Doc Pollak's List of Bluegrass and Other Acoustic Jams in the Delaware, Northern Maryland, Southern New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania Regions

(revised 10/30/14)

 

WARNING!

Some jams will miss specific dates due to holidays, change venues or go on hiatus during the summer.  Never attend a new jam without calling first to double check that it’s still being held.

These jams differ widely in terms of the levels of musicianship. This is another reason for contacting the jam organizer before attending a jam. He/she can probably give you a feel for such things. In addition, you should feel free to e-mail me at epollak@wcupa.edu if you would like my impressions of a particular jam. I haven't been to all of the jams listed below but I've been to many of them. 

 

For jams in the Greater Washington, D.C.  area e-mail barb@barbdiederich.com and Barb to put you on her Newsletter's distribution list. 

For jams in the New York City and greater (tri-state) metropolitan area see http://banjoben.com/Calendar.htm.  

For jams across the USA see http://www.folkjam.org/map/us

 

DELAWARE

 

Newark, DE 2nd Thursday Night Jam. Meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 10 PM at 276 South College Ave; the sub-basement of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The site is a 2-mile straight shot north from Delaware Exit 1 of I-95. For info, contact Jerry Schultz at schultz@che.udel.edu or 302-235-7182.  (This used to be a weekly jam bt it changed from weekly to monthly as of November, 2011.) 

The Monday Night Wilmington Jam meets at the LOMA Coffeehouse on the southwest corner of 3rd and Market Sts (239 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801).  The time remains 7-10 p..m. http://www.yelp.com/biz/loma-coffee-wilmington 

Delaware Friends of Folk "Pickin-In". 4th Saturday of the month at 1.p.m. at Smithers, 140 S. State St., Dover, DE.  This is primarily a Celtic and folk event. Call (302) 465-0805 for more info. Also see http://www.delfolk.org/events.html

Woodside Farm Creamery Summer BG Jam.  Every Saturday from 1-5p.m. at the Woodside Farm Creamery, Set your GPS to 378 North Star Road,
Newark, DE 19711. (Note that the Hockessin, DE mailing address is different from this address but this is the one that will take you right to the jam.) This is a summer jam that runs from April or May thru August (or even through October or November if the weather stays warm).  Directions and map at http://www.woodsidefarmcreamery.com/.  Refer all Questions to steven.field@redclay.k12.de.us. Phone (302) 239-3134.  

Catherine Rooney's Irish Pub & Restaurant Irish Jam Sessions. Monday nights 8 p.m. - ? 1616 Delaware Avenue, Trolley Square, Wilmington, Delaware 19806.  http://www.catherinerooneys.com/

Brandywine Dulcimer Fellowship meets the 1st Friday of every month 7:30 until ? in the Grace Lutheran Church at  Route 41 and Graves Lane, Hockessin, DE 19707. Contact Bettie Scott at bbscott@magpage.com or 302-235-0258. All acoustic instruments welcome, including lap dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, guitar, flute, recorder. www.everythingdulcimer.com/clubs.php?state=DE

Bluegrass & Old Time Jam at the Wilmington Branch of the Music School of Delaware. 4th Saturday of each month (except November). The jam starts at 3 p.m. 4101 Washington St., Wilmington, DE, Room 224. All ages & skill levels welcome. http://www.musicschoolofdelaware.org/home.html.

 

MARYLAND

For jams in the Greater Washington, D.C.  area e-mail barb@barbdiederich.com and Barb to put you on her  (Newsletter's distribution list.

Eastern Shore Bluegrass Association Monthly Pick-In. Regular monthly ESBA pick-ins are held at the Marydel Fire Hall, Marydel, MD on Del rt. 8 or Md. 454. All shows begin at 1 PM. There is a discount for members. Hamburgers and sodas are available. If you bring an instrument there's an on-going jam in the instrument room, and you may be invited to join a "kitchen pickers' band" onstage. Contact ESBA at P.O.Box 525, Wyoming, Delaware 19934. Call Fran at (302) 674-3149 for more details. (20 miles west southwest of Dover, DE). See http://easternshorebluegrass.com/

Delmarva Peninsula BG Jam in Easton, MD. 1st Saturday of the month.  7pm at Coffee East, Washington at Goldsborough, downtown Easton. For details & directions call 410-714-0083 or e-mail candy@cornbreadcorner.com

Delmarva Peninsula BG Jam in Denton. 3rd Friday of the month.  7pm at the Market Street Cafe', downtown Denton, MD.  For details & directions call 410-714-0083 or e-mail candy@cornbreadcorner.com

