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About the Minnesota Bluegrass Winter Weekend
Three incredible days packed with band showcases, Saturday night headline concert, dances, workshops, instrument exhibitors, and plenty of around the clock informal jam sessions. It all takes place in a comfortable, indoor setting at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, MN.
ANNOUNCING: Our Saturday night headline concert - 2018 IBMA award winners The Po' Ramblin' Boys!
Long-time Minnesota favorites, this hard working, hard touring band from East Tennessee delivers some great hard driving traditional bluegrass! Hot harmonies, fine picking, and top-notch entertainment explain why they were announced winners of IMBA's prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year in 2018. There will be one show only: 7:00 pm with doors opening at 6:30 with No Man's String Band opening. Tickets for the Saturday Night Headline Concert are on sale now!
The Old-Time Music & Dance Hall: We'll be welcoming special guests The Modock Rounders from West Virginia at this year's Winter Weekend as our featured old-time band. The Dance Hall is a busy place with concerts, workshops, square dances, honky tonk, clogging, and band showcases. Many of the dances are taught and called by professional callers.
Showcase of Bands: More than 40 Minnesota Bluegrass member bands will perform on two stages all three days. Showtimes are 6:00 PM to Midnight on Friday, 10:30 AM to 10:15 PM Saturday, and 9:45 AM to 2:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. A list of groups and detailed stage schedules will be posted soon.
Activities: In addition to all the stage shows and dances, there will also be a Exhibitor Rooms, workshops, the "Spotlight On" presentation, a Sunday morning gospel show, activities for kids in the Gathering Place, and jam sessions around the clock and throughout the hotel.
Grass Seeds Music Academy: This is a 3-day music camp for young pickers and singers ages 8 to 18 (or so). Pre-registration is required and space is limited. These lucky kids can expect to learn jamming etiquette, ensemble playing, how to play back-up and take a lead break, how to sing lead and harmony, and more. On Sunday they perform a recital on the auditorium stage. They work hard but have fun too. REGISTERMORE INFORMATION
Volunteers: To make the weekend a reality we will need to fill 140 volunteer shifts with many volunteers like you - people willing to do their part to make it happen. Would you be able to help us out for just a couple hours? Volunteers get preferential seating at the Saturday Night Headline Concerts.
Exhibitors Rooms: Registration is now open for exhibitors wishing to purchase a table in the Exhibitor Rooms. Register Here