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.

Give to the Max Day is this Thursday, November 14th. Your investment in

MBOTMA is an investment in our community and sustains the foundation for another 40 years of bluegrass and old time music in Minnesota. 


2019 Minnesota Bluegrass Fall Jam

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!


  • Canote Brothers - Old-Time Stringband Duo
  • Lil’ Rev - Ukulele and Harmonica Wizard
  • Verlon Thompson - Nashville Based Singer-Songwriter
  • Sign up for the 2-day intensive Verlon Thompson Songwriting Workshop!
  • Plus, Grass Seeds Academy, our popular youth development program for "up and coming" young players!

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2019 Americana-Roots Duet & Band Contests 

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

The Minnesota Americana-Roots Music Contests featured a Vocal Duet contest and a Battle of the Bands at the State Fair. Both contests featured acoustic groups playing Americana "Roots" music, including bluegrass, old-time, newgrass, and related music.

Duet Contest Winners

First Place: Fellow Pynins
Second Place: The UkuLadies
Third Place: Brady Perl and Toyin

Band Contest Winners

First Place: Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures
Second Place: Harper's Chord
Third Place: Lady Spruce

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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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