Open Jam Sessions

Connect with other musicians all over the region at these local picking sessions.

These sessions happen in community centers, restaurants, and just about anywhere groups of musicians can fit. We suggest that you confirm a jam session will take place as scheduled before making plans to attend.

To submit a jam, visit our Open Jam Submission Form.

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What: “2017 Rocky Top Pickin’ Party” (acoustic bluegrass)

When: Friday, September 29, 6 -10 p.m.

Where: Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Ave., Knoxville, TN 37915

Cost: Adults: $5 in advance, $10 at door. Kids are free.

Contact: Lauren Kataja,

More info: . Join Keep Knoxville Beautiful for a unique musical event: the Rocky Top Pickin’ Party. The night will feature the musical talents of Kelsey’s Woods at the historic Mabry-Hazen House, just one mile east of downtown Knoxville. This family-friendly and waste-free fundraiser for KKB is unlike any other in Knoxville; in between sets, pickers of all levels will form break out pickin’ parties around the grounds. Bring an instrument to join the sessions and receive a free beer/beverage. Food trucks will be on-site, and beer and beverages will be available. Come join KKB for a relaxing fall evening of music, pickin’, food, and friends. All proceeds benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s programs.


What: “Old Time & Traditional Jam”

When: Sundays 2-5 p.m.

Where: Lenoir Museum, 2121 Norris Freeway, Norris, TN 37828 (865-494-9688,

Cost: Free

Contact: Russ Rickard (865-426-9374)

More info: Acoustic only, mostly old time, classic country, bluegrass, and traditional music

What: “Slow Celtic Jam”
When: 1st Sundays 4:30 p.m.
Where: Boyd’s Jig & Reel, 101 S. Central St., Knoxville, TN 37902
Cost: Free
Contact: Boyd’s Jig & Reel (865-247-7066,

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What: “Cora Veal Monday Night Jam” (“old time, hymns, and any tune the group wants to work on”)

When: Mondays 6-8 p.m.

Where: Cora Veal Senior Center, 144 College St., Madisonville, TN 37354

Cost: Free

Contact: Richard Sanabia (423-536-8447,

More info: “Autoharps, mandolins, guitars, and mountain dulcimers, beginners welcome” – see

What: “Townsend Old Time Jam”

When: Mondays 6:30-9 p.m.

Where: Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer Shop, 7645 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend, TN 37882 (865-448-6647,

Cost: Free

Contact: Jerry Mitchell (865-607-8680,

More info: “We play mountain music, folk music, Irish music, Scottish music. Instrumentation: mountain dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, guitars, mandolin, bass fiddle, banjos, banjammer, fiddles, concertino (squeeze box), tin whistle, recorder, bodhran (Irish frame-drum).”

What: “Blues Jam”

When: Tuesdays 8:30-11 p.m.

Where: Roger’s Place, 8817 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923

Cost: Free

Contact: Roger’s Place (865-693-9180,

More info: electric instruments – and see

What: “Brackins Blues Acoustic Jam”

When: Final Tuesday each month, 9 p.m.

Where: Brackins Blues Club, 112 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN 37804

Cost: Free

Contact: Brackins Blues Club (865-983-9800,,

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What: “Bradbury Community Bluegrass Pick N Grinnin”

When: Tuesdays 6-10 p.m., and third Saturday (stage show + jam) 7 p.m. until whenever

Where: Bradbury Community Center, near 3343 Buttermilk Rd., Kingston, TN 37763 (Directions: Take I-40, Buttermilk Rd Exit # 360. Head to the north side of I-40 on Buttermilk Road and the Community Center is two tenths of a mile on the left.)

Cost: Tuesdays $1, Saturdays $2

Contact: Gary Johnston (865-406-3404 or 865-717-1073), or Pam May, Roane County Visitors Bureau (865-376-4201 or 800-FUN-IN-TN,,

More info: no alcohol or smoking – see also , , and

What: “Old Time Jam”

When: Tuesdays 7:15 p.m. (hosted by Sarah Pirkle)

Where: Boyd’s Jig & Reel, 101 S. Central St., Knoxville, TN 37902

Cost: Free

Contact: Boyd’s Jig & Reel (865-247-7066,

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What: “Bellevue Bluegrass Jam” (americana, bluegrass, old-time)

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Greater Nashville UU Congregation, 374 Hicks Rd., Nashville, TN 37221 (615-673-7699,

Cost: Free

Contact: Dave (615-202-9088)

More info: acoustic; see also

What: “Brackins Blues Jam”

When: Wednesdays 8 p.m.

Where: Brackins Blues Club, 112 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN 37804

Cost: Free

Contact: Brackins Blues Club (865-983-9800,,

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What: “Open Mic/Open Jam” (all types of music)

When: Wednesdays 7-9 p.m.

Where: Irish Pub & Sports Grill, 1720 West Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37801 (865-724-1300,,

Cost: Free

Contact: Lauren Joseph (865-622-0752,

More info: acoustic instruments

What: “Time Warp Tea Room Old Time Jam”
When: Wednesdays (except holidays) 7-9 p.m.

