Past Bluegrass Related Events

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“Songs Beyond” Fast Jam

On the Cambridge/Arlington border Cambridge, MA

These weekly Teacher-Directed Jams hosted by Tony Watt are open to all bluegrass instruments, both rhythm and lead players. Each week we play through songs from the same set repertoire at various tempos depending on the experience level of the jam. You can attend even if you don’t know all of the tunes as I have mp3s and copies of tab, chords, and lyrics for most of these tunes, however, I only have tabs for mandolin, guitar, and bass at this time. Every Wednesday the “Songs Beyond" fast jam meets from 9 until 10 pm in north Cambridge. Each week we play through songs chosen by a rotating "DJ" (a regular jam member) from the following repertoire: Big Sciota (in G), Big Spike Hammer (in A), Bill Cheatham (in A), Gold Rush (in A), Billy in the Lowground (in C), Fireball Mail (in G), Wayfaring Stranger (in Em), Blackberry Blossom (in G), St. Anne's Reel (in D), and possibly Old Joe Clark (in A). These are my fastest teacher-directed jams, and some might argue we play some of these songs too fast. The jams are held in north Cambridge, about a half mile from where Rt. 2 hits Cambridge at the Alewife T station. This location is one block from the intersection of Rt. 16 and Mass. Ave., near the Cambridge/Arlington border. There is plenty of meter-free, permit-free parking on Mass. Ave., and the location is only a 10-minute walk from Alewife and 15 minutes from Davis Sq. Most of the attendees of the jam are what I call “subscribers”, which means they have paid in advance and committed to attend a block of six jams. The subscriber cost is $10 per hour-long jam, but you … Read More »

$10 – $15

“Songs Beyond” Fast Jam

On the Cambridge/Arlington border Cambridge, MA

These weekly Teacher-Directed Jams hosted by Tony Watt are open to all bluegrass instruments, both rhythm and lead players. Each week we play through songs from the same set repertoire at various tempos depending on the experience level of the jam. You can attend even if you don’t know all of the tunes as I have mp3s and copies of tab, chords, and lyrics for most of these tunes, however, I only have tabs for mandolin, guitar, and bass at this time. Every Wednesday the “Songs Beyond" fast jam meets from 9 until 10 pm in north Cambridge. Each week we play through songs chosen by a rotating "DJ" (a regular jam member) from the following repertoire: Big Sciota (in G), Big Spike Hammer (in A), Bill Cheatham (in A), Gold Rush (in A), Billy in the Lowground (in C), Fireball Mail (in G), Wayfaring Stranger (in Em), Blackberry Blossom (in G), St. Anne's Reel (in D), and possibly Old Joe Clark (in A). These are my fastest teacher-directed jams, and some might argue we play some of these songs too fast. The jams are held in north Cambridge, about a half mile from where Rt. 2 hits Cambridge at the Alewife T station. This location is one block from the intersection of Rt. 16 and Mass. Ave., near the Cambridge/Arlington border. There is plenty of meter-free, permit-free parking on Mass. Ave., and the location is only a 10-minute walk from Alewife and 15 minutes from Davis Sq. Most of the attendees of the jam are what I call “subscribers”, which means they have paid in advance and committed to attend a block of six jams. The subscriber cost is $10 per hour-long jam, but you … Read More »

$10 – $15

“Songs Beyond” Fast Jam

On the Cambridge/Arlington border Cambridge, MA

These weekly Teacher-Directed Jams hosted by Tony Watt are open to all bluegrass instruments, both rhythm and lead players. Each week we play through songs from the same set repertoire at various tempos depending on the experience level of the jam. You can attend even if you don’t know all of the tunes as I have mp3s and copies of tab, chords, and lyrics for most of these tunes, however, I only have tabs for mandolin, guitar, and bass at this time. Every Wednesday the “Songs Beyond" fast jam meets from 9 until 10 pm in north Cambridge. Each week we play through songs chosen by a rotating "DJ" (a regular jam member) from the following repertoire: Big Sciota (in G), Big Spike Hammer (in A), Bill Cheatham (in A), Gold Rush (in A), Billy in the Lowground (in C), Fireball Mail (in G), Wayfaring Stranger (in Em), Blackberry Blossom (in G), St. Anne's Reel (in D), and possibly Old Joe Clark (in A). These are my fastest teacher-directed jams, and some might argue we play some of these songs too fast. The jams are held in north Cambridge, about a half mile from where Rt. 2 hits Cambridge at the Alewife T station. This location is one block from the intersection of Rt. 16 and Mass. Ave., near the Cambridge/Arlington border. There is plenty of meter-free, permit-free parking on Mass. Ave., and the location is only a 10-minute walk from Alewife and 15 minutes from Davis Sq. Most of the attendees of the jam are what I call “subscribers”, which means they have paid in advance and committed to attend a block of six jams. The subscriber cost is $10 per hour-long jam, but you … Read More »

