TOIVOLA - Despite a change in format, the 17th annual Agate Beach Music Jamboree still promises the same entertainment that draws hundreds to the beach every year.
Taking place from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7 at Agate Beach, the jamboree is open to any musicians who wish to play and, for the first time, the music does not have to be of the acoustic variety. Starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 6, musicians may register for half-hour time slots for the Saturday and Sunday shows.
"We want anybody and everybody to get up and sing," organizer Pat Hayrynen, who puts on the jamboree with her husband Rick, said. "They can have electric instruments, an electric drum kit ... anything electric they can play."
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From left, Raino Taskila, Blanche Raudio and Dave Raudio play during the 2009 Agate Beach Acoustic Jamboree. The jamboree has dropped the acoustic from its name, but still offers 16 hours of music over two days.
True to the spirit of the jamboree, Hayrynen said, several genres are encouraged, from bluegrass and modern country to classic country and classic rock. However, she discourages anything in the vein of rap or heavy metal.
A sound system and microphones will be provided for all artists who opt to perform. Hayrynen said while some of the same artists end up playing every year, there are always some newcomers, and that goes for audience members as well.
"(The jamboree) has spread from all over the place," she said. "We get some of the same people, but we've also gotten people from Tennessee, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas, and one year someone even came from Sydney, Australia."
In addition to the music, the Agate Beach Music Jamboree will offer a concession stand all weekend. Buttons will also be sold for a suggested donation of a few dollars that goes right back to organization of the jamboree, Hayrynen said.
"(The donation) is for 16 hours of music, and that money is only used for expenses," she said.
The community feeling is also a reason why people flock to the jamboree, with people coming together to enjoy similar kinds of music.
"It's just something we want for the musicians to get together and play," Hayrynen said. "You make friends from year to year."
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, as there is limited seating available. For more information, call Hayrynen at 288-3377.