Kickoff Jam

May 31–June 2,  2024  •  El Rancho Mañana, Richmond, MN

El Rancho Manana campground will again host a Kickoff Jam the weekend after Memorial Day.

This will be a three-day gathering of Minnesota Bluegrass members, family and friends with performing opportunities at the Ranch House Live stage in the evenings. Attendees had a great time last year so come out and join in the fun!

This event continues the spirit of doing what we all love best - gathering as a community of pickers and grinners to make music with people. We hope you all come out to make the Kickoff Jam a great time!

While MBOTMA does not charge for this event, we'd appreciate you completing the RSVP form so we can plan better. Thank you!


Camping Information

Save $$ - Reserve in advance!

MBOTMA does not manage camping for this event. If you are planning to attend and camp, you need to call El Rancho Manaña Campground directly at 320-597-2740 and request the "Bluegrass Special." 

Thurs., Fri & Sat Fri & Sat
Non-utility camping, per person in advance $30 $20 Kids Policy: Kids 12 and under are free, teens age 13-19 are only $10.
At the gate, per person $40 $30
Reserved utility camping, per camper unit in advance $100 $80 Includes driver admission; $20 each per additional person
At the gate, per camper unit $110 $90 Includes driver admission; $30 each per additonal person

Cancellation Policy: No refunds 7 days or less, $10 fee per unit with 7-13 day notice, $5 fee per unit with 14 or more days notice of cancellation.

Questions about camping and camping fees? Call the El Rancho Manaña Campground office directly at 320-597-2740.

2024 Kickoff Jam Ranch House LIVE! 


What - Ranch House Live is an informal open mic. This is a chance for you and your friends to put together a few tunes to perform on the Ranch House Live stage. The idea is to strut your bluegrass, old time, or related stuff in a casual and laid back environment. The emphasis is on friends, fun, and good music, not perfection. The sets will be 25 minutes, allowing for a 5-minute emcee and setup time between sets.

Where - Ranch House Live is held in the El Rancho Mañana Campground & Riding Stables main Ranch House (campground office) located near the main entrance to El Rancho Mañana. It will be held both Friday and Saturday evenings from 7PM to Midnight.

Advance sign up to perform - Using the link below (available soon), have the leader of your group create a profile. Enter a name for your group, like "Blue Canoe," etc. Also include a mobile phone number if possible for contact at the campgrounds. This number will be seen by the RHL Coordinator only. Please sign up for only one time slot to give other folks a chance.

If you check back on the day before the festival and slots are available, then you may sign up for a second slot. If you sign up for more than two slots without entering a comment to explain why it should be allowed, the RHL Coordinator reserves the right to delete the extra(s). You will be contacted at the phone number associated with your signup to choose which slot(s) will be deleted.

On-site sign up to perform - Sign up for any open stage times at the Ranch House after 6:30PM. An updated Schedule will be near the stage no later than 6:30PM each evening. Please sign up for only one time slot to give other folks a chance.

Responsibilities - The RHL Coordinator will be the emcee and sound technician.

In the unlikely event that an open spot occurs in the schedule, a group may go over its time limit or start early. Otherwise please respect the 25 minute limits. Any scheduling or equipment problems should be reported to the RHL Coordinator, Doug Chasar, 612.802.0833.

Location & Directions

Address: 27302 Ranch Rd, Richmond, MN 56368

El Rancho Mañana is located about 90 miles northwest of Minneapolis. It is about 20 miles west of St Cloud. From either city follow I-94 west to exit #153 at Avon. Drive 9 miles south on County Road 9 and then turn left on Manana Road. The towns of Richmond and Cold Spring are just a few miles to the south. El Rancho Mañana is close to the geographic center of the state, easily accessible to folks from anywhere in Minnesota.

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