Delmarva Peninsula BG Jam in Cambridge. Last Sunday of the month from 1pm until 5pm at the Moose Lodge in Cambridge, MD.  For details & directions call 410-714-0083 or e-mail candy@cornbreadcorner.com

Baltimore Bluegrass MeetUp Group. Meets at the Victory Villa Community Center at 404 Compass Rd. at the corner of Compass Rd. & Martin Blvd. in Middle River, MD every 2nd Sunday at 2pm. For details see http://bluegrass.meetup.com/109/?a=wm1_mem3 or contact Arnold Dickens at arnold.dickens@verizon.net

Coffey Music Bluegrass Jam the 3rd Thursday of every month. Coffey Music, 31 East Main St. Westminster, MD 21157. 410-876-1045 or  410-848-5003. Or see  http://www.coffeymusic.com/. (20 mi. northwest of Baltimore.)

Beans in the Belfry Bluegrass Jam. 2nd & 5th Sundays of each month. 3-5pm. A wonderful coffee shop now serving wine and beer as well, in a 100 year old church in downtown Brunswick, MD.  Beginners are welcome. http://www.beansinthebelfry.com/

Beans in the Belfry Old Time Jam. 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month. 3-5pm. A wonderful coffee shop now serving wine and beer as well, in a 100 year old church in domwntown Brunswick, MD. Foot stomping, toe tapping, fast Old Time dance music jam - beginners are welcome. http://www.beansinthebelfry.com/

DC Bluegrass Union VFW Bluegrass Jam. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 350, 6420 Orchard Ave., Takoma Park, MD. 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month. Free admission. Sponsored by the DC Bluegrass Union. For more information, see the FAQ at http://tinyurl.com/VFWJam, contact the VFW Post 350 at 301-270-8008, or email Barb Diederich at barb@barbdiederich.com

Arcadia Bluegrass Jam & open stage every Wednesday night in the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Activities Building, 5415 Arcadia Ave., Upperco, Maryland 21155. Doors open at 6p.m.. Stage show from 7-10p.m.  For more details see. http://www.arcadiavfc.org/content/bluegrass/jams.cfm 

Liam Flynn’s Ale House. Every Tuesday night. 22 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201 7:30p.m. start time.  They alternate between bluegrass and old time jams on successive weeks. http://pintsizepub.com/ 

 

NEW JERSEY

 

Kevin Justice's 3rd Sunday Bluegrass and Acoustic Jam . 2-5 P.M. at Stubini's Tavern South, 270 Shell Rd   (Rt. 130), Carney's Point, NJ   08069. Tavern's telephone # is 856-299-8920. For additional information contact Kevin Justice at 856-299-2402 or e-mail kevin_justice@yahoo.com. Note: this jam goes on hiatus May-September and usually starts up again in October. 

Pickin’ at the Tuckerton Seaport hosted by Bill & Linda Salmons. A project of the Jersey Shore Folklife Center. During the cold weather this jam meets at the Hunting Shanty for a jam session and get together. Come to pick or just listen. Acoustic instruments only. Bluegrass, country, and old time music. Jams run noon til 5. During 2009 the dates are Feb 8, Mar 8, and April 5. Tuckerton Seaport is a working maritime village located along the Tuckerton Creek. The seaport is home to the Jersey Shore Folklife Center. A regular concert series is presented in partnership with the Eyre Haven Folk Club. The Seaport also hosts a monthly jam “Pickin’ on the Porch. You can learn more about the Tuckerton Seaport http://www.tuckertonseaport.org/. 120 W Main St, Tuckerton, NJ  08087.  For more info on Pickin’ on the Porch contact Linda 609-290-0356

Seaville Jam: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month from 6pm til 9pm at the Old Grange Hall on King's Highway, south of Main Street in South Seaville, NJ. All levels welcome. This (mostly bluegrass & Gospel) jam is led by Tom Perry. Hotdogs, soups, desserts, etc. served at 7 pm. For more info contact Judy Collins bluegrasslady1@comcast.net

The South Jersey Acoustic Roots Music Society (SJARMS) meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at the Medford Arts Center in historic, downtown Medford, NJ (Burlington County).   The address is 18 North Main Street.  See our facebook page and website for more info: http://www.sjarms.com/.   There are lots of photos and video on the facebook page, so people can get a sense of the vibe.  

