Waretown, New Jersey
They’ve been pickin’ and grinnin’ at the Albert Music Hall since the 1970s. The place is part of Piney legend, and acoustic music plays every Saturday night, when musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments for the jams at the front porch and in the “Pickin’ Shed.”
The weekly sessions started in the ’50s, at a deep-woods deer cabin owned by brothers Joe and George Albert, who would invite other musicians to play and sing with them until the wee hours. After George died, the not-for-profit Pinelands Cultural Society moved the Saturday events to their current space to keep the camaraderie and spirit of the Albert brothers’ jams alive. Over the years, they’ve added larger buildings, and even drew some big names like Pete Seeger, who turned up twice for fundraisers, in 1976 and 1980.