Ashland Blues Society jams at Howiee's

Left to right: Drummer Michael Ruiz, guitarist David Pinsky, harmonica player Mark Howard, bassist Bill Fischer and lead guitarist Robert Ogle are the Ashland Blues Society Band.Photo courtesy of Bill Gates

Ashland Blues Society will host its open jams the first and third Tuesdays of every month starting March 19 at Howiee's on Front, 16 N. Front St., Medford. Howiee's touts a new performance space with dance floor, portable stage and PA system with enough power to raise the roof with live music.

The Ashland Blues Society Band — lead guitarist Robert Ogle, guitarist and vocalist David Pinsky, bassist Bill Fischer, harmonica player Mark Howard and drummer Tom Freeman — will play the first set, then open the stage to musicians who would like to sit in.

Blues jams no longer will be at Roscoe's BBQ, a popular venue with the Rogue Valley's rock and blues fans. Roscoe's closed Feb. 17 after co-owner Will Moore was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

Members of the blues society hope their new home for regular jams will draw more musicians and fans from surrounding areas.

Howiee's offers a variety of live music on weekends.

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