JAMS, OPEN MICS & DANCES IN NORTHERN
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& SQUARE DANCING IN NORTHERN CA:
SECOND SATURDAY: CHICO, CA - CONTRA DANCE at Chico Grange (2775 Nord Avenue, off East Avenue, at Rodeo Avenue.) at 6:30pm. Beginner's orientation at 6:30pm. Dance: 7-10pm. Live music by the Pub Scouts. All dances are taught in a walk-thru and then called to music. You do not have to bring a partner with you. Fingerfoods are always welcome. Admission: $8/adult, $4/teen or student with ID; $7/members; children free with supervising adult. More info: call Mark or Grace 877-2930 or Joy 891-8789. There may be no dances during summer!
MONTHLY: ARCATA, CA - BARN AND CONTRA DANCES at Arcata Veteran's Hall (14th & J Streets) and other locations. Caller and live music. No need to bring a partner. All dances are taught. Beer and snacks will be sold. Ice water available - bring your own bottle or cup! Volunteers are welcome - work part of the night, dance the rest! Admission is $6/Humboldt Folklife Society members, students, and seniors; $7/general; free for children 12 & under, as are volunteers. More info, for time and date of next dance, or to volunteer: call HFS at 707-822-5394 or Larry Levine at 707-822-7190.
FOOTHILL COUNTRY DANCERS: Contra dances in GRASS VALLEY/NEVADA CITY area (YOLO COUNTY).
MENDOCINO ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCES: Dances at Caspar Community Center in MENDOCINO.
NORTH BAY COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY:
Dances in SONOMA and MARIN COUNTY, in SANTA ROSA,
SONOMA, SAN RAFAEL, SEBASTOPOL, CALISTOGA, and UKIAH.
GYPSY JAZZ MAILING LIST: Be notified of gypsy
jazz and related events in Butte and Shasta County.
Sign up at http://www.pianofun.com/gypsyjazz.
MUSIC: Love Bluegrass?? Find concerts, festivals,
instructors, jam sessions, and more at California
REALLY OLD MUSIC: Cylinder recordings, the
first commercially produced sound recordings, are a
snapshot of musical and popular culture in the decades
around the turn of the 20th century. With funding from
the Institute of Museum and Library Services, UC Santa
Barbara Libraries have created a digital collection of over 6,000
cylinder recordings held by Dep't of Special
Collections. In an effort to bring these recordings to
a wider audience, they can be freely downloaded or
streamed online. On this website you can find out more
about the cylinder format, listen to thousands of
musical and spoken selections from late 19th and early
20th centuries, and discover a little-known era of
recorded sound. Click search button to begin, or
sample some of their favorite selections in the
featured cylinder section or by listening to online
PUBLIC JAMS, OPEN MICS, & SONG
CIRCLES IN NORTHERN CA: Here are
events that are roughly 3 or less hours driving time
from Trinity County. Please email me or
call 628-4579, if you are interested in jamming in the
Hayfork area. Please support the public venues hosting
the jams by purchasing food and refreshments!
IN CALIFORNIA: State of California bluegrass
jams from Alameda to Ventura. You can submit your
bluegrass jam for addition to website.
THURSDAYS: REDDING - WEEKLY
SHASTA BLUES SOCIETY BLUES JAM at Lulu's (Pine at
Cypress Street) 7-10pm. Shasta Blues Society furnishes
sound equipment, drums and keyboard. Public is invited
and all ages are welcome. Jams are family oriented.
Bring your own drum sticks, instruments and necessary
cables. Arrive early and sign up with Jam Coordinator
as jam slots fill up quickly. Setup from 5pm-6pm.
6-7pm Novice warm-up. Sets are 20 minutes and there
are 6 or 7 sets per evening. You must be present to be
added to sign-up sheet. You need to be a member to jam
(non-members get two freebies). If you are in warm-up
jam it doesn't prevent you from playing later. Help
with set-up and breakdown.
THURSDAYS: PARADISE - WEEKLY UPPER RIDGE
BLUES SOCIETY BLUES JAM & OPEN MIKE at Lynn's
LEWISTON - EVERY OTHER WEEK KARAOKE NIGHT
at Lewiston Hotel in evening. This event alternates
weeks with Open Mic nights at
Lewiston Hotel on Saturday nights.
SATURDAYS: LEWISTON - EVERY OTHER WEEK OPEN MIC
NIGHT at Lewiston Hotel in evening. Bring an
instrument or other talent to share.This event
alternates weeks with Karaoke nights at Lewiston
Hotel on Friday nights.
