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Places to jam

Music is best enjoyed with friends and other musicians, and northeast Ohio provides a number of jamming opportunities for those who favor acoustic instruments.

Drum Circle

One of the new venues in this vein is a community drum circle, to be held at Walnut Beach, 7 p.m., Aug. 11.

Music Along the River

The circle moves to the Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark on the Grand River on Aug. 18, 7 p.m., and will open the Music Along the River festival that follows on the 19 and 20.

The performance schedule for Music Along the River, for Saturday, Aug. 19, is:

  • 1 p.m. Cleveland Brassworks;
  • 2 p.m. Bill Schilling and the DulciMore Ensemble
  • 3 p.m. Mr. Haney Old Time String Band
  • 4 p.m. Old Time Slow Jam, led by Joel Specht
  • 5 p.m. Old Time Up-Tempo Jam, led by Specht

Workshops are part of this event. Saturday workshops are:

  • 11 a.m. Introductory banjo technique, led by Joel Specht and Andrej Debevc;
  • 11 a.m. Mountain dulcimer technique, led by Bill Schilling.

Sunday workshops are:

  • 11 a.m. Ukelele techniques, led by Bill Schilling
  • Noon, Finger Style Guitar Picking will explore foundational material from the Rev. Gary Davis, Chet Atkins and Merle Travis; Will Peadon will lead.

The workshops are suitable for beginners and intermediate players. Bring an instrument, tuner, capo and chair. The pavilions on the south side of the river host the workshops.

On Sunday, the programming is:

1 p.m. The Non-Trio
2 p.m. Andrej and Leo
3 p.m. Bruce Blair
4 p.m. Irish Jam led by Laura Fidel

Music Along the River is free; donations are welcomed. Briquettes BBQ will have a food truck at the event both days. Some primitive camping sites are available for musicians on Friday and Saturday nights. Visit the Facebook page for information.

Elsewhere in the region:

  • Ukelele Club, Perry Public Library, 3753 Main St., Perry, Monday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. Beginners are welcome, instruments are available at most music stores.
  • Irish Jam, Briquettes Smokehouse, Bridge Street at the river, the first Saturday of the month. The jam is 2 to 4 p.m. Only a traditional repertoire of public domain music or copyright-free arrangements of the same is played.
  • An open jam is held the fourth Saturday of the month, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at Scribbler’s Coffee Co., 388 S. Broadway, Geneva. Andrej Debevc leads this group that is open to all instruments and styles of music.


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