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Blues Jam Sessions

"Great as usual. Great jammers, great band. The only thing that would be better is if it were longer and twice a month." - Barney

"Exceeded all of my expectations." - Tony 

"This was a blast. I will definitely go again." - Steve
The Fat Tuesday Blues Jam is made up of a growing community of serious hobbyist musicians and one simple concept: musical camaraderie. Our aim is to make jamming fun again by providing you with everything you need to just focus on playing:

  • A state-of-the-art, professional performance space
  • Gear:  guitar and bass amps, drums, a piano and a professional PA system (just bring your instrument*)
  • A house band comprised of patient, supportive and experienced professional musicians
  • A regular schedule: jams are held monthly
  • A supportive environment w/no attitudes or egos allowed - just great players, cool tunes and a fun hang

In addition to the actual monthly jam sessions, we’ve also created opportunities for you to stay active in the weeks between each jam:

Practice Tracks

The blues faculty @ WCMS have created nearly a dozen blues practice tracks based on the exact tunes covered in each jam session to keep you jamming and learning all month long.

Want to try out a new lick or get a song’s chord changes down before the next jam? Head on over to our WCMS Soundcloud page to get started. Best of all? They’re free!

MeetUp Community

We’re serious about building a community of like-minded players so you can get the most out of our jam sessions. Join our free Fat Tuesday MeetUp page to meet your fellow jammers, pick up practice tips, up-to-date scheduling notifications and more.

Meet the House Band

Tim Gartland, Harp & Vocals
Mike Verge, Guitar
Matt Pendergast, Drums
Dirk van Gulden, Bass

For:        All levels of musicians (beginner to advanced)
When:   Once a month, Tuesday evenings, September-May

2014 - 2015 dates:
  September 16
  December 9
  March 10
  October 14     January 20
    April 14
  November 11     February 10
    May 12

Time:     7 - 9 pm**
Where:  Nichols Hall at WCMS. Get directions here.
Price:    $10 for participants, free for general audience members

* Please do not bring your own amps or drums. We will politely decline, no exceptions.
** Jammers are encouraged to arrive at 6:45 and meet their fellow jammers.

Also check out the Stormy Monday Blues Ensemble!


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