Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Jam Camp for Adults is an excellent opportunity for intermediate level pickers to take a big step forward in their bluegrass understanding and pickin’ proficiency. Built on the idea that playing with and for other musicians is a powerful tool for learning, campers are afforded supported opportunities to study and practice the foundations of bluegrass music on their guitars, fiddles, banjos, basses and mandolins. The camp uses a quick-paced variety of different teaching styles and formats including large group instruction, small like-instrument workshops, one-on-one lessons and a band scramble that is gently coached by each of the staff members. In the small group ensembles, campers learn to play in balance, build solos, sing harmony and perform in front of a single microphone. The camp is recommended for intermediate level adult musicians who enjoy playing bluegrass music with other folks.
Registration - $225 before 2/28; $250 after
Class sizes are limited. Registration will maintain a balance of instruments so that total registrants have a relatively equal number of each of the bluegrass “voices.” Guitar and mandolin spots fill earliest. Camper check-in will take place at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, June 2 (time subject to change upon finalization of daily schedule). Everyone must check in at that time.
Campers must bring their own instruments to the camp. Instruction provided in guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass and banjo. Although Dobro players are welcome, there is unfortunately no teacher for that particular instrument at the camp.
Finders and Youngberg, the FY5 is your host band and instructors for the camp. Mike Finders is a singer/songwriter, guitar picker and professional educator. He’s been teaching guitar lessons for most of his adult life, and bluegrass jam classes for the last four years. Erin Youngberg has played stand-up bluegrass bass since she was 9 years old, and is a veteran lesson teacher and jam camp instructor. Her husband, Aaron Youngberg is a professional banjo and pedal steel player, guitar and banjo instructor, and recording engineer. He’ll be teaching banjo. Ryan Drickey is a Rockygrass fiddle champion, old-time, jazz and classical player who’s session and sideman work is in high demand from New York to Seattle. Rich Zimmerman on mandolin has been a private instructor as well as band leader for the popular regional band Slipstream.
All five members of the band and jam camp staff are not only knowledgeable and experienced bluegrass players, but, more importantly, they are patient and skilled instructors with the humor and grace it takes to help adults have fun and move forward in their pickin’.
Campers may arrive on Reservoir Hill on Monday, June 2 from 3 to 8 PM or anytime after 8:30 AM Tuesday, June 3
If you are NOT staying for the Pagosa Folk 'N Bluegrass festival, you must leave Reservoir Hill immediately after the camp concert.
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There are two steps to signing up for Jam Camp, the online payment portion AND the registration form. The links to both are below. Completing only one of the steps will not hold your spot. If you would like to print and mail your registration with a check you may do so (address on form), but your place in camp is not secured until the check clears. If you have any questions, please call the number below.
In conjunction with the children’s camp, Jam Campers will be performing with their ensembles for the campers, staff and other audience members on the festival stage at approximately 4:30 on Thursday, June 4.
Camping and Lodging
You’ll find lots of lodging options at www.visitpagosasprings.com -- from cozy cabins to luxurious vacation homes and everything in between. Camping on site is included with your camp tuition, along with a pass for one vehicle on Reservoir Hill. A $25 camp fee applies to additional people over the age of 12 who are camping with you during the week. Meals are not provided, so plan to bring your own provisions or take a quick walk or drive to downtown Pagosa Springs.
The campground will open for Jam Campers at 3:00 PM on Monday, June 1. If you are staying for the Pagosa Folk 'N Bluegrass festival and camping on site, you may stay on Reservoir Hill in the designated Jam Camp area on Thursday night. You must have your festival tickets in hand; tickets may be purchased at the festival RV throughout the week until 3:00 PM on Thursday, June 4. You may not move to a different area until after 11:00 AM on Friday, June 5, after the festival campground opens to the public.
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