The January Ice Jam is a FREE family friendly event held annually in Butler, PA. Whether you are a beginner, a seasoned musician, or simply a great pair of ears, why not stop by to see what all of the fuss is about?
It is hard to believe that nineteen years have gone by since the inception of the Jam! Coming together for all of those years has provided bluegrass music lovers the opportunity to get together and celebrate the music that we are so passionate about. Within the music we have found a community of friends who, over the years, have become more like family. An indoor event, the Ice Jam is capable of attracting thousands of fans creating the perfect atmosphere for musicians and listeners alike. Newcomers are welcomed with open arms by this wonderful group!
The Butler Days Inn is our venue host providing sleeping rooms, jamming rooms, food (for purchase), and a huge hall where numerous bands supply our listening audience the opportunity to be entertained by a new group every half hour. Over the two day event, up to 32 bands can take the stage engaging the audience with traditional, contemporary and gospel bluegrass music. The Ice Jam attracts bands from all over the tri- state area, bringing them together to form what is considered to be one of the area’s finest showcases of bluegrass talent.
All proceeds from the event are donated to charity, which, according to some, is the reason behind the event's popularity. Donations are accepted throughout the weekend and are used to support bluegrass programming at WYEP, a listener supported radio station, and the Bluegrass Relief Fund, Inc. The Bluegrass Relief Fund provides monetary support to local bluegrass friends in need, as well as a boost of emotional support from the bluegrass community.
The Bluegrass Relief Fund, Inc. is a 501c3 charity. Please contribute to this very worthwhile cause anytime during the weekend by placing donations in the jars and boxes provided, or give directly to:
The Bluegrass Relief Fund, Inc. 113 Annie Lane Zelienople, PA 16063
Your tax-deductible donation is greatly appreciated!
The Ice Jam staff is proud of their efforts, is honored to be a part of this popular event, and is pleased to be able to help so many in need. If you would like to become a part of our volunteer staff, or if you know of someone who is in need of our help, please contact us.