Upcoming events & festivals for the Southwest & beyond. Bluegrass festivals, concerts & events – dates, names, location & links for Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and more.
Wernick Method classes
Teaches real bluegrass jamming… in your area With people like you!
Hands-on learning in large and small groups Learn many bluegrass standards Full ground rules and etiquette of typical jams How to find melodies, fake solos, carry a tune, sing harmony Tab/note reading skills not needed or used Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching! Only four chords needed, G, C, D, and A. Gentle tempos! Mistakes expected How to lead songs and how to follow new songs Ear skills taught and emphasized, as in real bluegrass Group and individualized instruction on backup skills Bluegrass Jamming Classes using the Wernick Method*
Glendale CA Apr 8-May 6 Taught by John David Click Here for more info
Big Bear Lake, CA Jun 1-3 Taught by Larry Kernagis Click Here for more info
Sundays, 10 pm to Midnight
The Bluegrass Special with Wayne Rice
KSON FM 97.3 – Click Here To Listen
The Bluegrass Special is hosted by Wayne Rice, an award-winning bluegrass music DJ, and banjo-player. His old band Brush Arbor won two ACM Awards and was a final nominee for CMA Vocal Group of the Year. He has performed on the Grand Ole Opry and worked with many bluegrass and country artists like Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard.
He is a lifetime member of the International Bluegrass Music Association and former producer of their annual awards show. When he’s not doing his bluegrass program on KSON, he serves in a church, writes books and enjoys hanging out with his family, especially his five grandchildren.
Wayne also maintains the wwebsiteBluegrassBios.com
April 12, 2018
Always verify dates and times in this listing. Sometimes scheduled events change or we may not record everything correctly
The BROMBIES LIVE
The Brombies a bluegrass band from the Los Angeles area. Have been keeping Bluegrass music alive there since way back in the 20th century. When Jo Ellen and George began to twang & high lonesome together. Jo Ellen Doering 323-874-0583 [email protected]
Viva Rancho Cantina
900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506
ME-N-ED’S Pizza Parlor Bluegrass Concerts
Every Saturday night, for the last 30+ years, live bluegrass bands have performed for Bluegrass music lovers while enjoying some fantastic pizza. Come get your bluegrass fix and meet other people who love bluegrass!
ME-N-ED’S Pizza Parlor
4115 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712
Presents a featured band, a top local or regional band in concert.
Open mic & pickup bands from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
Featured band from 8:00-9:00 PM.
Boll Weevil Restaurant
9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd # E, San Diego, CA
Sign-up for open mic by email at [email protected]
Every 1st Tuesday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live bluegrass bands, local & regional. Jamming on the patio from 7 pm – ?? Round Table Pizza 1161 E. Washington Escondido, CA
BASC Bluegrass Night
Viva Rancho Cantina
900 Riverside Drive, Burbank CA 91506
Free parking at the bowling alley. You can order off the menu which includes some of the best Mexican food in town. socalbluegrass.org
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To say bluegrass festivals and events take a huge amount of time and effort would be an understatement! Without volunteers & community involvement, these bluegrass festivals & events would cease to exist. The Southwest Bluegrass Association encourages all to support bands, sponsors, vendors, and buy a T-shirt! Everything you do will go a long way to encourage bluegrass music festival and event promoters. To keep putting their efforts into continuing a tradition of bluegrass festivals & events for us to enjoy!
