Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association



Bluegrass Band Directory
Old-Time Band Directory
Related Band Directory

bluegrass band The wealth of high quality acoustic music in the Upper Midwest is evident in the MBOTMA member band directory, a guide to over 100 traditional acoustic bands based in the region. When they enroll, bands choose their own category (bluegrass, old-time, or related acoustic music), but many bands play music which spans all three categories. While a number of our member bands are composed of full-time musicians, there are many that play at a semi-professional level, as well as groups that only gather to play for fun.

The band directory is published to assist musicians in connecting with one another and to assist in hiring bands for special events. Member bands are selected to perform at many of the festivals organized by MBOTMA, including the Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff and the Winter Bluegrass Weekend. To enroll your band, please see the band membership area of the website for membership information. You can also download a complete Band Membership Benefits PDF sheet here.

Right now (Dec 2015) MBOTMA is doing a lot of booking for all of its 2016 events. Member bands get a first shot at many of these opportunities because we notify them when booking is going on. Here is a sample of letters we have out this fall that you can download. Winter Bluegrass Weekend Band Iinvitation Letter, Cabin Fever Festival Band Invitation Letter, Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff Band Invitation Letter, Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival Band Invitation Letter.

If you have an update or correction for your band's listing, or would like to establish a member band page within the website, please contact the website administrator. Bands are listed by category and include band name, contact name, e-mail address, phone number and website address. Member band pages within the MBOTMA website include band name, photo, 2-3 paragraphs of description, contact information, and a link to the band's website, if appropriate. Be sure the website administrator has the most current information on your band.