MINNESOTA BLUEGRASS & OLD-TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL
August 6-9 2015
El Rancho Mañana, Richmond, MN
Nominated IBMA Event of the Year 3 Times!
Welcome to the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival at El Rancho Mañana. This event is produced by the non-profit Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA), and has been nominated three times as Event of the Year (2005, 2007, 2010 & 2013) by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in Nashville. Have you seen this YouTube Video from 2013?
We are looking forward to another entire week of musical fun at El Rancho Manana near Richmond MN. Several days of pre-festival instructional camps will be followed by four days of bluegrass and old-time bliss on August 6th through 9th, 2015. We hope you enjoy the more than thirty hours of Mainstage concerts; daytime instrument collaborations and nightly dances in the Showcase Tent; music, contests, crafts, and games in the Family Area; the twenty hands-on workshops in the Workshop Area; the new groups atthe Underground; the dozens of food and merchant booths in the Marketplace; and the late night fun at Ranch House Live.
The 2015 Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival will feature an incredibly exciting line-up, including a reunion of the iconic Hot Rize. And they'll be bringing along their alter egos Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers for a Saturday night only performance.
We'll also be featuring the IBMA’s Vocal Group & Entertainers of the Year Balsam Range.
And we'll be focusing especially this year on dance! dance! dance!
Found out about all 18 bands that will be performing on the Mainstage on our About The Bands page.
In addition to the professional bands, a large portion of the 4,000 plus people that attend are amateur musicians. They will bring their instruments and join in the many impromptu jam sessions that go on day and night in the campgrounds. So please join us for our 35th year at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival.
You'll want to consider registering for either the bluegrass or old-time stringband instructional camps that are held in the days prior to the festival. We will post detailed information about getting advance tickets and camping soon. Can you help us by volunteering?
Are you looking for directions and a map to get you there? Or a local motel? Information about the grounds and facilities? Try the festival location page. Or are you looking for maps of the festival grounds that you can view or download? The list of frequently asked questions will most likely give you the answer to many other questions.
These activities are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. We also owe our thanks to our sponsors and our 400 volunteers (over 400!). Thank you all for keeping us going.
And thank you to our sponsors: Harvest Carriers, Inc, Nechville Musical Products, Lakes Bluegrass Fesrtival, My Favorite Guitars, State Bank of Richmond, Gruber Pallets, Inc, 98 Country, WVAL AM800 Radio, and Bernick's Pepsi. You'll find out more about them on our sponsor's page.
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