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"Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!"  ~Psalm 95

Roots Music Gospel Jam & Concert
Elverta CA

Celebrating with American Roots Music

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Next Gospel Jam is January 24th 2016 at 6:00 p.m. CHECK BACK FOR LOCATION!!

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The Roots Music Gospel Jam & Concert is a chance for people to play and sing old gospel songs in the roots music tradition of the community sing.  The event started as a small jam on the front lawn of a Baptist church. The jam attracted a few musicians but quickly attracted a large clapping and foot-stompin’ audience. We play bluegrass, folk and other Americana music styles.

The program has now become more of a concert than a jam as it offers visiting singers and spectators an evening of music in a genre that is hard to find these days. The Jam is spirited and audience interactive with stories, contests, and fun activities. The evening has included everything from clogging contests on a bubble-wrap covered floor to kazoo night, where we play a song and everyone attending gets a kazoo to play and take home.

We have a core group of musicians and singers that play through a sound system but everyone is encouraged to sit in the front row and play along.

If you're a beginner, there will likely be other more advanced musicians to help you along. If you're not a player but like old time gospel music, please tell a friend and come spend an evening with us. There is nothing we like better than a room full of folks singing along!

We break the evening into two sections. The first section is a traditional gospel sing where we play songs that entice the audience to sing along. This fun time comes with lots of shukkin', stories, contests and prizes.

We then have a short break with a free BBQ plate-dinner and refreshments. After dinner, we have smaller groups play in a more performance based set. If you'd like to perform or have a small group (2-5 instruments/singers), we'd love to have you come and perform a couple of songs for us in this set. Contact me in advance for more information.

This little jam is usually held the 4th Sunday of the month, in Elverta CA. This rural town is just a few minutes north of downtown Sacramento. If that Sunday is associated with a traditional 3-day weekend holiday, then the Jam on that month is usually all open-mic. Some months have 5 Sundays, but the Jam is always on the 4th Sunday. Some months will not have a jam due to conflicts, so…

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Please follow the links to the side for a list of songs we play, lyrics and chord sheets, directions to the jam, pictures, videos of past jams and other information. The best way to keep up with our happenings is through the FaceBook link below.

Please Email Me Here if you want more information. Some of us get together every week or so in the evening to practice. These practice jams are a lot of fun. If you'd like to join us for that, send me an email and I'll let you know when/where. Beginners are encouraged! We also attend a monthly jam in Roseville CA. Contact us for more information.

Be sure to click the PICTURES link at top for photos and videos from past jams.

CLICK HERE to visit the Reborn Guitars site and learn about this ministry that acquires guitars, restores them and gives them for free to students, teachers, missionaries and others. Maybe you have an old guitar or other stringed instrument to donate?

Please sign our Guest Book and let us know what you thought of the Jam or what you think of the web site!