Bluegrass Corner
  • Huck Finn Bluegrass Jubilee Closes Its Doors

    After a venerable, and memorable, run over the last four decades, the Huck Finn Bluegrass Festival has been laid to rest with its 2016 event being its last. Rest in peace. The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival was founded by Don Tucker and his family in 1976, although its early genesis began with events […]

  • The Changing of the Guard

    Bluegrass music is often thought of as old, but in actuality it is not. Bluegrass as a musical form was created in the 1940s by Bill Monroe and his seminal band. Being from Kentucky, the bluegrass state, Bill called the band “Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys,” and the popularity of this new music soon […]

  • Summergrass!

    Summergrass. Wow, what a great Summergrass weekend! Many of us look forward to the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival all year long, and 2016’s event took the town by storm over the weekend of August 19-21. The weather was perfect, warm with cool breezes, the food service was excellent, as were the workshops, jamming, and other activities. […]

  • Bluegrass News for August

    Ralph Stanley Passes. The bluegrass community has lost one of the great ones. “Dr.” Ralph Stanley passed away June 23, 2016 from complications of skin cancer. Ralph started playing bluegrass in 1946, although he called it “mountain music” to distinguish it from the “bluegrass” being played by Bill Monroe at the time. Ralph started out […]

  • Summer Bluegrass!

    There was lots of bluegrass action over the last month, and more great stuff coming! Let’s take a quick look. Julian Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest. The third annual Julian Fiddle and Pickin’ contest was presented by the California State Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 7 (San Diego) in the historic Julian Town Hall in the […]

  • The Diversity of Bluegrass

    Bluegrass music resides in a big tent, with room for interesting and exciting variety. Musically, the tent includes (at least in the minds of some) forms of music ranging from classic Flatt and Scruggs tunes to Alison Krauss, to Mumford and Sons, Yonder Mountain String Band, and out to groups like Trampled by Turtles that […]

  • Coming Events

    There are some great bluegrass opportunities for fan participation coming up, beyond the usual concerts and jam sessions. Bluegrass Campout. First up is the annual Spring Bluegrass Campout at the KOA in Chula Vista over the weekend of April 29-May 1st. If you didn’t book a camp site, you can stop by for a day […]

  • A Little Bluegrass History

    Let’s take a walk through a bit of San Diego history and remember some of the great bluegrass bands from our home town. For sure, there are lots of great bands who have visited and performed in San Diego, and there are several noteworthy professional bluegrass musicians of high stature who grew up and started […]

  • Upcoming Bluegrass Events

    Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper in San Diego. Champion fiddler Michael Cleveland and his outstanding band Flamekeeper will be in San Diego on Wednesday, March 2 for a show in La Jolla presented by the San Diego Bluegrass Society. Admission is free (donations are solicited) and there will be a 30-minute opening set by acclaimed local […]