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  ICE JAM
   
Saturday, February 4, 2017; 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Iowa Theatre Artists Company

The Iowa Theatre Artists Company (ITAC) of Amana is sponsoring the second annual “Ice Jam,” a one-day camp for area bluegrass musicians that will include two work sessions followed by an old-time jam open to the public on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Instructors will be Marc Janssen of Iowa City and Paul Roberts of Sharon Center. This one-day camp is directed toward acoustic string musicians that are in the beginning and intermediate skill levels and will be held at a new location, “Next Door – Die Heimat” in the village of Homestead in the Amana Colonies.

The Saturday schedule will begin with a check-in at 8:30 am followed by a class session from 9 am to 11 am. There will be a two-hour practice/lunch period with a second class offered from 1 pm – 3 pm. An old-time bluegrass jam for all musicians will be open to the participating students and area musicians who would like to join on from 3:30 pm until 6 pm. The jam will be open for anyone interested in watching and listening.

Marc Janssen performs and teaches fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and banjo. Marc is an active member of the Iowa City traditional music scene, performing regularly in an old-time duo with his wife as Marc & Brandi Janssen. The Janssens lead the honky-tonk country band, The Slow Draws, and the bluegrass quartet, Goin' Up Caney. They also provide the rhythm section for the 1920s-style jazz band, Dandelion Stompers, and they are active on the barn dance scene with various old-time bands. When not performing or teaching, Marc operates a violin shop in his Iowa City home. You can check out Marc at theprairiefiddle.com.

Paul Roberts has been playing bluegrass music since 1978. He plays banjo, bass and guitar, and is a singer-songwriter. He has done a great deal of performing with two of Eastern Iowa's theatrical groups, Iowa Theatre Artists Company and The Old Creamery Theatre. Paul has fans among bluegrass lovers throughout the state of Iowa and beyond. His unusual sense of humor shines through in many of his songs and onstage comments. He has been teaching students to play banjo, guitar, bass guitar, and the big bass fiddle for more than 12 years and teaches at the Strawberry Jam Camp. Paul plays banjo with his wife in the Great Bluegrass Herons, the McPunk Brothers and Goin Up Caney. He also plays bass in the Banjoy Band, and electric guitar in his church band Sharon Praise.

Cost for the one-day camp is $60. For more information and enrollment, please contact ITAC: (319) 622-3222 or email: itac@southslope.net. Students may also phone Meg Merckens: (319) 622-6479. Enrollment is limited.


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WHEN
Sat, Feb. 4; 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
WHERE
4709 220th Trail
Amana, IA 52203 4709 220th Trail
COST
Enrollment Fee: $60
CATEGORY
Music
PHONE
(319) 622-3222
EMAIL
itac@southslope.net
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