Bluegrass Corner
  • 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 […]

  • Thoughts About Bluegrass

    What makes bluegrass music one of the most enduring, and fastest growing, forms of music? That’s a great question without a totally clear answer. But, here are some thoughts: It’s authentic. In a time of studio produced “packaged” music, best exemplified by modern county music found on the radio, bluegrass is different. It is the […]

  • Happy New Year!

    2016 is shaping up early to be a great year for bluegrass music in San Diego. How’s this for a kick off for the New Year: Thursday-Sunday January 7-10, 2016: The Great 48 Jam Session in Bakersfield. There will be lots of jamming, hosted suites by SDBS, Summergrass and the North County Bluegrass and Folk […]

  • IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference

    Once a year, usually in October, the bluegrass world gathers in Raleigh, North Carolina for the annual International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Conference. There are seminars and workshops, showcase performances, a two-day festival, film showings, kids’ activities, a street fair, an exhibit hall, and the annual Bluegrass Music Awards Show in which the […]

  • Upcoming Bluegrass Concerts

    Chatham County Line This great bluegrass group will be at AMSD concerts on Thursday October 1. If well done traditional bluegrass is your cup of tea, don’t miss this show! Tickets and info: Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen Saturday, October 17 at AMSD concerts. Herb Pedersen has played with everyone from Emmy Lou Harris […]

  • So What Is Bluegrass Music, Anyway?

    That, my friends, is a simple, but profound question. It has no simple answer, and there is no 100% consensus on a definition, but let’s give a try at defining bluegrass music. Why do we need a definition? For the same reason we need definitions for all terms used in common discourse – so that […]

  • Summergrass Is Here!

    Grab your hat, your sunscreen, your folding chair, and get ready for the West Coast’s premier bluegrass festival: Summergrass. From Friday August 14 through Sunday August 16 there will be top flight national, regional and local bluegrass bands on the main stage plus a Kids Music Camp, vendors, camping, workshops, a slow jam, a raffle, […]

  • Summergrass Is Almost Here!

    Does the thought of hearing and seeing great bluegrass bands at a festival right here in San Diego sound appealing? If so, the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival held at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista is for you. Held over the weekend (Friday through Sunday) of August 14-16, Summergrass presents 12 top bands […]

  • Bluegrass History in San Diego

    Believe it or not bluegrass music has been prominent in San Diego since at least the 1950s. Not bad, considering that Bill Monroe, the “father of bluegrass” didn’t put the genre on the map until the mid-1940s. Here is an excerpt of an article I wrote on the history of the San Diego Bluegrass Society. […]