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.

May 26, 2020

As of this time the August Festival is still on as planned. We will make a final call no later than June 30th. 


Are you a MBOTMA member artist or a member of our bluegrass and old-time music community that's been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic? If so, we've collected a page of resources for you that we hope will be of assistance during this difficult time.

We are a community. We are in this together.

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Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival


  In addition to the professional bands, many of the 4,000 plus     people who attend are musicians themselves. They will bring their     instruments and join in the many impromptu jam sessions that go   on day and night in the campgrounds.  If you're interested in getting   involved as a musician, instructional camps are held in the days   prior to the festival.

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*If the festival is canceled due to COVID-19, ticket costs will be refunded. 

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Interested in playing at an upcoming Festival?

Thanks so much for your interest in playing at one of our upcoming Festivals. We begin booking about 18 months out for the headliners and finalize several months in advance. Please email booking@minnesotabluegrass.org and the info will go to our talent selection committee who will get in touch if they're interested in learning more. Communications going to any other email address or by phone will likely be caught by our Spam filter and discarded. 

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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