Paseo fans get some jam on their arts

A bluegrass jam session broke out in the afternoon heat Sunday at Paseo Arts Festival, giving festival goers a chance to duck under a tree and listen. It's a sight that's not unfamiliar at the festival, now in its 34th year.

BY VALLERY BROWN Modified: May 31, 2010 at 9:18 am •  Published: May 31, 2010
A bluegrass jam session broke out in the afternoon heat Sunday at the Paseo Arts Festival, giving festival goers a chance to duck under a tree and listen.

Bare feet kept time as one man plucked out a tune on a white banjo. An acoustic bass and guitar rounded out the strings section as another band member scratched on a washboard and one clanged spoons against his thigh.

It's a sight that's not unfamiliar at the festival, now in its 34th year. Known for its free-spirited patrons and abundance of Oklahoma-based artists, the three-day event is so popular the nearby neighborhoods burst with parked cars.

Free shuttles from Christian Church at NW 36th and Walker were used for the first time to help alleviate traffic congestion.

Arsea Hampton, 23, the spoon player for the bluegrass group, recently moved to the state. His friends and fellow band members are traveling from Michigan to California and decided to make a stop in Oklahoma.

"It just kind of all came together,” said 19-year-old Adam Amos, another member of the band.