Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association


Welcome to the official web site of the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA), a 501c3 nonprofit, volunteer-based organization serving Minnesota and the Midwest. Our mission is to preserve and promote bluegrass and old-time string band music in Minnesota.

Our activities include four annual festivals, plus numerous concerts, dances, jam sessions, workshops, and educational programs. Our events and programs keep people who love to play and listen to traditional acoustic music busy all year around throughout the state of Minnesota. Check out our calendar of events for a full list of what is coming up. We encourage you to become a member of MBOTMA and welcome you at all of our events!

Coming Up Soon


Becky BullerFriday-Sunday, March 6-8, 2015, Minneapolis MN: The Winter Bluegrass Weekend: A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel in Plymouth (3131 Campus Dr, I-494 & Hwy 55). Some forty groups will be performing bluegrass, old-time stringband, and related forms of acoustic music on several stages in our Showcase of Bands (we have a schedule now popsted).

The Saturday Night Headline Concert will feature The Becky Buller Band for two shows, with the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers opening the 7:00 PM show and King Wilkie's Dream opening the 9:30 PM show. These shows are ticketed separately from the rest of the the weekend, and they often sell out. So you will want to order tickets right away. ►Act Now! Get Tickets.

But wait, there's more! The Red Squirrel Chasers will be featured in the Dance Hall. Plus there will be workshops, dances, instrument exhibitors, and jam sessions around the clock. You've got to stay the whole weekend to experience everything. ►Act Now! To book lodging contact the Crowne Plaza at 763-559-6600 or the nearby Residence Inn at 763-577-1600. Ask for the special Minnesota Bluegrass Festival rate.

Friday-Sunday March 20-22 2015, Duluth MN: Cabin Fever Festival, Inn On The Lake (350 Canal Park Dr). A weekend long cabin fever reliever event including stage shows, draw bands, open stage, workshops, and jam sessions around the clock. Featuring The Walker/Stargel Band both Friday and Saturday night. Plus Good Intentions, Porcupine Creek, Pushing Chain, many others. The stage schedules are posted. Get tickets on our ticket page. Volunteer to help put it on. Sign up for the Friday night open stage. For lodging contact Inn On Lake Superior at 888-668-4352 and ask for the special Minnesota Bluegrass Festival rate. Presented by the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA). Download a PDF flyer.



Wow! What a year it's going to be at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival on August 6-9 at El Rancho Manana near Richmond. This is one of those things for your “great-nearby-places-to-go-and-things-to-do list,” There will be nearly 30 hours of concerts on the Main Stage by national and regional bands, including a Hot Rize Reunion, the IBMA Vocal Group and Entertainers of the Year Balsam Range, The Jump Steady Boys, The Bucking Mules, Red Molly, Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray, The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers and many more.

Plus over 30 hours of hands-on workshops (instrumental, jamming, songwriting, harmony-singing, etc.), old-time dances with live bands (plus callers & instruction!), specialty showcases, and morning yoga in the Showcase Tentover 20 hours of activities for kids, including contests, crafts, games, and special stage shows in the Family Areamore alternative action at The Underground,Gathering PlaceMarketplace, and Ranch House Live.

►Act Now! Early Bird Tickets are now onsale until March 1. Save yourself some dough and get them now for $79 (or $74 for MBOTMA members). They'll be $85 ($75 for members) after March 1 and $95 at the gate. Call 800-635-3037 or use your credit card or Paypal on our tickets page.


More 2015 MBOTMA Festivals

Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff Music Festival, May 29-31, 2015, El Rancho Mañana, Richmond MN

Harvest Jam Acoustic Music Experience, Marriot Mpls West Hotel - Dates To Be Announced

Past Events

The Harvest Jam Acoustic Music Experience took place on November 21-23, 2014 in St Louis Park at the Marriott Minneapolis West Hotel (9960 Wayzata Blvd). This 9th annual event featured Ballroom Concerts Friday and Saturday night plus a Sunday morning gospel show with The Darrell Webb Band, Sawtooth Bluegrass, Ivory Bridge, Hey Lonesome, and The Fish Heads. Plus the Race For A Place Band Contest on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM hosted by Bob Bovee & Pop Wagner, the Saturday Banquet DinnerKip's Live Open Mic in Kip's Irish Pub throughout the weekend, workshopsmusical exhibitors, and lots of jam sessions.

Thanks to all who donated on Give to the Max Day - November 13, 2014. We had set a goal of $3000 in donations... but when the dust settled at the end of the 24-hour period, we had received $6,300! A total of 114 donations were processed. Your generosity was amazing! If you didn't get around to giving on Give to the Max Day, don't worry - there is still time to make a year-end gift to MBOTMA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Here is something new that only comes around once in a lifetime. Our 40th Anniversary! To celebrate we had a 12 hour party, the  12to12 Fundraising Party at the Kraus Hartig VFW Post in Spring Lake Park on Saturday January 31st from (you guessed it) 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

There were 12 bands, 12 hours of stage shows, 12 Hours of jam sessions, and 12 hours of fun! With The High 48s, The Platte Valley Boys, Switched At Birth, Cousin Dad, Middle Spunk Creek Boys, Roe Family Singers, Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, Jumping Joe & The Catie Cats, Ivory Bridge, Brian Barnes, Blue Hazard, and Porcupine Creek. Plus an OT/Cajun Dance, theme jams, Kraus Live, a silent auction, raffles, door prizes, and of course lots of jam sessions. Check out the details at 12to12.

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