COMING UP NEXT FOR THE MBOTMA UNDERGROUND:
Friday July 26, 2013, 5-10PM, Saint Paul MN: MBOTMA Underground Roots Festival Kickoff, McNally Smith College (19 E Exchange St). The doors open at 5 PM at McNally Smith College for this free event. We'll have as many rooms at the college as we need to accommodate jammers. Also, Fred Keller formerly of the Whistle Pigs and current jam leader at Blackbirds Music in Minneapolis will lead one of the jams, and Phil Nusbaum is going to stick his head in that jam, too. From 7:30-9:30, it'll be an old time dance called by Robin Nelson and music from Teresa Lind (fiddle), Shawn Glidden (guitar) and Corey Mohan (banjo). The dance will take place in the McNally Smith Cafe, which will be serving for the evening. For more information www.lowertownrootsmusicfestival.com.
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Hey Everyone! We’re MBOTMA Underground. You may have heard our name floating around the MBOTMA community over the last year or so, but chances are, you aren’t completely sure who we are or what we do, so we thought we’d take a moment to formally introduce ourselves. Who are you? We’re Catie Jo Pidel and Sarah Cagley. We’re both youth representatives on the MBOTMA Board of Directors, and we’ve both grown up in MBOTMA. You’ve probably seen Sarah with the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers or hanging out with her dad, Bill Cagley, and Catie Jo is that bouncy fiddle girl with the short hair, round glasses, and purple case.
What are you called? MBOTMA Underground, or simply “the Underground” if you’re amongst your MBOTMA friends. We are not Bluegrass Underground, Old-time Underground, or Minnesota Underground. We wanted to incorporate bluegrass and old-time into our name, and also identify ourselves with a community we love, so MBOTMA Underground just made sense.
Oh, so you’re a youth organization. Nope! Now, that’s not to say that we aren’t trying to attract young people; we just don’t want to attract only young people. We are 100 percent, completely, whole-heartedly all ages. So what are you trying to accomplish then? Our mission is simple: we want to bring a wider variety of bluegrass, old-time, and related bands into the MBOTMA community in hopes that a larger audience will follow. That includes everything from the traditional to the not-so-traditional. We also have two main principles that are the basis of everything we do: 1) We want to pay our bands... real money. Not tips, not hugs, and not free food; 2) We want to operate on a suggested donation system instead of using tickets or a cover charge. Wait a minute, aren’t those mutually exclusive? That’s where you guys come in. We never want to have to deny anyone the chance to see great, local music, so even if you can’t pay the suggested donation, please still come. But if you can spare a few bucks, anything helps. All of our money goes to either paying for the facility or paying our bands.
Follow the MBOTMA Underground on Twitter https://twitter.com/undergroundmn
Like MBOTMA Underground on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mbotmaunderground
We recently raised $815 through Razoo and the MNGive Day campaign on November 15th. This is a great start for us to produce some fun events in 2013. Watch this site for news of these upcoming events, and thank you to all who contributed (you can still do so at http://www.razoo.com/Minnesota-Bluegrass-And-Old-Time-Music-Association).
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