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Minnesota Americana-Roots Music Contests
Friday & Saturday,
September 1 & 2, 2017
West End Market Stage,
Minnesota State Fair
In 2017, the Minnesota Americana-Roots Music Contests at the Minnesota State Fair will feature a duet contest and a band competition! Both contests are limited to acoustic groups playing Americana "Roots" music, including bluegrass, old-time, newgrass, and related music. Professional musicians will judge the duos and bands on material selection and arrangement, instrumental and vocal performance, stage presence, and entertainment value. Please come out to support our musicians!
The Harvest Jam - Acoustic Music Experience
November 17-19, 2017
The Harvest Jam is the highlight of the fall festival season! Scores of pickers and grinners pack into the Minneapolis Marriott West Hotel for a weekend gala of musical performances, entertainment, and jamming. Highlights this year include a concert by an international touring band, The Malina Brothers from the Czech Republic. Plus, a banquet dinner, the Race for a Place Band Contest, and band development workshops. Tickets will go on sale in October.
Winter Bluegrass Weekend
March 2-4, 2018
The Winter Bluegrass Weekend: A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance is 3 incredible days packed with band showcases, headline concerts, dances, workshops, instrument exhibitors, and plenty of around the clock informal jam sessions. It all takes place in a comfortable, indoor setting at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, MN.
Cabin Fever Festival
Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff
Founded in 1975, Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA) now has approximately 1000 members and 100 member bands. A non-profit organization, MBOTMA presents five festivals each year as well as a variety of jam sessions and other special events. Join MBOTMA to become part of this wonderful group of people and help us continue to bring our music to the Upper Midwest!