Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association



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What: Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival
When: August 7-10, 2014
Where: El Rancho Mañana in Stearns County
Contact: Jed Malischke, 715-635-2479, jed@minnesotabluegrass.org
More Information: www.minnesotabluegrass.org



St. Cloud, Minnesota - The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary on August 7th through 10th at El Rancho Mañana in Stearns County. This four day music and camping festival has been nominated three times as Event of the Year (2005, 2007, and 2010) by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in Nashville. It is no surprise then that the event features many award winning bands on its main stage. What is surprising is the number of other stage venues there are and how it provides an inexpensive daytrip or weekend camping adventure just 30 miles from Saint Cloud and just 85 miles from the Twin Cities.


Download High Res Photo Here - THE BOXCARS

The twenty-one bands booked for the main stage include many stand-outs. The Boxcars have been Grammy nominated for Best Bluegrass Band and have been named IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year the last three years in a row and feature 10-time Mandolinist of the Year Adam Steffey (formerly with Allison Krauss) and the only IBMA winner of both Fiddle and Banjo Player of the Year, Ron Stewart. They will appear at the festival for one extended show on Friday night at 8:35 PM. The big show on Saturday night will include one show again at 8:35 PM with the most awarded (five times) IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Russell Moore and his band IIIrd Tyme Out.




Other groups through the weekend include Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers (numerous #1 singles nationwide), The Roys (named #1Bluegrass Artist at the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards), and Minnesota’s favorite Monroe Crossing. Main stage show times are 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM Thursday, 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday.

Download High Res Photo Here - Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers




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In addition to the main stage, you can dance the night away in the Showcase Tent. Several old-time square and barn dances (with dance callers and dances taught) are scheduled on Friday and Saturday night, as well as a Scandinavian dance and a Cajun dance. During the day the tent features instrument collaborations such as the Old-Time Fiddle Masters Showcase on Saturday at 2:00 PM with Brad Leftwich of the Hogwire Stringband, famed Norwegian fiddler Dwight Lamb from North Dakota, and Fred Campeau, Chirps Smith, and Paul Tyler all from the re-united Volo Bogtrotters of Chicago. Many of these award winning performers will also be offering a series of hands-on workshops throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday in the Workshop Area. Then there is The Family Area, with an additional stage and additional acts, plus crafts, games, and activities for the kids. The Gathering Place offers a place for amateur pickers to join a jam session. Ranch House Live is a late night open mic venue in the campground ranch house. Even the food vending area has a stage surrounded by a dozen food vendors and another 15 merchant vendors.


Download Hi-Res Photo - Barbara Jean

The newest stage venue at the festival is The Underground. The music there may be just a bit out-of-the-box and includes stage shows both Friday and Saturday from 5:30 PM to 11:30 PM and also several workshops and clinics on Saturday afternoon from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Many of the main stage acts visit the Underground, but there will also be a couple of very special guests that you won’t be able to see anywhere else at the festival. On Friday at 9:30 PM it’s the Dead Horses, based out of Northeastern Wisconsin. This 4-piece group, comprised of two guitars, mandolin, fiddle, and upright bass, is led by the sweet voice of singer/guitarist Sarah Vos, who is the winner of the 2013 Upper-Midwest Singer-Songwriter Competition. Dead Horses were also nominated for a 2012 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Award in the category of Bluegrass/Americana. And on both Friday (8:30 PM) and Saturday (7:30 PM) it’s Barbara Jean & Dave Gustafson. Calling Minnesota’s North Shore home for the better part of the last decade, Barbara Jean has been recognized on a national level with accolades from the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest and the Big Top Chautauqua, earning her a spot on the esteemed Mountain Stage radio show.


Download Hi-Res Photo - Family Area

In addition to the professional bands, a large portion of the 5,000 plus people that attend are amateur musicians. They will bring their instruments and join in the many impromptu jam sessions that go on day and night in the campgrounds. It takes place annually on the second weekend of August at Minnesota’s largest campground, El Rancho Mañana in Stearns County (20 mi W of St Cloud, I-94 exit #153 at Avon, 9 mi S on County 9, left on Mañana Rd). Festival goers can attend for a day, evening, afternoon, or camp on the grounds all four days and the week prior too. Advance ticket prices range from $19 for any single day to $77 for all four days including camping. Teens are only $10 and children are free. More information about the festival, including detailed schedules of all the various stage areas, is available at www.MinnesotaBluegrass.org or by calling 800-635-3037.

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