Minnesota Bluegrass Fall Jam

October 29th - 30th, 2021  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Plymouth MN


We are so looking forward to gathering again for Fall Jam 2021! The health and safety of our staff, guests, artists, and vendors is our top priority, and we are closely monitoring public safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health.

To ensure the safest possible event for everyone at this time of widespread transmission of the Delta variant, and after extensive consideration of the options, we will be requiring either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival for all Fall Jam participants in the ticketed areas of the 2021 Fall Jam. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and stay apprised of official recommendations for indoor gatherings. Please continue to check our website for any updates on this evolving situation, or email info@minnesotabluegrass.org if you have questions. 

Proof of Vaccination:

You can show a vaccination record card or a report (printed or digital) from one of the alternative sources below, showing completion of a two-dose (Pfizer or Moderna) or one-dose (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine sequence completed at least two weeks before your arrival at Fall Jam. You'll also need a photo ID that matches the name on your vaccination record.

Lost your vaccination card?

  • To access Minnesota vaccination records, use the Docket app (available for Android or iOS), or contact your healthcare provider. 
  • To access Wisconsin vaccination records, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/wir.htm.
  • To access vaccination records in other states, contact your healthcare provider or location where you received your vaccination. You can also Google "[state name] access my covid vaccination records" for other possibilities.

Negative Test:

If you are 12 or older and do not have proof of vaccination, or if it has not been at least 14 days since you completed your vaccination sequence, you'll need to show a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before your arrival at Fall Jam. This can be printed or digital. You'll also need a photo ID that matches the name on your test report. (If you’re age 12-17, you do not need a photo ID when arriving with your adult.) 

Other Precautions:

The CDC recommends that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask when in crowded indoor spaces in areas of high COVID-19 transmission, which currently includes all of Minnesota. We encourage guests to follow this guidance, to be mindful of maintaining distance between people where possible, and to be respectful of each other. 

We ask that you do not attend Fall Jam if you are experiencing illness symptoms or have been recently exposed to COVID-19. If you start to experience symptoms while you are at Fall Jam, please leave the event as quickly as possible. Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.

Irene Kelley 

Jim Beloff

Spencer & Rains


Jon Garon & Becky Thompson

Fall Jam is back for 2021!

The Minnesota Bluegrass Fall Jam will be held October 29th-30th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Plymouth. As always, the Fall Jam is dedicated to bringing you the very best workshops, plus "Fireside Live" open stage, Draw BandsTheme Jams, Old Time Jams and much more!

Fall 2021 Headliners:

  • Jim Beloff - Ukulele Wizard and songwriter
  • Spencer & Rains - Old-Time music duo
  • Irene Kelley - Bluegrass & Country Singer/songwriter  who is also presenting a Songwriting Workshop (see info below)
  • The Honeygoats - an emerging high-energy bluegrass band
  • Dwight Lamb & the Dakota Boys - Dwight “Red” Lamb is a master of Danish fiddle and accordion traditions. 
  • Jon Garon and Becky Thompson

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The Fall Jam will once again be held in conjunction with the Great Minnesota Ukulele Gathering (GMUG) and their full complement of concerts and workshops that everyone is welcome to attend! It's like getting two festivals with one ticket!

Main Stage Regency (2021)

Learn more about our performers on the Concerts page.


  • 6:30pm   Spencer and Rains
  • 7:00pm.  Dwight Lamb & The Dakota Boys
  • 8:30pm   Irene Kelley


  • 6:00pm   Jim Beloff
  • 8:00pm   Jon Garon & Becky Thompson
  • 9:00pm   The Honeygoats

Workshops (2021) 

We have a fantastic lineup of workshops planned for you with everything from songwriting to stagecraft and flatpicking to fiddle bowing! No matter what instrument you play, or what level you play at, you're sure to find valuable and entertaining workshops led by some amazing national and regional talent. Check out the full Workshop schedule page!

The Fireside Live Stage (2021) 

This “Open Mic” stage is coordinated by Doug Chasar. Advance sign up available online, though Doug usually keeps a few spots open for walk ups.   

Sign up for your spot today!   

Click here for available spots. 

This is a chance for you and your friends to put together a few tunes to perform on the Fireside Live stage. The emphasis is on friends, fun, and good music, not perfection. The sets will be 25 minutes, allowing for a 5-minute setup time between sets.  

Fireside Live is held in the Fireside Lounge (next to the bar) in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It will be held Friday and Saturday from 7:00PM to Midnight.

Using Signup Genius, 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 FL 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.  

Irene Kelley Songwriting Workshop

This year the Fall Jam is proud to present our 2 day intensive Songwriters Workshop featuring Irene Kelley!

Dates and Times: 

October 28th (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

October 29th (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Cost: $150.00 

Limited to 15 participants.



IRENE KELLEY is a successful singer/songwriter and recording artist living in Nashville for 35+ years. Her songs enjoy worldwide airplay, have been licensed for film and TV, and recorded in many  genres of music, including Country, Pop, Bluegrass, Children’s Music and others. Alan Jackson, Trisha  Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Little Big Town, Pat Green, Pure Prairie League and others have covered her songs. Irene has recorded for MCA Nashville and Relentless/Nashville as a country artist. Her current career as a Bluegrass artist has been distinguished by having 6 #1 songs on the Bluegrass Today Singles Chart.

Irene will share her experience of the writing process which will include: 

  • How/where to find inspiration 
  • The importance and meaning of metaphors 
  • How to present a song for outside consideration
  • Dos and don’ts of songwriting and pitching
  • And much more. 

For more about Irene, see https://www.irenekelley.com/

Limited to 15 participants. Registration open NOW.


Volunteer Sign Up is open now! For every hour you volunteer, you’ll get an entry in a drawing for a major prize. We need people to:

  • Sell wristbands, T-shirts, merchandise
  • Help with festival set up and tear down
  • Help load sound/stage equipment in and out
  • Staff the membership table


Grass Seeds Academy Will Return in 2022

2021 Sponsors

Thank you to these organizations for all they do to support bluegrass and old-time music in Minnesota!

The following events are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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