May 23, 2019

Enjoy free music at SIU’s Student Center

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Check out some free, live musical performances at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Center.

Bluegrass Jams are held monthly at the Student Center’s Roman Room and the next one takes place Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Mark Stoffel and friends will perform a variety of bluegrass selections.

Sessions each month

The Bluegrass Jams are held once a month midday at the Student Center. Typically, they happen the last Friday of the month, although May’s event is sooner.

More live sessions

The Bluegrass Jams are part of the “Student Center Live Sessions,” which feature a variety of ways to enjoy music, whether by performing or listening.  Volunteer musicians perform at various times and places in the Student Center throughout the year.

During the spring semester, audiences enjoyed piano concerts featuring jazz, improvisation, classical and original tunes performed by:

  • Nathaniel Jordan, a junior plant biology – molecular and biochemical physiology major from Rockford.
  • Danae Price, a sophomore music theory – composition major from Carbondale.
  • Prem Rana, a freshman computer science/digital media major from Bolingbrook.

Volunteer performers wanted

Additional volunteers are welcomed for the informal performances. Pianos are located in Art Alley, on the second floor next to the International Lounge, and on the first floor on the landing between the south end escalators.

In addition to students, organizers invite faculty, staff, alumni and community members to share their music. Do you play something other than the piano? You’re welcomed as a performer, too. Just sign up and bring whatever instrument you can play.

When the pianos aren’t in use for the mini-concerts, anyone is free to sit down and plunk out a tune or two.

The concert schedules and additional information can be found on the Live Sessions webpage. Or, email for more information or to sign up as a performer.