Lisa Higgins, director of the Missouri Folk Arts Program in Columbia, and one of her colleagues at the University of Missouri, a breast cancer survivor, conceived the "random act" idea after a fun, old-time music jam on the University Quadrangle in 2010.
Higgins and her friend determined to produce another jam in 2011, but this time, to raise money to fight, or "pick on," breast cancer. Higgins began organizing the Columbia event and contacted a few friends around the state to encourage them to organize their own "random jams."
"The response to my call was quick and affirmative," Higgins said. "Music jams are also in the works for Springfield, St. Joseph, and St. Louis. The idea might go viral. We're all asking random musicians to show up for round robins of acoustic sounds. It's a very casual, just-for-fun event that might do some good for someone."
Juggbutt's owner Jerry Hackworth and local folklorist and organizer Rachel Luster have crafted the Oregon County event to raise donations for a fund at the Oregon County Health Department.
The fund offers assistance to local women who do not qualify for the state's funded program because they are too young (ages 18-45). The money will also be used to help low-income women who do qualify for state-funded treatments, but also need additional assistance for out-of-pocket expenses like travel.
Everyone is welcome at "Bluegrass for Boobies." No donations are too small (or too large). Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments to join the jam and cause.