Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association

WELCOME

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


Saturday January 23, 2016, 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Spring Lake Park MN: MBOTMA’s 2016 Fundraiser 12to12 Party, Kraus Hartig VFW Post (8100 Pleasant View Dr). We're calling it JedFest! in celebration of Jed Malischke’s 29 years of service with MBOTMA. The event features Pushing Chain, Alternate Route, The Middle Spunk Creek Boys, Seldom Herd Bluegrass Band, Ivory Bridge, Switched At Birth, The Platte Valley Boys, The Nobodys, Jumping Jo & The Catie Cats, Mark Kreitzer Band, Cousin Dad, JedFest, and more TBA. Plus an old-time dance, workshops, theme jams, uke jam, silent auction, raffles, and lots of jam sessions. Suggested admission donation of $10 with all proceeds to benefit the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA). Food and beverage available. 

NEW! Leave a message or a memory for Jed on our comment page!


There will be another Minnesota Bluegrass Community Concert double header with two fine Minnesota groups on Saturday February 13, 2016, starting at 7:00 PM in Moose Lake MN. The High 48s and The Eelpout Stringers will team up for an evening concert at Holy Angels Catholic Church (60 Hartman Dr).  Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show, $5 for teens, and free for kids age 12 and under. Tickets are on sale now!

Thank you to our sponsors in Moose Lake who help to make it possible: Art's Cafe,  Como Oil & PropaneFirst National Bank of Moose Lake, Farmers Union Insurance, Fjosne Construction, Lazy Moose Grille, Peggy Sue's Café, Woodlands National Bank, and T&R Treasures.


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. A tentative Showcase 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. Advance tickets are on sale now!


Friday-Sunday April 15-17 2016, Duluth MN: Cabin Fever Festival, New Location! Radisson Harborview Hotel (505 W Superior St). A weekend long cabin fever reliever event including stage shows, draw bands, open stage, workshops, and jam sessions around the clock. Weekend tickets are $29 in advance ($26 for members). Day of show $15 Friday and $20 Saturday Teens half price and kids are free. For more information call 1-800-635-3037 or visit MinnesotaBluegrass.org. For lodging contact the Radisson Hotel at 218-727-8981 and ask for the special Cabin Fever Bluegrass Festival rate. Presented by theMinnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA).


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

Get ready for the Harvest Jam Acoustic Music ExperienceIt will be Friday through Sunday, November 20-22 at the Marriott Minneapolis West Hotel (9960 Wayzata Blvd) in St Louis Park. This 10th annual event will feature Ballroom Concerts on Friday and Saturday night, as well as a gospel show on Sunday morning. We are excited that 2014 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year FLATT LONESOME will be our headline act and will also do a Sunday morning gospel set!

Plus the Race For A Place Band Contest on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, the Saturday Banquet Dinner (get the best seats for the evening concert), Kip's Live Open Mic in Kip's Irish Pub throughout the weekend, band development workshopsmusical exhibitorstheme jams, and lots of jam sessions. Check out the entire schedule, get your tickets, and then volunteer to help out. And don't forget to book lodging (you won't want to leave) at the Marriott at 952-544-4400 and ask for the special Minnesota Bluegrass rate.


The Minnesota Bluegrass Duet Championships took place at the Minnesota State Fair on Friday and Saturday of Labor Day weekend (Sep 4 & 5). Friday was the Vocal Duet Championships, and Saturday's was the Instrumental Duet Championships. 

 Please be sure to thank our sponsors. The winners of this year's event are:

Vocal Duets

1) Lincoln Potter/Scott Stebbins

2) Boyd Blomberg/Adam Moe

3) Sherri Leyda/Chuck Leyda

4) Ben Miller/Karl Wahoske

5) Abby LeGare/Renata Solum

Instrumental Duets
1) Kyle Baker/Dan Caton
2) Mark Hoornbeek/John Runge
Vocal Duets
1) Lincoln Potter/Scott Stebbins
2) Boyd Blomberg/Adam Moe
3) Sherri Leyda/Chuck Leyda
4) Ben Miller/Karl Wahoske
5) Abby LeGare/Renata Solum
Instrumental Duets
1) Kyle Baker/Dan Caton
2) Mark Hoornbeek/John Runge
Vocal Duets
1) Lincoln Potter/Scott Stebbins
2) Boyd Blomberg/Adam Moe
3) Sherri Leyda/Chuck Leyda
4) Ben Miller/Karl Wahoske
5) Abby LeGare/Renata Solum
Instrumental Duets
1) Kyle Baker/Dan Caton
2) Mark Hoornbeek/John Runge
3) Chad Guerero/Sarah YorkVocal Duets
1) Lincoln Potter/Scott Stebbins
2) Boyd Blomberg/Adam Moe
3) Sherri Leyda/Chuck Leyda
4) Ben Miller/Karl Wahoske
5) Abby LeGare/Renata Solum
 
Instrumental Duets
1) Kyle Baker/Dan Caton
2) Mark Hoornbeek/John Runge
3) Chad Guerero/Sarah York
Vocal Duets
1) Lincoln Potter/Scott Stebbins
2) Boyd Blomberg/Adam Moe
3) Sherri Leyda/Chuck Leyda
4) Ben Miller/Karl Wahoske
5) Abby LeGare/Renata Solum
 
Instrumental Duets
1) Kyle Baker/Dan Caton
2) Mark Hoornbeek/John Runge
3) Chad Guerero/Sarah York

Wow! What a great year for the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival on August 6-9 at El Rancho Manana near Richmond. This was one of those things for your “great-nearby-places-to-go-and-things-to-do list,” There were over 30 hours of concerts on the Main Stage by national and regional bands, including a Hot Rize Reunion, the IBMA Vocal Group and Entertainers of the Year Balsam RangeThe Jump Steady BoysThe Bucking MulesRed MollyEddie & Martha Adcock with Tom GrayThe Wild Goose Chase Cloggers and many more.

Plus over 30 hours of hands-on workshops (instrumental, jamming, songwriting, harmony-singing, etc.), old-time dances with live bands (plus callers & instruction!), specialty showcases, and morning yoga in the Showcase Tentover 20 hours of activities for kids, including contests, crafts, games, and special stage shows in the Family Areamore alternative action at The Underground,Gathering PlaceMarketplace, and Ranch House Live.

Hot News! The 2014 Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival  was nominated (for the fifth time!) as Event Of The Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville.


The Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff was May 29-31, 2015 at El Rancho Manana near Richmond. This three-day outdoor music and camping festival featured a Main Stage with The Roe Family Singers, Pushing Chain, The Long Shots, The Moss Piglets, The Split-Shot Sinkers, No Grass Limit, Mother Banjo, Timbre Junction, Bob & Lynn Dixon, Singleton Street, The Sawtooth Brothers, No Man's Stringband, Pickin' Up Steam, The Froemming Family, Platte Valley Boys, The Mark Kreitzer Band, Purdy River Band, Curtis & Loretta, Crooked Grass, and Blue Groove. Plus there were workshopsjam-with-the-bandThe Gathering Place,Ranch House Live, and more.

PLUS! In 2015 the Kickoff was held in conjunction with the Great Minnesota Uke Gathering. This is a Minnesota ukulele weekend celebration and a get together for all ukulele players (or want-to-be players) with workshops, jams, sing-alongs, food, camping, something for all skill levels and lots of free uke related giveaways! Two festivals! One ticket! One location! One great weekend!