Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association


A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance
Fri-Sun, March 6-8, 2015, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN

The Gathering Place
By Jim Dostal

The Gathering Place at the Winter Bluegrass Weekend is a great place to meet old friends, new acquaintances, and find out more about MBOTMA. This year we will have a number of activities that are about developing music skills. On Friday starting at 8:00 PM we will have a Songwriters Round Robin featuring people presenting their latest creation and hosted by Paul Schulte. This is an opportunity to share your original music in an acoustic non-amplified setting. Participants will have the option to give a 1 to 2 minute introduction to their song, and then play their song, and then we’ll move on to the next songwriter's song. Just show up and do it!

On Saturday Mabel Houle will be doing some “Kids Stuff!” activities in the morning from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (crafts, games, fun). We will also have Bill Cagley doing beginning and intermediate jams at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM respectively. Then at 5:00 PM is Bill’s TLC stage where people can perform some music that they have been working on. There will be one more jam with Bill Cagley on Sunday before we close for the year. See you there.

Gathering Place 2015 Schedule
(Conference Room E)


6:00 Gathering Place Opens
7:00 Open Stage Sign-Up
8:00 Songwriters Round Robin with Paul Schulte


9:00 Mandolin Workshop with Clay Hess and Nick Keen
10:00 Guitar Workshop with with Clay Hess and Mark Kreitzer
10:03-12:30 Kids Stuff with Mabel Houle (games, crafts, fun)
1:00 Beginner’s Jam led by Bill Cagley
3:00 Intermediate Jam led by Bill Cagley
5:00 Bill’s TLC Stage with Bill Cagley (until 6:30)

7:00 Uke Jam with Tony Anthonisen (until 9:00 PM downstairs below the Gathering Place).


9:00 Gathering Place Opens
12:30 Intermediate Jam w/Bill Cagley
4:00 Gathering Place Closes

To make the weekend a reality we will need to fill 140 volunteer shifts with many volunteers like you - people willing to do their part to make it happen. Would you be able to help us out for just a couple hours? Volunteers get preferential seating at the Saturday Night Headline Concerts. Pick your time and task on our volunteer page and email us your name for the schedule.

For advance tickets visit our ticket page.

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