Prepare to get into that deep-wood, back country, feel good rhythm; the Clarion River Jam Bluegrass Festival is here! Hosted by United Way of Clarion County, Clarion River Jam hosts a caravan of local and regional bluegrass talent in a procession of near constant music over a weekend schedule stuffed to the brim with nearly 100 artists. The event is held annually since 2010 and, while relatively new, it is quickly becoming a regional staple; drawing increasingly larger crowds from far and abroad. So shake free the tired winter rust and welcome spring with a weekend of free family entertainment and top-notch music playing.
The Clarion River Jam runs for one and a half days, during which a melee of nearly three dozen local and regional bluegrass artists take the stage. Performers play 30 minute sets, while the intense lineup runs back-to-back. Just for the heck of it, musicians are prone to impromptu jam sessions throughout the venue. In fact visitors are encouraged to join in the fun; so be sure to bring your instrument if you got it. There is never a moment when the scratchy draw of a fiddle or twangy pluck of a banjo is not wafting through the event halls.
In addition to all the great music at Clarion River Jam, onsite vendors are selling everything from CDs and musical instruments, to a wide assortment of music related wares. Not to be missed is the official Clarion River Jam cookie table, offering over a hundred dozen homemade, locally baked cookies by donation. Also be sure to buy your ticket for any of the fantastic raffles with prizes donated from local businesses. Proceeds from both the raffles and the cookie table benefit United Way of Clarion County.
Admission and parking is free. Performances run late into the evening both Friday and Saturday. Guests who are interested in staying the entire time are encouraged to book a room at the hosting hotel – Park In by Radisson.