Bluegrass jammers have a treat in store April 27 as the Oolenoy Friday night jam session convenes at historic Hagood Mill, site of the April 28 POSAM Memorial Music Festival.
This year’s festival, for the first time, features free on-site camping—and for bluegrass musicians, that means jamming! So for this one night, the long-standing Oolenoy get-together will take place at Hagood Mill on U.S. 178 north of Pickens rather than at the Oolenoy Community Center on S.C. 135 near Pumpkintown.
A tent and generator will be located near the camping area at Hagood Mill, courtesy of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. The jam session will start about 7 p.m.
The festival, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, has something for everyone who loves bluegrass and old-time music—including top regional bands, jam sessions, workshops, youth competitions and a hot licks competition.
Advance tickets are still available and it’s not too late to register for a camping spot. Details can be found on the web at www.YAMupstate.org.
The family event is a benefit for the Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program, which teaches traditional Southern Appalachian music to elementary and middle school students. Both the festival and the YAM program are sponsored by Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music (POSAM), a nonprofit charitable organization.
Tickets are $12 in advance for 17 and over, $15 at the gate. Children 16 and under are free with a paid adult.
Bands that will perform during the day include Last Road, West End String Band, Timberline Bluegrass Band, Martin Beckman and Friends, 4 Mule Pile-up, Sweet Potato Pie Kids and the YAM school bands.