Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association



The Harvest Jam
Acoustic Music Experience

November 20-22, 2015

Marriott Minneapolis West
9960 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis




We expect scores of pickers and grinners to pack into the Minneapolis Marriott West Hotel on November 20th through 22nd for a weekend gala of musical performances, entertainment, and jamming. Here is a brief rundown of what went on last year at this annual event. We'll post information for 2015 as it becomes available.

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Ballroom Concerts. The main ballroom has a wonderfully visible stage with seating in a comfortable banquet style arrangement. In 2015 we'll be featuring the most recent IBMA Emerging Artists of the Year award winners Flatt Lonesome, plus Blue Yodel #9, The Good Intentions, The Bill & Kate Isles Band,  Pushing Chain, and the Gloryland Gospel Band. And we can always expect great sound from the Armadillo Sound Company. 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. Twelve groups will compete for $2000 in prize contracts with the winner getting a place on the main stage of the 2016 Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival. Last year the competition champions were Porcupine Creek.




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 featuring Flatt Lonesome and Pushing Chain.


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. Sign-Up Now!



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 vendor page. Email Jed to reserve your table space.


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 or to order tickets with Visa/MC call 800-635-3037. Order tickets online on our ticket page. Check our location page for more information about the hotel and reservations.


The Harvest Jam Acoustic Music Experience would like to thank our business partners for helping to make it possible, including LESSON PROS, RED WING MUSIC REPAIR Program at Southeast Technical Minnesota State College, MY FAVORITE GUITARS and NECHVILLE BANJOS. 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.