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Jake Hoffman & Kafari (Ahmad Hassam Muhammad)


Jake Hoffman and Kafari (Ahmad Hassam Muhammad) will perform old-time music with Jake on  clawhammer banjo and Ahmad playing the bones.  This is a kid-friendly show! Ahmad will bring additional bones for kids to try out and play along.

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Jake and Ahmad welcome other musicians to join them on the porch.

More on Jake Hoffman - Jake is schooled in traditional music and his specialties are old-time, bluegrass, country, folk and rock n roll.  He sings and plays banjo, guitar, upright bass and ukulele.  Jake studied clawhammer banjo with Bruce Molsky and graduated from Vassar College in Cultural Geography with a minor in Music.  His first touring band, The Powder Kegs, won a 2007 talent contest live on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.  He has toured nationally and internationally with Tumbling Bones, a vocal-centric folk band combining old-time, bluegrass and rock n roll.  They were chosen as U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors to perform and teach in Eastern Europe in 2014 & 2015.  He grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and has been living in Portland, Maine since 2009. 

He loves to square dance and swing dance, and he leads old-time jams in the Portland area.  He’s a sucker for scratchy field recordings, and he still wants to learn to play the fiddle and piano.



Earlier Event: August 11
Bluegrass with Cass & Grace Gilbert
Later Event: August 25
The Flukes