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.
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March 6-8, 2020 4:00pm,
Winter Bluegrass Weekend will feature 40+ groups performing bluegrass, old-time stringband, and related forms of acoustic music on several stages including a top national act for the Saturday Night Headline Concert.
Young players have the opportunity to learn how to make music together in Grass Seeds Music Academy plus workshops, dances, instrument exhibitors, and jam sessions around the clock.
Children ages 12 and under are free.
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 featured acoustic groups playing Americana "Roots" music, including bluegrass, old-time, newgrass, and related music.
Duet Contest Winners
First Place: Fellow Pynins
Band Contest Winners
First Place: Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures
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