Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association


The Winter Bluegrass Weekend:
A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance
Friday-Sunday, March 4-5-6, 2016

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN


Last year 2,339 people enjoyed the festivities at the Winter Bluegrass Weekend: A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance. This year we expect more of the same - fun, fun, fun! This three day indoor event will be packed with band showcases, headline concerts, dances, workshops, instrument exhibitors, other activities, and plenty of around the clock informal jam sessions. It will all take place in a comfortable, indoor setting, and of course we will need your help to make it all happen. Get your tickets now! 


The core event of the Winter Bluegrass Weekend is the Showcase of Bands. More than forty groups will perform on two stages all three days. Showtimes are 7:00 PM to Midnight on Friday, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. You'll find a list of groups and detailed stage schedules within these pages.

The highlight of the Winter Bluegrass Weekend is the Saturday Night Headline Concert. Due to limited seating, these concerts are ticketed separately from all other Winter Bluegrass Weekend events, and are expected to sell out. So get your tickets early and reserve your spot now.

If you're a fan of acoustic music, particularly bluegrass, and you haven't heard of fiddler Becky Buller,
there's a good chance you've heard some of her songs. Becky's compositions have been recorded by Ricky
Skaggs (“Music To My Ears”), Rhonda Vincent ("Fishers of Men"), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver ("Be Living"),
Josh Williams ("You Love Me Today"), and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out ("My Angeline" and "Rest My
Weary Feet.").
Becky grew up in a very musical southern Minnesota family. The Bullers had a band called Prairie Grass
with Gordy and Roxy Shultz for many years. Becky studied classical violin with both Patti Tryhus and
Charles Gray and was in the Mankato Area Youth Symphony and even the Minnesota All-State Orchestra
throughout high school. But her heart was always that of a fiddler.

The Old-Time Music & Dance Hall will be a busy place with square dances, honky tonk, clogging, and additional band showcases on Friday from 7PM to 11PM and on Saturday from 11AM to 11PM. Many of the dances are taught and called by professional callers. And there are dance instruction workshops too. 

In addition to all the stage shows and dances there will be 3 rooms of instrument exhibitors, two rooms of workshops, the "Spotlight On" presentation, a Sunday morning gospel show, the jams and kids' activities in the Gathering Place, and jam sessions around the clock and throughout the hotel. 

Behind the scenes at the Winter Bluegrass Weekend will be the Grass Seeds Music Academy. This is a three day music camp for serious pickers and singers ages 8 to 18 (or so). Pre-registration is required and space is limited. These lucky kids can expect to learn jamming etiquette, ensemble playing, how to play back-up and take a lead break, how to sing lead and harmony, and more. On Sunday they perform a recital on the auditorium stage. They work hard but have fun too.


To make the weekend a reality we will need to fill 140 volunteer shifts with many volunteers like you - people willing to do their part to make it happen. Would you be able to help us out for just a couple hours? Volunteers get preferential seating at the Saturday Night Headline Concerts. Pick your time and task on our volunteer page and email us your name for the schedule.

The Winter Bluegrass Weekend is held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West (formerly known as the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center) in Plymouth, on the western outskirts of Minneapolis. Great weather for jamming is guaranteed - as long as you stay inside! Call early for hotel reservations and ask for the Minnesota Bluegrass event rate at the Crowne Plaza (763-559-6600), Residence Inn (763-577-1600), or Ramada Plymouth Hotel (formerly Best Western Kelly Inn) at 763-553-1600.

Admission to the Winter Bluegrass Weekend is available on a daily basis at the door or with a discounted weekend admission ticket available in advance. Admission for the headline concerts is a separate ticket and can be purchased individually or as part of the discounted Bluegrass Lovers Package (includes weekend festival admission and one headline concert ticket) or the Bluegrass Extremists Package (includes weekend festival admission plus a ticket to both headline concerts). Tickets for teens are generally half price and kids age 12 and under are free except for the headline concerts. Prices, details, and advance tickets can be purchased on the Winter Bluegrass Weekend ticket page or by calling 800-635-3037.

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