Upcoming Events & Festivals

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*

Reno NV Taught by Rick Sparks   Mountain Music Parlor Tuesdays, Jan 9-Feb 13 6-9PM Reno, NV 

Glendale CA Taught by John David Sundays, Jan 14-Feb 11 1-3:30 PM Glendale, CA

 UPCOMING EVENTSSundays, 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

upcoming events

April 12, 2018

The Del McCoury Band

Irvine Barclay Theatre


Upcoming Events & Festivals

Always verify dates and times in this listing. Sometimes scheduled events change or we may not record everything correctly


7:30 PM

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 Cantina
900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506,


6:30 PM –10:30 PM

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

upcoming eventsEvery 4th Tuesday

San Diego Bluegrass Society

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]


8:00 pm

BASC Bluegrass Night
Viva 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

January 15, 2018

To say bluegrass festivals and events take a tremendous amount of time and effort would be an understatement! Without many unpaid volunteers & community involvement these bluegrass festivals & events would cease to exist. The Southwest Bluegrass Association encourages all to support their 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 your looking for or would like SWBA to add your upcoming bluegrass festival or event. Contact us at ⇒ [email protected]

January 2018 upcoming events

11-14 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.

14 The Bluegrass Ghosts Sunday Brunch at Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr. Burbank, CA

19-21 31st 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

26-28 UllrGrass held in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Golden, CO

27-28 Agri-County Bluegrass Festival  Casa Grande, AZ

February 2018 upcoming events

16-18 Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival – Northglenn Ramada Plaza, Denver, Colorado

 9-11 Colorado River Bluegrass Festival ~ Colorado River Rotary Park, Bullhead City, AZ

 23-25 WinterWonderGrass ~Avon, CO

22-25 WinterGrass ~ Bellevue, WA

 24-25 Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival ~ Glendale, AZ

March 2018 upcoming events

2-4 Bluegrass On The Beach – Lake Havasu State Park Site #4, 699 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu, AZ

Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry at Shutts Fabricators, 1632 West 15th Street, Long Beach, CA 90813. Workshop at 6 pm, concert 7:30 Suggested donation: Concert only $20.00, Workshop and Concert  $30.00

6  Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry at The Belle, 6917 Palm Ave, Highland, California at the corner of Palm and Pacific.  7:30 P.M Suggested donation for the band is $20.

10 Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk FestivalSebastopol, CA

 9-11 Brookdale Bluegrass and Old Time Festival ~ Ben Lomond, CA

23-25 Temecula Valley Bluegrass Festival Tucalota Creek Ranch, 39560 E Benton Rd., Temecula, 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

20-22   Durango Bluegrass Meltdown ~ Durango. CO

13-15  Marana Bluegrass Festival ~ Marana, AZ

May 2018 upcoming events

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

20 Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival ~ Agoura Hills, CA 818-382-4819

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

10-18 CBA Summer Music Camp ~ Grass Valley, CA  [email protected]

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

 Weed Bluegrass Festival  ~ Weed, NM

20-22 Darrington Bluegrass FestivalDarrington, 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

   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 FestivalRed 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, CA

October 2017 Upcoming events

Every Monday The Brombies –  Windsor Live Music 7:30PM, Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506, 818-515-4444,  Jo Ellen Doering 323-874-0583 [email protected]

1 Mountain Music Day – Yucaipa, CA

 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival  ~ San Francisco, CA

Sept 28 – Oct 1 Walker Creek Music Camp FALL CAMP  

13 House Concert presented by A.B.A.  Kenny Stinson and Perfect Tymn’ from Kentucky–presentation will be in Peoria, AZ @ Casa Del Sol RV Resort Club House – Donations will be accepted to help pay for their travel expenses.

13-15 Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival  I 17 & Hwy 69, 65 MI N of Phoenix  928.632.6212

14 Kenny Stinson and Perfect Tymn presenting Instrument and vocal workshops as well as performing at Crossroads Christian Fellowship, 42425 N New River Rd, New River, AZ

NEW ⇒ 13-15  Viva Las VeGrass– Craig Ranch Regional Park, Las Vegas, NV

20-22 Logandale Bluegrass Festival ~  Moapa Valley, NV

November 2017 Upcoming events

Every Monday The Brombies –  Windsor Live Music 7:30PM, Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506, 818-515-4444, Jo Ellen Doering 323-874-0583 [email protected]

10-12 Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival ~ Wickenburg, AZ    928-684-5479

18 Paradise Junction @ Me-N-Ed’s Pizza 7:00 pm 4115 Paramount Blvd, Lakewood, CA (562) 421-8908

December 2017 Upcoming events

Every Monday The Brombies –  Windsor Live Music 7:30 PM, Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506, 818-515-4444, Jo Ellen Doering  Grasslands @ Me-N-Ed’s Pizza 7:00-10:00 pm 4115 Paramount Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90712 [email protected]

16 Paradise Junction @ Me-N-Ed’s Pizza 7:00 pm 4115 Paramount Blvd, Lakewood, CA (562) 421-8908

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