Jake Hoffman

Jake Hoffman teaches guitar, ukulele, clawhammer banjo, and upright bass.

Jake Hoffman is 317 Main’s Partnership Program coordinator.

Jake is schooled in American traditional music and his specialties are old-time, bluegrass, country, folk and rock n roll. He manages 317 Main’s Partnership Program, which provides engaging music programming to Southern Maine schools and other community organizations like Boys & Girls Club. 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.