Dublin House Irish Jam. 3rd Sunday of the month starting at 6 p.m.. Dublin House, 30 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701.   (732) 747-6699

Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association (BOTMA) of New Jersey: Jams & open stage every 3rd Sunday of the Month (September through May). Jamming & stage show 1-5 p.m. at the Embury United Methodist Church Hall on Church St. in Little Silver, NJ.  They also have several jams over the summer in a local park. See http://www.newjerseybluegrass.org Each month there is also an organized Jamming Workshop session for closet pickers and people who want to learn bluegrass music. It runs along with their regular monthly jams September through May.

Pineland Cultural Society. Primarily an open stage event but there is usually jamming as well. Every Saturday night from 7:30-11:30 at the new Albert Hall next to the Albert Priff School, Rte. 532, Waretown. The stage slots must usually be reserved well in advance of the date you wish to play. Call 609-971-1593. See http://www.alberthall.org/

Stony Brook Friends of Old Time Music (SBFOTM) Jam every 1st and 3rd Tues.  beginning at 7:30 at Mannion’s Pub and Restaurant at 150 W. Main St. in Somerville, NJ. (See http://www.diamondcut.com/oldtime/index.htm.)  An Old Time (rather than BG) event. 

Cajun Jam at Mitchell's Cafe, 11 1/2 Church Street, Lambertville, NJ.  2nd Wednesday of each month,  8 PM to 10:30 PM609-397-9853. Three blocks from Route 29. http://www.users.voicenet.com/~hadunn/mitchells/

Irish Jam at MItchell's Cafe, 11 1/2 Church Street, Lambertville, NJ.  Irish Session is held the first and third Wednesdays of every month,  8 PM to 10:30 PM. 609-397-9853. Three blocks from Route 29. http://www.users.voicenet.com/~hadunn/mitchells/

Northwest New Jersey Acoustic Jam. Every Tuesday night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Westside United Methodist Church, 16 Maxim Drive, Hopatcong, NJ.  All kinds of acoustic music from bluegrass to Grateful Dead.  Beginners welcome.  For more info and directions contact Arty Morelli at art0179y@gmail.com or 862-268-4503.

The Crossroads Open Mic. Every Monday - open mic starting at 9pm for all musicians. Tuesday night is a jazz open mic and Wednesdays is a roots/traditional rock & blues jam.  78 North Ave., Garwood, NJ 07027. Details at http://www.xxroads.com/.

Sewell Woodshop Jam. The Woodshop Jam is a weekly indoor/outdoor, all acoustic music jam that accommodates players of all levels. They play mostly bluegrass and old time, but a little country, folk, rock, etc. might sneak in from time to time.   They meet every Thursday night. The start is usually about 7 p.m. in the summer but may move back to 8.p.m. in the summer. See  http://www.woodshopjam.com/ or contact Mike McLane at  woodshopjam@comcast.net.. (The start time changes with the seasons so be sure to double check it with Mike.) 

Old-Time At the Coffee Garden and Creamery, 57 East Kings Highway, Audubon, NJ, 08106. Repeats: Monthly on 2nd Tuesday, 4th Tuesday. 67:30-8:30 p.m.  Contact Steve Krupsky at  856-546-7698. This is a strictly acoustic, Old-Time music session including fiddle, banjo, dulcimer, mandolin, upright bass, guitar and other complementary instruments. No bluegrass or electric please! The format is informal with players sitting in a circle taking turns leading tunes. This jam is also listed on http://www.folkjam.org./

Coffee Coop's Jams. Thursday Nights 7pm to 11pm.  On the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month the jam is advertised as  “Old Time String Music”  for fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars, basses, washboards and spoons, etc. (but no drums). On the  2nd and 4th Thursdays of the Month the jam is “Bluegrass, Folk and Contemporary Music.”  However, I have it on good authority that the emphasis is now on bluegrass. The Coffee Coop is at the Bridgeville Depot (1/2 mile north of Hwy. 46), 587 County Rd. 519 north, White Twp., Belvidere, NJ. (908) 475-1091.

The Bus Stop Cafe, Pitman, New Jersey  presents Woodshop Jam Night on the 1st Saturday of each month. The format includes 2 groups or individual performers at 7:00 and 8:00pm followed by an open Jam at 9:00pm till closing.    http://www.myspace.com/busstopmusic

Spruce Run Bluegrass & Old Time Music Club sponsors a monthly open mic on hte 4th Sunday at the Glen Gardner VFW Post 5119. Hosted by Carlton Bridge.   Doors open 11am. Stage starts 12:30 - 5pm. Donation $10.00 at the door. For more info call 908-537-6650 o. Located at: 179 Main Street, Glen Gardner, NJ.

