Andrea Bowie loves to listen to her father, Mike Yoakos, as he plays music nightly in his home. It occurred to Andrea that others might enjoy listening to live music, playing along or dancing. As she pondered the possibilities, Andrea chose to act on her idea and organize a local Jam Night in Valier’s Civic Center. It’s something she hopes to see happen on a regular basis.
“Once we start getting a few more people interested and showing up for Jam Night, we would like to have Jam Night at least twice a month,” explained Bowie. Attendance has been small at the first two jam sessions, which will held on Dec. 10 and Dec. 31, but Andrea is hoping for a better turnout at the upcoming jam session on Jan. 14.
“We will be there at least once a month whether people show up or not. I just want everyone to know they are more than welcome to join in. It is a safe place, drug and alcohol free. Children under 10 need to be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older,” she explained.
Yoakos brings his equipment to share, which includes a bass guitar, acoustic guitar, microphones, violin, and a drum pad. People are also encouraged to bring their own instruments.
One of the goals behind Jam Night is to encourage youngsters to gain an appreciation for music and perhaps learn some skills along the way. Valier doesn’t currently have a music program in the schools. Bowie thinks kids could benefit from these events. “It would be awesome if the elders could come together to help teach the children in the community how to play their instrument.”
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