Minnesota Bluegrass Winter Weekend

Friday-Sunday, February 28– March 2, 2025 • Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN

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Winter Weekend Headline Concert

Rick Faris Band
8:20pm Saturday, March 2

Rick was awarded the "New Artist of the Year" award at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Association's Awards and was Nominated for “Album of the Year" and “Song of the Year” for the song “Deep River”!

Rick's newest album “Uncommon Sky” opened with the first single being a cover of the Huey Lewis and the News hit “Power of Love” turning heads and garnering two more nominations at the 2023 IBMA Awards for “Song of the Year” and Rick for the first time was Nominated for the “Songwriter of the Year” IBMA Industry Awards.

Opening for Rick Faris Band, The Fish Heads
7:20pm, Saturday, March 2

The Duluth, MN based Fish Heads are an eclectic mix of bluegrass, original, Americana and rock. They deliver a versatile performance everytime and will leave you wanting more. Mike Monson, Kim Curtis-Monson and Paul Jones make up the 3 piece ensemble, with gritty vocals as well as sweet harmonies.

Mixing instruments up between the 3, you'll hear guitar, bass, mandolin, pedal steel and banjo. You may even hear a drum beat. But hey, that's how Flatt and Scruggs rolled too.

Old Time Music Headline Concert

David Scrivner and Dave Cavins with Amber Gaddy, Saturday, March 2

10:00am - 11:00pm: Workshops

1:00pm: Old Time Headline Concert

David Scrivner began playing Ozarks music when he was just six years old. A native of Mansfield, Missouri, David’s family ties in the Ozarks go back generations with roots in southern Missouri. David has been playing traditional Ozarks fiddle music for 25 years, including several years as a student and apprentice of renown Ozarks fiddler Bob Holt. Focused on preserving Ozarks dance and music traditions, David plays for square dances in the Ozarks and mentors less experienced musicians in the area. David also won the 2019 Arkansas State Old-Time Fiddling Grand Championship and represented old-time Ozarks fiddling at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., in 2022 and 2023 and the National Folk Festival in Richmond, VA in 2023.

David Cavins has had the privilege to play guitar for and learn from Missouri's best traditional fiddlers for 25 years. Fiddlers Dwight Lamb, Bob Holt, and John White and guitarists Elvin Campbell and Alvie Dooms are David's main influences. Providing a strong beat to a roomful of dancers is his favorite kind of guitar work.

Amber (AJ) Gaddy is a dance musician from Columbia, MO, who plays banjo, accordion and fiddle. She grew up in the Missouri Ozarks listening to her grandfathers play fiddle tunes on their harmonicas, and later learned from great Missouri fiddlers like Bob Holt, John White, Dwight Lamb, and Vesta Johnson. AJ has played in the Library of Congress, but is equally honored to play for dancers in the barn lofts, living rooms and church basements of Missouri.

Spotlight On Duets, hosted by Phil Nusbaum

Friday, Mar. 1, 7:00pm, Europa Room

The focus of the 2024 Spotlight On is “Duets.” Between 7 and 9pm on Friday, March 1, four sets of duet artists will give examples aplenty of their duet work and talk about how they do it.

Mabel Houle and the Somebodies: To group members Mabel and Amy Houle and John Whitehead, collaboration is the key. Duet singing is planned out, and this group will demonstrate how they think about arranging voices in a pleasing way.

Zachary and Caleb of the Blue Hills Travelers: When Zach and Caleb perform as a duet, they use techniques to affect the dynamic range of their music and choose when to sing a song or a portion of a song solo or as a duet.

Cheryl Paschke and Joe Alfano: Cheryl (nychelharpa) and Joe (mandolin) are members of Tjärnblom, a group centered on traditional Swedish music. When Cheryl and Joe play as a duet, they use their instruments in ways to affect the musical texture.

A.J. Srubas and David Robinson: When A.J. (fiddle) and David (banjo) perform as a duet, they approach different types of songs in different ways, balancing melody and accompaniment. The two give plenty of examples using their 1950’s bluegrass approach.

Winter Weekend Stage 2024 Schedules

(subject to change)


Friday, March 1

  • MC: Pam Kolupailo
  • 6:00pm The Rosie Daze Band
  • 6:50pm The Seldom Herd
  • 7:40pm Cousin Dad
  • 8:30pm Rusty Playground
  • 9:20pm Tickwood Stringband
  • 10:10pm Amanda Walbridge Band 
Saturday, March 2
  • MC: Rusty Lane
  • 11:00am Bullypulpit Bluegrass
  • 11:50am Sloughgrass
  • 12:40pm Roe Family Singers
  • 1:30pm Prairie Potluck
  • 2:20pm Brian Wicklund and Mike Cramer
  • MC: Rusty Lane
  • 3:10pm Timbre Junction
  • 4:00pm Singleton Street
  • 4:50pm True Grass Trio

Headline Concert: 

  • MC: Nathan Hess
  • 7:00pm Doors Open
  • 7:20pm Fish Heads
  • 8:20pm Rick Faris Band

Sunday, March 3

  • MC: Tom Schrack
  • 9:30am Swing 6625
  • 10:20am Gloryland Gospel Band
  • 11:10am Due North
  • 12:00pm Mother Banjo
  • 1:00pm Grass Seeds Recital

Europa Room

Friday, March 1

  • MC: Kim Monson
  • 6:00pm Now & Then
  • 7:00pm Spotlight On: Duos
    hosted by Phil Nusbaum
  • 9:10pm Jon Garon & Friends

Saturday, March 2

  • MC: Nathan Hess
  • 10:00am-11:20am Open Stage
    (sign up in Gathering Place starting at 7pm Friday)
  • 11:30am The Eclectics
  • 12:20pm Papa John & The Poppettes
  • 1:10pm The Gritpickers Old Time String Band
  • MC: Tom Schrack
  • 2:00pm Curtis & Loretta
  • 2:50pm Hot Dish Band
  • 3:40pm The Transcendental Bluegrass Band

Dinner Celebration - 5pm - 10pm (Dinner served until 8pm) with entertainment by:

  • MC: Nina Marie
  • 5:00pm Switched at Birth
  • 5:50pm Steam Machine
  • 6:40pm Alternate Route
  • 7:30pm Blue Groove Bluegrass
  • 8:20pm The Double Down Daredevils

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