The Harvest Jam
Acoustic Music Experience
November 15-17, 2013
Marriott Minneapolis West
9960 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis
The Harvest Jam Acoustic Music Experience is excited to announce our new partnership with the RED WING MUSIC REPAIR Program at Southeast Technical Minnesota State College. They will join MY FAVORITE GUITARS and NECHVILLE BANJOS to help us bring you a better festival. Make sure to visit them during the festival in the "Hayloft Jam Rooms" on the second floor of the hotel or at their booths in the Vendor Room.
We expect scores of pickers and grinners to pack into the Minneapolis Marriott West Hotel for a weekend gala of musical performances, entertainment, and jamming. The information below is from our 2012 festival, so you can get a sense of all the fun to expect. We'll post information for 2013 as it becomes available.
Ballroom Concerts. The main ballroom has a wonderfully visible stage with seating in a comfortable banquet style arrangement. And we can always expect great sound from the Armadillo Sound Company. The Saturday night ballroom concert with The Josh Williams Band be the highlight of the weekend. Since being presented with the “Emerging Artist of The Year” award by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in Nashville in 2010, The Josh Williams Band has become a leading tribute to the tradition of bluegrass music.
The Josh Williams Band will be joined on Saturday by The DitchLilies and the Race For A Place Champions. We'll start out on Friday with The Platte Valley Boys, The High 48s, and wind up the night with a CD release party for Barton;'s Hollow. Watch for updates and detailed schedules on our schedule page and ballroom concerts page.
The Race For A Place Band Contest will be on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Ten groups will compete for over $1000 in top prize value with the winner getting a place on the main stage of the 2012 Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival. Last year the band competition was won by No Grass Limit, an new and up and coming bluegrass band with over 100 years of musical experience. With original tunes of tales, life lessons, and love, No Grass Limit truly sets themselves apart from any bluegrass band. This year's concert will be hosted by The Woodpicks (the 2008 Race Champions).
Banquet Dinner Celebration on Saturday starting with a reception at 5:00 PM and dinner at 6:00 PM, with an after dinner program that includes a performance by the Race For A Place Champions. Dinner attendees can remain in place for the best seats in the house for the evening's ballroom concerts starting at 7:00 PM with The Josh Williams Band and The DitchLilies.
Workshops on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This will be a comprehensive program focusing on band development and performance. Tentative topics include finance, booking, stage craft, songwriting, copywriting, sound reinforcement, instrument care, and more.
Kip's Live on Friday from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM and on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 1:00AM. You are the star of this informal single mic open stage in Kip's Irish Pub.
Vendors. We'll have a number of vendors on hand selling everything from instruments and musical supplies to jewelry and massages. And of course we'll have some MBOTMA merchandise on sale too. So plan to do your holiday shopping at the Harvest Jam. Check out the details on our venodr page if you are interested in having a booth.
Theme Jams. You supply the fuel, we'll supply the spark to start one of our new theme jams.
For more information about the Harvest Jam Acoustic Music Experience call 800-635-3037. Advance tickets are on sale now. Check our location page for more information about the hotel and reservations.
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