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June 2023
Vol. 22, No. 9

Bluegrass Corner

MohaviSoul Shines at the International Bluegrass Music Awards

by Dwight WordenDecember 2021

I hope everyone had a great turkey day filled with bluegrass music, friends, great food, and good times. We all needed that after a tough year and can hopefully look forward to more as we enter the holiday season. Here’s an update on bluegrass goings on.

MohaviSoul on stage at IBMA in Raleigh, North Carolina.

MohaviSoul at IBMA. Local bluegrass band MohaviSoul was selected as a showcase band for this year’s IBMA event in Raleigh, North Carolina, held in October. That’s a big deal. Prior bands to receive this honor are few, including Nickel Creek and Down the Road. Here’s an excerpt of band leader Randy Hanson’s report on their adventures in Raleigh:
MohaviSoul, from San Diego, California, was a showcase artist for the Bluegrass Ramble at the 2021 IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina at the end of September. Many consider the yearly gathering in Raleigh a crucial event for all the acoustic music community. Considering all the bluegrass greats that hail from our part of America, we were honored to be the first band invited from SoCal since Nickel Creek.
It’s called show business for a reason and music was just part of the hectic schedule, which included “speed dating” with festival and venue promoters, as well as hosting a booth in the Business Convention Center. We hung out and jammed with talented musicians from all over the world and gained a solid reputation for good picking and good times. We are proud the California Bluegrass Association supported us and said we represented the California sound so well.
MohaviSoul is: Randy Hanson on mandolin, Jason Weiss on banjo, Dan Sankey on fiddle, Mark Miller on guitar, and Orion Boucher on bass. Congratulations and way to go guys!
Visit MohaviSoul and sample their new record release at:

Pick-up band on stage, in November, at the SDBS second Tuesday in Poway.

SDBS Second Tuesday in Poway. After delays due to Covid, San Diego Bluegrass Society (SDBS) live music is finally back on 2nd Tuesdays at the Mainstream Bar and Grill in Poway, featuring open mic, pickup bands, and jamming. Next up is December 14, 6:30-9pm. Lots of free parking, covered outdoor seating, and good food at reasonable prices. Stop by the Mainstream Bar and Grill 13385 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064.
NCBFC 1st Tuesday in Escondido is back, too. The North San Diego County Bluegrass and Folk Club’s 1st Tuesday of the month jam session, open mic, and pick up bands, is back in action. The music starts at 7pm and goes to 9pm, held at the Round Table Pizza in Escondido at the corner of Washington and Ash. Read more about it here:
Second Sunday jam at Duck Foot Brewery is back, too! Every 2nd Sunday from 1-3pm there is outdoor jamming at Duck Foot Brewery at 8920 Kenamar Dr. #210, San Diego, CA 92121. Next up is December 12th. Check here for details:
Oh, and don’t forget the annual Troubadour party on December 12th starting at 5 pm and going to midnight at Tango Del Rey, 3567 Del Rey St, San Diego, CA 92109, USA.
Happy holidays to all!

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