Doc Pollak's List of Bluegrass and Other Acoustic Jams in the Delaware, 
Northern Maryland, New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania Region
(revised 6/2/17)

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WARNING!

Some jams will miss specific dates due to holidays, change venues, go on hiatus during the summer or simply disband. (No pun intended.)   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 [email protected] 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. 


DELAWARE
Bi-Weekly Bluegrass Jam & Open Mic. 7:30p.m. Alternate Wednesday nights at the Bellefonte Cafe, 804 Brandywine Blvd., Bellefonte, DE. https://www.facebook.com/events/910193919054255/910705529003094/


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 [email protected]  

Wilmington Monday Night Bluegrass Jam. The new venue for the weekly Monday night Wilmington, DE jam is the "Coffee Mode," 919 N. Market St. (in the lobby of the Citizens Bank Building) from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The best parking is on Shipley St. behind the building. Please note that seating is limited, so for most of us, this will be a standing-up bluegrass jam. if you would like to sit, it is probably a good idea to bring your own seat. (This jam was formerly at the LOMA Coffee House.) 


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 [email protected]  

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 [email protected] 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. 3rd Saturday of each month (except November). 2-4p.m. at 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 [email protected] and ask 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. For more details 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 e-mail [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 e-mail [email protected]

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 [email protected] 

Coffey Music Bluegrass Jam the 3rd Thursday of every month. Coffey Music, 31 East Main St. Westminster, MD 21157. See  http://www.coffeymusic.com/. (20 mi. northwest of Baltimore.)

Beans in the Belfry Bluegrass Jam. 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. 3-6pm and 1st Thursday of each month from 6:30-9pm. 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/. Additional info at www.facebook.com/BrunswickBluegrassJam/

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://dcbu.org/jams.htm, contact the VFW Post 350 at 301-270-8008, or email Barb Diederich at [email protected]

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 . 1-5 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  e-mail [email protected] This jam used to go on hiatus but will now continue throughout the summer. They will aim for the 3rd Sunday of the month but always double check the exact dates in in the calendar at https://www.docsbluegrass.net/bluegrass-newsletter.html or directly with Kevin at [email protected]


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.Tuckerton Seaport is a working maritime village  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 [email protected] 

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. 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 [email protected]

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.  Details at http://www.xxroads.com/.

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.

Spruce Run Bluegrass & Old Time Music Club sponsors a monthly open mic on the 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. at Mac Murphy's by the train station, 8 Godwin Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. http://www.folkjam.org/node/14913

Princeton Bluegrass Meetup Jam. 2nd Sunday of the month at Small World Coffe, 14 Witherspoon St., Princteon, NJ. 7-9 p.m.  http://www.meetup.com/Princeton-Bluegrass-Jam/

"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


Bluegrass Jam at Dragonfly Music & Coffee Cafe, 14 East Main Street, Somerville, NJ.  Every Wednesday night 7-10PM.  Call Peter Prasa for more info.  (908) 393-4993. Selection of gourmet coffee, teas, panini sandwiches, soups & chili, baked goods & bagels available.  https://www.facebook.com/DragonflyMusicCoffeeCafe.


Open Bluegrass Jam held at the Birdhouse Center for the Arts, 7 N. Main St, Lambertville, NJ 08530, the last Wednesday of each month. 8pm until everyone gets tired. Free, but donations appreciated to support the Birdhouse. They refer to it as a folk jam but it's really a bluegrass jam. http://www.birdhousecenter.org/ 
 

 PENNSYLVANIA
Holmesburg  Bluegrass & Country Jam. Thursday nights 8 - 10:30p.m.  All levels of players are welcome.  The Holmesburg Jam meets at the  The MacSwiney Club, 510 Greenwood Ave, Jenkintown, PA 19046.  In warm weather it meets at Jenkintown Town Square Gazebo at 307 Leedom St, Jenkintown, PA 19046. See http://www.Holmesburgjam.com/   

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.chaplinsmusiccafe.com/. Or contact Brad Haberle   [email protected]


Main Line Medium Bluegrass Jam. Tuesday evenings at 7:15pm at the Radnor United Methodist Church, 930 Conestoga Rd., Radnor, PA 19010 on the second floor of their Educational Building. This is a friendly, supportive, intermediate-level jam. This is *not* a high-level play-weird-jazz-chords-as-fast-as-you-can jam. It's mostly vocal tunes in the bluegrass, traditional, country, folk, newgrass, and Americana styles, although banjo instrumentals and simple fiddle tunes are welcomed. The jam moves easily from the Carter Family to Bill Monroe to Seldom Scene to Bob Dylan. More info at https://sites.google.com/site/mainlinembj/  and  https://www.facebook.com/groups/mlmbj/
 
Delaware County Last-Sunday-of-the-Month bluegrass & classic country jam.  1-5 p.m. at the John Wesley Cross American Legion Post 507, 20 West Cleveland Ave., Norwood, Pa 19074. For more info contact Bill Smith at  [email protected]  This jam meets from September-May (except for December) & goes on hiatus for the summer festival season.
Drop off your instruments at the VEW Post and park your vehicle down the block in the rear end of the Cavanagh Funeral Home parking lot. Handicapped parking is available in  the VFW lot for those who require it.


