Saturday, February 2, 2019

“ICE JAM” – A One-Day Bluegrass Acoustic String Camp

Join the Iowa Theatre Artists Company for a one-day bluegrass camp that will include two work sessions followed by an old-time jam. This one-day camp is for acoustic string musicians at the beginning and intermediate skill levels.

Cost is $65 for students, but the afternoon jam session is FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

Enrollment is limited, so sign up now!

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8:30 am: Check-in
9 – 11:15 am: First class session
11:15 – 1pm: Lunch and practice time
1 pm – 3:15 pm: Second class session
3:30 – 6 pm: An old-time bluegrass jam will be open to participating students as well as members of the public. Free admission.

TO REGISTER: Call ITAC at 319-622-3222 or Meg at 319-622-6479, or Email

VENUE: Die Heimat’s Next Door Event Center, 4434 V St, Homestead, Iowa. (See Google Map below.)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: Ice Jam’s instructors are returning for a fourth year and include…

Marc Janssen, of Iowa City, 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 Brandi Janssen. The Janssens also 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

Paul Roberts, of Sharon Center, has been involved in bluegrass performance since 1978, playing banjo, bass, and guitar. He is also a singer-songwriter and has performed with two of Eastern Iowa’s professional theatrical groups: the Iowa Theatre Artists Company and The Old Creamery Theatre Company. Paul has fans among bluegrass lovers throughout the state of Iowa and beyond. His unusual sense of humor shines through in his lyrics and onstage improvisation. He has been teaching students to play banjo, guitar, bass guitar, and the big bass fiddle for more than 12 years, including at the Strawberry Jam Camp. Paul plays banjo with his wife in the Great Bluegrass Herons and also performs with the McPunk Brothers, Goin’ Up Caney, Banjoy Band, and his church band Sharon Praise.

Location: Die Heimat’s Next Door Event Center, 4430 V St., Homestead, Iowa, in the Amana Colonies!