2018 Market Square Jam with host band Jim Lloyd and Friends
Venue: Market Square Park, Blacksburg
Organizations: Jim Lloyd, Town of Blacksburg
Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Event Types: Music
Cost: Free
The Town of Blacksburg continues the 2018 Market Square Jam with host band Jim Lloyd and Friends on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Market Square Park in downtown Blacksburg, VA.

Catering to traditional old time music, the Market Square Jam brings regional musicians together to pick a tune, enjoy fun times with their friends and family, and take in all that downtown Blacksburg has to offer.

Raised in the coalfields of western Virginia, Jim Lloyd now makes his home in Rural Retreat, Va., where he operates Lloyd’s Barber Shop, a local gathering spot for collecting and trading tunes, stories, and songs. His musical roots extend back through at least four generations of fiddlers, guitar players, dancers, and singers from the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. Jim is known especially for his skills on guitar and banjo.

Jim was not only a consummate musician spreading old time music with his guitar, but also a radio DJ on WBRF radio at Galax and hosted a live band show called “Blue Ridge Backroads” for a year. He then moved to The William King Arts Center and hosted an NPR show “Living Traditions” for three years on 50 stations across the nation. It was through Jim’s show, “Living Traditions”, that he worked with Matthew Saunders and Polly King Ewell and became one of the first musicians to perform on the internet.

Jim is an excellent instrumentalist whose work has been documented by the Smithsonian Institute as representative of Southwest Virginia mountain music and story-telling. While accomplished on many instruments, he is known especially for his skills on guitar (finger picking style) and banjo (claw hammer and two-finger styles). Jim shares his heritage not only by performing, but as a teacher to many local students ranging from ages 6 to 70 on basically anything with strings, particularly guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle.

Jim has performed at many regional shows as well as West Virginia’s Mountain Stage, Seedtime on the Cumberland (Appalshop), Birthplace of Country Music Alliance and the Minnesota Old-Time and Bluegrass Festival, just to name a few. Jim has two solo recording projects but can be found on numerous recordings by other fellow musicians.

He currently is a member of the The Elkville String Band, but also plays regularly with Mountain Fling, which plays parlor music often associated with the Carter Family and other early mid-20th century artists. He regularly backs up his friend, Carl Johnson at the IBMA and other locations. He also performs solo and with makeup bands consisting of former students and friends. Whether he is solo or with a band, attending one of Jim’s performances is a real treat has he shares the music and stories that he has collected from life in the mountains. Jim has been nominated for a National Heritage Fellowship Award for his contributions to the preservation of the music and stories of Appalachia.



This Market Square Jam is also part of the 2018 Mountains of Music Homecoming.

Market Square Jams are led by a host band. Host bands are just what they seem, a group of musicians committed to leading the jam on a particular evening. Host bands are given a stipend of $175 and are welcome to take additional donations from the crowd. The key is hospitality. In partnership with the town, the host band is responsible for creating a welcoming and inviting atmosphere for all participants and attendees. Hosts are encouraged to interact with the crowd and share stories that would further awareness of this long-standing tradition.

Blacksburg’s Market Square Jam is an official Crooked Road affiliated venue that provides fun and entertainment on Wednesday evenings from 8:00-10:00 pm, June through September.

If you’re a musician or just interested in learning, come on out to the Jam and play with the best. Or, if you’re just looking for a place to kick back on a Wednesday night, bring a chair or a blanket and join us at the park.

Note: Minimal bench seating is available in the park. Musicians and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs.

In the event of minor inclement weather, the Market Square Jam will go on as usual. However, should the weather be significantly disruptive, the host band may decide whether or not they wish to host that evening. Musicians are always welcome to play under the shelter and are encouraged to come out and jam, even in the absence of a host.

To view the event flyer, visit: https://i.imgur.com/667HBTM.jpg.

For more information, visit: http://www.blacksburg.gov/departments/departments-a-k/community-relations/market-square-jam.
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