The monthly PineCone Bluegrass Jam is a “circle jam,” where musicians gather in a circle and play together, that meets on the fourth Monday of each month at Transfer Co. Food Hall in downtown Raleigh! Transfer has an outdoor patio, parking, and food and drink options as well. A few chairs will be available, and you're welcome to bring your own chair as well.
Russell Johnson, band leader for Diamond Creek and Director of the Carolina Bluegrass Band at UNC-Chapel Hill, facilitates this jam. The repertoire includes both instrumental tunes and vocal songs. Whether you're a first-time jammer or a veteran, you're welcome to learn the tunes and play along, or just listen and observe! However, please note that this is not a learning jam (often referred to as a "slow jam" in bluegrass circles). Nonetheless, it's a great place to meet other musicians who share your enthusiasm for bluegrass.
Please remember - every jam is different! This jam tends to draw a big crowd, and it is open to musicians of all skill levels. Please help us make sure that newer players feel welcome! Also, big, mixed level jams can be challenging. Patience and kindness are appreciated!
This jam is outdoors. Masks are not required, but those who choose to wear them are still welcome to do so. Masks are strongly recommended, particularly for people who are not fully vaccinated.
In the event of rain or inclement weather, the jam will be held indoors in the Ballroom. The City of Raleigh does have a mask mandate in place for indoor events. For those who are more comfortable outdoors, the Lift Bay outside the Ballroom is covered and may also be available.