The Ashland Blues Society will turn down the volume from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at The Grass Shack Cafe, 205 Fern Valley Road, Phoenix. Steel guitarist Pete Herzog will host the jam — the first of the ABS’ acoustic, informal jams. Herzog’s style is Delta blues with a Northwest influence, and he’s chosen to represent ABS as a solo blues artist early next year at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. See www.ashlandblues.org for information. Admission to the jam is free.