Where: Time Warp Tea Room, 1209 N. Central St., Knoxville, TN 37917 (865-524-1155, and

Cost: Free

Contact: David Creed (865-274-1853,

More info: “Regular speed old-time/fiddle jam every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays; slower speed on 2nd Wednesdays; musicians encouraged to bring favorite songs on 4th Wednesdays – email David Creed to get weekly reminders” – and see

What: “Irish Session”

When: 1st and 3rd Thursdays 7:15 p.m.

Where: Boyd’s Jig & Reel, 101 S. Central St., Knoxville, TN 37902

Cost: Free

Contact: Boyd’s Jig & Reel (865-247-7066,

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What: “Scottish Session”

When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays 7:15 p.m.

Where: Boyd’s Jig & Reel, 101 S. Central St., Knoxville, TN 37902

Cost: Free

Contact: Boyd’s Jig & Reel (865-247-7066,

More info: and

What: “Open Jam” (acoustic bluegrass, country, gospel, folk, oldies)

When: Last Thursday of every month, 6-9:30 p.m.

Where: DAV Tri-County #26, 530 Kingston Ave., Oliver Springs, TN 37840 (865-435-1717)

Cost: Free

Contact: Dale (

More info: “Family-friendly open jam session. We have been jamming since 2012. Everybody is invited.”

What: “SongFarmers of Tellico Plains” (old time, folk, country, gospel) 

When: 1st Fridays, set-up/tune-up/socializing 5 p.m., workshop 5:30 p.m., jam 6-9 p.m.

Where: Tellico Plains Community Center, 132 Bank St., Tellico Plains, TN 37385

Cost: Free

Contact: Perry Brake (

More info: Acoustic instruments only – and see

What: “Fine Arts Connection School Jam Night” (classical, folk, rock, pop, Christian, original)

When: “2nd Fridays, 7p.m. until ?

Where: Fine Arts Connection, 1922 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville, TN 37804 (, (865-977-7284)

Cost: Free

Contact: Mary Gamboa (210-249-1426) or Diane Manzoni (865-207-5195)

More info: Both acoustic and electric; drumset, keys, piano, bass amp, and PA are provided. Bring your own guitar/bass!

What: “Rocky Branch Bluegrass” 

When: Every Friday, 6 p.m. “until the last picker leaves”

Where: Rocky Branch Community Club, 4632 Rocky Branch Rd., Walland, TN 37886

Cost: Free (but donations accepted to maintain the facility)

Contact: Rocky Branch Community Club (865-738-3732,

More info: Acoustic instruments only – and see

What: “Porch Picking” (acoustic bluegrass, country, gospel)

When: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (outside on the porch if weather permits, otherwise downstairs in the studio)

Where: Trade Center, 1721 S. Cumberland St., Morristown, TN 37813 ( and

Cost: Free

Contact: Tommy “Hillbilly” Smith (423-587-3277,

More info: “Bring your instrument and join in for the fun.”

What: “Snow Hill Bluegrass Jamboree” (stage show and jam sessions)

When: First Saturdays (except December), jamming starts at 4 p.m., stage show 6-11 p.m.

Where: Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department Training Center (formerly the Snow Hill Elementary School), 9100 Snow Hill Rd., Ooltewah, TN 37363

Cost: Free (but donations and food proceeds go to the Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department and to help needy families at Christmas time)

Contact: Ronnie Nichols (423-344-3213,

More info: Acoustic instruments only, other than electric bass – and see and

What: “Mountain Jam” (mostly old-time)

When: TBD (5-6 times a year)

Where: TBD

Cost: Free

Contact: David Creed (865-274-1853,

More info: Acoustic instruments only – and see (sign up with Meetup for access to Mountain Jam web pages and announcements of meetings)

What: “Song Farmers of Knox County” (Inclusive friendly acoustic jam for listeners, singers and players, mostly medium tempo bluegrass, old-time, and traditional singing songs for all levels.  
We also provide free song sheets and song structure and jam information, and free try-outs on instruments for beginners.)
When: TBD (5-6 times a year), usually Friday evenings 6-8 p.m., or later, if in a home.
Where: TBD, in a park or home.
Cost: Free
Contact: Bill Whitacre (407-963-1000,

More info: Acoustic instruments only – and see and (free sign up with for access to SongFarmers of Knox County and announcements of meetings and preview who RSVP’s to come.

What: “Full Moon Jam” (bluegrass) – The Pigeon Forge home, shop, and music barn of Jack Hatfield (host of the “Full Moon Jams”) were destroyed by wildfire November 28, 2016. To make a donation to help Jack start over, see

When: Every full moon (more or less – sometimes the closest Saturday – please confirm before attending), 6 p.m. until whenever – depends on weather (there will probably be a jam if it is above 30 degrees).

Where: 10027 W. Emory Road, Knoxville, TN 37931

Cost: Free (but non-musicians are asked to bring a dish to share; everybody bring your own drinks)

Contact: Jack Hatfield, Hatfield Music (865-428-8744,,

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