Takoma SPARK Bluegrass Jam

Thursdays bi-weekly, 7:00 – 9:00 PM EST

Cherry Blossom Special (Mari Carlson, Justin Heath, Nick Cameron, Gabby Cameron, and Sophie Chang) lead a bi-weekly bluegrass jam for high school students and adults looking to build their jamming chops. They will lead standard tunes from bluegrass repertoire and help you out if you get lost in the chords.

  • Jammers should know at least the basics of their instrument, so they can play along with the group.
  • Registration is required, and please note we have a maximum of 20 attendees.
  • We encourage you to arrive promptly at 7:00 to enjoy the full 2-hour session!

CHERRY BLOSSOM SPECIAL – Drawing from the rich history of Washington D.C.’s acoustic music sphere, the folk quintet’s compositions and arrangements seek to go beyond storytelling. Rather, the group uses their vibrant music to examine the complex spectrum that blends tradition and innovation, begging the question, what do the stories we tell say about ourselves? 

Award-winning vocalist and mandolinist, Nick Cameron, brings technical proficiency that allows them to pen sharp and forward thinking arrangements. Banjoist and lyricist, Gabby Cameron, pulls songwriting inspiration from her ethnomusicological scholarship, having been named the 2022 IBMA Neil Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar for her groundbreaking research in Jewish bluegrass music. Cellist, Sophie Chang, brings rhythmic vitality through her experience as a versatile contra dance musician. Enhancing the group’s genre ambiguity, Mari Carlson’s playing styles range from traditional Swedish fiddle to keen jazz violin. Guitarist, Justin Heath, offers the group a mellow and intuitive tone, bridging his harmonic insight from jazz and tango with bluegrass flatpicking.


7112 Willow Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Takoma SPARK will be SMT’s new home base starting in November.

All private lessons, group classes & workshops, and jams will occur at SPARK. And we are already cooking up some new events to host in our large event space, including open mics and a performance series! Stay tuned!


Need an instrument? Check out available instruments to rent from the House of Musical Traditions.


We are following the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for health and safety. Students are encouraged to wash hands upon arrival.

Cherry Blossom Special Online Tip Jar

  • VENMO: @cherryblossomspecialdc
  • PAYPAL: cherryblossomspecialdc@gmail.com

Free to attend, but registration is required.

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