Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association



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What: Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival
When: August 8-11, 2013
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 has been nominated three times as Event of the Year (2005, 2007, 2010) by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in Nashville. It is no surprise then that the 2013 MBOTMA Festival will feature the IBMA Entertainers of the Year; The Gibson Brothers. Other award winning acts on the 2013 line-up include Darin & Brooke Aldridge (Emerging Artist nominees), Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Vocalist nominee), The Claire Lynch Band (Female Vocalist of the Year 1997 & 2010), and Bigfoot (Appalachian Stringband Festival Traditional Old-Time Band Champions). Fourteen more acts on the main stage and another ten groups on various other stages completes this award winning line-up for this annual music and camping festival at El Rancho Mañana in Stearns County on August 8th through 11th.


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When it comes to sustainability and stability, a career in music isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for Eric and Leigh Gibson. But despite being from New York and geographically removed from the genre’s Appalachian roots, they have made a name for themselves in bluegrass music over the past two decades, playing over 80 shows and festivals a year. They have gradually built a deeply dedicated, nationwide fan base with their spellbinding harmony singing, which can reach the high lonesome notes of Bill and Charlie Monroe, and capture the tenderness of pop/country crooners The Everly Brothers.

That's the buzz. Here are the facts for The Gibson Brothers: 2012 IBMA Entertainers of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance for "Singing As We Rise;" 2012 SPBGMA Awards for Album (Help My Brother), Song (Help My Brother), and Songwriters Of The Year; 2011 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year (Help My Brother), 2011 Bluegrass Album of the Year by Pop Matters (Help My Brother); and 2010 IBMA Awards for Song of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (Ring the Bell). Their current recording, “They Called It Music” has made it to the #4 position on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart (week of April 13, 2013).


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From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia comes one of bluegrass music's most honest voices in the genre's history, Junior Sisk. Over the years, his haunting, almost lonesome vocals have earned him and his band, Rambler’s Choice, the devotion of countless traditional bluegrass fans from all over the world. Claire Lynch grew up in Alabama, began her education in country music, and got caught up in the bluegrass revival of the 1970's, joining a band called Hickory Wind. Claire’s career is fittingly bookended by two IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards: in 2010, in recognition of her current work with the Claire Lynch Band, and in 1997, for her influential work with the Front Porch String Band and as a solo artist. Darin and Brooke Aldridge, are from North Carolina and are one of the best duos in acoustic music these days. Fans around the country have fallen in love with “The Sweethearts,” who were married in December of 2008. And just under two years ago, Bigfoot burst upon the old-time music scene by winning the Appalachian Stringband Festival Traditional Old-Time Band Championships in Clifftop, Virginia. Their combination of two fiddles, guitar, banjo, and bass is the best old-time string band sound, especially for dancing.


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All these highly respected musicians, and many more, will be featured on the main stage at the 2013 Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival. Many will also be participating in special collaborations in The Showcase Tent, such as the Saturday afternoon “Duet Singing As It Should Be” collaboration with Eric and Leigh Gibson and Darin and Brooke Aldridge. There is also music, contests, crafts, and games in The Family Area; thirty hands-on workshops in the Workshop Area; new groups on the Young Talent Stage; late night shows at Ranch House Live; and dozens of food and merchant booths along with a stage in the Marketplace Area. Showtimes are 6:00 PM to 11:30 PM Thursday, 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday.








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The Showcase Tent will become a dance hall on Friday and Saturday night. Bigfoot will be providing music for a contra dance on Saturday with dances taught and called by Sarah York. New Five Cents, Poor Benny, and The Petticoat Rustlers will provide music for other dances with callers. Friday late night there will be a free for all dance with Pert’ Near Sandstone and Boys N’ The Barrels, two of Minnesota’s hot young jamgrass bands. And on Saturday night it’s a Cajun dance with Ana & The Beltones.

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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Thursday through Sunday, August 8-11, 2013, Richmond MN: The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival, El Rancho Mañana Campground (27302B Ranch Rd 56368). Four-day outdoor music and camping festival with stage shows, dances, workshops, showcases, children's shows, demonstrations, crafts, and good food in five stage areas. Three time IBMA Event of the Year nominee. Award winning line-up, including The Gibson Brothers, Claire Lynch Band, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Bigfoot, and many more. Showtimes are 6:00 PM to 11:30 PM Thursday, 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday. Tickets for adults are daily at the gate: $20 Thursday, $25 Friday, $30 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Or $85 for all four days including camping. Teens are only $10 and kids are free. Discounts in advance. For information or tickets call 800-635-3037 or visit www.MinnesotaBluegrass.org. Presented by the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association.

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