Blues musicians jam at The Bridge on Monday nights

Thursday, May 10, 2012 | 2:00 p.m. CDT; updated 11:50 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 10, 2012

COLUMBIA — Seasoned blues veterans and novice performers bring their amps and instruments to The Bridge for a weekly blues jam every Monday night.

After an opening set by the established host band, the performers play musical chairs with the awaiting jammers, taking turns sitting in for a song or two on vocals or their respective instrument.

The performers play traditional blues songs rooted in the three-chord progressions that provide a firm rhythmic foundation for the improvising soloist maneuvering within the key. Although the jams are unrehearsed, everyone on stage speaks the language of the blues.

“Your heart swells when everybody melds in the rhythm of what’s going on,” Dave Summers, a harp player and frequent attendee, said. “There no feeling like it, when everyone’s tight, in the groove.”

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