What we're about

We're a casual group of Portland/Vancouver area amateur musicians who get together to jam, make music, and have a laugh. We foster a relaxed, comfortable, and supportive environment, where everybody gets a chance to participate. If you're curious as to the sorts of experience you can expect at one of our events, you can check out our Youtube channel.

http://www.youtube.com/user/PortlandCasualJams .

We tend to schedule one large-group meeting per month, at a venue which can hold large numbers of musicians, where we like to include all level of musicians, and every different musical style. Other, smaller jam sessions are set up by group members, depending on their personal tastes and preferences, and there is a decent suite of online scheduling tools available to those members who wish to set up their own events and coordinate with other members.

This is also the scheduling site for Bad Wolf Music, a Portland-based music-coaching service for musicians seeking to move their personal music endeavors forward a notch. Bad Wolf Music offers a variety of workshops, seminars, and events designed to give musicians of all levels opportunities to expand their horizons.

Check out our calendar page for some of our scheduled events! Some of our members are semi-professional, some are just starting out, but everybody is welcome. Some of our members are active in the local Open Mike scene, and some are excellent resources when it comes to sources of other types of jam sessions. Here's looking forward to some great music!

Upcoming events (5+)

CJ Sunday Casual Play-along

Community Jams Studio

$20.00

If this is your first experience with Community Jams, this meetup is for you! Come join our friendly, live music experience designed for all types of musicians and abilities with acoustic and electric instruments. Learn to sing and/or play with others without the pressure of performance. Enjoy playing and meeting new friends who share your love of music. Bring your own instrument or share our studio gear, including a baby grand piano, acoustic and electronic drum kits, synth, bass rig and practice amp. We use our own special play-along jam technology that makes it incredibly easy to play along your favorite songs. Visit the bsteele Music App at: http://www.bsteele.com/bsteeleMusicApp/index.html and select from over 1000 songs. We’ll set the song chart to a key that suits the singer, and play along in any size group without need for rehearsal. Suggested donation: $20 Take a break and join us for a warm welcome and unforgettable collaborative music experience. Please visit www.communityjams.org for more details on what we do for you and the community.

CJ Sunday Fearless Play-along

Community Jams Studio

$20.00

If you’ve enjoyed playing with Community Jams and are comfortable with your voice or instrument, this meetup is for you! Join musicians who know how to follow along with each other. Try slightly more challenging songs and structures while keeping it fun. Experience the thrill in tackling a part of a favorite song, or playing a song in a slightly different style. Sometimes you might listen to a song ahead of time or even practice a part, you decide how to make the challenge more inviting. Bring your own instrument or share our studio gear, including a baby grand piano, acoustic and electronic drum kits, synth, bass rig and practice amp. Find a more challenging song with the bsteele Music App at www.bsteele.com/bsteeleMusicApp/index.html or bring in a new song chart. Use [masked] to request a song chart, or submit your own after taking one of our song charting workshops. Plan to sing your song request or arrange to have a musician at the meetup sing it for you. We’ll try it 2-3 times until you are satisfied with the results. Suggested donation: $20 We promise you will have fun with this unforgettable collaborative music experience. Please visit www.communitysjams.org for more details on what we do for you and the community.

WESTSIDE GARAGE JAM

At The Garages Satellite Pub

Monday night jams at The Garages Satellite Pub in Beaverton from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. The 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays will be ELECTRIC. The 2nd and 4th Mondays will be ACOUSTIC. For the Acoustic jams, the only amplified instruments will be keyboards and bass. Be prepared to project if you want to sing at the acoustic jams. We have eliminated the mics and will strive for acoustic sound levels. The Electric jams are too loud for some. Bring your earplugs if you want to come join us. BASS PLAYERS AND DRUMMERS ARE WELCOME!

CJ Wednesday Casual Play-along

Community Jams Studio

$20.00

If this is your first experience with Community Jams, this meetup is for you! Come join our friendly, live music experience designed for all types of musicians and abilities with acoustic and electric instruments. Learn to sing and/or play with others without the pressure of performance. Enjoy playing and meeting new friends who share your love of music. Bring your own instrument or share our studio gear, including a baby grand piano, acoustic and electronic drum kits, synth, bass rig and practice amp. We use our own special play-along jam technology that makes it incredibly easy to play along your favorite songs. Visit the bsteele Music App at: http://www.bsteele.com/bsteeleMusicApp/index.html and select from over 1000 songs. We’ll set the song chart to a key that suits the singer, and play along in any size group without need for rehearsal. Suggested donation: $20 Take a break and join us for a warm welcome and unforgettable collaborative music experience. Please visit www.communityjams.org for more details on what we do for you and the community.

Past events (2,109)

Thursday Night Open Mic

Rumpus Room

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