For the last eight years, the Blue Moon Saloon has hosted a weekly Cajun jam on Wednesday nights. Owner Mark Falgout says through the years the jam has become quite loose, and he's looking to add a few new elements to it to rein it back in. "I'm not trying to dictate it," he says. "I'm just trying to improve it and make a little bit better."
Beginning next week, before each jam, a local musician will be on hand to offer free group lessons. Tomorrow evening, April 16th at 7 p.m., fiddler Mitch Reed will be the first instructor. The next instructor will be Steve Riley on April 30. (There's no jam on the 23, the week of Festival International). After the 45-minute lessons, the instructor will kick off that night's jam. In addition, there will be free red beans and rice on hand from Broussard's Cajun Cooking. Beginning May 7, Falgout says he will add dance instructors to the Wednesday night mix.