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.
Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival
Drum roll please - This summer we held the 40th Annual August Festival, August 8-11, 2019! Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder were our headliners - along with a host of great national and top regional bands. Check out the About the Bands page!
Friday-Saturday, August 30 & 31, 2019
Once again, the Minnesota Americana-Roots Music Contests will feature a Vocal Duet contest and a Battle of the Bands at the State Fair! Both contests are 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 will receive a one-year band membership to MBOTMA, gate passes to the fair, and discount coupons to an event at The O’Shaughnessy!
UPDATE: Both the Band and Duet contests are FULL! We are keeping a wait list for each contest should cancellations occur.
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