Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association

MINNESOTA HOMEGROWN KICKOFF


MINNESOTA HOMEGROWN KICKOFF
Friday through Sunday, May 29-31, 2015

El Rancho Mañana, Richmond, MN

                             and
The Great Minnesota Uke Gathering
Friday through Sunday, May 29-31, 2015
www.GreatMinnesotaUkeGathering.com 

 

The Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff is a three-day outdoor music and camping festival featuring regional bands performing bluegrass, old-time stringband, and related forms of acoustic music. Twenty bands are expected to perform on the main stage on May 29-31, 2015 at  El Rancho Mañana Campground & Riding Stables near Richmond, Minnesota.

PLUS! In 2015 the Kickoff will be held in conjunction with the Great Minnesota Uke Gathering. This is a Minnesota ukulele weekend celebration and a get together for all ukulele players (or want-to-be players) with workshops, jams, sing-alongs, food, camping, something for all skill levels and lots of free uke related giveaways!
 

Tentative Main Stage showtimes for The Kickoff are 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM Friday, 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday. The list of bands for 2015 includes The Roe Family Singers, Pushing Chain, The Long Shots, The Moss Piglets, The Split-Shot Sinkers, No Grass Limit, Mother Banjo, Timbre Junction, Bob & Lynn Dixon, Singleton Street, The Sawtooth Brothers, No Man's Stringband, Pickin' Up Steam, The Froemming Family, Platte Valley Boys, The Mark Kreitzer Band, Purdy River Band, Curtis & Loretta, Crooked Grass, and Blue Groove. Bring your lawn chairs. No displays of alcohol are allowed in the concert area.

 

In addition to the main stage performances there will be workshops, organized jam sessions, music and craft vendors, and good food available. The Gathering Place, a large tent not far from the main stage area, serves as a welcome center for all who come to the Kickoff. Meanwhile, bluegrass and old-time musicians from across the Midwest will keep the campfires ringing with jam sessions around the clock. You can find schedules for all these other activities on the Workshops, Jams, and Gathering Place pages.

In addition to all the Kickoff activities, the Great Minnesota Uke Gathering will host ukulele workshops, jam sessions, and other uke events in a dedicated Uke Tent and other  ocations. There will uke jams at the Gathering Place, a large tent not far from the main stage area, serves as a welcome center for all who come to the Kickoff. And the Ranch House will host a ukulele open microphone Saturday afternoon - indoors with a stage, plenty of seating and refreshments available. Meanwhile, musicians from across the Midwest will keep the campfires ringing with jam sessions around the clock.

You are the star at Ranch House Live. Your group can fill one of the open stage times in the ranch house. We're also looking for individuals who will MC.  You'll find links to sign up through using Signup Genius on the Ranch House Live page.

You can order tickets by calling 800-635-3037 or online from our Kickoff ticket page. And please check out the schedule on the volunteer page and plan to help us out if you can.

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