The purpose of the Bluegrass Jammers is to promote bluegrass and traditional music and pass it on to the next generations. Lafayette Bluegrass Jammers was started in 1996 by Lafayette resident, Phil Gehringer. The jams were held once a month, and there were occasions when a bluegrass show was held featuring local bands.
The bluegrass jams draw people from all over the state of Indiana, including Portage, Terre Haute, Crawfordsville, Indianapolis, Kokomo, and all of the counties surrounding Tippecanoe. Attendance averages about 40 people per jam. Most attendees are musicians, but regulars attend who just listen and enjoy the music. People of all ages are welcome to attend. Children are always welcome and informal instruction is available for any beginning players.
Numerous local bands have developed because of people coming together at Lafayette Bluegrass Jammers. These bands can often be found playing at the jams. A wide variety of musical talent can be found at Bluegrass Jammers ranging from beginners to life long musicians.
Although this is a bluegrass jam, old time fiddle tunes, old country and gospel music will often be heard. The emphasis is on traditional music and no pick ups, mics or amplifiers are allowed.
For several years the Jams were facilitated by Janet Glossic. Jams are generally held from 5-11pm on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Saturdays, October – May. During the summer months the schedule is irregular, with jams currently limited to once per month. Jams are held at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, 638 North Street, in downtown Lafayette. Coffee and light refreshments are available. The jams are free and open to the general public. There is a New Years Eve Jam each year on December 31. This is an alcohol-free event.
For more information about Lafayette Bluegrass Jammers, contact Janet Glossic at 765.532.6086.
Dave Avenatti (left) & Jeremy Morris (right) perform