Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association


Welcome to the official web site of the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA), a 501c3 nonprofit, volunteer-based organization serving Minnesota and the Midwest. Our mission is to preserve and promote bluegrass and old-time string band music in Minnesota.

Our activities include four annual festivals, plus numerous concerts, dances, jam sessions, workshops, and educational programs. Our events and programs keep people who love to play and listen to traditional acoustic music busy all year around throughout the state of Minnesota. Check out our calendar of events for a full list of what is coming up. We encourage you to become a member of MBOTMA and welcome you at all of our events!

Coming Up Soon

MBOTMA's Cabin Fever Festival will be Friday-Sunday April 15-17, 2016, at a new location - the Radisson Harborview Hotel (505 W Superior St) in Duluth MN. Actually, it will be held at three locations, all within a block of downtown Duluth. It's a weekend long cabin fever reliever event including stage shows, draw bands, open stage, workshops, and jam sessions around the clock. And, new this year, nightly old-time dances. We're joining forces with Tamarack Dance Association to bring you dances both Friday and Saturday night at the Avalon Educational Institute. There will also be a Saturday dinner show at the Incline Station. Plus all the regular fun at the Radisson Hotel.

Featuring: Art Stevenson & Highwater, The Woodpicks, The Bootlickers, O'Neill Family Band, Border Stone, Fish Heads, Def Lester, Biscuit Boys, Riverside Bog Stompers, Timbre Junction, and more TBA. Plan ahead using the full schedule of activities. Order tickets online or by phone. Check out the volunteer schedule and help us out. 

Breaking News (this is not an April Fool’s joke): Due to a recent group cancellation at the Radisson Hotel, there are now lodging rooms once again available for MBOTMA’s Cabin Fever Festival in Duluth on April 15-17. They are now holding 20 rooms just for us for both Fri and Sat nights at the special Cabin Fever Festival rate of $119. And if we fill those fast we can get more too. But they will only hold them until April 8th so don’t delay. Call the national reservation line at 800-333-3333 and give them promo code CFBFES. You can also use the code online at www.radisson.com. Or call the hotel directly at 218-727-8981.



Friday through Sunday, June 3-5, 2016, Richmond MN: The Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff

An outdoor festival held every year the weekend after Memorial Day at El Rancho Manana near Richmond, MN, featuring leading regional bluegrass, old-time and related acoustic MBOTMA member bands, plus workshops, jam with the bands, the gathering place, jam sessions, and more.

Thursday through Sunday, August 11-14, 2016: Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival

Held annually at El Rancho Manana the second weekend in August, this festival features four days and nights of music on multple stages, great national and regional bands, workshops and showcases. Nominated as IBMA Event of the Year in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2014!


Past Events

Friday-Sunday, March 4-6, 2016, Minneapolis MN: The Winter Bluegrass Weekend: A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel in Plymouth (3131 Campus Dr, I-494 & Hwy 55). Some fifty groups will be performing bluegrass, old-time stringband, and related forms of acoustic music on several stages, including Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass for the Saturday Night Headline Concert and The Sunny Mountain Serenaders in the Dance Hall. TheShowcase Schedule is now posted. Plus workshops, dances, instrument exhibitors, and jam sessions around the clock. For more information call 1-800-635-3037 or visit MinnesotaBluegrass.org. To book lodging contact the Crowne Plaza at 763-559-6600 of the nearby Residence Inn at 763-577-1600. Ask for the special Minnesota Bluegrass Festival rate.

Thank you to our sponsors in Moose Lake who help to make the 2016 Minnesota Bluegrass Community Concert possible:  Art's Cafe,  First National Bank of Moose Lake, Farmers Union Insurance, Fjosne Construction, Lazy Moose Grille, Peggy Sue's Café, Woodlands National Bank, and T&R Treasures.