Jam series to feature concerts March 4 and March 11

Western Carolina University’s “First Thursday” Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Session Series will continue Thursday, March 4, with a performance by the Frogtown Four, followed by a jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

The band will get the music started at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. Performers of old-time and bluegrass music are invited to bring their instruments and take part in a jam session that will follow the group’s performance.

Founded in 2001, the Frogtown Four currently includes five members, all of whom contribute to the group’s vocal performance – Will Putman, bass; Mark Queen, guitar; Peter Mosco, resonator guitar and banjo; Barry Clinton, mandolin; and John Duncan, fiddle. The Frogtown Four regularly performs at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day in September and at numerous other festivals and events around the region.

The month of March will include two jam series events at the Mountain Heritage Center. A second one featuring a performance by multi-instrumentalist Wayne Seymour will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11. That event was postponed from an earlier date as a result of inclement weather.

Other events in the 2009-10 series will be held on the first Thursdays of April and May. The lineup of performers includes Bruce Greene, Laura Boosinger and the Porch Music Club.

The concerts and jam sessions are free and open to everyone. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam sessions, and the events also are open to those who just want to listen.

The Mountain Heritage Center is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call the museum at 828-227-7129.