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

Showcase of Bands
by Rick Anderson

Once again it is my pleasure to offer a wide array of MBOTMA member band showcases at the Winter Bluegrass Weekend. Starting at 6:00 PM Friday and ending at 2:00 PM Sunday (new end time), there will be forty bands covering bluegrass, old-time stringband, and related music genres on two different stages (the Nechville Banjo Stage in the auditorium and the My Favorite Guitars Stage located in the Europa room). There will be many of your favorite groups returning along with some exciting new bands!

The Europa Room: Open Stage & Buffett Dinner
by Bob Bayers

The Showcase of Bands starts on the My Favorite Guitars Stage beginning Friday at 6:00 PM and listen to some great bands. If you haven’t got a spot on the schedule, you can sign up in the Gathering Place starting at 7:00 PM on Friday evening for a slot to perform during the open stage session on Saturday morning between 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM. On Saturday night we will have drawings for door prizes during the Winter Weekend buffet put on by the Crowne Plaza hotel.

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Nechville Banjos Stage

MC: Dan Fish
6:00 Luke Warm & The Cool Hands
6:45 The Flemming Fold
7:30 Blue Groove
8:15 Eelpout Stringers
MC: Soren Olesen
9:00 The Bootlickers
9: 45 Bernie King & The Guilty Pleasures
10:30 Sawtooth Brothers
11:15 Ivory Bridge

11:00 MBOTMA General Membership Meeting
MC: Kim Monson
11:45 Ophoven Family
12:30 Due North
1:15 Timbre Junction
2:00 Biscuit Boys
MC: Katryn Conlin
2:45 Dick Kimmel & Co
3:30 Porcupine Creek
4:15 Platte Valley Boys

9:00 Non-Denominational Church Service with Richard Dugan

MC: Barb Carlson
(gospel show 10:00AM-1:00PM)
10:00 Borderstone 
10:45 Singleton Street 
11:30 Blessings Gospel Trio
12:15 Sherry Minnick & Jackson Buxton
1:00 Grass Seeds Recital 

My Favorite Guitars Stage
(Europa Room)

MC: Margaret Brandes
6:00 Rosby Corner
6:45 The Alzen Family
7:30 Pushing Chain
8:15 Moss Piglets
MC: Tom Schrack
9:00 Longtime Gone
9:45 Mark Kreitzer Band
10:30 Switched At Birth
11:15 Now And Then

MC: Barb Carlson
10:30-12:00 Open Stage
(sign up in Gathering Place starting at 7:00 PM Friday)
12:00 Curtis & Loretta
12:45 Tickwood Stringband
MC: Mary DuShane
1:30 Purdy River Band
2:15 Poor Benny
3:00 The Hacklewrappers
3:45 The Longshots


Dinner Celebration 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
(dinner served until 8PM)
with entertainment by:

MC: Joanie Bull
5:00 The High 48s
5:45 The Good Intentions
6:30 Alabaster Falls
7:15 The Fish Heads
MC: Martha Galep
8:00 Cousin Dad
8:45 Sloughgrass
9:30 Halvorson Family Band

7:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
Sunday Morning Brunch


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.

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