Thursday, August 14, 2014

Playing Music As You Travel - Los Angeles Area Oldtime Jams and Irish Sessions

Note:  The sessions and jams listed in this post are current as of August, 2014.  

One thing I love about playing “fiddle tunes” (for lack of a better term) is that you can travel to almost any metropolitan area in North America and find either an Irish seisiun or an oldtime jam to take part in, or some approximation of the two.
Repertoires and styles may differ from place to place but with a decent understanding of the common tunes and respective etiquettes, and a willingness to interact with new people in a potentially unfamiliar environment, there’s usually enough cross over to allow for participation.  If nothing else the exposure to the different ways people bring these tunes to life is a great learning experience.

I’ll be visiting Los Angeles soon and I’ve discovered that there is an oldtime jam and 2 or 3 Irish sessions near where I’ll be staying while there.  I plan on attending a couple of these and perhaps even recording them for future reference.

Jams and Sessions in Los Angeles

Oldtime
1st Sunday Old-Time Jam @ Viva Cantina, 11am-2pm.  Viva Cantina Restaurant, 900 Riverside Drive Burbank, CA 9150.  Contact Steve {at} urbanoldtime.com for details or to be added to his list.

1st Thursday Old Time Jam @ 1642 Beer and Wine Bar.  1642 Temple, 90026, 8-11pm.  Hosted by Triple Chicken Foot.  Contact Ben for more info.

4th Saturday Old-Time Jam @ the Audubon Center @ Debs Park, 4700 N. Griffin Ave, 90031.  Hosted by Joe Wack (of Central West Virginia), focusing on Appalachian tunes.

Irish
Sundays at the The Auld Dubliner in Long Beach from 4-7pm.  

Mondays, 9-11pm.  Southern California’s longest running traditional Celtic music jam session, hosted by The Celtic Arts Center of Southern California.  At The Mayflower Club - 11110 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606.

Tuesdays at Timmy Nolan’s in Toluca Lake (Burbank), 8:00–11:00 p.m.  Hosted by Patrick D’Arcy and Dan Conroy.  Timmy Nolan’s, 10111 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, 818-985-3359.  Map to Timmy Nolan’s

Wednesdays at Griffin's in South Pasadena.  1007 Mission Street South Pasadena 91030E, phone: 626-799-0926.  Not sure if it's every Wednesday or not.

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