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Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival  

August 5-8, 2021 • El Rancho Mañana, Richmond, MN | ​Nominated IBMA Event of the Year FIVE Times!

Hands-On Workshops

Workshops at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival are meant to be "hands-on" workshops (H.O.W.). In other words, they are for people to bring their instrument, get it out, and actually learn something they didn't know before. That is not going to happen with just one instructor and a large crowd of people, so we limit each of these workshops to seven pre-registered pickers, and that is why there are only eight chairs at each workshop tent. 

To sort out who gets to sit in one of those chairs, attendees must reserve a spot by signing up ahead of time at the workshop tent. Sign-up sheets for the day will be posted at the workshop tent at 9:45 AM each day. Advanced level workshops (tent A) are intended for players with several years experience and beginning level workshops (tent B) are intended for those just starting out. 

If you are not lucky enough to be one of the seven, or you don't have an instrument, you are welcome to "audit" the workshop by standing and observing from the back.

*Hands-On-Workshops: Limited to seven people with instrument. Signup sheets posted 9:45 AM each day.

  • L-A: Level –Advanced
  • L-B: Level- Beginner

Friday Schedule (2019)

11:00 BG Banjo H.O.W L-B with Graham Sones

OT Banjo H.O.W* L-B with Aaron Tacke

12:00 BG Guitar H.O.W* L-A with Chuck Millar
BG Guitar H.O.W* L-B with TBA.

1:00 OT Banjo H.O.W* L-A with Allison de Groot

2:00 OT Guitar H.O.W* L-A with Adam Kiesling

3:00 BG Mando H.O.W.* L-A with Chuck Millar
BG Mando H.O.W* L-B with TBA

4:00 BG Bass H.O.W* L-B with Mark Anderson

Saturday Schedule  (2019)

11:00 OT Fiddle H.O.W L-A with A.J. Srubas & Nokosee Fields

12:00 BG Mando H.O.W* L-A with Chuck Millar
Dobro H.O.W* L-B with Dave Kuenstler

1:00 BG Fiddle H.O.W L-A with Chuck Millar
BG Bass H.O.W* L-B with Pete Mathison

2:00 BG Banjo H.O.W. L-A with Graham Sones
BG Banjo H.O.W. L-B with TBA

3:00 OT Duet H.O.W with Dick Kimmel & Pamela Longtine

4:00 BG Guitar H.O.W. L-A with Brennan Hess
BG Guitar H.O.W. L-B with TBA

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association
P.O. Box 16408, Minneapolis, MN 55416


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