Bristol, Tenn./Va. (January 7, 2019) – It’s audience participation time at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, so grab your partner—or an instrument—and head to Historic Downtown Bristol on Saturday, January 19 for two fun events that will put smiles on your faces and get your toes-a-tappin’! Both events are for all ages and skill levels and cost nothing but your time—and it’s time well spent!
Musicians are invited to meet up every third Saturday of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Learning Center at the museum for a full-on Community Jam session. It’s an opportunity to hone your skills and network with other musicians in the region, and maybe learn some new tunes! Members of the community who just want to be there as spectators are also welcome to attend. The next jam session lands on January 19.
“We want to stress that Community Jams are for everyone, no matter what your skill level or age may be,” said Dr. Rene Rodgers, Head Curator at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. “For instance, students from our Pick Along Summer Camp classes have been attending, and it’s a wonderful way for them to learn from more experienced musicians in a performance setting. We’d like to encourage more young and budding musicians to take part.”
Later that evening, the museum will host an old-fashioned Square Dance in the Special Exhibits Gallery. The Square Dance is from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be led by expert caller Tyler Hughes. The music will be lively, and the activity itself may replace your workout for the day!
“We held a Square Dance with Tyler last year at the museum when we were between special exhibits,” Rodgers adds. “It was so much fun that participants have been asking when we would host another. This is an event that members of your whole family can enjoy – and a great way to make wonderful memories together!”
Just like the Community Jam, the Square Dance doesn’t require any previous experience, nor does it require a partner. Participants are asked to wear comfortable, sturdy dancing shoes – no heels, please!
Though both events are free and open to all ages and skill levels, due to limited space, anyone wishing to attend the Square Dance should RSVP through the Events page.