Pickin’ In The Park

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - October 10, 2008
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It’s been five years since the first Pickin’ In The Park jam session, and the music keeps on comin’.

For those unfamiliar with the unplugged music gathering, head over to Kapiolani Park next week Saturday (Oct. 18) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for an up-close look at what all the fuss is all about. Everyone is invited to this traditional bluegrass outing, where all unplugged traditional instruments and their music are welcome. Everything from acoustic bluegrass, newgrass, mountain, roots, traditional country, Hawaiian, Americana, folk, Western, Celtic and Irish music will be played. So basically just bring your instrument and jam along - and, of course, listeners are welcome, too.

Here are some helpful tips: Bring your lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, perhaps a picnic lunch, don’t forget to bring your instrument(s) if you pick, and be prepared for some really exciting and spontaneous pickin’ fun.

And for those planning on playing, here are a few more tips: Keep in tune, keep in time, blend in don’t barge in, learn by imitating; if the group asks for a song suggestion, consider the kinds of songs and style it’s been playing, and try to keep your suggestions within the same genre. And lastly: Remember that everyone is there to have fun, so please be kind and friendly to your fellow pickers.

The upcoming jam session at Kapiolani Park is in Area No. 4 next to the tennis courts along Kalakaua Avenue.

Bluegrass Hawaii is a traditional and bluegrass music society dedicated to connecting fans and musicians all over the Hawaiian Islands, and supporting events and concerts which help promote and perpetuate bluegrass and traditional music. For more information on Bluegrass Hawaii, Pickin’ In The Park or other community events, visit www.bluegrasshawaii.com.

The first Pickin’ In The Park jam session was held at Thomas Square in May 2003 and drew music lovers from all over Oahu, including many amateur and professional musicians. Since, Bluegrass Hawaii’s mailing list has grown to nearly 750 people all over the world.

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