Jams, Workshops, Festivals, and more – March Newsletter

“Bluegrass Jam Packs Next Door”

Check out this amazing article by the New Haven Independent on a new bluegrass jam in New Haven CT

by KAREN PONZIO | Jan 27, 2023 8:52 am


Bluegrass Jamming

The back room at Next Door was jam-packed with bluegrass music lovers as the Humphrey Street restaurant featured its latest installment of the Bluegrass Jam, held on the fourth Thursday of every month and hosted by the New Haven-based band Five ​‘n Change. According to band members Ken McEwen and David Sasso, the jam has been growing steadily since it began back in the spring of 2022. 

Read the full article here

BBQ, Bluegrass & Beer w/Walrus & Hitch March 11


After a smashing sell-out success, we are excited to host another BBQ, Bluegrass & Beer in the Backspace!

About this Event

Please note, this event is 21+.

Nod Hill, Walrus Alley and Hitch & the Giddyup join forces for an epic night of food, music & beer!

Rock Hearts at Emelin Theater – June 2 

New England’s own “Rock Hearts” announce a local show at the Emelin Theater at 8PM

Purchase Tickets Here

Yet another List of Bluegrass, Old Time, and Americana Festivals in the Northeast / New England – Courtesy of Zach Williams

New Jam Class, Saturday April 1 Norwalk CT

Would you rather be jamming? – Join Wernick Method teacher Austin Scelzo for a Saturday of bluegrass. Learn the key skills you need to to get out and start jamming — Austin will show you how! This class runs 10am-4pm Norwalk, CT at Temple Shalom. Join the fun!  Sign Up Here

Other Jam Classes

Day Class April 8, 2023 

Cumberland, RI at Blackstone River Theatre

549 Broad Street, Cumberland RI 02864

Saturday, 11:30am-5pm, preceding the Rock Hearts concert at 8pm

Sign Up Here

Bluegrass Jam Camp March 24-26, 2023

Cambridge, MA at Lily P’s Restaurant & Bar

Home of “Bluegrass Tuesdays”: 50 Binney St, Cambridge, MA 02142

Friday 4-7pm; Saturday 10am-2pm; Sunday 10am-6pm

Sign Up Here

Fiddle Hell Online April 13-16

The fifth Fiddle Hell Online will be on April 13-16, 2023. There will be 170 live workshops to learn from, 30 live concerts to enjoy, and 30 live jam sessions to join on Zoom, for fiddle, mandolin, cello, guitar, banjo, & singing. Other instruments and listeners are welcome, too. Fiddle Hell instructors — experienced & supportive teachers, and wonderful & inspiring players — will cover Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, Cape Breton, East European, Electric, Irish, Jazz, Jazz Manouche, Klezmer, Latin, Mexican, New Acoustic, New England, Old-Time Southern, Québécois, Scandinavian, Scottish, and Swing styles. Historical and technical workshops will be on the program in addition to tune and style learning. Workshops and jams are designed for Beginners, Low Intermediates, High Intermediates, and Advanced players, although you can attend or replay any sessions you like.

Fiddle Hell Online’s inspiring and incredible sessions are a great value for players and listeners.   Attending FHO is not only an amazing experience, it’s a way for you to support and connect with these wonderful instructors and performers. Attendees have said that their broad opportunities for learning (tunes, styles, instruments, techniques), gains in musical inspiration, and renewed connections with the community were priceless! Discounts are always provided for seniors and young musicians, and there are further discounts and many giveaways (books, lessons, CDs, a beautiful fiddle, and free workshops) for early bird signups. Scholarships based on financial need are available.

Music Camps North – Instruction on all Bluegrass Instruments  April 21-23, May 19-21

Think Spring!Mandolin Camp North April 21-23Banjo Camp North May 19-21  Scholarship applications opening soon!

Register for either camp here https://musiccampsnorth.com/2023-registration-information/Know any fiddle players?  We have classes at both camps but not many students.  Encourage your fiddling friends to sign up! 
Registration is going well!  Thank you all who have registered; we can’t do this without you. 
Scholarship applications will open soon-look for another email and a link on our website. You can apply even if you’ve already signed up. Please do apply, we have money donated so you can come to camp even if you can’t afford it. We offer partial and full scholarships depending on the number and content of the applications.  
Mandolin Camp North with Guitar and Fiddle Classes Don Stiernberg, Jacob Jolliff, Sharon Gilchrist, Jim Richter, Maddie Witler, Skip Gorman, Don Julin, Lauren Price Napier, Ben Pearce, Moriah Ozberkmen, Ethan Setiawan, Claudine Languile, Bill Thibodeau, Lorraine Hammond
Guitar teachers: John Kael, Joe NewberryTony Watt, Lincoln Meyers, Alex Rubin
Fiddle teachers: Annie Staninec, Austin Scelzo, Janie Rothfield, Louise Bichan————————–Banjo Camp Northwith Fiddle Classes 3 Finger teachers: Tony Trischka, Alan Munde, BB Bowness, Bill Evans, Murphy Henry, Grace Van’t Hof, Gabe Hirshfeld, Rich Stillman, Gretchen Bowder, Scott Hopkins, Glenn Nelson, Bruce Stockwell, Max Wareham
Clawhammer teachers: Bruce Molsky, Chris Coole, Riley Baugus, Michael Miles, Lorraine Hammond, Tim Rowell, Sara Grey, Howie Bursen, Maggie Shar, Craig Edwards, Bennett HammondFiddle teachers: Janie Rothfield, John ShowmanSteve Roy, Ella Jordan

List of CT Bluegrass Jams in March


Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield. 30 Greenfield Street. Room S-3 

First and third Tuesday of each month in Wethersfield. There is a $3.00 suggested donation to cover the cost of the room. All levels are welcome. Acoustic instruments only. Wernick jamming etiquette is followed (announce your song with key, etc).

New Haven

Thursday, March 23(Fourth Thursday)


Sunday, Jan March 5 from 1:30 pm, at Best Video, Hamden.  Please join us, come to pick, or come to listen.

Burlington/Bloomfield, CT

Yankee Bluegrass Jammers, every Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. Location is either Elton Tavern, 781 George Washington Turnpike, Burlington, CT 06013 or Auer Farm, 158 Auer Farm Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002. To learn where the jam will be held, contact either Carl Salsedo (carl.salsedo@uconn.edu) or Andy Szpekman (andy@ahscommunications.com).

East Hampton,

Monthly on the third Sunday Dexter’s Tune, Tales, & Ales, Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00pm


Second Thursday 7:30 – 10:00pm 59 Church Road Easton

*NEW East Haven

Tuesday March 7 -East Haven (First Tuesday of the month) Shore Line Trolley Museum 17 River St, East Haven, CT 06512

*New Katonah, NY

Sunday, March 19 1-4PM – Select Sundays Katonah Library

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