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9 Popular Venues for Jam Sessions

Updated on March 20, 2018
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Kenna has worked in the entertainment business for over 20 years, promoting special events with musicians, celebrities, and dignitaries.

Jam Sessions

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, who are looking for the same fix, here are some souls searching places to consider. You might find some new friends or even evolve into a harmony of music 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.

Neighborhood Jam Sessions

I grew up in a neighborhood with other kids who liked to play musical instruments. We’d invite all the other kids in the neighborhood over to Mike’s house and have jam sessions. It was basically an informal, not really planned, musical event that progresses into songs or solos that would be used later as a repertoire of music 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 that include professional musicians. We did have fun, and I felt I was contributing to the social gathering of kids in the neighborhood.

Furthermore, there are venues throughout the world that are renowned for holding a formal jam session 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 the next recording studio gig.

Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner in Vienna

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It was basically an informal, not really planned, musical event that progresses into songs or solos that would be used later as a repertoire of music to perform commercially.

Free Musical Instruments

Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner in Vienna is a great 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. Beer is being poured 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.

Tres Mentiras

Heart of Mexico

Tres Mentiras is located 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

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Reeks of Jazz

Peel Fresco is located in central Hong Kong. The place reeks of Jazz, impromptu jam session, open mics, and soul giving poetry readings. The venues YouTube channel evokes jamming 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 in downtown. 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

On the second Tuesday of each month in central, London 3-7 Delancey Street, bring our own instrument and even sheet music for a great impromptu jam session. Wine flows freely and food is yummy while the crowd is warm and charitable.

London True Blues Fans

Another great venue in London, true Blues fans will haunt this place every Saturday in the late afternoons. It is the time for blues-based jams to go off, so those with original music of an impromptu at 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. The music is fantastic.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh

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