Pretty Shaky String Band

An old-time jam in East Lansing, Michigan.

Pretty Shaky String Band

Next Wednesday, March 29, 2023, the Shakys will not be able to meet at Peoples Church. Instead we will be meeting at the Bath Community Center, 5959 Park Lake Rd, Bath, MI 48808 at 7:30. This is a later start that our usual time because a Zumba class at the Community Center runs until 7:30. The Community Center is located on Park Lake Rd not too far south of the Webster Rd. exit off I-69. This change is necessitated because of an event at Peoples Church on Wednesday evening that will be held in the basement social hall where we normally meet. We will be meeting back at Peoples Church at the normal starting time the next Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
The Shakys meet at Peoples Church  in East Lansing, MI starting at 7:00 p.m.If the weather is good, we will meet outside, bring your own chairs and drinks, masks are optional outside.
If the weather is not good, we will meet downstairs in the social hall.
The church building closes at 9:30 so if we are meeting indoors we will have to be out by then. If we are meeting outdoors, then a bathroom in the church will not be available after the building closes.


The Pretty Shaky String Band is an open jam session that mostly plays old time music (from Appalachia, the Midwest, and specifically Michigan) every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Peoples Church in downtown East Lansing, Michigan.

The Pretty Shaky String Band is an East Lansing institution. The Shakies have been meeting each Wednesday night for over forty five years. Many of Michigan’s finest folk musicians are Shaky alumni. Primarily an old time folk music jam, the Shakies also perform at various farmer’s markets and events in the area.

The Shakies are a friendly and laid back group. Musicians of all levels are welcome. We follow a round robin format, so everyone gets a chance to pick tunes. Originally strictly an old-timey session, we also embrace some Celtic and French-Canadian influence. If you are looking for an old time music jam in Mid-Michigan, players and listeners are always welcome!

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If you’d like to join us but don’t know how to play an instrument, MSU’s Community Music School offers lessons and classes geared toward adult beginners. Click here for more details, or email us.

Wednesdays, 7:30 – 10:00ish pm

The basement of The Peoples Church
200 W Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823
*There’s free parking at the church, accessible from Grand River Ave

2016 Pretty Shaky String Band Reunion