Jam Session

Shape Note Sing Raleigh

Don't miss this free oppotunity to learn about this unique singing style right here in Raleigh. No prior experience is necessary to participate in the Shape Note Sing - beginners and experienced singers are all welcome. The chapel doesn't have an address, but if you Google 1091 Wake Forest Road, you will find it. There is free parking on both sides of Cedar St., as well as on Mordecai Dr. and Mimosa St. (And please note the start time - the sing starts at 1:50 p.m. to help accommodate the chapel's schedule.)

Men and women of various ages sit with books, some facing the camera, some in profile with their left shoulders toward the camera; singing together at the 2016 Sacred Harp Annual Convention in NC.

2018 NC Sacred Harp Convention - Raleigh

The annual North Carolina Sacred Harp Convention is two days this year, featuring one day of singing in Raleigh (Saturday, March 3, 10am-4pm) and a second day of singing in Durham on Sunday, March 4, 10am-3pm! Learn more about the program on Sunday, March 4 in Durham

Casually dressed men and women of various ages sit with books, some facing the camera, some in profile with their left shoulders toward the camera; singing together at the 2016 Sacred Harp Annual Convention in NC.

2018 NC Sacred Harp Convention - Durham

The annual North Carolina Sacred Harp Convention is two days again this year, featuring one day of singing in Raleigh (Saturday, March 3, 10am-4pm) and a second day of singing in Durham on Sunday, March 4, 10am-3pm! Learn more about the program on Saturday, March 3 in Raleigh

Casually dressed men and women of various ages and ethnicities sit together in chairs set up in a hollow square formation, and they are holding books; in the center of the square, a man stands holding a book and leading the group singing together at the 2016 Sacred Harp Annual Convention in NC.

PineCone Beginners Bluegrass Jam

The PineCone Beginners Bluegrass Jam is open to all musicians, and it is specifically for those who are learning the basics of bluegrass music and playing with other musicians. It is open to participants of all ages and abilities. This is a great opportunity for participants to learn basic jam etiquette before jumping into a traditional jam. As always, jammers have the option of breaking off into smaller groups to practice what you've been learning.

Songs played at past learning jams include:

Men and women of varying ages sit in a large circle on chairs or stools at the PineCone Beginners Bluegrass Jam; Jef Walter stands with his bass. Two walls of guitars are visible behind the musicians, and there's a worn rug in the middle of the circle that the participants are seated around. Photo credit: Spencer Mobley

PineCone Bluegrass/Americana/Old Time Jam

PineCone's monthly bluegrass/Americana/old time jam continues to grow. This month, due to the Blue Note Grill's schedule, we'll meet on the FOURTH Saturday of the month. We hope to see you there! Musicians of all skill levels are welcome, but this is not a learning jam - however, it will still provide opportunities to meet other area musicians and to learn how jams work. And listeners are always welcome to observe, too.

Musicians gathered in a circle at The Blue Note Grill; most seated, but three are standing: a man playing bass, a woman playing fiddle, and a man playing guitar. There are multiple guitar players.

PineCone Bluegrass Jam

Join in with friends old and new at IMURJ in downtown Raleigh. This jam welcomes all musicians looking for opportunities to play bluegrass music and all fans who want to listen and share in the camaraderie. While the PineCone Bluegrass Jam welcomes musicians of all skill levels to participate, it is not a learning jam (often referred to as a “slow jam” in bluegrass circles). However, beginners are welcome - the jam is a great place for musicians to meet and get to know other bluegrass musicians and to learn how the jam runs.

Musicians playing mandolins, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass are gathered in a circle at Imurj during the PineCone Bluegrass Jam. Most are seated in folding chairs, a bass player and a couple of guitar players are standing. A few observers are seated on stools with their backs to the bar/counter.
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