Minnesota Bluegrass Winter Weekend

2022 Dates: Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 • Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN

Workshops, Gathering Place, Etc.

Winter Bluegrass Weekend - March 4 - 6, 2022

Gathering Place - Conference Room E

Friday, March 4

  • 6pm: Gathering Place Opens
  • 7pm: Open Stage Signup Begins

Saturday, March 5

  • 9am: Gathering Place Opens
  • 9am - 11am: Kids Craft with Amy Houle
  • 11:20am - 12:10pm: Beginner's Jam with Bill Cagley
  • 1:20pm - 2:00pm: Intermediate Jam with Bill Cagley
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm: Craig Evans will be showing excerpts of his Traditional Music Community documentary series, presented to the American Folklore Society in March of 2020

Sunday, March 6

  • 9am: Gathering Place Opens
  • 4pm: Gathering Place Closes

Saturday March 5th Workshops

Studio 3

  • 10am: Intro to Clawhammer Banjo with Quillan Row
  • 2pm: Beginning flat-picking guitar with Tom Draughon
  • 3pm: Mandolin Hang with Nic Hentges: A social gathering of mandolin players where everyone learns from everyone. Come prepared to share your joys and frustrations. 
  • 4pm: Make your own Fiddle Tune Variations with Brian Wicklund

Studio 5

  • 10am: Feeling your Country songs with Daniel Fish: Learn how to optimize your presentation of country vocals.
  • 1pm: Cross A Fiddle Tunes with AJ Srubas: The fiddle tuning "cross A" is used for many old-time tunes and can be really fun on the fiddle. Lears some tunes that are most often played in this tuning. 
  • 2pm: What is that Sound? with Zach Tauer. From Pete Wernick's phaser banjo to Billy String's distortion pedal, learn how guitar pedals can be used with acoustic instruments. There will be an opportunity to try different guitar effects on your instrument (if the instrument has a pick up).
  • 3pm: Color Chords for Rhythm Guitar with Jeff Wood: Learn 12 chord voicings that support songs of joy, loss, betrayal, and death. 
  • 4pm: Strictly Doc! Bill Cagley, Mark Kreitzer and Jon Garon teach the flatpick and finger picking technique of Doc Watson. 


  • 4:50pm: Inside Bluegrass with the Eclectics: takes you inside the workings of a bluegrass band, tells of the roles of the different instruments and get more personal as the players relate about their inspirations for breaks and solos. The players also talk about working together to polish songs arrangements for performances. 

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