Lehigh Valley Old Time Music Jam. Every 3rd Tuesday, 7-9 PM. Vargtimmen King Koffee, 506 Chestnut St., Emmaus, Pa. https://www.facebook.com/Vargtimmen-King-Koffee-188999488323/ 


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. Jerseytown is 10 miles north of Bloomsburg in north central PA.)http://www.jerseytowntavern.com/.

Meadowood Music Shop Bluegrass Jams: Meadowood music hosts several different jams each month.  Every Tuesday from 6-9 p.m is a standard bluegrass jam.  On the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of every month, 7-8 pm there is a slow bluegrass jam for beginners. Meadowood Music is at 8521 Allentown Pike, Blandon, PA 19510. (610) 916-1285.  For details and directions see http://meadowoodmusic.com/.  (Blandon is on route 222, near the intersection of route 73, north of Reading, PA.) 

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.  http://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 [email protected]

Washington House Blue Grass Jam: Main Street, Sellersville, PA (Bucks County) on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month. 8-11 p.m.  For details contact Ed Lick at [email protected] 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 [email protected]  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 http://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 [email protected] 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 or see http://www.beck-benedicthardware.com/event_calendar/event_calendar.htm

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. at the Plainfield Township Fire Company,6480 Sullivan Trail, Wind Gap, PA.  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 [email protected]

Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society monthly shindig, generally on the 1st Sunday of the month, 12:30-5p.m. Held at the Quality Inn, 1220 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA.  Stage show & jamming. Details at http://www.poconobluegrass.org/events.htm

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. Doors open around 4pm and the shows start at 6pm and run until 10pm. Donation at the door. 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 at [email protected] 


Doylestown Bluegrass Jam.  Wednesdays at 7:30 PM. at the German Hungarian Sportsman's Club, 1622 Hilltown Pike, Hilltown, PA.  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 [email protected] or or see https://doylestownjam.com/home 
 

State College State College Tuesday Night Bluegrass, Gospel and Classic Country Jam at the Pine Hall Lutheran Church, 1760 West College Avenue, State College, PA. Every Tuesday night except major holidays, 7-9:30 p.m.  For more information or to subscribe to weekly e-newsletter, contact Alan S. Krug, [email protected]  All levels welcome.


Godfrey Daniels Coffee House, 7 E. 4th St. Bethlehem, PA, hosts a bluegrass jam on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7:30 to 10 p.m. BYOB. Pickers & singers of all levels of musicianship are welcome. See http://www.godfreydaniels.org/ or contact Fred at [email protected] No admission charge, BYOB. This jam goes on summer hiatus. 

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 pot luck food. Donations accepted. For more information, Bob or Judy Waite, [email protected] 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 [email protected] 

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 [email protected] 

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.

Downingtown 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 [email protected] 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. 

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. Tel. 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/

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. 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 [email protected]

Bluegrass Jam at Robert Kain's Custom String Shop (Lebanon County). 4th Friday of the month.  Lower Level, Music Academy Building , 2849 Horseshoe Pike,  Campbelltown , PA starting at 7PM. Jams will be held 4th Friday of the month from 7PM-?, FREE Refreshments served.  All ages and levels welcome. For additional info contact Jackie at [email protected]

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.  

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, e-mail [email protected]

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 1PM to 5PM.  For more info contact Dave at [email protected]

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. http://www.folkjam.org/recurring-jam/us/pa/east-berlin/bluegrass-jam-sundays-back-room-east-berlin-family-restaurant 

Mt. Gretna Bluegrass Jam.  Tuesday evenings. Slow jam 5:30 ish - 7:pm. Faster Jam 7-9pm.  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 [email protected]

Durham Valley Bluegrass Jam, 3rd Saturday of the month.  6:30-10pm. 3172 Rte. 212,  Springtown, PA 18081. More info at https://www.facebook.com/DurhamValleyJam or  e-mail [email protected]  


Boyertown Country  & Bluegrass Open Mic & Jam. 2nd Sunday of each month 1:30-5:30p.m. Odd Fellows Hall, 35 E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, PA.  Sign up time for stage slot is 1:00p.m.For more info call 484-524-5605.


Tim & Debbie's Bluegrass Jam at the  Keys Tippling House in Marcus Hook, PA (Delaware County). One Thursday night per month. Hosted by Tim & Debbie Coin 7- 10p.m. Details on the venue and the date of the next jam are at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Keys-Tippling-House/139642896126619.


First Wednesday of the month Old Time Jam at Fitzwater Station, 964 Canal St. Phoenixville, Pa.  7 pm-? The jam will be held the first Wednesday of each month. http://www.fitzwaterstation.com/

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