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We need your help in finding area club and jam happenings within 150 miles of Fort Wayne, IN. Send corrections and additions to: NIBGA, 5034 Wapiti Court, Ft. Wayne, IN 46804-4946, 260-918-4790 or e-mail. Most of these jams quit in April or May but some are year around. It always pays to check if the event is still being held. Hey, if you hold a jam check out this site: http://www.folkjam.org/ It allows you to list your jam free. You can fill out a form to let us know your jam info also.

Illinois

Sun. - Sauk Village, IL jam, Community Room, Municipal Center, 21801 Torrence Ave., Sauk Village, IL, 60411 Sun. 6-10P 708-758-2242 (10/12/10)

3rd & 5th Sa - Sycamore Jamboree 6:30-10:30p Sycamore Baptist Church, 302 Somonauk, Sycamore, IL 60178 815-895-6837, janwa2 [at] aol [dot] com Sept to May (10/12/10)

4th Sa Immanuel Lutheran Church, 12760 Lee Road, Hinckley, IL 60520, church 815-286-3885, info 815-895-6945 , 6-10pm, Oct-May (no jam in Dec). Open Stage. Bring a dish to pass. bluegrassmary [at] msn [dot] com (10/12/10)

Thurs. 7-9p Down Home Guitars, 11 S. Lake St., Frankfort, IL 60423 hosted by Steve Haberichter 815-469-6321 (10/11/10)

 

Indiana

Last Sat. - Bluegrass, 4009 E. Minnesota St., Beech Grove, IN hosted by E. Pearson 317-375-9954 all year, 7-10p (11/07/09)

1st Sa - Contra Dance, First United Methodist Church, Corner 5th & Jefferson, Goshen, IN Across from police station. $7, $4 students, $18 max/family, under 12 free 7:30 beginner lessons, 8-11p dance. Hosted by Phil Good-Elliott 574-533-9906 for more information on Indiana Contras, (11/14/12)

1st Sa Firefly Coffee Shop, 3523 North Anthony Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46805, Old Timey musicians are welcome to bring sheet music. 1-3:30p

1st & 3rd Sa - Wells Cultural Center, Lafayette, IN, North & 7th St, 2 blocks N of Courthouse & 3 blocks E. 5-11p, J. Glossic, 765-743-1736? glossic at msn.com Families welcome. Beginners welcome! Free and open to the general public. Play or listen. Coffee and refreshments provided. Please note, their will not be a jam on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 (11/3/11)

1st Sa - Jefferson County Bluegrass Association Jamboree, Madison 4H Fairgrounds, Madison, IN 6-11:00p? Mike Brown, Secretary Jefferson Co. BG Assoc. 812-866-2826 (11/11/08)

1st Sa - Star Baptist Church, 4019 W 650 N, Saint Paul, IN 47272 317-374-7905 grumplehorn @ aol . com (no winter jams, resumes in April) (11/11/08)

1st Su mostly - Central Indiana Bluegrass Assoc., Hontz Hall, 307 W South H St., Gas City, IN 46933  12:30 doors, 1p meeting, 1:30-5p jam, hosted by Audra DeMarcus 765-674-5117 (02/09/2014, 03/02, 04/06 Easter Dinner, 10/05, 11/02, 12/07 Christams Dinner rest carry-in & jam ) (1/04/14)

1st Su - Hoosier Hills, St. Martin's Catholic Church Annex, 1720 E. Harrison, Martinsville, IN 2-5p, H. Johnson, 317-831-7519 (11/11/08)

1st Su - NE IN 4 string banjo jam, Kingston Residence, 7515 Winchester Rd., Ft. Wayne, IN Sam Task 260-747-6675 (11/07/09)

1st Th - The Wakarusa Bluegrass Jamboree  Sept. 2013 to May 2014 at the Northwood Middle School (our usual place) 3 blocks north of the main square in downtown Wakarusa. Time is from 6:30pm to 9:00pm In the summer months, June, July, August at Grand Horizon Center, 1610 S. Nappanee, Elkhart, IN   S. Schmidt 574-862-2200 (9/26/14)

1st Fri The Old Bag factory, Goshen in 6:30-8:30, Lower level  Bill Landow 574-202-5502 (08/20/2013)

1st & 3rd Fri  Bluegrass jam monthly, Bacon's Rhythm & Brews, 7954 S Wayne St., Hamilton, IN 46742 7pm 260-488-4001 (02/19/2015)

2nd Mon JK O'Donnell’s, 121 W. Wayne St., Ft. Wayne, IN 46802 260-420-5563 on the second Mon. at 7p. Sean Ellsworth-Hoffman jam master, Kelly Hake 260-420-5563 at the pub.

