7 Mainstream Venues Sponsoring the Ultimate Jam Sessions
Jam Sessions Near Me
A couple of musicians getting together for an impromptu jam session caused quite a trend on Facebook and other social media sites. If you are looking to do the same and need a place to jam with other musicians looking for the same fix, here are some places to consider. You might find some new friends or even evolve into a musical harmony that lasts longer than a jam session.
"I don’t think our music flowed freely like most jam sessions that include professional musicians. We did have fun, and I felt I was contributing to the social gathering of kids in the neighborhood."— Musician
Neighborhood Jam Sessions
The neighborhood kids put on an informal, not planned, musical event. Looking back, I realize it was a jam session. It progressed into songs or solos, hoping to use the music later as a repertoire to perform commercially. We never got that far, but it was fun all the same.
Of course, as kids, we never thought about the money, only the fame of being a rock star. I don’t think our music flowed freely like most jam sessions where seasoned musicians gather and jam. We did have fun, and I felt I contributed to the social gathering of kids in the neighborhood.
Today, there are venues throughout the world-renowned for holding formal jam sessions where there is a so-called gatekeeper who checks to see if you or your band is legit. And some famous tunes and songs are crafted and added to the next recording studio gig.
Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner in Vienna
"It was an informal, not planned, musical event that progresses into songs or solos that would be used later as a repertoire of music to perform commercially."— Musician
Free Musical Instruments
Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner in Vienna is a place for travelers to pick up one of the bar’s free musical instruments and start a jam session. They have a piano, drums, guitars, ukulele, and drums just waiting for the next impromptu jam session. The beer pours all night, so the spirits are high.
One can only imagine what type of music freely flows with this type of atmosphere. I guess some nights are so-so while other nights are astoundingly unforgettable with lasting memories to bring home as delightful traveling tales.
Heart of Mexico
Tres Mentiras is right in the heart of Mexico. Impromptu jam sessions are part of the ambiance as patrons enjoy the great beer, tasty pies, sleeping Chihuahuas, and great prices. Rumor is that Aussies love this place and visit it often as tourists.
I have visions of sultry nights and guitars jamming with upbeat rhythms as the patrons drink, dance, and sing along.
Peel Fresco - Hong Kong
Reeks of Jazz
Peel Fresco resides in the center of Hong Kong. It reeks of Jazz, impromptu jam sessions, open mics, and soul sharing poetry readings. You can watch the venue's YouTube channel, which draws musicians full of heart and soul. It's hard to believe this place is in China.
Bluegrass Wide Open
Raleigh, North Carolina may be the best city to retire, but bluegrass musicians get together on Fayetteville Street for an impromptu jam session on the sidewalks downtown. The best time to catch an impromptu jam session is when the annual Bluegrass Wide Open is happening in early May.
Cuban Jam at The Forge
Bring Your Instrument
On the second Tuesday of each month in central London 3-7 Delancey Street, bring your instrument and even sheet music for a great impromptu jam session. The wine flows freely, and food is yummy while the crowd is warm and charitable.
London True Blues Fans
Another great venue in London, Blues fans will haunt this place every Saturday in the late afternoons. It is time for the blues-based jams to begin. Musicians with original music or an impromptu heart come on down and jam with the best of the best.
Fiddle Jam Sessions
In Denver, Colorado, you'll find fiddle jam sessions as well as Blues jam sessions. Even if they are not over the top Blues fans and the impromptu jam session begins, they get on the dance floor and boogie. Some nights you will see casual people going up on stage and start jamming together. Most are not professionals, but the music is fantastic.
Play Music with Strangers
Finding a jam session nearby is a blessing. When you are traveling, you discover a unique, exciting, prolific place to meet and play music with strangers who soon become your friends for life is endearing. You take your jamming memories with you and leave your new friends behind.
© 2016 Kenna McHugh