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Jam Sessions in Southwest Missouri

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

North Town Mall
Springfield, MO
Every Thursday Evening

The jam session, which started in the fall of 1999, is held in the food court of the mall.  Early country music, bluegrass, and gospel songs are featured, and occasionally fiddle music and other instrumental music can be heard.  At another section of the mall, bluegrass groups sometimes play.

Jam session at the North Town Mall in Springfield, Missouri.
Directions: North Town Mall is on the corner of Glenstone and Kearney (or 744) in the city of Springfield [See map].  Photographs are from August 17, 2000.
North Town Mall sign. This jam session is the only one of those featured in this project that is held in a city.  Surrounding the mall are large hotels, restaurants, and a Wal-Mart.
A microphone rotates around the circle. Some musicians prefer to stand and perform, but most stay seated. A microphone rotates around the circle. Some musicians prefer to stand and perform, but most stay seated.
The listeners enjoy eating dinner in the food court while they listen to the singers. The listeners enjoy eating dinner in the food court while they listen to the singers sing country songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  Some musicians also play fiddle tunes, boogie-woogie tunes, and bluegrass music.
The instrumentation is diverse, and includes dobros, fiddles, mandolins, and most of all guitars. The instrumentation is diverse, and includes dobros, fiddles, mandolins, and most of all guitars.  More unusual instruments, such as bones, are also heard. 
Flatcreek Bluegrass with Dallas Hicks perform. At other locations in the mall away from the jam session circle, bluegrass bands, such as this one led by Flatcreek Bluegrass with Dallas Hicks perform for passers-by. 

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