Invitational Jams Around The Area Offer Fun For Players & Listeners

The Taco Jam

The Taco Jam

The Invitational Jam — a cross between an informal jam session and a formal performance — has taken root around the Northern California area. An invitational jam brings an advertised set of top bluegrass players together for a jam that entertains both the musicians and the audience.

Here are three well-established such jams in Oakland, San Francisco & Santa Cruz:


Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam
Mondays, 8:00-10:00pm
Baja Taqueria
4070 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

Lulu Carpenter's

Lulu Carpenter's

Tom Lucas pioneered the invitational jam concept at this taqueria, where the Monday music has been rolling for over a decade.


The Java Invitational Bluegrass Jam
Wednesdays, 8:00-10:00pm
Lulu Carpenter’s On Pacific
1545 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

Steve Rosen recently moved his invitational jam from The Coffee Cat in Scott’s Valley to downtown Santa Cruz.


lucky-horseshoe-sign-nightLucky Horseshoe Invitational Jam
Many Sundays, 8:00-10:00pm
The Lucky Horseshoe Bar
453 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco

Bluegrass musician Eric Embry brings bluegrass bands to his cozy Bernal Heights establishment some Sunday evenings. On other Sundays, the invitational jam entertains.

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