• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Live music jam returns to Pleasanton Library

Updated: Nov 28

Taylor Burns, center, a senior at Jayhawk-Linn High School, plays a song while Charlie Leonard, left, and Morgan Brown accompany her at the Pleasanton Library jam in October. (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

The Pleasanton Library monthly jam sessions are back after more than an 18-month hiatus. On the first Thursday of each month beginning at 5 p.m., live music fans across the area will have the opportunity to perform, listen to and even sing along with musicians.

The monthly event is held in the main room of the library at 752 Main in Pleasanton. There is no charge to attend.

Live music fans in Linn County until early spring 2020 had the opportunity to get their fix at three of the libraries in the county. Pleasanton, Mound City and La Cygne libraries all had monthly jam sessions.

On an appointed night every month, those libraries would host jam sessions where people could gather and perform, sing along or just watch.

Each library hosted a different week, and some musicians would attend two or three jams each month. The musicians ranged in skill from professional performers to amateurs who could strum a few chords.

The instruments, though mostly acoustic guitar, ranged from mandolins to drums to fiddles. And the genres of the songs that were played included country, folk, rock, gospel and even an Irish ballad or two.

Then the COVID pandemic hit, and unsure of how to proceed as concerns about the pandemic rose, those jam sessions were put on hold.

The La Cygne Library's jam had already dwindled down to a few participants. The Mound City Library's board was already questioning the arrangement that hired a couple of musicians from Fort Scott to host its monthly jam.

This summer, however, as people learned to better manage with COVID, Pleasanton librarian Wendy Morlan decided to restart that library's monthly jam, and the first one was held in August.

The jam session typically has eight or more musicians, and each takes turns performing a song or playing a tune.

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