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Blue Grass Jam

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  • Door Time: 6:00 PM

Zoey's Cafe 185 East Santa Clara Street Ventura, CA 93001

All ages and always free! Bring an instrument and jump in or just enjoy dinner and the music that surrounds you!
   Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music, and is a sub-genre of country music. It has roots in Irish, West African, Scottish, Welsh and English traditional music. Bluegrass was inspired by the music of immigrants from the United Kingdom and Ireland (particularly the Scots-Irish immigrants in Appalachia), and African-Americans, particularly through genres such as jazz and blues. In bluegrass, as in some forms of jazz, one or more instruments each takes its turn playing the melody and improvising around it, while the others perform accompaniment; this is especially typified in songs called breakdowns. This is in contrast to old-time music, in which all instruments play the melody together or one instrument carries the lead throughout while the others provide accompaniment. Traditional bluegrass is typically based around a small set of acoustic stringed instruments including mandolin, acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, resonator guitar and upright bass, with or without vocals.
   Bluegrass music has attracted a diverse and extremely loyal following world-wide. Many enthusiasts often descibe their introduction to the genre as akin to having "caught the bug." Though summaries as the one above are a place to begin exploring this rich tradition, many "hardcore" musicians and listeners of bluegrass balk at such sterile portraits. In the words of the accepted "father of bluegrass," Bill Monroe, bluegrass is "Scotch bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin'. It's Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It's blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound. It's plain music that tells a good story. It's played from my heart to your heart, and it will touch you. Bluegrass is music that matters."

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Blue Grass Jam
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 6:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Zoey's Cafe, Ventura, CA
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