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
Kickoff Jam


Minnesota Bluegrass
August Festival

Kick Off the Outdoor Jamming Season May 31-June 2 at El Rancho Manana

If you love camping, and you love to jam, this year's Minnesota Bluegrass Kickoff Jam will be the place for you! This year we'll be focused on getting together to enjoy casual music around the campfire and the open stage at Ranch House Live. Plus David Robinson of Monroe Crossing is leading banjo and mandolin workshops on Saturday at the Ranch House! Make your plans to camp... no festival ticket is required! More information

Tickets are on sale for 2019 Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival

Drum roll please - This summer will be the 40th Annual August Festival, August 8-11, 2019Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will be the headliners - and would you believe - we've already got tickets on sale!  More information

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2019 Americana-Roots Duet & Band Contests 

Friday-Saturday, August 30 & 31, 2019
Minnesota State Fair

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! Read more and register

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association
P.O. Box 16408, Minneapolis, MN 55416

info@minnesotabluegrass.org  |  651-456-8919 

Our Mission: To preserve and promote bluegrass and old-time stringband music in and around the state of Minnesota.


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