Welcome to the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association
Founded in 1975, the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association now has close to 1000 members and 100 member bands who love bluegrass, old-time string band, and related acoustic music. Our mission is to preserve and promote bluegrass and old-time stringband music in and around the state of Minnesota. We're a non-profit organization, presenting four festivals each year as well as a variety of jam sessions and other special events. Join us to become part of this wonderful group of people and help us continue to bring traditional acoustic music to the Upper Midwest.
November 15, 16 and 17, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth, MN
The Fall Jam is dedicated to bringing you the very best quality workshops, plus "Fireside Live" open stage, Draw Bands, Theme Jams, Old Time Jams and much more!
The Fall Jam is held in conjunction with the Great Minnesota Ukulele Gathering (GMUG) and everyone is welcome to attend all of their concerts and workshops! It's like getting two festivals with one ticket!
Friday-Saturday, August 30 & 31, 2019
The Minnesota Americana-Roots Music Contests featured a Vocal Duet contest and a Battle of the Bands at the State Fair. Both contests were limited to acoustic groups playing Americana "Roots" music, including bluegrass, old-time, newgrass, and related music.
Cash prizes and ribbons for the top three duos and bands, plus all of the participating duos and bands received a one-year band membership to MBOTMA, gate passes to the fair, and discount coupons to an event at The O’Shaughnessy.
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