Don’t see what you’re looking for or would like SWBA to add your upcoming bluegrass festival or event. Contact us at ⇒ [email protected]
Upcoming Events & Festivals
March 2018 upcoming events
2 Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen House Concert
These superstars of bluegrass won the IBMA instrumentalist group of the year award in 2016 and 2014. We are honored to have them play again at our house concert on Friday, March 2, at 8:00 pm. Email David for reservations at [email protected]
2-4 Bluegrass On The Beach – Lake Havasu State Park Site #4, 699 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu, AZ
10 Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival ~ Sebastopol, CA
9-11 Brookdale Bluegrass and Old Time Festival ~ Ben Lomond, CA
23-25 Tempe Festival Of The Arts – Tempe, AZ
April 2018 upcoming events
7 Cloverdale Fiddle Festival ~ Cloverdale
12-15 Walker Creek Music Camp ~ Spring Camp
12-15 Bender Jamboree Las Vegas, Nevada
11-15 Julian Family Fiddle Camp
Guitar • Mandolin • Fiddle • Upright Bass • Cello • Banjo • Bluegrass • Appalachian Old-time • Texas Style • Celtic • An Acoustic Music Camp For Individuals & Families. The Julian Family Fiddle Camp (JFFC) is a five-day acoustic music camp for people of all ages and musical abilities. JFFC is held each April at a rural family retreat center near the historic mining town of Julian, CA. All meals, instruction and evening concerts are provided for a single fee. www.familyfiddlecamp.com (760) 522-8458 or [email protected]
20-22 Durango Bluegrass Meltdown ~ Durango. CO
13-15 Marana Bluegrass Festival ~ Marana, AZ
May 2018 upcoming events
5 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair – Santa Cruz. CA
5-6 Tucson Folk Festival – Tucson, AZ
12-13 Bluegrass in the Spring Festival ~Yermo, CA 800-86-CALICO
10-13 Parkfield Bluegrass Festival ~ Parkfield, CA 805-994-0929
24-28 Strawberry Music Festival ~ Grass Valley, CA
SWBA SuperJam Annual & Membership Meeting May 2018 Hesperia Lakes, 7500 Arrowhead Lakes Rd. Hesperia, CA
June 2018 upcoming events
1-3 Ogden Music Festival ~ North Fork Park, UT
5-7 Pagosa Bluegrass Camps ~ Pagosa Springs, CO
8-10 Pagosa Folk ‘n Bluegrass Festival ~ Pagosa Springs, CO
14-17 CBA – Father’s Day Festival ~ Grass Valley, CA
21-24 Telluride Bluegrass Festival ~ Telluride, CO 800-624-2422
22-24 Susanville Bluegrass Festival ~ Susanville, CA 530-251-8900
Prescott Bluegrass Festival ~ Prescott, AZ
July 2018 upcoming events
12-15 High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival ~ Westcliffe, CO
20-22 Weed Bluegrass Festival ~ Weed, NM
20-22 Lost River Bluegrass Festival – Merrill, OR
20-22 Darrington Bluegrass Festival ~ Darrington, WA
22-26 RockyGrass Academy ~ Lyons, CO
27-29 RockyGrass ~ Lyons, CO
27-28 Edgewood Music and Arts Festival – Edgewood, NM
August 2018 upcoming events
5-11 Colorado Roots Music Camp ~ Colorado Springs, CO
Fountain of Life Bluegrass Gospel Festival Prescott Valley, AZ
9-12 Good Old Fashioned Festival~ Tres Pinos, CA
12-16 The Song School – Lyons, CO
17-19 28th Rocky Mtn Folks Festival – Lyons, CO
17-19 Summergrass Bluegrass Festival – Vista, CA
Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest – Ramona, CA.
September 2018 Upcoming events
Aug. 30 – Sept. 3 Strawberry Music Festival – Grass Valley, CA
Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 Four Corners Folk Festival – Pagosa Springs, CO
Julian Music Festival – Frank Lane Park, Julian, CA
13-16 Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival ~ Red River, NM
14-16 Pickin in the Pines – Flagstaff, AZ
21-23 Millpond Traditional Music Festival Bishop, CA
25-29 World of Bluegrass (IBMA) – Raleigh, NC
28-30 KVMR Celtic Festival ~ Grass Valley, CA
26-30 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention – Berkeley, October
October 2018 Upcoming events
Mountain Music Day – Yucaipa, CA
5-7 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival – San Francisco, CA
13-15 Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival I 17 & Hwy 69, 65 MI N of Phoenix 928.632.6212
12-14 Viva Las VeGrass– Craig Ranch Regional Park, Las Vegas, NV
18-20 Logandale Bluegrass Festival – Moapa Valley, NV.
November 2018 Upcoming events
Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival ~ Wickenburg, AZ 928-684-5479
December Upcoming events.
For more information about festivals, flyers & lineups check out
January 2019 upcoming events
The Great 48 Jam – Marriott Convention Center, Bakersfield, CA. bluegrasser’s 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.
32nd Annual Blythe Bluegrass Festival At the Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe, California. Blythe’s Bluegrass event is typically the first major Bluegrass Festival of the season and one of the biggest Bluegrass events in the U.S.A.
UllrGrass held in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Golden, CO
Agri-County Bluegrass Festival Casa Grande, February
February 2019 upcoming events
Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival – Northglenn Ramada Plaza, Denver, Colorado
Colorado River Bluegrass Festival ~ Colorado River Rotary Park, Bullhead City, AZ
WinterWonderGrass ~Avon, CO
WinterGrass ~ Bellevue, WA
Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival ~ Glendale, AZ.
Upcoming Events & Festivals page last updated March 9, 2018
Author – Southwest Bluegrass Association
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