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Bluegrass Jam Sessions at JMU a Green Event

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Thu, 08/25/2011 - 1:59pm -- Craig Honeycutt
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Covering the same geographic area as Valley 25x25, and right here in our own backyard.......sustainability AND music.    
Bluegrass Jam Sessions at JMU a Green Event
Virginia Green has designated the Bluegrass Jam Sessions at JMU’s Memorial Hall as a “green event”.   Green Events are those which have been thoughtfully planned in order to minimize environmental impacts and to help increase environmental awareness. The "Greening" of the Bluegrass Jams helps set an example and will reiterate JMU’s and the Shenandoah Music Trail’s commitment to sustainability.  Virginia Green is the statewide program that works to reduce the environmental impacts of Virginia's Tourism Industry.  Virginia Green is a partnership between the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association.
The JMU Bluegrass Jam Sessions are held every Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 pm starting September 13th running to December 20th and starting back again in 2012 on January 17th and ending on May 15th.  The Jams are held at Memorial Hall (Old Harrisonburg High School – 395 South High Street) in the Forum Room by Java City Café.  The music includes: bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and traditional country music.  The Jams are sponsored by the JMU Music Department and the Shenandoah Music Trail. The acoustic Jams are free and open to the public. Listeners as well as pickers of all ages and abilities are welcome.  There is no dress code, so just come as you are!  Serving as hosts for the jam are Don DePoy and Martha Hills.  Both are active in the Valley’s music community and promote music making throughout the country.  For more information, email: or call 540-209-3540.
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What is a music jam session? It’s the creation of instant performing art. Typically musicians, young and old come together, take turns around the circle and play a variety of songs. These songs include instrumental pieces with individual solo breaks and bluegrass, traditional country or gospel songs often sung in 3-part harmony.  These weekly jams are the bread and butter of a Shenandoah Valley music heritage that dates back to the 1730s.  Like its Jazz cousin, the practice of creating music by ear without written notation has been going on in the valleys, mountains, garages and front porches for many generations.  In spite of today’s instant communication, family-oriented music jams perpetuate an oral music tradition that keeps the music fresh and alive for others to enjoy for generations to come.