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Jam Sessions in Southwest Missouri: Related Events: Fiddle Competitions and Festivals

Introduction

Featured Jam Sessions:

Anutt
(D&D Little Branson)

Fremont

Gainesville
(Hoerman Park)

Kissee Mills
(Johnson Community Building)

Long Beach
(Mtn. Grove School)

Long Lane

Manes
(Manes Music Makers)

Mansfield

McClurg

McDowell

Mountain View (Weaver's)

Souder

Springfield (North Town Mall)

Strafford

Wasola (Stone's)

Related Events:

Opry's:
Webster Co. Opry

Picnics:
Vanzant Picnic

Fiddle Competitions and Festivals:
Branson Fiddle Contest, Compton Ridge, and Ozarks Celebration Festival

Dances:
Ava and Ebenezer

Homecomings:
Horsecreek Church

Jam sessions are numerous and large at many annual music events.  The group of musicians in the photograph on the right represents one of many jam sessions that developed during the Fiddlers Convention at the Compton Ridge Campground in May near Branson.  While the event includes stage performances, many people prefer to spend all day at the jam sessions.  Some musicians drive to the event every year from surrounding states to camp and enjoy playing music with other musicians. 

One of many jam sessions that developed during the Fiddlers Convention at the Compton Ridge Campground.
I have not featured these kinds of jam sessions in the project because they are not held regularly on a frequent basis, they are not as community-oriented as the featured ones, and an admission charge is often required.  But the skill-level of the musicians and the popularity of these jam sessions are often quite high.
Here is the winner of the senior traditional category: Fred Stoneking.  At some events, a contest with prize money is featured.  For example, the Annual Old Fiddle Contest is held in August in downtown Branson.  It attracts both traditional and modern fiddlers from a multi-state region.  Here is the winner of the senior traditional category: Fred Stoneking. 
Various informal jam sessions spring up around the competition site. While the Branson fiddle competition itself is formal, various informal jam sessions spring up around the competition site (in this case at a hotel).
The annual Ozarks Celebration Festival often includes jam sessions. The annual Ozarks Celebration Festival, held every August at Southwest Missouri State University, includes a "Fiddlers Green" stage.  Near to the stage, regional fiddlers and other instrumentalists often form jam sessions.

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