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Summergrass Offers Fun for All Ages, Not to Mention Top-Notch Bluegrass Music!!

by Yvonne TatarAugust 2016
Summergrass main stage. Photo by Dennis Andersen.

Summergrass main stage. Photo by Dennis Andersen.

Bluegrass jam with Dennis Caplinger (far left). Photo by Dennis Andersen.

Bluegrass jam with Dennis Caplinger (far left). Photo by Dennis Andersen.

Kids' camp at Summergrass. Photo by Dennis Andersen.

Kids’ camp at Summergrass. Photo by Dennis Andersen.

Antique steam engines. Photo by Dennis Andersen.

Antique steam engines. Photo by Dennis Andersen.

Summergrass San Diego, Southern California’s most exciting bluegrass music festival, is happening August 19-21, at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 North Santa Fe Road, Vista, a fascinating 40-acre outdoor museum displaying rural American culture. The place is perfect for a bluegrass festival! Great bands will grace the 2016 stage. Here’s the stage lineup:

Friday, August 19
3pm Rocky Neck Bluegrass
4pm Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass
5pm Old Town Road
6pm Dinner Break
7pm Burning Hearts
8pm Bluegrass Etc.
9pm Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass

Saturday, August 20
10am This Just In
11am Bluegrass Etc.
Noon Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass
1pm Lunch Break
2pm Virtual Strangers
3pm David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition
4pm Gibson Brothers
5pm Bluegrass Etc.
6pm Dinner Break
7pm Rocky Neck
8pm David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition
9pm Gibson Brothers

Sunday, August 21
8am Chapel Service (under Parachute)
9am Sweet Tidings
10am Vintage Martins
11am Gone Tomorrow
Noon Kids on Stage
12:30pm Rocky Neck Bluegrass
1:15pm Lunch Break
2pm David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition
3pm Gibson Brothers
3:45pm Raffle drawing
4pm Vintage Martins

Tickets, camping, and all the info you need are available at or call (760) 301-6626.
Summergrass also offers fun activities for all ages!

Adult Boot Camp returns Friday, August 19 before the festival begins. Adult intermediate to advanced players are welcome. Each camp registrant will sign up for one of the following instrument classes: Banjo, Dennis Caplinger; Guitar, John Moore; Mandolin, Chris Henry; Fiddle, Tom Cunningham.

For more information and to register, please contact: Jeff Johanning, 951-302-1503 or email, or visit and click on “Summergrass 2016 Music Camps.”

Raffle Prizes for 2016
Summergrass will be offering great raffle prizes for this year’s festival. A Martin guitar, Deering banjo, Loar mandolin, and handmade quilt will be offered.

Teach Your Child to Play Bluegrass Music
Summergrass announces a very special Bluegrass Kids Camp, which will take place August 19-20-21, during the festival at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Kids Camp will conclude on Sunday with a 30-minute finale on the festival main stage, where the Kids Camp kids are the stars! You won’t want to miss this Sunday show which is always a favorite.

First Annual Pie Society Meeting at Summergrass 2016
Come and be part of the first annual Pie Society Tasting, which takes place on Thursday, August 18, from 2-3pm at Glen Bailey’s camp. Interested pie makers may bring a homemade pie to share. Pie lovers can come and have a slice of pie for a small donation. No winners, competition, or prizes, just a gathering to celebrate and discuss homemade pie in all its goodness. Pie aficionados Paul Haas and David Frick will host the event. For more information contact Paul at or call 626-926-4786.

Pickers Alert! Band Scramble and Thursday Nite Pickers Gathering
On Thursday, August 18 the Summergrass Band Scramble takes place from 4-6pm, where pickers gather to be randomly grouped into band ensembles and play a couple of tunes on the Summergrass mainstage. Glen Bailey and Rose Scibelli will be hosting this activity. Also, the Third Annual Thursday Nite Pickers Anniversary Party will happen later that same night and will celebrate 32 years and the 1,600th performance of “Truck Driving Man.” As Glen explained, “We almost have it down.” Contact Glen at for more information and to sign up!

Summergrass 2016, August 19 thru 21: Three Days of Live Music; Music Workshops; Adult Boot Camp, and Kids Camp; a variety of special family and kid-oriented music activities; lots of spontaneous live jam sessions; instrument raffles; tasty food; a variety of vendors; and a gathering of your bluegrass community of friends for a great weekend of fun! You don’t want to miss Summergrass 2016!

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