Jones House Pickin’ Parties Feature Slow Jams, Instrument Petting Zoo and More

Published Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

June 27, 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.

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,” said Cultural Resources Coordinator Mark Freed. 

“It is ideal for people who can play, but don’t have a lot of experience playing with others.”

IMG_0099In 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 instrument 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 mark.freed@townofboone.net.

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