Big Woody Bluegrass Jam. Weekly on Wednesday Start: 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm.  Phone Number: 201-452-7102 at Mac Murphy's by the train station, 8 Godwin Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. http://www.folkjam.org/node/14913

Princeton Bluegrass Meetup Jam. A bluegrass jam for acoustic stringed instruments only.  There’s a new regular time and venue: This jam will now be meeting at the Alchemist & Barrister, 28 Witherspoon Street in Princeton , NJ every 1st Sunday of the month beginning at 9 PM.  The Jam is for intermediate and higher skill levels.  http://www.meetup.com/Princeton-Bluegrass-Jam/  and http://www.theaandb.com/ 

Mount Laurel Acoustic Jam (bluegrass, folk , blues, country, gospel).Every 3rd Tuesday night @ 7pm-9:30 p.m. at the  Village Presbyterian Church (annex) building, 357 Hartford Road, Mt. Laurel, NJ. The annex is the large ranch house next to the church. For more information contact George Cann at  gcann49@aol.com  or call  856-236-2178. 

"Ducks on the Millpond" Old Time Music Jam.  Meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from 7-9:30 p.m.  The jam is at The Treehouse Coffee Shop, 120 West Merchant Street, Audobon, NJ.  For more details see http://www.folkjam.org/node/16727

Old Time/Bluegrass at the Fountain House, 439 State Route 94 South,  across the road from the  Firehouse in Fredon, NJ.  2nd & 4th Thursday of the month. Everyone is welcome, pickers and listeners. Jam starts at 6:30

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

Holmesburg  Bluegrass & Country Jam.  Bluegrass & Country Jam. Thursday nights 8:15-11 p.m. All levels of players are welcome.  The Holmesburg Jam has relocated back to the Hop Angel Brauhaus, 7980 Oxford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111. See www.Holmesburgjam.com/ for directions & details.

Chaplin's Music Cafe Bluegrass Jam in Spring City (Chester County), PA. 1st Thursday of every month 7-10pm. $3 or $5 with your BYOB. For details see http://www.bluegrassmusicjams.com/jam-pennsylvania.html and http://www.chaplinsmusiccafe.com/. Or contact Brad Haberle  at 484-340-9716  or bassmentbrad@comcast.net

Delaware County Last-Sunday-of-the-Month bluegrass & classic country jam (formerly the "Trainer Jam").  1-5 p.m. at Christy's Tavern, 169 E. Ridge Road,  Linwood, Pa. 19061  For more info, contact Bill Smith at smithwestern2@yahoo.com or 610 -534-9773.  This jam meets from September-May (except for December) & goes on hiatus for the summer festival season.

Wyebrook Old Time Jam 1st and 4th Friday of each month. At the Wyebrook Farm, and organic farm/restaurant in West Nantmeal Township in Northern Chester County. The Wyebrook website is:  http://wyebrookfarm.com/. 150 Wyebrook Road, Honeybrook, PA 19344. Note that it is not in Honeybrook. It is about 2 miles from the intersection of Rt. 282 and Rt. 82 (about 20 minutes north of Downingtown). The jam will start at 6pm and go until 9pm. If you don’t play standing bring your own chair. Any questions call Tom Marks at (610) 909-8250.

Barb Hoffman's Bluegrass Jam. Bluegrass/old time/classic country slow jam at Barb Hoffman's home (Silver Dollar Farm) on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. 203 North Creek Road, Landenberg, Pa. 19350. Call Barb Hoffman at 610-274-8123 or e-mail bhoffman@suffolk.lib.ny.us. Landenberg is in southern Chester County, PA.)

The Jerseytown Tavern jam (near Danville)  is held every Wednesday night from 8 to 10 p.m. and attracts anywhere from 3 to 12 players and singers along with a good following of listeners.  Nobody seems to know how long this jam has been going but some say it is about 18 to 20 years and is one of the original jams in the area.  The Jerseytown Tavern is located at the crossroads of Rtes. 254 and 44 in Jerseytown, PA.  For directions or other information about the jam call (570) 437-2251 or (570) 437-2318 to leave a message. (Jerseytown is 10 miles north of Bloomsburg in north central PA.)

