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The Red Coats are coming!

The Red Coats are coming!

Frida y, January 12, 2018

The California Bluegrass Association is proud to present David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition at the Great 48-hour jam event in Bakersfield CA. David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition will perform at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, 801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield California, 93301.) Doors open at 6:00 pm. Pre-sale tickets are $25 each and available through

 Tickets will be $30 after the January 5th deadline and at the door. You can also purchase tickets are though Jack Pierce at [email protected]

 red coatsDavid grew up playing bluegrass with the Southern California favorite – Don Parmley & the Bluegrass Cardinals. Cardinal Tradition signals a direction that encompasses the sound of the Bluegrass Cardinals but also new songs that re-imagine that heritage. Cardinal Tradition features David on guitar, Doug Bartlett on mandolin, Steve Day on fiddle, Dale Perry on banjo and Ron Spears on bass. This Nashville group plays hard-driving bluegrass, soulful country and heartfelt gospel —— Need we say more? red coats

David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition website            red coats

red coatsOpening on stage at 7:00 pm, the California Bluegrass Association invites you to hear our Bakersfield’s own— The Roustabouts.

The Roustabouts are a hard-driving bluegrass band from the Southern San Joaquin Valley of California. Hailing from Bakersfield California and the surrounding areas The Roustabouts play in the traditional style and honor the pioneers of bluegrass music. They also pay homage to the creators of the Bakersfield Sound and their “grassed up” renditions of classics from that era are crowd favorites.
The Roustabouts website

 red coatsIt’s BACK!

The Great 48 Hour Jam, January 11 through 14, 2018 at the Bakersfield Marriott Convention Center
801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield California, 93301.

 Jam, jam, and more jamming! Did we mention Jamming?????

The Great 48 Hour Jam 2018 is set to take place during the 2nd week of January beginning on Thursday, January 11 and ending Sunday, January 14, 2018. Once again, the event hosted by The California Bluegrass Association will be at the Marriott Convention Center in Bakersfield California. Fortunately, the Marriott is within walking distance of the Amtrak and adjacent to numerous eateries in newly renovated downtown Bakersfield.  According to last year’s surveys, several folks attending the 2017 jam took advantage of Amtrak services, which made travel to Bakersfield a positive experience.The Great 48 Hour Jam is an amazing place to kick off the 2018 bluegrass season.  Literally, indoor, non-stop jamming to the wee hours.

Bluegrassers from all over the country, including beginners to advanced, make the annual trek to Bakersfield, California to experience hours of jamming, workshops, showcase bands and a band scramble, not to mention bluegrass camaraderie with new and old friends.  New this year, the 2018 48-hour jam will host two scheduled slow jams in which selected advanced players will teach new jammers jam etiquette, how to play their instrument with others and classic bluegrass jam songs.  This event is open not only to novice bluegrassers attending the event, but we invite folks from the community to join the jam and learn, as well as enjoy, our genre of bluegrass music.

The CBA anticipates a full Marriott house or as the hotel bigwigs say, “run of the house.”  Volunteers are being sought to coordinate organized activities such as workshops, kids on stage, band scramble, etc.   Please contact Jack Pierce at  [email protected]  if you are interested in helping with the Great 48 Hour Jam 2018.

Those who have attended the Great 48 Hour Jam in the last several years understand this event is growing every year and early bird reservations are crucial when receiving the CBA group rate.  In fact, last year’s jam attendance surpassed all prior 48 hour jams and the Marriott filled to capacity months ahead of the December deadline. Therefore, Folks who plan to attend the Great 48 Hour Jam 2018 and receive the CBA group rate must reserve their room prior to noontime on the December 11, 2017, deadline.  The  CBA room rate is $95 per night if you reserve before the deadline! After the deadline date, the rate increases to $169, so make your reservation early.    Right now, it may seem far away, but don’t delay.  Rooms will fill fast!

The Great 48 Hour Jam 2018  promises to be another memorable weekend for all lovers of bluegrass who attend, so don’t delay make your reservation. red coats

To make reservationsdirectly contact Sara Walker at the Bakersfield Marriott Convention center (661) 323-1900. This year, attendees will indicate to Sara their floor preference regarding all night jamming, jamming to 10:00 pm and no jamming floors. Sara will require your first and second choice for your jamming floor preference.

California Bluegrass Association  

 Bluegrass Association of Southern California

   Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast

   Northern California Bluegrass Society

   San Diego Bluegrass Society 

 San Diego North County Bluegrass and Folk Club

  Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society

  Southwest Bluegrass Association