2nd & 4th Sa Jam & carry in, 5p, downtown Cutler, IN 46920 (04/06/10)

2nd & 4th Su Jam - Old Depot in Pierceton, IN at St. Rt. 13 and Market St. next to the park; 5-8p; beverages & snacks available; acoustic instruments only - NO AMPLIFICATION call : Tim May 574-453-1767 or Betty Dobbs 574-253-3604 (10/23/08)

2nd Sa - Thorntown IN Bluegrass Jam, year around except Dec., Sugar Plain Friends Church, State Road 47 - 1 mile west of Thorntown, For more info email or call Nathan or Ginger at 765-325-2439 ntruitt @ thehoneycomb.net

2nd Sa Old-time Fiddle Tune Jam 9:30-11:30a Mill Race Farmer's Market, 212 W. Washington St., Goshen, IN, Phill Good-Elliott, 574-533-9906 (11/11/08)

2nd Tu - Mandolindy (Mandolin Society of Central Indiana), First Friends Meeting Place, 3030 Kessler Boulevard East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220-2913 317-257-9527 6:30-8:30p The meetings are not exactly jams, as we often use the time to work on our performance pieces but we do spend some time jamming, and we always welcome visitors. (11/07/09)

2nd Fri Nappanee open Mic Jam, Grace Point Church, 1155 North Main (SR 19), Nappanee, IN Michail Thompson 574-302-8853 6:30 - no specific closing time (8/18/13)

3rd Sa mostly Fort Wayne Contra dance at St. Francis University, 2701 Spring St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 North Campus building, 7:30p beginners training, 8-11p dance; 260-244-1905 or mkatinsky @ gmail.com Cost: Saint Francis students & employees - free with ID Admission is $9 adults; $6 students; $2 newcomers (first time contra dancing); free for children under 12; family maximum $20. Member rates: $7 adults; $4 students.; Spy Run String with Barry Dupen as the caller usually, check web site (2/25/2014)

3rd Sa Firefly Coffee Shop, 3523 North Anthony Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46805, Old Timey musicians are welcome to bring sheet music. 1-3:30p. (02/25/14)

3rd Sa Jamborees, 362 Shawswick School Rd, Bedford, IN 47421 Free admission, 6:30pm-9pm, 4 bands, food, Gary Grant 812-277-1705 (7/16/14)

3rd Su - IFOB, Concord Neighborhood Center, 1310 S. Meridian, Indianapolis, IN  3:00 - 5:30p door opens @ 2:45p, Park in back and use the back entrance. Sheri Hacker 317-445-8037 note June 23, 4th Sun.; Dec. TBA (12/197/12)

3rd Su - Sheridan, IN library, 103 W. 1st St., 46069 1-5p 317-345-1221 or 317-758-5201 Note: The Nov. 18, 2012 is being held at the Sheridan Wesleyan Church; (11/14/12)

3rd Su - NIBGA holds winter meetings October, November, but no December and January through April on the third Sunday of each month from noon until 6 PM at the SW Conservation Club, 5703 Bluffton Rd., Ft. Wayne, IN 46809; map link. Food & beverages are available. 260-918-4790. They are now serving breakfast so come early for good food. (10/18/13)

4th Fr except May 18 (Sat.) Bluegrass Jam Bluegrass Jams are back again at Bixler Lake beginning on Saturday, May 18, Kendallville, IN. These free musical gatherings from 6 to 10 pm bring together pickers, players, vocalists, and listeners to Jansen Pavilion. Come and enjoy. Other Jam dates are Friday, June 22, Friday, July 27, Friday, August 24 and Friday, September 28. For more information, contact the Park Department at 260-347-1064. (5/8/13)

4th Sa

4th Sa Old-time Fiddle Tune Jam 9:30-11:30 a Mill Race Farmer's Market, 212 W. Washington St., Goshen, IN, Phil Good-Elliott, 574-533-9906 (11/11/08)

