Events in May 2024

  • PCDC FREE Community Jam Session

    PCDC FREE Community Jam Session

    Thu May 9, 2024

    Leader: TBA

    Time: 7-9pm

    Location: TBA (email

    No cost to participants! All instruments, all levels welcome!

    Once per quarter we'll gather for a community jam session.  Tunes will be played by ear from the common contra dance repertoire.  For recordings of tunes taught at past 2nd Thursday Tune Teaching sessions, see:

    PCDC Sessions (

    If you are interested in learning more tunes by ear, the Contra Tune Teaching Sessions are FREE and meet the 2nd Thursday of the month.  Tunes are taught by George Penk or Betsy Branch, alternating between SW and SE Portland.  The focus is on developing a common repertoire to play by ear at 5th Saturday Open Band and at community jam sessions. The repeated monthly schedule through Spring is:

    ||: George | Betsy | jam :||

    For more information and to get on the email announcement list:

    Contact organizer
  • PCDC 3rd Monday Free Contra Slow Jam

    PCDC 3rd Monday Free Contra Slow Jam

    Mon May 20, 2024


    PCDC sponsors a contra slow jam on the 1st and 3rd Mondays from 7-9 PM in the community room at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211.

    The events are free and open to all acoustic musicians, whether you play by dots or by ear.

    The contra jam plays tunes from the Portland Collection and the waltz books edited by Bill Matthiesen.

    If you don’t have the books, we’re happy to share. Come make music with us!!

    Questions:  Email Kathy Story, PCDC President


    McMenamins Kennedy School
    5736 NE 33rd Ave
    Portland, Oregon 97211