Community Jams – New Ways To Connect

Support the arts, sing at First Fridays tonight

Come sing and support the arts with us at “live karaoke” at First Fridays tonight. This event is hosted by our neighboring artists at East Creative Collective at our building at 211 SE Madison Street Studio. Some of our musicians will be backing singers with familiar songs at the Community Jams studio from 6-8pm while artists showcase their work in and around our building. Join us to sing and browse the art!

Join us on Discord for messaging and events!

Community Jams is now using Discord as a way to communicate quickly and easily about issues around our live music experiences. Please use this link to get started, downloading the free app on your computer and phone:

General guidelines for using the current channels:
Browse the announcements channel “#-events” inside Discord for all event information
Use the text channel “#-general” inside Discord for exchanging general CJ messages
Use the jams channel “#-Seasoned Sessions” inside Discord for exchanging messages for Seasoned Sessions meetups only
Use Direct messages within Discord to communicate with musicians privately about issues

CJ Open Access Time every other Mon/Wed

Discuss any and all topics involving music and Community Jams at our studio during Office Hours every other Monday (Feb 13) at 5pm and every other Wednesday (Feb 8) at 6pm. Questions about charts? Finding a key? What jam fits your time and interests? What instrument to play? Music Director and jam leader Rob “Bodhi” Wolff will be available for all types of questions or concerns from both newcomers and experienced musicians. Don’t be shy, and please RSVP

Greeters at the studio

Greeters at the studio will be watching for arrivals at the door at jams and offering assistance to interested musicians arriving at our Madison Street studio. Greeters will be wearing a bright vest and carrying a flashlight. Greeters will also offer the option to escort and assist with gear on departure. Let us know if you can be part of our Greeter Squad at any jam! Send us an email to

Glam jamming encouraged Wednesdays and Saturdays

We’re spicing up our Wednesday and Saturday Social Jams by encouraging glamming up for some of our meetups. Glamming is always optional at any jam, but especially welcome on Wednesdays and Saturdays as we emphasize getting playful and relaxed! Come and hear the difference! RSVP

Jams for all levels

Join us for jams open to ALL singers, players, and abilities, all located at our Madison Studio at 211 SE Madison Street in Portland. Our Wednesday jam is aimed at beginners. Mask up and visit on the days that work best for you, and we’ll adjust the jam theme to the group’s interests. Here are the open jam times:

Saturdays (Social/Glam Jam) – 2-4pm – RSVP
Saturdays (Collaboration for Experienced Regulars) – 5-7pm every other week – RSVP
Mondays – 6pm, – RSVP
Wednesdays (Explorer/Glam Jam) – 7pm – RSVP
Thursdays – 7pm – RSVP

To view a list of our beginner jam-friendly songs, please visit the Community Jams website and click on Songs > Beginner Jam Song List, or click here:

Themed sessions

Improvise on Mondays

Create melodic riffs and improvise free from charts and planning as we make it music on the spot. If you know chords on your instrument and can follow basic rhythm, improv creates memorable blends while stretching musical wings alongside others!
Improv Jam 8-10pm, Madison Street Studio, 211 SE Madison St Portland
RSVP on the calendar

Back-to-basics on Wednesdays

If you are new to making music live with others, then the Explorer Wednesday jam is the perfect place to answer basic questions about what and how to play together. Also learn the basics of reading our easy song charts in the bsteele Music App library with over 1500 songs to sing and play! 7-9:30pm, Madison Street Studio, 211 SE Madison St Portland
RSVP on the calendar

Collaboration on Saturdays

Familiar, seasoned players are invited to collaborate on song projects for Saturdays at the studio. Singers and instrumentalists need to work together ahead of time to select songs from the library and prepare their parts for a unique blend of focused teamwork!
5-7pm every other week, Madison Street Studio, 211 SE Madison St Portland
RSVP on the calendar

Community Jams Studio location:
(inside East Creative Collective building)
211 SE Madison St – Suite 23
Portland, OR 97214
Exterior doors are kept locked, so please ring the door chime at the Madison Street entrance so we can let you in. 
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Most of all, join us to play and share music, reach out to others in the community with music, and always have fun!