The John Simoneaux Memorial Jam site is dedicated to the late John Simoneaux, a graduate of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA from the Music School with a degree in Classical Guitar. John played in Blues bands playing electric blues from Muddy waters to Jimi Hendrix all across Louisiana, Austin, TX, Sweden and beyond.
The John Simoneaux Memorial Jam is an annual event held at the Sundown Tavern in Ruston, LA by his friends and bandmates and was started in 2000 and we used all the proceeds to create and fund the John Simoneaux Memorial Scholarship. The events organized by Ken Carter of Ruston, LA for the first 15 years along with John and Ken's circle of friends is hugely successful raising enough to fully endow the scholarship for the foreseeable future. The scholarship is for guitarists and is intended for undergraduates only. (No graduate program in music at Tech). One scholarship for an underclassman (preferably a freshman, but a sophomore is possible) and another for an upperclassman (junior/senior).
For the 16th annual jam held in March of 2015, Phillip B. Gilreath took up the HUGE task of organizing and running the jam and did a fantastic job! We look forward to the coming years under Philip's leadership as he is pulling a younger audience and making some small changes to the jam to keep it alive.
There is also a Facebook page devoted to John and the jam here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/SimoneauxJam/