This event was initiated in September 2007, by an Acoustic Blues aficionado looking to create a place where like minded musicians could meet once a month and play some Blues music. After several years of attending the Port Townsend Country Blues Workshops, Cyndy Hall, a vocalist and Blues mandolin player, opened up her home and held the first jam, as a way to keep the good Blues energy flowing through her life. The response has been overwhelming, and it has become apparent that Portland was in need of this kind of event, as more and more musicians sign on everyday. Attendance at the jams has been growing, and is now limited to the first twenty who RSVP "yes".
Unlike open mike nights at the various clubs around town, these jams embrace all levels of musicians. As Cyndy says, "You learn more about the Blues by jamming with other musicians, than you learn in lessons or practicing alone". All that's required is a basic understanding of the 8-bar Blues format, and the 1-4-5 Blues chord progression. Everyone is encouraged to participate, lead a song, and take a solo, but if you just want to strum in the background, that's okay too. It's all about bringing people together through music.
In March 2008, Cyndy moved to the Seattle area, and handed off the Acoustic Blues Jam to Gregg Wooden. Gregg has since hosted the Jam, and in July renamed and expanded it to the "Portland Area Blues Jam". The group now holds meet ups for acoustic and electric blues jams at various times and locations around Portland.
The Portland Area Blues Jam usually holds an Acoustic Blues Jam once a month, and an Electric Blues Jam once a month. Check the schedule for the locations and dates.
There are always snacks and beverages on hand for grazing between sets. (Contributions are appreciated). If you love the Blues, please sign up and come to a jam, everyone is welcome!
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