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Jam sessions return to downtown Farmington

Hoping to bring back a little more music back into the community, a local music store will once again be hosting weekly music jams.

Music Makers, the family-owned music academy in historic downtown Farmington, will once again be offering a weekly acoustic jam session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning this Saturday.

“We use to do the acoustic jams a few years ago, and did it several times.” said Landon Wisdom, the owner and manager of the music academy. “Then we did some remodeling and had to stop for a while and never started it back up.”

For many local musicians, remembering the sheer joy of playing music with friends and a chance to play for the community led Wisdom to bring back the jam sessions.

“We have had a lot of people ask if we were going to do it again, so back by popular demand, we are going to try it again," Wisdom said. “We have a lot of bluegrass people in the area as well as country and folk musicians. This is a chance to get musicians together and maybe get some people who aren’t musicians a place to come to listen to some really good music.”

Wisdom added the acoustic jams will feature mostly country and bluegrass music played acoustically.

“At the acoustic jams, it is literally acoustic only. There is no plugging in,” Wisdom said. “It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a professional, come join us. Our only requirement is you bring your own equipment.”

In addition, Music Makers will also be celebrating a musical genre prevalent to Missouri with a monthly Blues Jam. Starting this Saturday and held on the second Saturday of each month from 2-4 p.m., the music store will come alive to some old-fashion, bone-chilling, emotion-building, down-home blues. Whether you enjoy the sounds of BB King and Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters or Bessie Smith, Music Makers Blues Jams will remind you what the blues is all about.

During the Blues Jams, musicians must still bring their own equipment, but they can plug in during these sessions.

Both the Acoustic Jam and the Blues Jam are free to the public and area musicians are encouraged to stop by and join in.

“This is not just a Farmington thing,” Wisdom said. “This is for anyone in the surrounding area. We use to have people from all over join us, and I hope we do again. It’s just a great opportunity for people to get together and enjoy music.”

For more information, contact Music Makers and Academy at 756-3514 or reach them on their website at musicmakersfarmingtonmo.com and take a moment to like their Facebook page.

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