Meadowood Music Shop BG, Country and Old Time Jams: Meadowood music hosts several different jams. On  Tuesday nights from 6-9 p.m. They get somewhere between 5 and 15 players for a Bluegrass & Classic Country Jam although Old Time players would also feel comfortable there. One Friday night per month they host a specifically Old Time jam with Old Time etiquette. Meadowood Music is at 8521 Allentown Pike, Blandon, PA 19510. (610) 916-1285.  For details and directions see http://meadowoodmusic.com/.  (.Blandon is about 5 mi. north of Reading, PA.) 

Easton, PA  Oldtime Music Jam. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month. 1st Presbyterian Church Hall, 333 Spring Garden Street, Easton PA. Starting at 7 p.m.  http://doneinstyle.com/eastonoldtimejam/

Full Circle Music Society. Regular jams on the 2nd Tues. of every month in the Allentown region. From 6:30 p.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. This is more an “open circle” than a jam session. Music tends to be a mix of BG, Celtic and Folk. See http://full_circle_ms.tripod.com/.

Mermaid Inn Jam Old Time Session. Germantown Ave. and Mermaid Lane. in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. 1st Tuesdays of the month.  8-11 pm.    www.themermaidinn.net/home.html

Folk-Style  Open Circle on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 10:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 6900 Stenton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. It usually meets in the Hale Lounge there.  This is a real folkie-type A true 'acoustic open circle' that welcomes singers, musicians, poets and story tellers of all styles and experience!  (Definitely not a bluegrass-type jam! )   Contact Art Miron at Art at ajestar484@verizon.net

Craley-Windsor Jam, York County, PA. Thursdays 7:00 - 10:30 PM. Lower Windsor Twp Building, 2425 Craley Road, Rt. 624, Wrightsville, Pa 17312. Contact is Ebert Blymire 717-246-2904. Info on this jam may also be found at  http://www.sevenmountainsbluegrass.org/ for an application.

Washington House Blue Grass Jam: Main Street, Sellersville, PA (Bucks County) on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month. 8-11 p.m.  Contact Ed Lick (215-453-7668; fast53@verizon.net) for details. Or see  http://www.washingtonhouse.net/home. 

Gospel Music at Church of the Open Door Youth Building, 8 Carlisle Court, York, PA, 17408. Tuesdays from 12 noon until  3:30pm.. Cost $ 2.00 per person, bring a snack (optional). Directions: From Route 74 turn west on Loucks Road (which is about 1/4 mile North of the entrance to the West Manchester Mall) and left at Church of the Open Door and stay to the left in the parking lot. The jam is in the white building. This is actually less of a jam session and more of an open stage. There is a house band (with electric instruments) that backs up all the people who have signed up to perform. For more information contact Wayne Morris  at verylkyguy@yahoo.com.  Phone   717-458-2618.  The church web site is at http://www.codyork.org/

Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFSS) Monthly Sing. Saturday nights. The location rotates among members’ homes. These sings are very folky in nature. You should be a member of the PFSS to attend regularly but you can attend one or two before actually joining.  See http://www.pfs.org/

Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association Jam. 3rd Sunday of the month from 2-5 p.m.  In the social hall of Young’s United Methodist Church, 7075 Wertzville Road, Mechanicsburg, PA.  For more information check out their website at www.sevenmountainsbluegrass.org/

White Oak Jam (Lancaster County):  1st & 2nd Saturdays from 2-5pm. At the White Oak Campground, 3156 White Oak Rd  Strasburg, PA. http://www.whiteoakcampground.com/. All other Saturdays, it will be held at the Quarryville, Presbyterian Home, 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA (also from 2-5pm). For additional information phone (717) 687-6207 or e-mail info@whiteoakcampground.com. For directions see White Oak Campground

Franklintown, PA Fire Hall. BG and Country Jam on Thurs. nights 7-10p.m. in the Franklintown Fire Hall 2 miles south of Dillsburg, PA on route 194.  Call 717-991-9621, 717-432-9010, 717-432-1464. This is more of an open-mic type event.

Blairs Mills Jam. Blairs Mills, Pa behind the post office. Friday nights starting at 6 p.m. Call Robert Devlin, 717-349-2644

Beck and Benedict's Jam: Friday night jams at Beck & Benedict's Hardware Store, 86 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA For more info call Dick & Della Boschert 717-762-4711

Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association. 2nd Sunday monthly, September - April. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.  Open stage begins around 12:30 and,  runs to about - 5 pm.  The new venue is the ArtsQuest Center  101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015.http://www.artsquest.org/venues/artsquestcenter.php).  Outdoor shindigs are held throughout the summer at Mountain View Park, Wind Gap, Pa. Stage show and jamming in various rooms. http://www.afbawindgap.org/

