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Boston Music Scene - Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic Jams near Boston

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

Home of "Bluegrass Tuesdays" Lily P's took over after the long-standing Boston bluegrass hub "the Cantab" Lily P's not only hosts some of the greatest bands in the area, but there is also jamming in multiple locations past midnight. There are often beginner/intermediate guided jams before the 7PM show. Lily P's is now offering concerts on Saturdays as well. Check the schedule here before visiting and sign up for their email list if you are in the area often.

Here's a hallway jam at Lily P's


Weekly Irish Sessions, Bluegrass and Old Time Jams - check the schedule and sign up for their email list if you're in the area often.


"From the owners of The Burren, one of the most unique and thriving music venues in the Boston area, comes The Bebop. Situated at the intersection of Boylston and Mass Ave, next to the beating heart of music that is Berklee, The Bebop is primed to be a premiere destination for musicians and fans alike." - Read more

The bebop hosts live music every night and some jams on the weekend:

Saturdays - Gypsy Jazz jam 12pm - 3pm

Sundays - Bluegrass jam 12pm-3pm

Club Passim took over after the legendary Club 47 where Joan Baez got her start. It has been a "star making engine" since the 60s. It's also hosted bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Doc Watson. Make sure to also check out their bigger music festivals: Down Home Up Here Bluegrass Festival and Boston Celtic Music Festival

Bring an instrument Sunday afternoons (Usually 10 am) to various hosted Old-time, Celtic, and bluegrass jams.


Traditional Irish Sessions three days a week! Usually Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday


Bluegrass Jam Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm in the sanctuary

The Concord Open Bluegrass Jam is a weekly, community driven jam session that prides itself in being an open space for local musicians and music-lovers to socially engage and create music together.

Maxfield Anderson leads the group through vocal songs and instrumental tunes from a variety of musical traditions, including bluegrass, old time, classic country and western, blues, swing, and beyond. Musicians are encouraged—never required—to bring in songs to play with the group.

The Jam is open to acoustic musicians including voice, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, dobro, bass, cello, harmonica, etc. and at all levels, as well as community members who wish to listen and enjoy the beautiful sanctuary.


Boston Bluegrass Union KIDS’ JAMS

"Our monthly jams are open to all school-age kids, through high school, of all levels of experience. Kids receive group instruction as well as an opportunity to participate in a musical community. Some of our regulars are pretty good players — and they’re welcoming to newcomers, whether beginners or more experienced. The jams are hosted by the kids’ parents, and led by experienced, patient and professional educators.

There is no fee for the Kids Jam. The Jam is an outreach program of the Boston Bluegrass Union, and is supported by the BBU and your donations. Kids’jams will be held at:

NEW SCHOOL OF MUSIC, 25 Lowell St, Cambridge MA, (617-492-8105)

Please email for the locations or additional information or call 617-738-8198

Please join us!

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