4th Su - Maple Wood Nature Center., 4 m. E. Lagrange, IN at 4550E 100S 1:30-5p Erv Troyer 260-463-2247 Bluegrass, Gospel, Country Aug 25, Sept 22, Oct 27, Nov 24 Dec 22, 2013 (08/12/2013)

Last Fri Boardwalk gospel music group, Amish Country Inn Hotel, Located 1 mile south of Shipshewana, IN on SR 5 South (03/13/2013)

Su Ike Bacon's "Bluegrass Connection" radio show from 7 pm to 9 pm, Sundays on WBAA, 920 AM, Lafayette, IN

Mondays Aunt B's Restaurant, 8368 State Road 64, Georgetown, IN 47122-9057 812-951-2337 (11/03/11)

Mo - 1st Baptist Church, 1012 Stafford Rd., Plainfield, IN 46168 Kenny Creasy 317-838-0981 6-8:30p (11/11/08)

Mo Triple H Gun Club Hwy. 59 S Linton, IN 47441 6:30-10p John Hert 812-847-3340 (11/11/08)

every Tues Old Timey Jam 7-10p Fiddlers Hearth, 127 N. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601 574-232-2853 (3/12/2013)

every Tues year around Amo Community Building 5046 Sycamore Street, Amo, IN 46103 Bob Rissot 317-539-2783 6:30-9:30p Probably no jams in Jan, Feb or early March due to high heating costs. Call Bob to check. (10/05/10)

Wed’s - Bargersville IN Senior Center, 14 W. Old South St., Bargersville, IN 46106 6-9 Betty Bellard 317-840-7856 not Thanksgiving eve or Christmas eve (11/07/09)

Weds & Sun Norman Station Conservation Club, 12157 W. Co. Rd. 450 N, Norman, IN 47264 7p 812-988-4596 (7/16/14)

Thurs Little Grantville Bluegrass, Open to public, Bedford IN. Go east on route 50 from Bedford turn south at Ferrell Gas towards Shawswick School, 1/2 mi. on left (follow signs) Acoustic only,6:30pm. 812-277-1705 Closed during the cold months generally Nov.-Mar. (07/14/14)

Th Whitewater Valley Bluegrass, 6125 Dry Fork Road, Harrison, OH 45002 6-9p 513-367-6046 (11/11/08)

Fr - Connersville BGMA jam, house band and more, $5 donation, Dorsett Hall J.C. Building, 710 35th St., Connersville, IN 47331 765-265-7202 doors open 5p, bands 6p (11/08)

Fr - Gospel Music, 4009 E. Minnesota St., Beech Grove, IN G. Pearson 317-375-9954 all year, 6-10p (11/07/09)

Last Sa - NCBAMA, Moench Hall, Rose Hulman Inst. of Tech., 3m E. Terre Haute, IN on US 40, 7-11p, Michael White, President, 812-236-7184 No Dec. (11/07/09)

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Kentucky

Mon - Bulldog Cafe, 10619 W. Manslick Rd., Fairdale, KY 40118 Darren Aubrey 6-12p 502-380-0600 (11/11/08)

KENTUCKY-BLUEGRASS ANONYMOUS: Louisville Bluegrass Music Assoc., Louisville, KY. for Info: Mike Bucayu, P.O. Box 21281, Louisville, KY 40221, 502-693-4760, e-mail: mike @ fqms.com (11/07/09)

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Michigan

This web site lists several Michigan jams.

1st Tu - Coopersville, MI Farm Museum, 365 Main St. 6:30-9p 616-997-8555 Refreshments are provided by friends and members.  Punch and coffee provided by the Coopersville Farm Museum $4  admission (members and 12 & under are free) (1/06/14)

1st Fri @ 5p - Friendly Folk 7:30 at the Old Town hall on the corner of 366 Mill & Church Streets, Ortonville, MI 48462 9 M S I-75 x#91 & 12M S I-69; E M-15 at Mill St. Margaret Heller 248-232-8303 (Oct. - May) (11/11/08)

1st Sa - White Pine Academy, 510 Russell St., Leslie, MI 49251-9478 517-250-1585 7-11p no June - Sept. (01/18/08)

