Bluegrass Corner
  • Bluegrass Singing

    Bluegrass music, for sure, is characterized by high intensity, virtuosic musicianship on all the acoustic instruments—banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, sometimes Dobro, and upright bass. But, the gold standard bluegrass product (think Bill Monroe or Flatt and Scruggs) also involves harmony singing of a particular style. Let’s take a look at what it is and where […]

  • The Mandolin in Bluegrass

    The gold standard bluegrass band is comprised of a banjo, a fiddle, an upright bass, an acoustic guitar, and a mandolin. A significant, but not required, instrument in a bluegrass band is a Dobro. Rare, and sometimes frowned upon by purists, one may find a harmonica, an electric bass, or even drums. But a mandolin […]

  • Ah, Summergrass!!

    The San Diego bluegrass community is still savoring the great 2019 Summergrass Festival, which took place in Vista in August. Rather than yammer on about it, here is a photo run down of some of the action, courtesy of photographer extraordinaire David Cupp. Ramona Bluegrass Festival. The 10th annual Ramona Bluegrass Festival is coming up […]

  • SUMERGRASS: another great year!

    Perfect weather, great music, jamming at all hours, top talent, good friends. What’s not to love about Summergrass 2019, which marks its 17th year? As I complete this column Summergrass is still going. Look for a full report with photos next month. Bluegrass Music’s Trajectory—a music in motion. Surprisingly to many, bluegrass music is relatively […]

  • It’s Summergrass Time!

    The annual Summergrass Bluegrass Festival will be held August 16-18. Plan to come out and join the festivities at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista. There will be top concerts featuring national recording artists as well as a great selection of the top local and regional Bluegrass bands. The Line Up: The […]

  • 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 […]

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