm
Where: in and around Portland at homes of various hosts
For Whom: folks who already play their instrument and would like to learn or share dance music from Cajun Louisiana (fiddle, guitar, accordion, singers, dancers)
Contact: regantia@gmail.com (to get on the invite list)


OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM with Rich Landar. Come join us outside on our patio for a weekly bluegrass jam, hosted by Rich Landar of The Hillwilliams. We’ll be playing in a picker’s circle where everyone can play as much as they’d like. Bluegrass instrumentation preferred but any acoustic instruments are welcome. All levels of pickers and singers can join in at this friendly, no pressure jam session. Every Thursday 4 p.m. ’til 6 p.m. At the White Eagle, 836 N. Russell St. All ages, Free. 4-6pm


OFF KEY EASY BLUEGRASS JAM.  – Every Sunday at the O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St. A relaxed slow-to-intermediate jam for players of all ability and confidence levels. Nobody is too crummy to play with us! Food and a full bar available, under 21 more than welcome. On bus line 19-Glisan and just south of 60th Street MAX station. 2-5pm


OLD TIME FIDDLE TUNE CLASS. Most Monday nights taught by Gabrielle Macrae of The Horsenecks and The Carolina Rowdies at the home of Clint Gorthy in NE Portland. 6pm beginner class, 7pm intermediate/advanced class. Sliding scale $12-20, or $20-30 for both classes. Drop-in basis, no registration required, but Contact Gabrielle: alsoavailableinyellow@yahoo.com to get Clint’s address and to get notifications when class is not happening. 6pm or 7pm


3rd SAT 2pm – Washington Old-Time Fiddlers Association, District 10, all-acoustic jam in Vancouver, WA at Fisher’s Grange at 814 NE 162nd Ave, Vancouver. All acoustic instrument players welcome. Very user-friendly, informal jam. Refreshments and room to dance. Receptive audience. Donation at door.


2nd SUN KEIZER OLD TIME JAM (formerly the Waldo Hills jam) – 1:00 until the last dog bites (5pm or so) – Newcomers welcome. Acoustic old time music and vocals. Slower as well as up to speed tunes. Folks encouraged to share new (old) tunes. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 452 Cummings Ln N, Keizer, OR 97303. Contacts: Roger soyopo@comcast.net or John adamsjw@comcast.net.