January Ice Jam bluegrass festival slated for Days Inn
January 1, 2013
This year’s January Ice Jam once again will bring people of all ages together to enjoy the beat of bluegrass music on Jan. 11 and 12 at the Days Inn on Route 8 in Butler. In its 16th year of existence, the Jam allows listeners, new musicians and veteran players to come together for one common cause; to enjoy the camaraderie and friendship of all who attend and to attract new participants, spreading the fever of bluegrass music. With more than 2,000 people in attendance yearly, the Jam offers listeners and musicians the perfect venue. Holiday Hall hosts the stage area, where more than 500 chairs will accommodate an appreciative audience. Bands are abundant and play music into all hours of the night, trying to catch up on lost jamming time that winter months do not allow. The hotel has a full service restaurant and the facility is smoke-free. Admission is free to the public. The Ice Jam originated 15 years ago as a way of bringing hundreds of “Bluegrassers” together during the winter months. Typically, festivals are held during the summer months in the outdoors where campers, campfires, bluegrass instruments and sleepless nights can occur just about every weekend. This wintertime tradition continues to bring families and friends to the Butler Days Inn for good wholesome fun. As many as 32 different bands will donate their time and talent at the Ice Jam playing traditional, contemporary and gospel bluegrass music. Many even donate professionally recorded CD’s of their own bands to raffle off during the festival. Monetary donations are also accepted throughout the weekend with the proceeds benefiting the Bluegrass Relief Fund in support of Bluegrass music. The Ice Jam officially begins when the first band takes the stage at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11. The stage is again alive with music at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Bands play for 30 minute sets up until midnight both nights. For more information, including a listing of local bluegrass festivals, a listing of bands who have performed and a photo gallery of past events and much more, visit www.januaryicejam.com.