Our Programs

FFOTM hosts weekly jam sessions, bring your instrument and join in!

Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music hosts a weekly acoustic music jam in Flagstaff every Wednesday from noon to 1. The jamming happens in downtown Flagstaff at Wheeler Park during the summer. In 2024 we will meet at the Flagstaff Mall in the hallway in front of J.C. Penney’s from Feb 14th through May 1st. Check our meet up site for the latest location information.

Jams are open to the public and the musical focus is primarily bluegrass, but other forms of folk music are welcome.

Musicians must have knowledge of basic chords on their instrument and be able to keep a steady beat. We also welcome folks who want to come and listen. Any questions? Contact us at bluegrass-jam@ffotm.com

Music Jams

Weekly

Jamming Details

Although this jam is open to different levels, styles and instruments, a basic knowledge of chord structures and keys is helpful. This jam is not best for rank beginners, but if you are a beginner, it’s a great opportunity to come and listen, or sit on the outside of the circle and play along quietly. 

Bring some songs to play or learn some new ones from your fellow jammers, based on the oral tradition of sharing. It’s always great if you can bring lyrics to pass out and be prepared to teach your song to the group. Songs with a minimum of chords  in the folk, old-time and bluegrass genre are best, such as Worried Man Blues, New River Train, and Nine-pound Hammer.

The Wednesday jam uses a Google group to share videos and instructional material of songs and tunes played weekly at the jam. All jam participants have the opportunity to join the Google group. 

Please bring your courteous self. The jam is self-regulated and jamming etiquette is required to attend. If the circle is small enough, everyone will hopefully get to present a song or tune. Please ask at the beginning of your turn who’d like to take breaks (solos) during your song, and go around the circle accordingly for breaks/leads. Let everyone know the tempo, the key, and the arrangement. 

In summary, keep it simple and have fun!

FFOTM Programs

Programs We Offer

Pickin’ in the Pines

An award-winning 3-day bluegrass & acoustic music festival first held in 2006.

Flagstaff Folk Festival

Proudly showcasing the best in folk and acoustic music in Arizona & beyond.

Contra Dances

Held on first Saturdays of the month year round, details on our calendar.

Weekly Jams

FFOTM hosts weekly acoustic music jams, come and join in! Check our calendar for details.

Young Jammers

Free music lessons & loaner instruments for the youth of our community.

Campouts & Picnics

Held in the cool pines of nearby Flagstaff, always lots of fun with pickin’ and grinnin’.