$10 – $15

“Songs Beyond” Fast Jam

On the Cambridge/Arlington border Cambridge, MA

These weekly Teacher-Directed Jams hosted by Tony Watt are open to all bluegrass instruments, both rhythm and lead players. Each week we play through songs from the same set repertoire at various tempos depending on the experience level of the jam. You can attend even if you don’t know all of the tunes as I have mp3s and copies of tab, chords, and lyrics for most of these tunes, however, I only have tabs for mandolin, guitar, and bass at this time. Every Wednesday the “Songs Beyond" fast jam meets from 9 until 10 pm in north Cambridge. Each week we play through songs chosen by a rotating "DJ" (a regular jam member) from the following repertoire: Big Sciota (in G), Big Spike Hammer (in A), Bill Cheatham (in A), Gold Rush (in A), Billy in the Lowground (in C), Fireball Mail (in G), Wayfaring Stranger (in Em), Blackberry Blossom (in G), St. Anne's Reel (in D), and possibly Old Joe Clark (in A). These are my fastest teacher-directed jams, and some might argue we play some of these songs too fast. The jams are held in north Cambridge, about a half mile from where Rt. 2 hits Cambridge at the Alewife T station. This location is one block from the intersection of Rt. 16 and Mass. Ave., near the Cambridge/Arlington border. There is plenty of meter-free, permit-free parking on Mass. Ave., and the location is only a 10-minute walk from Alewife and 15 minutes from Davis Sq. Most of the attendees of the jam are what I call “subscribers”, which means they have paid in advance and committed to attend a block of six jams. The subscriber cost is $10 per hour-long jam, but you … Read More »

$10 – $15

“Songs Beyond” Fast Jam

On the Cambridge/Arlington border Cambridge, MA

These weekly Teacher-Directed Jams hosted by Tony Watt are open to all bluegrass instruments, both rhythm and lead players. Each week we play through songs from the same set repertoire at various tempos depending on the experience level of the jam. You can attend even if you don’t know all of the tunes as I have mp3s and copies of tab, chords, and lyrics for most of these tunes, however, I only have tabs for mandolin, guitar, and bass at this time. Every Wednesday the “Songs Beyond" fast jam meets from 9 until 10 pm in north Cambridge. Each week we play through songs chosen by a rotating "DJ" (a regular jam member) from the following repertoire: Big Sciota (in G), Big Spike Hammer (in A), Bill Cheatham (in A), Gold Rush (in A), Billy in the Lowground (in C), Fireball Mail (in G), Wayfaring Stranger (in Em), Blackberry Blossom (in G), St. Anne's Reel (in D), and possibly Old Joe Clark (in A). These are my fastest teacher-directed jams, and some might argue we play some of these songs too fast. The jams are held in north Cambridge, about a half mile from where Rt. 2 hits Cambridge at the Alewife T station. This location is one block from the intersection of Rt. 16 and Mass. Ave., near the Cambridge/Arlington border. There is plenty of meter-free, permit-free parking on Mass. Ave., and the location is only a 10-minute walk from Alewife and 15 minutes from Davis Sq. Most of the attendees of the jam are what I call “subscribers”, which means they have paid in advance and committed to attend a block of six jams. The subscriber cost is $10 per hour-long jam, but you … Read More »

$10 – $15

Weekly Vocal Tune Jam at the Cantab

Cantab Lounge 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

For over twenty years the Cantab Lounge in Central Square in Cambridge, MA has been home to a weekly bluegrass night on Tuesdays which has featured some of the best bands and jamming around. The Weekly Vocal Tune jam from 6 until 7:30 pm on Tuesdays is intended for those who might not be comfortable participating later on in the night, but still want to be part of the fun at the Cantab. What began as a slow jam has now morphed into a jam that sometimes includes slightly faster or more complicated songs. And with the "Song of the Week" system, everybody now has almost a week to work on a single more difficult song for next week's jam. The "Song of the Week" will be chosen on a weekly basis by people at the jam, or by e-mailing me directly if you know you can attend next week's jam. Here are further details about these jams: - the jam meets every Tuesday from 6 until 7:30, no rsvp required - unlike my other jams, we don't know what songs we'll be playing each week - we don't play instrumentals, very fast vocal tunes, or obscure/difficult songs (except for the "Song of the Week" sometimes) - you don't need to be able to sing, but it's more fun if you can - improvising solos is also not required, but it's more fun if you can - the best preparation is to learn a common bluegrass song to sing with us - held upstairs at the Cantab immediately before bluegrass night - this jam is open to all bluegrass instruments and there is a $10 requested pass-the-hat donation - please e-mail [email protected] if you have any questions