MONTHLY EVENTS by DAY:
MONDAY: ARCATA - COMMUNITY
SING ALONG / SONG CIRCLE at Arcata Community
Center at 7pm-9:30pm. Hosted by Joel Sonenshein
and presented in association with Arcata Parks
& Recreation. Those of you who have attended
Joel's Beatles sing along at HFS summer festivals
already know what fun is in store. For you
newcomers here's how it works. Joel provides song
books and accompanies the group on guitar. All you
need to bring is your voice. They sing music of
the Beatles, Stones, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison,
Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, The Eagles,
Peter, Paul & Mary, James Taylor, Carol King,
and Kate Wolf, to name a few. You'll have several
hundred songs by dozens of your favorite folk,
rock and pop artists from which to choose. Should
you have a particular song you would like to sing,
just print out a few copies to share with the
group. This is a free event. More info: call Joel
SECOND MONDAY: ARCATA - HUMBOLDT
UKULELE GROUP (HUG) GATHERING at Arcata
Community Center crafts room at 5:30pm. All strummers
welcome, beginner or experienced. They play all kinds
of music (including Hawaiian) and have great fun!
Bring your own ukulele and music stand (though they
always have extras of both). $3/person. Songbooks
available for purchase at the gathering for cost of
printing ($15). Also held on FIRST TUESDAY and THIRD
THURSDAY each month, with an absolute beginners
ukulele gathering on FOURTH SATURDAY each month. More
info: call 707-497-7244 or 707-839-2816.
SECOND WEDNESDAY: ARCATA - ARCATA BLUEGRASS JAM at Redwood Yogurt 6:30-8:30pm. All bluegrass instruments are welcome. Players should be able to play along with basic chord structures on bluegrass tunes. Jon Forsyth and Judy Hageman are the hosts!
THIRD WEDNESDAY: CHICO - BLUEGRASS SLOW JAMS at Chico Rock Stars: School of Music (932 W. 8th Avenue) 7-9pm. More info: call 570-9144. FREE
UPDATED! THIRD WEDNESDAY: ARCATA - SONG CIRCLE WITH SEABURY GOULD at St. Alban's Church (1675 Chester Avenue, Sunny Brae, Arcata) at 7:30pm. A fun & informal singalong of folk songs. Think Globally, Sing Locally. Bring your voices and songs to this monthly gathering for singing together! Many of you know Seabury from his work with children - but this circle, while for people of all ages, is geared for adults. All ages welcome. Free admission. More info: call Seabury at 707-845-8167.
THURSDAY: CHICO - RISE UP SINGING CIRCLE at Chico
Friends Meeting House (corner of 16th Street and
Hemlock) 7-9pm. Like to sing for fun? Rise Up Singing
is a compilation by Annie Patterson and Peter Blood of
great songs for group singing - words only, tunes will
be taught. They have some books to lend. If you have
one, please bring it. More info or for directions:
call Leslie Howard at 891-0750.
SECOND THURSDAY: REDDING - SPOKEN WORD NIGHT AT THE LOFT at The Bohemian Art Loft (3304B Bechelli Lane, Redding) at 7pm. An evening for serious poets, writers, playwrights, storytellers, comedians, and actors of all genres. No censorship. Audience welcome. Donations accepted. Refreshments. Second Wednesday each month. More info: call 229-7818.SECOND THURSDAY: PARADISE - UKULELES OF PARADISE MEETING at Craig Memorial Congregational Church (5665 Scottwood) 6:30-8:15pm. Join local ukulele players at monthly meeting. Ukuleles play any kind of music and always have fun! A free 30-minute beginner's lesson starts the meeting and newbies will be able to play 3-chord songs (not necessarily right on tempo!) by the time the regular meeting and playing starts at 7pm.
UPDATED! THIRD THURSDAY: ARCATA - HUMBOLDT UKULELE GROUP (HUG) GATHERING at Arcata Community Center crafts room at 5:30pm. All strummers welcome, beginner or experienced. They play all kinds of music (including Hawaiian) and have great fun! Bring your own ukulele and music stand (though they always have extras of both). $3/person. Songbooks available for purchase at the gathering for cost of printing ($15). Also held on FIRST TUESDAY and SECOND MONDAY each month, with an absolute beginners ukulele gathering on FOURTH SATURDAY each month. More info: call 707-497-7244 or 707-839-2816.
LAST THURSDAY: CHICO - CAFE FLO OPEN MIC at Cafe Flo (365 East 6th Street, 402-7121) 7-10pm. Sign-up starts at 6:30pm. All Ages. No cover. Bring your instrument and strut your stuff or just come for a listen.
THIRD FRIDAY: FRENCH GULCH, CA - OPEN MIC at French Gulch Hotel at 6pm. Family friendly and open to all ages. More info: call Michael at 356-3532. FREE.
FRIDAYS BY ANNOUNCEMENT: HAYFORK - OPEN MIC at Northern Delights Coffeehouse starting around 7 or 7:30pm. More info or for next open mic: call 628-5246.
SECOND SATURDAY: CHICO - MUSIC
CIRCLE at Cafe Flo (365
East 6th Street, 402-7121) 3pm-6pm.
Bring your instruments and musical energy to acoustic
music circle. Folk, bluegrass, old time - all is
welcome. Meet local musicians to play, sing or just
enjoy. More info: call David Bilinski at 872-2084.