Jerseytown, PA Open Stage and Jam Sessions. Every 3rd Sunday monthly from Sept. to May , and Starts at 10:00am till 5 or 6 at Jerseytown Community Center, Jerseytown, Pa.  For additional information contact Joe Feola at 570 925-5201  or JosephFeola@pmsd.org

Pocono Bluegrass and Folk Society and the BPO Elks co-host a monthly shindig on the 1st Sunday of the month beginning on October – May. There's a main floor for the stage show and two additional floors for jam sessions. The open stage begins at noon, and doors open at 10 a.m. The Elks lodge is at 260 Washington St., in East Stroudsburg. http://www.poconobluegrass.org/

Bluegrass Academy Jam and Concert. First Friday of each month at the old fire hall at 45 West Main St. on the north side of Rte. 322, Campbelltown, PA (5 miles east of Hershey). A student jam starts at 6:30 with the show and other jams starting a little later. Call 717-867-4175 or 717-533-4067.

Bunker Hill Bluegrass and Old time Country Music Jam. 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, year around.  Although they call it a jam, it is really more of an an open stage. They have 10 open mic slots and there are usually 4 to 6 bands that take some of the 10 slots. New players that come are worked into one or more of the bands. (Introduce yourself to the organizer if you're new to the event.) Doors open around 4pm and the shows start at 6pm and run until 10pm. Donation at the door, food by JD Cafe 422. We are located at, JD Cafe 422 and lounge, 1251 E. Main Street, Annville, Pennsylvania 17003 (between Lebanon & Hershey). More info at http://bluegrasser.ning.com/?xg_source=badge.

Juniata Jamboree Jam. A bluegrass, gospel and country jam meeting Saturday evenings from 6 to midnight. at a large factory building on Rte. 75 in East Waterford, PA 3 miles west of Waynesboro, PA on Rte 75. Call Ed or Hope at 717-734-0173.

Carlisle Day Time Jam. Primarily classic country. Every Monday from 1 PM to 3:30 PM at the Claremont (Cumberland County) Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 1000 Claremont Rd., Carlisle, PA 17013 (in the five story building). Contact Don/Mary Wohler 717 245-2529 or marwoh@pa.net.  

Doylestown Bluegrass Jam.  Wednesdays at 7:30 PM. at the German Hungarian Sportsman's Club, 1622 Hilltown Pike, Hilltown, PA 18927.  All playing levels welcome.  During the summer they outdoors under the covered porch behind the Club. In cold weather they move indoors, up to the 2nd floor of the Club.  Contact Ben at hilltown5string@yahoo.com or 215 589-0401  or see http://www.doylestownjam.com/

FSMG - Friends Saturday Music Gathering is a Bucks and Chester County based group of people who meet in each others' home for food and song. Mostly in the folk vein but all types of music and all level of players are included. For additional information see http://www.fsmg.info/.

State College Bluegrass Jam.  Every Tuesday Night unless notified otherwise by e-mail. Located at Pine Hall Lutheran Church, 1760 West College Avenue, State College, PA, 7-10 p.m.  Bluegrass, gospel and old time.  Contact Alan S. Krug, 814-883-0287 or askrug@comcast.net. The State College "Tuesday Night Bluegrass Jam" is 7 to 10 p.m.  Address 1760 W. College Avenue.  Correct contact info is Alan S. Krug,

Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem hosts a bluegrass jam on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7:30 to 10 p.m.. Godfrey Daniels is located at 7 E. 4th st. Bethlehem, PA 18015. BYOB. Pickers & singers of all levels of musicianship are welcome.  See http://www.godfreydaniels.org/.  No admission charge, BYOB. This jam goes on summer hiatus in June, July & August.

Howard Bluegrass Jam, J. K. Yearick Center (Fire Hall), 2-6 p.m. on the 4th Sunday of the month. Bands or groups that wish to perform open mic sign up upon arrival. Jamming in fire hall meeting rooms. Good potluckfood. Donations accepted. For more information, Bob or Judy Waite, rjwaite@pennswoods.net, 814-355-8091. Howard, PA is just northeast of State College, 

New Hope, PA Monday Night Jam. The last  Monday of each month at John & Peter's, 96 So. Main St., New Hope, PA.  Show begins at 8:30 PM and ends around 1:30AM. This event is not so much a jam as an open stage and is recorded for public access cable TV. For more info see  http://www.mondaynightjam.com/ or contact Maureen Gallagher at broadcastvideo@patmedia.net

Stonersville Hotel Open Mic hosted by Acoustic Pangaea. Every Thursday 8pm until closing.  Music includes country, bluegrass, Celtic, folk, blues, and original acoustic. 5701 Boyertown Pike (Rt. 562), Birdsboro Pa.  Phone 610 689 8699. (Southwest of Reading, PA).