Free

Weekly Vocal Tune Jam at the Cantab

Cantab Lounge 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

For over twenty years the Cantab Lounge in Central Square in Cambridge, MA has been home to a weekly bluegrass night on Tuesdays which has featured some of the best bands and jamming around. The Weekly Vocal Tune jam from 6 until 7:30 pm on Tuesdays is intended for those who might not be comfortable participating later on in the night, but still want to be part of the fun at the Cantab. What began as a slow jam has now morphed into a jam that sometimes includes slightly faster or more complicated songs. And with the "Song of the Week" system, everybody now has almost a week to work on a single more difficult song for next week's jam. The "Song of the Week" will be chosen on a weekly basis by people at the jam, or by e-mailing me directly if you know you can attend next week's jam. Here are further details about these jams: - the jam meets every Tuesday from 6 until 7:30, no rsvp required - unlike my other jams, we don't know what songs we'll be playing each week - we don't play instrumentals, very fast vocal tunes, or obscure/difficult songs (except for the "Song of the Week" sometimes) - you don't need to be able to sing, but it's more fun if you can - improvising solos is also not required, but it's more fun if you can - the best preparation is to learn a common bluegrass song to sing with us - held upstairs at the Cantab immediately before bluegrass night - this jam is open to all bluegrass instruments and there is a $10 requested pass-the-hat donation - please e-mail [email protected] if you have any questions

Free

Recurring

BBU’s Second Saturday Bluegrass Jam at CCM

Concord Conservatory of Music 1317 Main Street, Concord, MA

Starting October 14th, 2017 at 7 pm, the BBU is partnering with the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) to co-sponsor a new Second Saturday Bluegrass Jam in West Concord. This monthly jam is open to all ages, all levels, and all bluegrass instruments, and the fee is $5. The jams are located at the Concord Conservatory of Music, which is housed in the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742. There is plenty of free street parking around CCM, but please note that the entrance is through the side door on Pine St. (opposite Main St.). We will only have access to the lower level of the church, but that includes at least five separate rooms to jam in. More details can be found online at https://concordconservatory.org/Monthly_Bluegrass_Jam

$5

Ashokan Bluegrass Camp

The Ashokan Center 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY

This first-ever bluegrass camp at Ashokan will include instrument-specific instruction as well as singing classes, electives, and lots and lots of jamming. The inaugural camp features some of the best in bluegrass: Tony Trischka, Claire Lynch, Matt Flinner, Becky Buller, Scott Nygaard and Mike Bub. Don’t miss this chance to learn from and jam with some of the best musicians and teachers in bluegrass music.

$345

Recurring

Bluegrass Tuesdays at The Cantab Lounge

The Cantab Lounge 738 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Bluegrass Tuesdays at The Cantab Lounge are back after a nearly two-year hiatus! Please join us at the historic Cantab Lounge in Central Square in Cambridge, MA for the resumption of one of the longest-running and most successful weekly bluegrass nights in history. Find out who's playing soon and much more at www.BluegrassTuesdays.com In 2017, The Cantab Lounge was named one of America’s 15 Best Dive Bars. Located in multi-ethnic, multi-generation Central Square in Cambridge, MA, it was also named one of the 50 Best Small Music Venues In America. Bluegrass Tuesdays at The Cantab Lounge began in September of 1993 and have grown to host regional and national artists on stage, and serve as a weekly gathering place for the local bluegrass community. For 27 years, Tuesday Night Bluegrass at The Cantab Lounge was hosted by Geoff Bartley, about whom reviewer Nate Dow wrote, “If Massachusetts were ever to appoint a Folk Laureate, the honor would have to go to the one and only Geoff Bartley." Geoff welcomed nationally-known bluegrass artists to The Cantab stage including Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, David Grier, Missy Raines, Jim Hurst, Chris Jones, Molly Tuttle, and the late James King. Bluegrass Tuesdays have also been a place where many bluegrass musicians have met and “cut their teeth”, including members of The Infamous Stringdusters, Crooked Still, Della Mae, The Gibson Brothers, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Po' Ramblin' Boys, Mile Twelve, ​and Alan Bibey & Grasstowne. The Cantab Lounge has now been reinvigorated under new owner Tim Dibble, manager Mike Cronin, and Bluegrass Tuesdays host Tony Watt.

Free