News & Updates

  • November 18, 2018 11:23 PM | Katryn Conlin (Administrator)

    Thanks for supporting us on Give to the Max Day! Would you believe we had 33 donors give a total of $3017.00? Wow!!!

    We are so grateful to everyone who made a donation to Minnesota Bluegrass. This year was our best year ever and we truly appreciate your support!

  • September 03, 2018 10:46 AM | Katryn Conlin (Administrator)

    Minnesota Americana-Roots Music Contests 

    Friday, August 31 & Saturday, September 1, 2018 
    West End Market Stage, Minnesota State Fair

    Congratulations to the winners of the contests at the Minnesota State Fair: 

    Duet Champions: Clint & Luke Birtzer (1st), Chanel Lane & John Lane (2nd),  Kari Aanestad & Maura Dunst (3rd) 

    Band Champions: Barbaro (1st), Corpse Reviver (2nd), Bill & Kate Isles Band (3rd)

    See our Facebook photo album for pictures from the event, and share your photos to our page so we can add them to the album. 

  • August 12, 2018 5:32 PM | Katryn Conlin (Administrator)

    What a great weekend we had at this summer's Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival! With headliner Becky Buller Band (photo below) leading the charge, the main stage was swarming with top notch acts, some new, some familiar, all excellent.

    And drum roll please - We're really excited to hear the news about next summer, which will be the 40th Annual festival! Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder will be the headliners - and would you believe - we've already got early bird tickets on sale! 

  • June 24, 2018 9:47 AM | Anonymous

    Registration is open now for the contests at the Minnesota State Fair! Go to the event page for more information and to download guidelines. If you're ready to register, sign up now: 

    Americana Roots Duet Contest

    Americana Roots Band Contest

  • June 04, 2018 8:26 PM | Anonymous

    Advance tickets are $10 off until June 9 - save $$$ and order yours now! Go to BrownPaperTickets.com to order. 

    Even after June 9, you'll still save time and money by ordering tickets in advance. See the Tickets page for prices, and order now!

  • May 30, 2018 10:38 PM | Anonymous

    Behind the scenes, Office Administrator Darcy Schatz and Website Administrator Katryn Conlin have been working for several months to launch a new & improved website for Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association! 

    There will be many advantages to our members when we work with the website, which is coordinated with a cloud-based membership software system. It will allow for better management of member renewals and communications. 

    Another new feature will be a simplified public member band directory. Member bands will be able to upload their own photos and keep their contact information up to date themselves!

    We hope to iron out all of the wrinkles and launch soon. 

  • April 06, 2018 9:25 AM | Anonymous


    Kim and Mike Curtis- Monson made an in-studio live appearance to help promote the Cabin Fever Festival on Fox 21's morning news show. Thanks, Kim & Mike, for helping get the word out!

  • March 11, 2015 6:36 AM | Anonymous

    Now that the Winter Bluegrass Weekend is over, we're counting down the days to Cabin Fever, with the Homegrown Kickoff and August Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association festivals following this summer. 

    Our new online ticket system, Brown Paper Tickets, allows you to purchase and print your own tickets from the comfort of your home! You'll always save money by getting your festival tickets in advance, and if you're an MBOTMA member, you'll save even more. 

    Of course, if you'd prefer to get tickets in the mail, you can select that option as well when you go to order tickets. 

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



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