Jam Sessions, Open Stages and Song Circles

Please Note: Jam locations are smoking and alcohol-free unless otherwise noted.

 

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Illinois Jams

 

Jams and song circles are year round unless otherwise noted.

1st Friday                         7:00 PM

Oregon Jam

VFW Club

1310 W. Washington St.              MAP

Oregon, IL

Open Stage & Jamming

 

Phone: 815-973-0942   

1st Saturday              Noon-Dusk

Metamora Jam

Town Center, Park Gazebo           Map

Metamora, IL

May to September

 

Open jam in the Metamora town center park gazebo for players of all skill levels.

1st Saturday                    6:00 - 10:00 PM

Harding Jam
Harding Community Center          
MAP
1800 N 4012th Road

Earlville, IL

October to May   Open Stage & Jamming

NO JAM IN DECEMBER, 2014

 

Bring a dish to pass. 

Call Dan Knutson in advance at 815-674-6672 to reserve a time slot for the open stage.

1st & 3rd Saturday              1:00- 4:00 PM

Monticello Jam

Steeple Gallery

102 E. Lafayette                              MAP

Monticello, IL

Phone Jim Gortner at 217-762-2924

1st Sunday                           1:00 - 5:00 PM

Pekin Jam

Masonic Lodge

338 Elizabeth St.                            MAP

Pekin, IL

Nov to April        Open Stage & Jamming

 

Acoustic Instruments Only Please

1st Sunday                       1:00 - 5:00 PM

Quad City Bluegrass Association Jam
Singing Bird Nature Center
1510 46th Ave., Rock Island, IL      MAP
Rock Island, IL   

Hosted by Quad Cities Bluegrass Association.

 

Contact Mike Beard   Email: bluefox@mchsi.com

 

Phone: 309-230-2521

2nd Wednesday        9:00 PM to Midnight

Montrose Jam

Montrose Saloon            773-463-7663

2933 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL                                    
MAP

Open Jam Session

 

Hosted By  Mad Bread   madbreadband.com

 

Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location.

2nd and 4th Friday           8:00 - 11:00 PM

Grayslake Jam
Lord of Glory Lutheran Church
607 West Belvedere Road (Route 120) 
MAP
Grayslake, IL 
West end of Grayslake on RT 120

Free will donation for the use of the church.

 

Jeff  847-989-9634 Jazzmanjeffmusic@yahoo.com

 

There will be no jam on September 9th

 

2nd Saturday                     2:00 - 6:00pm PM

Opry Jamboree  (Formerly Freeport)

Mount Morris Moose Lodge

101 Moose Dr. Mount Morris, IL          MAP

 

Freeport Opry Jam Is A Supporting Member of NIBA

October to May          Open Stage & Jamming

 

Phone: 815-978-2705  

 

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Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location.

2nd Saturday                    6:00 - 10:00 PM

Triumph Jam
Triumph Community Building           
MAP
Triumph, IL   
Phone: 815-246-6611 or 815-730-0631
Near Mendota, East of I-39, North of Rt. 52

September to May         Open Stage & Jamming

 

Phone: 815-674-6672     Bring a dish to pass.

 

Call Dan Knutson in advance at 815-674-6672 to reserve a time slot for the open stage.

2nd Sunday                        1:00 - 4:00 PM

Evenglow Lodge

215 E Washington  St.

Pontiac, IL

Song Circle Jam

 

Phone: 815-844-5053

2nd Sunday      5:30 -  8:00 pm

Atlantic Bar and Grill

5062 N. Lincoln Avenue                      MAP

Chicago, IL                                           

Song Circle Jam

 

Phone: 773-506-7090

 

Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location.

2nd Sunday                   1:00 - 4:30 PM

Quad City Bluegrass Association Jam
Christ UMC, 3801 7
th St.,

East Moline, IL                                     MAP

Song Circle Jam

 

Contact Roger Perry or Mike Beard

Email: rperry@christumc-qc.org or 309-373-5015

2nd Sunday                       1:00 - 5:00 PM

Batavia Jam
Panera Bread                                      
MAP
154 West Wilson Street,

Batavia, IL    (630) 761-1835 ‎

Song Circle Jam

Phone Tom Dearing 630-578-6575 or e-mail tomdearing@ameritech.net

2nd & 4th Sunday            7:00 -  10:00 PM

Lake County Folk Club

In-Laws Restaurant

720 Milwaukee Ave                              MAP

Gurnee, IL

2nd Sunday: Open Stage

 

4th Sunday: Song Circle Jam

 

See also www.thelakecountyfolkclub.org

 

3rd Friday                          7:00 PM

Franklin Grove Jam
H.I. Lincoln Building                           
MAP
Franklin Grove, IL  

Phone: 815-456-3030 or 815-456-2466

3rd Friday                          6:00 PM

Princeton Jam

First Lutheran Church

116 N. Pleasant St.                             MAP

Princeton, IL

Jam Rooms & Open Stage

 

Phone Owen Johnson at 815-875-2057 or  Jeanette Carothers at  815-792-8406 for more information.

