Bluegrass Hawaii / What’s more entertaining than listening to a group of musicians jam at a park? From bluegrass and Celtic to Hawaiian and Americana, acoustic music of all genres coalesce at Pickin’ In The Park, a free event hosted by Bluegrass Hawaii. The next Pickin’ In The Park takes place 11am–4pm, March 21, at the Wahiawa Botanical Garden. Bluegrass Hawaii’s president and founder, Caroline Wright, welcomes players of all levels to bring their banjos, guitars, ‘ukuleles or any other acoustic instrument to the jam sessions. Spectators who want to clap their hands or tap their feet to whatever these musical meet-ups produce, are also welcome. As far as advice for first-time musicians who attend a jam session, Wright says, “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and remember to have fun!” Wright, a native of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, grew up surrounded by authentic bluegrass music, and wanted to bring her love for the genre to the Islands. The first Pickin’ In The Park in 2003 attracted more than 300 people and it continues to connect the community through an appreciation of acoustic music. Besides Pickin’ In The Park, Blugrass Hawaii organizes Pickin’ Weekend, which is a free weekend of camping and jamming. Visit [www.bluegrasshawaii.com] and join the mailing list to get the latest updates on upcoming events.
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