Bluegrass Gospel Jam at the Living God Lutheran Church. Brief evening worship service featuring bluegrass music, with a jam to follow. Just east of Honey Brook, PA on US-322, next to Heatherwood.  http://www.livinggodchurch.org/

1st Thursday Swarthmore Acoustic Jam. An eclectic jam (really more of an "open circle than a true jam) for all acoustic genres from bluegrass to folk to  acoustic rock. The 1st Thursday of each month from 7-10 pm in the Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Ave., Swarthmore, PA (Delaware County). Call Marty at (610) 329-4065 for info. 

Lancaster County Folk Music and Fiddlers Society Jam Session. 2nd Sunday of the month from 2-5 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 110 Tulane Terr. red brick building behind Wheatland Shopping Center, Columbia Ave., Lancaster, PA, 17601. All styles of acoustic music and listeners welcome. Circle type jam sometimes split into two groups. "Old Timey" and "Singer/Songwriter".  For more info contact Dave Kilby at dakilby@epix.net

Bluegrass Night at the Kempton Rod & Gun Club, 1015 Mountain Rd., Kempton, PA 19529. Doors open at 3 p.m. with an open jam stage from 4-6 p.m. prior to the show by a featured band. This event is held on the 4th Saturday of the month but may be on hiatus for the bluegrass festival season. For more information contact Lynn Peters at 610-760-1085 or pete57@ptd.net. Or see  http://www.bluegrassnight.com/
610-756-6257. (Berks County, PA)

Dutch Country Cowboys Jam. New Classic Country Music Jam every Friday evening from 6-10:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Donations at the door.  Stevens Fire Company Social Hall, Stevens, PA 17578.  http://www.folkjam.org/node%25252F10969.  Despite what the web site says,  this event seems not to be a “jam” at all. Rather, it’s open mic set up.  It's located in the Stevens, PA fire hall.   Electric instruments and drums are permitted.   The house band (a country band with electric guitars & drums) begins the session and continues for 45 minutes. Only then do the musicians who have signed up get to perform a short set. Musicians get in free and get a free  hot dog and drink.

Downingtiown Old Time Jam. This is a strictly old time jam meeting the 3rd Friday of each month at Pat's Pizza, 47 Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA. 7:30-10:30pm. For more info contact Bill Moffat at countrycornercoj@aol.com. Pat's pizza phone number is (610) 518-2121

Main Line Jam Old Time Jam at the Gryphon Cafe, 105 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA. This jam is on the 2nd Friday of each month from 7:30-10:15 pm upstairs.  This jam uses the tune lists from Bill & Fritzi Wisdom's late, lamented jams.  http://www.gryphoncafe.com/

Friday Open Mic at the Denver Fire Co. social hall, 425 Locust St., Denver, PA 17517. Food served 5-7:30pm. Music starts at 6pm. with 1/2 hour stage slots free food for all musicians. Music is mostlu classic country, gospel & some bluegrass. For more info call 717-738-3323 or  717-283-5333. 

Noxon Bluegrass Jam Unplugged. 1st Saturday of the month at the Noxen School House, Noxen, PA 18615. 10:00 - 5:00. $4.00 entrance benefits restoration of school house. Concession stand. Contact Terry Freas @ terryfreas@yahoo.com or call 570-928-8535.  Just west of Scranton, PA.

Karp's  Grill Bluegrass/Country music Jam. 1st Saturday of the month. Waverly Exit off I-81, Rt. 632 west 1/3 mile to Dennis Rd., Scott Township, PA 18447. 570-586-8668. (near Scranton, PA)

Cross Roads Folk Jam, 6-9 pm on the 4th Saturday of every month. Held at the Cross Roads Church, 800 Donegal Springs Road, Mt Joy PA 17552. Contact scott at: http://www.crossroadsbic.com/. Bluegrass to folk, celtic, pop. All acoustic instruments welcome. http://www.crossroadsbic.com/

Downingtown (Chester County) Acoustic Guitar Jam. Monthly on 3rd Sunday. 6-9 p.m.  Despite the name, they accept other instruments such as bass, mandolin, fiddle, etc. The Monthly Acoustic Guitar Jam Group is for any skill level meeting on the third Saturday or Sunday of each month You will need to join the meetup website to attend. There is no charge for this, any accoustic instrument as well as percussion instruments are welcome. Location: Downingtown Friends Meeting House Downingtown. PA.  http://www.meetup.com/The-Downingtown-Area-Acoustic-Guitarist-Jam-Group/