 3rd Friday                          6:30 - 10:00 PM

 Warren Jam

 Warren Community Building

 110 E. Main St.                                  MAP

 Warren, IL                           

Song Circle Jam

 

Phone:  Dianne Rosine 815-232-5655 or  Louise Flannery 815-990-6882 for more information.

 3rd Friday                          8:00 pm

 Lockport Jam

 William Alexander Wine Studio

 900 S. State Street

 Lockport, IL                                        MAP

 

Song Circle Jam    Acoustic Instruments Only

 

Phone: 815-834-9463

 

Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location.

3rd Saturday   6:00 - 10:00 PM

North Aurora Jam

The Cornerstone Baptist Church

307 Banbury Road, North Aurora, IL  MAP

September to May     Open Stage & Jamming

 

Lots of rooms available for jamming.

 

For more info,call Jim Berkland at 1-630-479-6610

3rd Saturday          6:30 - 10:00 PM

Sycamore Jam
Sycamore Baptist Church                 
MAP
302 Somonauk Dr
Sycamore, IL   

Open Stage & Jamming

 

Call Jan at 815-895-6837 or send email to

janwa2@aol.com

 

Bring a dish to pass.

3rd Saturday                        6:00 - 10:00 PM

Streator Jam
Park Presbyterian Church                 
MAP
201 N Vermillion
Streator, IL   

September to May       Open Stage & Jamming

 

Phone: 815-882-2415 or 815-674-6672 ahead of time to reserve an open stage time slot.

 

Bring a dish to pass.

4th Friday   7:00 PM

Polo Senior Center

103 E Mason St                                  MAP

Polo, Illinois 61064

Open Stage & Jamming

 

Lottery draw for time slots starts at 6:30 PM

 

More info: 815 595-4460

4th Saturday  September   6:00 - 9:00 PM

Millbrook Jam

Millbrook United Methodist Church

8360 Fox River Rd., Millbrook, IL        MAP

Sept. thru May       Open Stage & Jamming

 

More Info: Kent Svendsen 815-786-4106

 

4th Saturday                          6:00 PM

Putnam Jam
Lake Thunderbird Clubhouse

2 Lake Thunderbird Drive                    MAP

Putnam, IL

Phone: 815-437-9026

4th Saturday                     2:00 - 4:00 PM

Plank Road Folk Music Society Bluegrass Jam
The Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss St                                   
MAP
Downers Grove, IL

Song Circle & Jamming

Phone: 708-579-3987

www.plankroad.org   

www.twowaystreet.org

4th Sunday                     5:00 - 8:00 PM

Cullom Jam
Cullom Community Building                 MAP
Corner of Oak and Jeffery St.
Cullom, IL   

Phone:   815-689-2778 for more information.

Last Friday Of The Month    7:00 PM

Down Home Guitars

11 S. White St.

Frankfort, IL                                         MAP

 

Open Stage & Jamming

 

Phone: (815) 469-6321

www.downhomeguitars.com

Every Monday      7:00 PM

Mokena Jam

Jenny's Steak House

191 South 10160 West 191st Street

Mokena, IL

Song Circle & Jamming

 

 

 

Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location.

Every Tuesday         7:00 PM to…….

Urbana Jam

Lincoln Square Mall                            MAP

South Entrance

Urbana, IL

Song Circle & Jamming

 

Acoustic instrument players of all skill levels welcome.

Bluegrass, old time, country & folk music.

Every Thursday                 5:30PM to 9:00PM

Heyworth Jam

American Legion Hall

203 E Main St                                     MAP
Heyworth, IL 61745

Song Circle & Jamming

Pot Luck Dinner, Bring a dish to pass.

Phone: 309-473-2343

Every Thursday                 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Down Home Guitars Jam

11 S. White St. Frankfort, IL               MAP

(815) 469-6321

www.downhomeguitars.com

Down Home Guitars is a Sponsoring Member

of the Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association.

 

Song circle slow jam for beginners.

 

Every Saturday Morning   7:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Oak Park Jam              

905 S. Lombard Ave.                         MAP

Oak Park, IL

 

Phone: 708-524-2899

Song Circle        

 

May Thru Oct at Oak Park Farmer’ s Market

 

Nov thru April indoors at the Buzz Café

Every Sunday                   6:00 to 10:00 PM

Sauk Village Jam
Sauk Village Community Center       
MAP

21801 Torrence Ave.
Sauk Village, IL

Phone: 708-758-2242   Open Stage & Jamming

Behind the police station.

 

Bring a dish to pass.

Every Sunday                 4:00 to 8:00 PM

Charlies Bar & Grill

123 W. Market St                               MAP

Mt. Carroll, IL

Open Stage

More Info Phone Forrest at 815-990-0540

or email forrestrische@yahoo.com

 

Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location.

 

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