We play at the Settlement School for Music, located at 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia on Thursday Evenings 6:30 to 9:00 PM. Our jam conforms to school year, starts in September and ends mid-June. Our parking is free. We offer unrestricted parking on the Settlement School lot.
The South Philly Jam Invites amateur musicians, singers who can play any instrument at any skill level join us. Singers are welcome, if your voice is your instrument, no need to play an instrument. We have a friendly, no-judgement musical culture. We are supportive of ourselves and other participants in ways that promote group musicianship and singing.
We have an acoustic sound and welcome acoustic 6 or 12 string guitar, uke, bass, harmonica, percussion instruments (e.g. tambourine, box drums), electric bass guitar and keyboards. Singers of all abilities are welcome. We provide PA amplification for singers who prefer a microphone. We provide music stands, song books and chairs for all.
The South Philly jam is the only meetup group in the Philly area that plays in a professional recital room appropriate for music.
What should new comers expect at our Jam? We play popular classic rock, blues, folk, R&B songs from member curated song books suited for acoustic guitar. We select songs in a "round the circle" method but will stop play and listen to a streaming music request by any participant of any song suggested in the circle. Playing the original streamed song serves as a reference for lyrics and guitar rythum and often enables a quality play of new songs for the first time.
Are there any costs? To cover costs for meet-up fees, printing costs we collect a minimum $1 contribution at each meet-up from each participating player.
To cover Settlement costs, new members pay a one time a school year fee of $25 to the Settlement School this low fee covers room, facilities and insurance costs. Not sure you want to join? Pay the Settlement School fee at the end of your second meetup visit. Payable at front desk.