New weekly Friday night jam in Gettysburg, PA at the Gettysburg YWCA, 909 Fairfield Rd., Gettysburg, PA.  This jam is replacing the legendary Arrow Horse jam that went belly up early 2011. The jam starts at 6:45 pm and continues to 9:45 pm.  This is an open jam and all are invited.  Because if this new location the parking situation has improved with plenty of well lit, blacktop parking.  This venue is the same area as Gettysburg College.  The new organizers will take donations to cover the cost of the rented space.  There is no set amount for the donation.  The music tends to be traditional bluegrass.  There is no microphone, no stage and no pressure.  For more info contact Ed & Eileen Livering at ielivering@comcast.net or 717-398-2019.

Bluegrass Jam at Robert Kain's Custom String Shop (Lebanon County). 4th Friday of the month.  Lower Level, Music Academy Building2849 Horseshoe Pike,  Campbelltown , PA   17010  Phone (717) 838-8732    FAX (717) 838-9206. starting March 23, 2012 starting at 7:00PM. Jams will be held 4th Friday of the month from 7PM-?, FREE Refreshments served.  All ages and levels welcome.  Overseen by Tom Arri II (Banjotom2). Website - http://www.flyingdutchmanbluegrass.blogspot.com/.  For additional info contact Jackie at mailto:%20flyingdutchmanbluegras@gmail.com

Susquehanna Folk Music Society Jam Session Monthly on every other 2nd Sunday or 3rd Sunday.  1pm - 4pm.  Location- Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. http://www.folkjam.org/node/17531.  

Wyebrook Farm Old Time Jam. 1st & 4th Friday of each month in West Nantmeal Township in Northern Chester County. The Wyebrook website is:http://wyebrookfarm.com/. The address is 150 Wyebrook Road, Honeybrook, PA 19344. Note that it is not in Honeybrook. It is about 2 miles from the intersection of Rt. 282 and Rt. 82 (about 20 minutes north of Downingtown). The jam will start at 6pm and go until 9pm or 10pm. If you don’t play standing bring your own chair. Any questions call Tom Marks at (610) 909-8250.  This a summer jam which goes on hiatus during the colder months.

Boyertown Lions hosts “Jammin’ in B’town” on the 3rd Sunday of each month, Oct.-April, at the Keystone Firehouse in Boyertown, PA (Berks County). They are looking for musicians to perform on their open stage for 30 min. sets between 1-4:30. If interested, call 610-367-8506 or e-mail jmbogramps2@yahoo.com

Cocalico Valley jammers. 1st Sunday of the month ( except during the summer) at the Denver fire company, 425 Locust St, Denver, PA 17517 (in Denver, Lancaster County) from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  For more info contact Dave at guitar@ptd.net

Trump Yesteryear Family Restaurant Bluegrass Jam. Every Sunday from 2-5pm in the back room. 130 W. King St., East Berlin, PA. (South of Harrisburg.) Phone: 7!7-619-7008. Large facility capable of hosting several jams simultaneously. Admission is $4 for non-pickers & $2 for pickers.

Mt. Gretna Bluegrass Jam.  Tuesday evenings. Slow jam 5:30 ish - 7:00. Faster Jam 7:00 - 9:00 pm. 
 For details & location see http://mtgretnabluegrassjam.weebly.com/about.html

Bluegrass Jam at the Cooperage, 1030 Main St Honesdale PA, 18431. 3 rd Wednesday of each month from 7-10 PM. Hosted by Buckshot Jenkins & Ron Penska. Open to all levels.  The Cooperage is a community center and listening room similar to Godfrey Daniels. More info at 570-253-2020 and  http://thecooperageproject.org/september-17-acoustic-bluegrass-jam/

Spring City, PA Old time jam. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 6-9pm at the Spring Hollow Golf Course (Route 724 near Bridge street) Spring City, Pa. The participants usually have dinner there at the Grill at 5pm. This is a strictly old time (& gospel jam). For more info contact Ron at ronbrien1@verizon.net.

Lower Bucks Bluegrass Jam in Croyden, PA. 1st Wednesday of the month. 8pm at the Dog & Bull Brew, 810 Bristol Pike, Croydon, PA. Details at http://www.meetup.com/Lower-Bucks-Bluegrass-Jam/events/210457002/.

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