(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
Ava and Ebenezer
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.
|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.
||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.
||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. More unusual
instruments, such as bones, are also heard.
||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.