Minnesota Bluegrass Winter Weekend

Minnesota Bluegrass Winter Weekend

Friday-Sunday, March 1-3, 2019 • Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN


Winter Bluegrass Weekend Event Staff

Jana Metge, Chair
​Rick Anderson
Bob Bayers 
Eric Christopher 
Brett Day
Jim Dostal 
Bea Flaming 
Mabel Houle 
Anthony Ihrig
Adam Kiesling
Phil Nusbaum 
Mark Peterson 
Rina Rossi
Brent Fuqua
Marie Stier
Aaron Tacke

About the Winter Bluegrass Weekend

The Winter Bluegrass Weekend: A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance is 3 incredible days packed with band showcases, headline concerts, 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.

Saturday Night Headline Concert:  Every year we feature  a top   national touring act. Due to limited seating, these concerts are ticketed separately from all other Winter Bluegrass Weekend events, and often sell out.

Showcase of Bands: More than 40 MBOTMA 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.

The Old-Time Music & Dance Hall:  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. 

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.  

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


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