Boone’s Cultural Resources Department, DBDA Announce Jones House Pickin’ Parties on Thursdays

Published Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:23 am
Photo courtesy of Mark Freed

Photo courtesy of Mark Freed

May 30, 2013. The Town of Boone’s Cultural Resources department and Downtown Boone Development Association announce Jones House Pickin’ Parties – a series of free musical evenings at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center on Thursdays in June, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Pickin’ Party events will feature a “slow jam” and an instrument “petting zoo” with banjos, fiddles, dulcimers, ukuleles, guitars, and mandolins.  “The slow jam is an opportunity for musicians to join a group jam session that is catered to advanced beginners and intermediate players,” says Cultural Resources Coordinator, Mark Freed.  “It is ideal for people who can play, but don’t have a lot of experience playing with others.” 

Photo courtesy of Mark Freed

Photo courtesy of Mark Freed

In a slow jam, fiddle tunes are played at a moderate pace, very gradually picking up speed with the help of a leader.  The instrument “petting zoo” will be available to give beginners and those considering trying a new instrument opportunities to have a hands-on experience.  Instructors will be on hand to help tune instruments, demonstrate playing techniques, and talk with participants about the instruments and music lessons.

The instruments were purchased through a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, and they will be available for rent during music lessons offered at the Jones House starting on July 11.   Lessons are offered in 5-week sessions, meeting each Thursday at the Jones House.  Lessons are taught in groups, beginning from ages seven through adult. 

Local instructors steeped in old-time and bluegrass traditions teach the lessons in fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, and ukulele, from beginning through intermediate levels.  The cost is $50 for each five-lesson session.

Anyone is welcome to participate in the free evenings on Thursdays in June for “slow jams” and the instrument “petting zoo,” from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  The events will be followed by the weekly Jones House Jam that takes place from 7:30-11:00 p.m. every Thursday.  The music lessons that begin in July cost $50 for a five-week session. 

To register for music lessons, or to find out more information about the musical evenings in June, please contact Mark Freed at (828) 262-4576 or (828) 268-6282 or send an email to [email protected]



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