First Friday Open House

First Friday is the Old Town School's monthly night of music and community. Bring your instrument, your voice, a date, your family, or a few friends. The bar is open, and we welcome the public to participate in many ways! Join a jam or sample a class.

Admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for families, and activities happen on the east side of the street, at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. The first event, a family jam called the Gather-All, begins at 6:00 PM.

There will be no First Friday events during the summer.


Music & Dance to Participate In

6:00 - 7:00 PM
The Gather-All with Jason McInnes

The Gather-All is a chance for musicians of all ages and abilities to make music together. All singers and instruments are welcome. All ages!


6:30 - 8:30 PM
Bluegrass Jam

Come play classic tunes and songs with some of the Bluegrass faculty. This jam is open to all. Come watch, listen, pick and sing.


6:30 - 7:30 PM
Song Circle with Cathy Norden

Join us for singing & strumming to oodles of fun tunes!


6:30 - 8:30 PM
Back Porch Blues Jam with Skip Landt

We're picking and playing blues, country, ragtime and more.


7:00 - 10:00 PM
Songwriters' Exchange with Dan Connolly

Share a tune or two with others and gain new insights in our monthly songwriters round robin.


7:00 - 8:00 PM
Old Time Jam

Play rounds, jigs, fiddle tunes, and singin' songs! Beginner friendly and open to all stringed instruments.


7:30 - 8:30 PM
Voice of the People Jam with Mary Peterson

Voice of the People is a fun open jam that celebrates music's power to uplift and change society.


8:00 - 10:00 PM
Jazz Fakebook Jam with Bob Pincus

Calling all Jazzers! Join us for a Jazz Jam session. If you can make sense of a fakebook chart of tunes like "After You've Gone," "All Of Me," or "Perdido," this is the jam for you. All instruments and vocalists welcome.


8:30 - 10:00 PM
Blues After-Jam with Bob Longmire and Annie Mac

Have a good time playing the blues.

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