1st Su - Ionia “County” Bluegrass Show/Jam, Ionia Theatre, 203 W. Main St., Ionia, MI 48846-1638 doors 12-6p show 1p acoustic only, bands change every 30m, picking rooms, concessions, donation, Brad Benedict b-rizzle_b at hotmail.com or todaypolly at yahoo dot com (Oct-May) (2/14/12)

1st Su -open jam 1-5p; Zellie’s Opry House, PO Box 332, 230 E. Edgerton, Howard City, MI 49329 zelliesopryhouse @ gmail.com 616-260-3032 (01/06/2014)

1st Su - Fenner Nature Center Outdoor Music Jam, 2020 E Mount Hope Ave, Lansing, MI 48910; July - October 1:00 - 3:00, Weather Permitting 517-483-4224 (08/12/2013)

1st Tu - Coopersville, MI Farm Museum, 365 Main St. 6:30-9p 616-997-8555 Refreshments are provided by friends and members.  Punch and coffee provided by the Coopersville Farm Museum $4  admission (members and 12 & under are free) (9/25/14)

2nd Sa - Woodhull Old Time Music Jamboree, Shaftsburg, MI, Bluegrass, country & Old Timey, W. Warfle, 517-675-7338 (11/07/09)

2nd Mon - Bluegrass & Country Acoustic Jam, Good Times Picking Parlor, VFW Club Post 6132, 3104 West St. Joseph, Lansing, MI 48917 7:30-10:30p Tim Little 517-337-1517 or email Timlittl @ msu.edu  Note new location! (1/11/11)

3rd Tu - Coopersville, MI Farm Museum, 365 Main St. 6:30-9p 616-997-8555 Refreshments are provided by friends and members.  Punch and coffee provided by the Coopersville Farm Museum $4  admission (members and 12 & under are free) (9/25/14)

3rd Su - 4p -?? food, beverage, Friendly Tavern, 12355 M 60, Jones, MI 49061, 269-244-8185 year around G. Griffith or Greg Rippell Called 11/14/2012 and they said they will not have NOv. The time may also change. Will update when they give me more info.(11/14/12)

3rd Su - Mid-Michigan Bluegrass Assoc. Oct-April, 2–6p Woldumar Nature Center, 5739 Old Lansing Rd, Lansing, MI 48917-8503; Suggested Donation $4 adults, $2 seniors, Kids free. All pickers and listeners are welcome Y’all come for an exciting afternoon! For information call Henry Casillas 517-482-2382 or Mildred Stinson 517-694-4918 Main stage performers rotate every hour in the barn auditorium, and areas will be available for musicians to jam. 2014 Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21 2015 Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15, & Apr 19;
The Woldumar Bluegrass and Folk Jams are held on the third Sundays through March and 2nd Sunday in April.  See a flyer at www.re-news.net/mmb and a map at  www.woldumar.org/directions.php (9/25/2014)

3rd Su - The Livery, 190 5th Street, Benton Harbor, MI 269-925-8760; Bluegrass jam and open mike. Open Jam 2-6 PM, No Cover Charge, Kitchen & Bar will be open! Open mike for all music on Monday nights 8p (11/07/09)

3rd Su - K'zoo Folklife Acoustic Jam, Bell's Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49003 2-5pm jeanmwagoner at Yahoo dot com 269-327-1269 (11/07/09)

4th Sa Michigan Bluegrass Association, Armstrong Middle School, 6161 Hopkins Drive, Flint, MI 48506 Bob Jones 810-736-5332 doors 6:30p stage 7:00p no firewater upcoming dates: 2014  11/22 2015 01/24, 02/28, 03/28, 04/25, 05/16 (10/28/14)

Every Monday except the last Monday Sand Lake Twp Library, 88 8th Street, Sand Lake, MI 49343-5106 616-636-4251 begins at 5:00 pm. Contact Mandolin Michelle for details at memmorey [at] sbcglobal [dot] net (11/15/10)

Every Fri Zellie’s Opry House, P. O. Box 332, 230 E. Edgerton, Howard City, MI 49329 zelliesopryhouse @ gmail.com 616-260-3032 (01/11/11)

Every Sat 7:30pm (weather permitting), Farmlane Campground located in the Waterloo Recreation Area between Jackson and Chelsea, MI 734-260-9009 Closed until April (11/11/08)