SECOND SATURDAY: REDDING, CA - CSOTFA
DISTRICT 6 PIZZA JAM at Round Table Pizza in Mt.
Shasta Mall (900 Dana Drive) 5:30pm-7:30pm. Enjoy an
oldtime fiddle concert and open mic plus some great
pizza. Come and plan to have dinner, enjoy the music,
and help support CSOTFA District 6. They have
discovered that, “Music goes better with pizza, and
pizza goes better with music!”. More info: call George
Fredson at 604-8706 or email RootsMusic@Csotfa.org.
SECOND SATURDAY: COHASSET - OPEN MIKE &
JAM at Cohasset Community Building 7-10:30pm. All
welcome to come participate and/or listen. Food &
beverages for sale on site.
JUST ADDED! FOURTH
SATURDAY: ARCATA - HUMBOLDT
UKULELE GROUP (HUG) GATHERING
FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS At Arcata Community Center
crafts room at 5:30pm. They play all kinds of music
(including Hawaiian) and have great fun! Bring your
own ukulele and music stand (though they always have
extras of both). $3/person. Songbooks available for
purchase at the gathering for cost of printing ($15).
REGULAR HUG GATHERINGS held on FIRST TUESDAY, SECOND
MONDAY and THIRD THURSDAY each month. More info: call
707-497-7244 or 707-839-2816.
CHICO - NORTHERN CA HARP RING meets at
various homes in Chico. Anyone who plays any kind of
stringed harp, or is interested in learning to play
the harp, is welcome. More info: call Janice at
893-8026 or email or firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook
SUNDAY: ANDERSON - OLD TIME MUSIC CIRCLE at Anderson
Church of Christ (3434 North Street, corner of North
and Riverside). Playing begins at 12noon; potluck
around 1pm; followed by more playing until about 3pm.
Bring a potluck dish, your acoustic instrument/s and
your favorite Oldtime songs. Second Sunday each month.
SUNDAY: EUREKA - OPEN
IRISH/CELTIC MUSIC SESSION at Gallagher's Irish
Pub (139 2nd Street in Old Town Eureka) 3pm-6pm. Open
session hosted by Seabury Gould
(or Sam McNeill). Admission is free. Younger players
are enthusiastically welcome to attend! This is a
session where songs and tunes are equally welcome.
They will be playing mostly Irish, but feel free to
bring in your songs and tunes from Scotland, Wales,
Brittany, Galicia, and French-Canada as well. They'll
start with "slow play" at 3pm - both by playing
certain tunes at a slow tempo, and playing tunes that
are inherently slow. The tempo will pick up at around
4pm. People are invited to bring instruments and
voices (or just come and listen) for the sharing of
Irish traditional/Celtic music of "mostly tunes and
some songs. More info: call Seabury at 707-845-8167. A Humboldt Folklife Society event.
THIRD SUNDAY: MT. SHASTA - PANTHER CREEK JAMS
at Stage Door (on Main Street) 2-4pm.
FOURTH SUNDAY: OROVILLE - DISTRICT 1 OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION OPEN MIKE & JAM at Oroville Municipal Auditorium 1pm-3:30pm. Membership encouraged but you don't have to be a member to join in or come listen. More info: call 589-5841 or Bob Hedrick at 589-4844.
SUNDAY: PALO CEDRO, CA - CSOTFA OLD TIME FIDDLE
CONCERT & JAM at Millville Grange Hall (22037 Old
Forty-four Drive) 2pm-4pm. This event has great
community support with food provided by Millville
Grange and dessert provided by “For the Love of Pie.”
If great music isn’t enough, the great food is
something you don’t want to miss. More info: call
George Fredson at 604-8706 or email
RootsMusic@Csotfa.org. Fourth Sunday each month.
In regards to musical learning, I try to
follow the Three P's:
I do all of the above and they all help in different ways. Practicing at home gives you time to slowly work out the correct way to play something, with no one there to make you nervous. You can play a sticky spot over and over until it get smooth, practice scales, etc. Playing with others teaches you to do more than one thing at once: play your part, listen to the other musicians, and learn the basics of performing without the pressure of the stage. It is a supportive place to improvise and try new licks and songs, yet you still have to keep playing if you mess up, so you learn to "think on your feet". Performing on stage has different functions for different people. For some it is the "gravy", finally being on stage. For others, like me, it is something I do to give back to the community. Plus, by scaring myself on stage, I am no longer nervous in most jam sessions, which is truly my favorite place to be! - Rachel
THE TEN JAMMANDMENTS:
II. Thou Shalt Keep Steady Rhythm.
III. Thou Shalt Take Turns Choosing Songs.
IV. Thou Shalt Not Speed.
V. Thou Shalt Signal Who Has The Solo.
VI. Thou Shalt Listen To Others.
VII. Thou Shalt Welcome Others.
VIII. Thou Shalt Not Steal Other Musicians
From An Active Jam.
IX. Thou Shalt Try New Material.
X. Thou Shalt Be Considerate Of Pickers.