Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association



March 21-23, 2014
Inn On Lake Superior, Duluth


Bigger and better than ever, that's what the 2014 Cabin Fever Festival will be. Our new digs at The Inn On Lake Superior in Canal Park in Duluth are providing a number of opportunities for us to expand and improve the event. So on March 21-23, 2014, it will be another great indoor weekend of stage shows, workshops, draw bands, vendors, open mic, and all-day and late-night jam sessions.

The Cabin Fever Festival is produced by the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA) and made possible in part by BULLYAN RV, DATAQUICK TITLE SERVICES and PIKE LAKE DENTAL.

We'll be updating our festival information on these pages as information becomes available.  But don't wait to call Inn On Lake Superior at 888-668-4352 for room reservations. Tell them you have cabin fever and you want the special Minnesota Bluegrass Festival rate. Then order your tickets, and check out the volunteer schedule to help us out.

Oh my gosh! Inn On Lake Superior is sold out (its going to be a great weekend). If you're still looking for lodging there are several options right next door. To the north is The Hampton Inn (218-720-3000) and Canal Park Lodge (218-279-6000). To the south is Comfort Inn & Suites (218-727-1378). You can find them on the map on our Where To Park download page.


Friday Night Live! will be back on Friday night. It all starts at 7:00 PM with an open mic in Northern Lights Ballroom in the hotel conference center, followed by the night's grande finale with the award winning Platte Valley Boys.






On Saturday we’ll start with a workshop program at 10:00 AM that runs through the day, plus afternoon concerts from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. There will be eight guest bands followed by our afternoon host band Sawtooth Bluegrass.




The weekend highlight will be the Saturday Night Headline Concert from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM featuring Rebecca Frazier and her band Hit & Run plus The Platte Valley Boys and Sawtooth Bluegrass. Originally from Colorado, Hit & Run is the only band to have won first place in all of the  triumvirate of major national band contests: the 2002 Rockygrass Band Competition, the 2003 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, and the  2005 SPBGMA International Band Championships in Nashville.

“Something’s got to be up when one bluegrass band suddenly surpasses all the others. Here in Colorado, that band is Hit & Run.” --Denver’s Westword newspaper
Hit & Run formed in Colorado in late 2001 with the mutual desire to play “authentic yet
modern” bluegrass. A few months later, the group of stellar pickers won the 2002 Rockygrass
Band Competition in Lyons, CO. Less than a year after that, Hit & Run took first place at the
2003 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, making them the first band to win both
contests. According to Denver’s Westword newspaper, “Something’s got to be up when one
bluegrass band suddenly surpasses all the others. Here in Colorado, that band is Hit & Run.” Hit
& Run went on to take first place at the 2005 SPBGMA International Band Championships in
Nashville—making them the only band ever to win the top triumvirate of major national band




The Saturday afternoon guest band stage show from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM will include eight groups from all around the state of Minnesota, and finish up with a set from Sawtooth Bluegrass. A detailed schedule can be found on our schedule page. You'll want to stay the weekend, so get a room (see bulletin at top of page for lodging information).


Volunteers Needed - Visit our volunteer page for details.

Where To Park - Hotel parking areas are reserved for hotel lodging guests only. Public parking is available (and free) on the street and in seven public parking lots. The Lake City lot, Northwest Iron lot, and Lighthouse lot are located on either side of and across the street from Comfort Suites (next door to Inn On Lake Superior). The Canal Park lot is on the north side of Hampton Inn (at the brew pub), and the Lake Place lot is north of that with the entrance in front of Canal Park Lodge. There is also the Steamplant lot and Irvin lot to the West of the Lake Place lot. And the Sculpture lot on Lake Ave behind some of the shopping sites.

CLICK HERE to download our Where To Park PDF.

CLICK HERE to download our festival program PDF that we'll be handing out at the festival.

CLICK HERE to download a festival flyer PDF.

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