Bluegrass Corner
  • Summergrass Is Just Around the Corner

    The annual Summergrass Bluegrass Festival is just around the corner—August 16-18. The event takes place at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista. There will be top concerts on the main stage, workshops, vendors, camping, a kid’s music academy, jamming, a beginners slow jam, an adult boot camp, and more. If you have […]

  • What’s Happening!

    Bluegrass Day at the Del Mar Fair will be held on Saturday, June 29, from 11am to 8pm on the Paddock Stage. This special day of bluegrass is a great way to enjoy the music and also to visit and enjoy the annual San Diego County Fair. Brought to you by the San Diego Bluegrass […]

  • Great Local Events!

    Reports show that the Julian Family Fiddle Camp was a great success. Held last month in the mountains outside Julian, students studied banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle, and more. Also last month, Della Mae, internationally acclaimed all women’s bluegrass band, gave a concert to a sold-out house at the city of Del Mar’s beautiful new […]

  • The End of an Era

    Urban Solace closes its doors for good, ending its famous Sunday Bluegrass Brunch. Quality opportunities to regularly hear great live bluegrass music in San Diego, while enjoying a meal, and for top performers to secure those reliable bluegrass gigs, are limited. Every once in a while something special comes along. There was the Old Time […]

  • Bluegrass Jamming

    Why is jamming such an important part of bluegrass music? Here’s my take on some of the reasons: – Bluegrass music, compared to jazz, pop, rock, or most other genres, is participatory. At bluegrass festivals you will find as many folks jamming informally in the parking lot as you will listening to the stage music. […]

  • Barefoot Movement is Coming to Del Mar!

    This great bluegrass group out of Tennessee and the Carolinas will be making a rare appearance in San Diego on Friday, February 8th at the new Del Mar Town Hall. The concert is part of the Del Mar Foundation’s Bluegrass and Beyond series. Here’s what folks are saying about this outstanding group: “One of the […]

  • Happy New Year!

    Welcome to a new year of great bluegrass music! We close out the year 2018 with fondness, looking back at many wonderful bluegrass experiences: – The Summergrass Bluegrass Music Festival, held in Vista over a long weekend in August, featuring ten-plus top national and touring bands, workshops, a Kids Music Camp, camping, food, vendors, workshops, […]

  • Bluegrass Music in a Changing World

    No doubt about it, the world continues to change. Our means of communication, our technology, our understanding of science, medicine, natural systems, and more. Even the way we produce and listen to music continues to change. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which bluegrass music and the culture around it has […]

  • Bluegrass Jokes and Bluegrass Culture

    In this month’s column I will take a look at the culture of jokes that pervades the bluegrass music scene. Partly to understand the humor aspect of the bluegrass culture, but partly just to share some of my favorites. Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys are considered the founding fathers of bluegrass music, and while […]

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