All levels and styles of acoustic players are welcome. This jam has been on-going for several years and has a healthy attendance by a bunch of great folks. Thanks to Matthew Nord of Tangled Tones Music Studio for providing a bluegrass friendly location for this weekly jam.
You’re invited to a Thanksgiving Weekend Bluegrass jam and potluck.
Date: Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 Time: 6-9pm Location: Billings Hampton Inn
The Ruby Jewel Jamboree is excited to announce that we will be booking bluegrass shows in 2014 in Billings, Montana. Phyllis & Kimberlee will be in Billings over the weekend and will host a bluegrass jam and potluck. We’d like to get to know you if you’re a picker or a grinner.
Did your New Years Resolution include more music in your life in 2013? We have you covered with a full slate ofFREE workshops including a New Bluegrass Harmony Vocal Workshop.
Beginners to experienced musicians welcome. All teaching will be in a friendly/fun/supportive group setting.
Come to Ruby’s Inn Saturday, January 12 at Ruby’s Inn and Convention Center on Reserve Street. Bring a friend (or two!), stay for a potluck and open jam following the workshops.
If you have fun (and we think you will!) we ask you to join our Bluegrass Association to start receiving our Newsletter and notice of our great upcoming events, festivals, concerts, jams and more. Here’s the schedule:
Event: Ruby’s Winter Jam Series
Date: January 12, 2013
Time: 1:45pm – midnight (potluck at 6pm)
Location: Ruby’s Inn & Convention Center, MIssoula, MT
1:45pm – 2:45pm
Slow Pitch Jam
This beginner-friendly group jams are modeled after Sue Malcolm’s method of learning to jam the bluegrass music. Visit Sue’s websitefor more about it or watch this short video.
3:00pm – 3:45pm
Fiddle tunes w/Ken
Ken Benson and his computer assisted instruction (Band in the Box) will present a 45 min. slow-fiddle jam with the chords and a moving cursor will be projected on to the screen. Ken will play the lead either with his guitar or mandolin and all you have to do is change chords when the program shows you where you are. Good time to try Whiskey Before Breakfast, Salt Creek, Tennesee Blues, etc…
4:15 – 5:15
Harmony vocal workshop
Mark Vosburgh and Phyllis Erck will join with some of the great harmony singers in the association to demonstrate how bluegrass harmonies are put together. Expect to sing a lot during this hour.
The Arlee open bluegrass jam will be on haitus from now until August. The host will be in Oregon until then. Thanks to all who have supported the jam and hopefully we can keep it going in the future. Please note: the jam scheduled for this coming Tuesday, March 20th is also cancelled.
Hi Folks, Thanks so much for attending and participating MRBA’s slow pitch jam, you all are great! We were happy (again) for the super turnout. Our goal is to get LOTS more people playing live bluegrass here in Missoula. I had a chance to jam with some of you after the slow pitch and I know you guys rock (or grass)!
Here’s some follow-up info we promised:
The last jam in our winter jam series is at Ruby’s Sat March 10 same times (Meet and Greet at 2:00pm, Slow pitch at 3:00pm, Potluck 5:30, Jamming into the night). Please come, and invite a friend or two, and stick around for good food and more jamming.
Our spring festival will be Sat April 14th at Lone Rock School near Stevensville. Bands will play every half hour from noon to 10pm and there will be lots of jamming going on all day and into the night.
For those of you who like to have practice material, this was our song list from Sat, we changed some things on the fly but it should be pretty close. Most of our songs came from Sue Malcolm slow pitch instructional books and CD’s. These are not required for our MRBA jams but they are available for purchase from http://www.slowpitchjam.com/. These books are packed full of standards songs that would be welcomed at any bluegrass jam.
I’ll Fly Away A
Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms A
Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin G
I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky A
Gold Watch and Chain D
Long Journey Home D
Sitting Alone in the Moonlight A
Angeline the Baker D
Long Journey Home G
Blue Night D
Will the Circle Be UnBroken G
Possible additions for next month are:
Jesse James C, Ain’t Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone (C), Highway of Sorrow. (D)
Some other good bluegrass reference sites you might be interested in: