(D&D Little Branson)
(Johnson Community Building)
(Mtn. Grove School)
(North Town Mall)
Webster Co. Opry
Competitions and Festivals:
Branson Fiddle Contest, Compton Ridge, and Ozarks Celebration Festival
Ava and Ebenezer
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.
|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
||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.
||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, 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.