Jams – Classes

Please Note: the Bubbaguitar calendar is temporarily on hold due to technical problems.  The weekly email newsletter has the most up to date info on jam sessions and classes happening around town! To get the weekly email newsletter, go to the Bubbaville home page and sign up. To view the newsletter without subscribing go to the Bubbaville Facebook page and the Portland Old Time Gathering Facebook page where it is posted every Wednesday – for the most part.

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


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 This page is often out of date.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 Folkmusic Society for song circles ‘n stuff.


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 in non-pandemic times.  On zoom during the pandemic.  Check their web site for details. Contact: Maggie Lind

STRINGBAND CLASS SLOWJAM. Meets most Sunday afternoons at private homes. We play from 3-5 or 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 address and tune list in advance.  Contact: Nola Silverman for more information and to be added to the mailing list.

HOSTEL CAFE WEEKLY OLD TIME JAM.  Scott Killops will be your host for a weekly Thursday night Old Time Music Jam at the Hostel Cafe, 1810 NW Glisan7-10pm! Many of you experienced the amazing jams that happened at the Hostel during the Old Time Gathering. Let’s keep it going year round!!

No purchase is required, but the café has a reputation for great food at good prices. They also have 8 local beers, 2 ciders, wine and Kombucha on tap. Street parking is free at 7pm and this part of NW has more parking available. Café hours are 7am to midnight. Come early and stay late!

EASTSIDE MUSIC CLUB OLD TIME/FOLK JAM SESSION. Learner friendly jam focused on old time, folk, and acoustic blues. Held in members’ homes, all instruments welcome. Come enjoy music for neighbors by neighbors. Meets the second and last Wednesdays of each month with a break for summer. Contact: Steve Bleiler for more information and to be added to that mailing list.


When: takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Oakshire Beer Hall at 5013 NE 42nd Ave. from 7:00-9:00. Outside in the tent (it’s heated!).  Featured artists will bring some different songs and arrangements to the jam.  Oakshire is now open till 10 pm and serves pizza, salads and snacks.  Outside food is still welcome. There’s also a food cart on site and a couple more nearby.  Keep up to date on the jam by going to the Facebook link above to join the group and get on the email list to get all the info on the jams.  Acoustic instruments only.
Contact: Arlo Leach or Ray Horton

OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM AT TOAST.  Weekly Bluegrass jam every Thursday, 6:30-8:30 pm on the covered patio. Organized/hosted by Josh Cole. Traditional Bluegrass instruments only. Looks like a full bar and dinner menu. 5222 SE 52nd Ave.

PDX QUEBEC JAM SESSION:   (On hold for now) Meanshile, here’s the info.  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: currently on hold
Contact: Therese Vogel (to get on the invite list)
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)

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: second 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).  On hold till the pandemic is over or we can jam outside.
Contact: lluvia.cmcho@gmail.com (to get on the invite list)

OREGON CITY OLD TIME JAM (On hold for now)  Meanwhile here’s the info.  Every 1st and 3rd Monday, 7-9 pm. The group is looking forward to jamming outside as soon as weather allows at the library.  Details coming soon.  (in non pandemic times, inside at the UU Congregation at Willamette Falls, 710 6th St. Oregon City (big pink church right across from the library). If you come, park in the lot behind the church and come in through the door to the new wing; classroom down the hall. To get on their mailing list email skypilotemily@msn.com

OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM with Rich Landar. (Not sure if this is currently happening)   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.  On hold for now.

WASHINGTON OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION DISTRICT 10 JAM: Bring your fiddle, Bring your guitar, Bring a dish.  Come to – PLAY-LISTEN-EAT-SOCIALIZE!  Support the fiddle association!  Since the Pandemic our association membership dwindled down to nothing.  We need your help to rebuild.  We are focusing on membership AND planning the Washington State Fiddle Championships.  Open to all abilities with WOTFA membership requested.  Snack-luck or community shared snacks

WHEN – The 4th Sunday every month
4:00 WOTFA board meeting.
If you are interested in joining the board of WOTFA coDISTRICT 10 – Or are just interested in what we are doing..
arrive at 4pm
5:00 Potluck/Jam – play – listen – eat!
WHERE : The Covington House Historical site.
4201 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98663 No designated ending time….

Washington Old-Time Fiddlers Association, District 10, all-acoustic jam in Vancouver, WA at the Clark County Historical Museum  Facebook link

KEIZER OLD TIME JAM (On hold for now)  (formerly the Waldo Hills jam) – 2nd Sundays, 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.  On hold for now.