West Center jam session open to players

       Aspiring musicians can get a taste of performing during an interactive jam session/workshop Saturday, June 20 in the multipurpose room at the West Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       From 3 to 5 p.m., Mark Acord and core members of his local band, the Channel Cats, will “set an environment for people to sit in and be successful,” said Carrie Goodman, who helped organize the event. “It will help people get past their nerves and learn how to play with other musicians.”
       Anybody can join who wants to. There is no charge. A PA system will be provided. People just need to bring their own instruments (singers are also welcome) and “plug in and play,” said Goodman, who six years ago helped found the Pikes Peak Blues Community (PPBC), which is helping sponsor the event.
       The goal is to continue the workshop/jam session on the third Saturday of each month into the fall, she said, then assess how it's working out.
       Acord, a bass and trumpet player, has run previous such clinics around Colorado Springs, including some five years ago at the former Rice Music on South Eighth Street.
       Restarting the program at the West Center is largely due to its location in a Westside neighborhood. “The thinking is that kids over there can walk to the center,” Goodman said. And, there seem to be “more artisans and people who appreciate the arts on the Westside. Our concerts (the PPBC's Paint the Town Blue each summer in Bancroft Park) are always well attended over there.”
       E.D. Rucker, the center director, said that the center's providing a venue for the jam session is “part of our community effort… It's a great opportunity for young musicians.”
       Recently relocated to the former Buena Vista School site, West's multipurpose room is in the property's westernmost building, just off 17th Street. For more information, call 385-7920.

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