So you have some bass lessons, mandolin lessons or ukulele lessons under your belt, and you are beginning to feel confident in your ability to play. The next step is finding people to play music with in your area. Family and friends who play instruments should be the first stop for people and a low pressure situation where it is ok to make a few mistakes. Beyond jamming with your friends there are lots of outlets available for you to play music from participating in a musical group at your church to going to local jam sessions. With just a little looking around and asking your teachers for you will be amazed at all options available to a budding musician.
The following are some opportunities that exist in the Central Ohio area for you to put your music lessons to good use.
Dick's Den Bluegrass Tuesday- One of Columbus, OH oldest jazz clubs has one of the best bluegrass jam every Tuesday of the Month starting around 10PM and going till 2AM. No sign up just bring your instrument ready to pick. This is a great opportunity for bass players they are always in need. Songs range from Bluegrass into Newgrass and beyond.
Bluegrass Musician Supply Saturday Jam- Located on South High in Columbus, Ohio. This jam starts early in the morning and last throughout the afternoon. Here you will be playing/exposed to all the bluegrass standards.
McConnell Arts Center Ensemble Series- Located in Worthington, OH These ensembles cover various genres of roots music ranging from Country Blues to Bluegrass and Old Time Music. There is a charge for this class but it is akin to a music lesson of being in a band and learning the role your particular instrument has to offer.
Dolphin Lounge Blues Jam-Located in Gahanna, OH. Every Monday for the last 30 years the Dolphin has hosted the longest running Blues Jam in Central Ohio
Open Mic's- A quick search of the Alive and you will find an Open Mic night happening every day of the week some where in Columbus. These are great chances to get in front of an audience and perform 2-3 songs in front of a friendly audience. The one at King Ave 5 in the Grandview, OH area is a favorite of some of my students.
Please come back I will be adding more places to play. If you know of a venue that should be included on this list please let me know.
1373 Grandview Ave Suite 213 Columbus, OH 43212 (614)262-9586