Durham Bluegrass Jam 1st & 3rd (& 5th) Mondays

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Late last year, Rob Nance and other area musicians got together to create an open bluegrass jam in Durham, and they have found a home for that jam at Fullsteam Brewery. The jam currently welcomes intermediate level players and up to participate in the music making, but of course anyone is welcome to come out to listen, watch, mingle, and enjoy the music.

The Fullsteam Bluegrass Jam in Durham happens the first and third Mondays of each month, as well as the fifth should it occur. The jam kicks off between 8 and 8:30 p.m. The format is open stage, meaning that there are usually at least a couple musicians functioning as a de facto "house band" while those who wish to participate can come up and play a few songs. Partipants are encouraged to play a few songs at a time and then step off for a couple allow for others to play if there is a crowd waiting.

These are the musicians who helped get this jam off the ground:

Jeff Stickley: Jeff has played in The Stickley Brothers and Big Fat Gap and is a fixture in the local bluegrass scene. He is an accomplished guitar player and a Durham native.

Dylan Schrader: Dylan comes to the Triangle from Asheville, NC and is a former member of the Ragweed Boys. He is known to contribute guitar and mandolin to jams.

Jordan Nance: Jordan plays upright bass in Rob Nance and The Lost Souls (Durham folk/americana band) as well as occasional duty in several other area bands. Yes, Jordan & Rob are brothers, and they play and tour together regularly.

Rob Nance: moral support, occasional writer of songs

Rob writes: "We'd also like to add that Wagon Wheel and Rocky Top are strictly forbidden and are subject to public shaming." As far as songs, they are pretty open stylistically, but there is always of fair number of Bill Monroe/Stanley Brothers/Doc Watson type standards that anyone with minimal experience should be able to follow and are welcome to play or sing.

Rob's e-mail is robnancemusic -at- gmail.com.

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