A FESTIVAL OF BLUEGRASS & OLD-TIME MUSIC AND DANCE
Mark Your Calendars Now!
The 2014 Winter Bluegrass Weekend
A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance
Friday-Sunday, February 28th through March 2, 2014
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN
Look who won the 2013 Winter Bluegrass Weekend raffle: Jim Whitney (Minnetonka) won a Martin DRS2 Guitar; Ellen Stanley (Minneapolis) won a Deering Goodtime Two Banjo; and Bill Merrill (Golden Valley) won four tickets to see Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers at the State Theater on July 22 in Minneapolis. They look like happy campers. You better buy a ticket next year.
In 2013 we had 2,987 people attend WBW events, about the same attendance as the year before. Next year we expect more of the same - fun, fun, fun! This three day indoor event will be packed with band showcases, headline concerts, dances, workshops, instrument exhibitors, other activities, and plenty of around the clock informal jam sessions. It will all take place in a comfortable, indoor setting, and of course we will need your help to make it all happen. Get your tickets now!
To get started early check out the Get-A-Head-Start Jam on Thursday February 27th in the Fireside Lounge from 6:30 PM to who knows when. Chris Anderson will host this friendly get together for all the folks who like to come early. She'll make you feel welcome and may be bringing some song sheets for all you aspiring singers out there too.
The core event of the Winter Bluegrass Weekend is the Showcase of Bands. More than forty groups will perform on two stages all three days. Showtimes were 7:00 PM to Midnight on Friday, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. You'll find a list of groups and detailed stage schedules within these pages.
The highlight of the Winter Bluegrass Weekend is the Saturday Night Headline Concert. Our featured performers in 2013 was Blue Highway. There were be two shows, one at 7:00 PM (with special guest Alabaster Falls) and one at 9:30 pm (with special guest Ruby Magpie). Due to limited seating, these concerts are ticketed separately from all other Winter Bluegrass Weekend events, and are expected to sell out. So get your tickets early and reserve your spot now.
The Old-Time Music & Dance Hall will be a busy place with square dances, honky tonk, clogging, and additional band showcases on Friday from 7PM to 11PM and on Saturday from 11AM to 11PM. Many of the dances are taught and called by professional callers. And there are dance instruction workshops too. Our Saturday afternoon old-time concert will feature a reunion of The Volo Bogtrotters. They'll be providing music and calling dances for a the Saturday night dance as well.
In addition to all the stage shows and dances there will be 3 rooms of instrument exhibitors, two rooms of workshops, the "Spotlight On" presentation, a Sunday morning gospel show, the jams and kids activities in the Gathering Place, and jam sessions around the clock and throughout the hotel. We'll start it all with a Get-Ahead Jam on Thurs February 28th in the Fireside Lounge starting at 6:30 PM.
Behind the scenes at the Winter Bluegrass Weekend will be the Grass Seeds Music Academy. This is a three day music camp for serious pickers and singers ages 8 to 18 (or so). Pre-registration is required and space is limited. These lucky kids can expect to learn jamming etiquette, ensemble playing, how to play back-up and take a lead break, how to sing lead and harmony, and more. on Sunday the performed a recital on the auditorium stage. They work hard but have fun too.
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.
The Winter Bluegrass Weekend is held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West (formerly known as the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center) in Plymouth, on the western outskirts of Minneapolis. Great weather for jamming is guaranteed - as long as you stay inside! Call early for hotel reservations and ask for the Minnesota Bluegrass event rate at the Crowne Plaza (763-559-6600), Residence Inn (763-577-1600), or Best Western Kelly Inn (763-553-1600).
Admission to the Winter Bluegrass Weekend is available on a daily basis at the door or with a discounted weekend admission ticket available in advance. Admission for the headline concerts is a separate ticket and can be purchased individually or as part of the discounted Bluegrass Lovers Package (includes weekend festival admission and one headline concert ticket) or the Bluegrass Extremists Package (includes weekend festival admission plus a ticket to both headline concerts). Tickets for teens are generally half price and kids age 12 and under are free except for the headline concerts. Prices, details, and advance tickets can be purchased on the Winter Bluegrass Weekend ticket page or by calling 800-635-3037.
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