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
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
Upcoming Events & Festivals
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]
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
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]
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
5 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
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
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
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 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, CA
October 2017 Upcoming events
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
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
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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