Bluegrass Corner
  • 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 […]

  • Lots of Bluegrass Happenings in October

    There are great opportunities to hear bluegrass music coming up. SIDELINE. On November 9th the San Diego Bluegrass Society (SDBS) will present Sideline in concert at the First Baptist Church of Pacific Beach, 4747 Soledad Mountain Road, in San Diego. There will be an opening local band (TBD) at 7pm. Sideline will go on at […]

  • A Wonderful Time at Summergrass!

    Another great Summergrass has concluded and been filed away in the memory banks. Held over the weekend of August 17-19, the weather was warm, with cool breezes prevailing most of the time, as a nice crowd enjoyed the hot music on the main stage. The traditional green parachute was up shading the audience area, as […]

  • Great Bluegrass Coming to San Diego in August!

    San Diegans have two outstanding opportunities to enjoy top quality live bluegrass music this month: Summergrass. Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19 brings the annual Summergrass Festival to San Diego. Top talent, including Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, the Jeff Scroggins Band, and the ever popular Bluegrass Etc., will […]

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