Last Monday Comstock Park Library, 3943 West River Drive Northeast, Comstock Park, MI 49321-8997 616-647-3860 begins at 5:00 pm. Contact Karen for details at karenej11438 [at] aol [dot] com (11/15/12)

Last Sa, First Presbyterian Church, 156 E. Maumee, Adrian, MI 49221 6-11p replaces W. Adrian jam, Traditional music acoustical instruments, M. Mullins 517-254-4828 e-mail NIBGA or P. Scheiber 517-547-7448 church 517-265-2168 MAUMEE STREET MUSIC JAMwill be this Saturday, November 19, 2011 6:00 pm. Yes - it is this Saturday - moved up because of the holiday! There is no December jam. 2012 jams are 01-28, 02-25, 03-31, 04-28, 05-19  (11/15/11)

Last Su - Riversong Music Society 2-4p, Whitcomb Tower, 509 Ship St., St. Joseph, MI 49085 except Dec. (02/12/08)

March 2, April 6 and May 11, 2013  Brooklyn Bluegrass Gospel Jams and Shows, Heart O’ the Lakes Church, 7031 Jefferson Rd., Brooklyn, MI 49230 Doors open at 5:30pm $2.00 donation at the door along with a can good for the CCIS Food Pantry Volunteers are needed Refreshments will be available. If you would like to participate as a volunteer, be a leader for a workshop, or have questions, please call Sandi Paul at 734-272-6768.

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Ohio

1st Sa - Central Ohio Bluegrass Association (COBA) meets the first Saturday of each month November through May at the Genoa Middle School, 5948 S Old 3-C Hwy., Westerville, OH 43082. Music starts at 6 PM and includes two live bands. Jam starts at 5P and food available starting at 5PM. Sami Payne, 740-965-2801 (11/10/09)

1st Sa - Nettle Lake United Brethren in Christ Church, 18560 County Road 5-75, Montpelier, OH 43543 6p acoustic music jam (dulcimers, guitars, banjo, bass, mandolin, whistle, accordion, fiddle, harmonica, etc) Pastor Mike Wilder 419 485 4112 wilder12613 atlocalnet.com Jack & Marilyn Mullins 517 254 4828 marilynmullins at hotmail.com (Oct. thru May) (11/10/09)

1st Su - Eagles, 682 W. 2nd St., Xenia, OH 1p (01/13/10)

1st Su 1-4 PM, Old Time Fiddlers, Miamitown Fire Department "basement", State Route 128, Miamitown, OH refreshments are available. Bring your instrument or just come to listen. for information, call 513-367-4682 Rose Ballard, 513-367-4682 Bluegrassmama4 @ aol.com (03/16/11)

1st Fr OKI jams, The BRD House Music and Art Company, 565 South Main Street. Englewood, OH 45322 937-832-7771 6-10p (6/29/11)

3rd Fr OKI jams, The BRD House Music and Art Company, 565 South Main Street. Englewood, OH 45322 937-832-7771 6-10p (6/29/11)

Mon. Delta Church of Christ , 500 Madison St, Delta, OH 7p acoustic bluegrass and country gospel (08/10/09)

Tues. Bluegrass Opry Barn, 9461 SR 66, Oakwood, OH 45873-9357 1 mile N of Oakwood, OH in Paulding county or 14 miles south of Defiance, OH 419-594-2816 6 pm until ? (11/11/08)

Fr - Butler County Coon Hunters Club, 200 Warwick Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013 5p PJ at 513-896-1779 (11/11/09)

Fr - The Wapak jam session is every Friday from 6-9p Famous Old Time Music Co., 20322 US 33, Wapakoneta, OH 419-568-1220 (11/11/09)

Sa - Bluegrass Music Shop, 1370 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43207 Open jam session 614-443-3558 (11/11/09)

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Canada

2nd Wed 7–11 PM each month beginning in Sept. 12 and ending in May 14, 2008. South Glengarry Bluegrass Association jams are held at the Royal Canadian Legion located at 7 Frost Street in Long Sault, Ontario, 888-926-9473

2nd Sun PINE RIDGE BLUEGRASS & FOLKLORE SOCIETY of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada has been together for some 30 years now and has a pick One Sunday of each month, except July & August (closed for the festival season)1:00 p. m. until 5:00 p. m.. For Schedule and directions see their web page. (11/10/09)