DC-Area Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamming

Come Jam With Us!

Imagine spending four hours on a Sunday afternoon just fiddling, picking, and singing with people who share your love of bluegrass and old-time music.

The Capital Area Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association, CABOMA, brings you those afternoons.

We normally gather 2 p.m.–6 p.m. on each second and fourth Sunday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia, 4444 Arlington Boulevard, 22204. Because of COVID, we have been unable to use the church since March 2020. But we do plan to return to indoor jamming there in November. Watch this space for details.

The next CABOMA jam will be Sunday, Oct. 24, on the church grounds and  coincide with a church festival. Show up as early as 12:15 p.m. You might need to use the overflow parking at Arlington Centennial Glebe Masonic Lodge at 1 South George Mason Drive, 22204, across the street from the church, or at Arlington Hall West Park, 290 S. Taylor Street, 22204 (across from the National Guard Bureau on 111 South George Mason).

Musicians of all levels from beginner to accomplished amateur to pro come to CABOMA jams. They play the classics, including ones you may not have known of before, new tunes, and new takes on old ones, in a range of styles. The church gives us enough rooms to break up into smaller groups so you can focus on bluegrass or old-time music, and mingle.

Beginners, there’s always a slow jam for you during the first hour. It’s led by experienced teachers and by musicians who know what it’s like to take that first step toward playing around others.

A nonprofit, we have been dedicated since 1978 to promoting and preserving bluegrass and old-time music—music that has a unique and special history in the Washington–Baltimore corridor just as it does along the Crooked Road of Southwest Virginia.

If you want to know more about the music, come and listen. If you already play, come to our jams. We hope you have a good time and decide to join for more bluegrass and old-time jamming.

Dues cover rent and insurance, treats for our spring picnic and December party, and some costs of occasional workshops.