Truckee Bluegrass Jam welcomes all pickers

Dave Zimmerman

Every Sunday at 6 p.m., pickers of all shapes and sizes arrive at Alibi Ale Works in Truckee with guitars, banjos, fiddles and mandolins in hand to play a style of music developed in 1940s Appalachia.

Each bluegrass instrument fills a place in the overall sound of the group. Some are higher pitched, some lower, some playing on the first and third beats, some on the second and fourth, some playing sustained notes over the top and some playing quick, repetitive notes to add drive. It’s a sound that no one player can get by themselves in their living room. But when it comes together, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Under the welcoming guidance of jam host Dave Zimmerman, the Truckee Bluegrass Jam seeks to create a supportive community where anyone from a beginner player to a seasoned tunesmith can enjoy a night of collaborating with local and visiting musicians to play some traditional (and not-so-traditional) music. This community jam was founded by Tahoe Guide writer Sean McAlindin in 2017. | fb.com/groups/truckeejam