Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association




A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance
Fri-Sun, Feb 28 to March 2, 2014, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN

The highlight of the Winter Bluegrass Weekend is the Saturday Night Headline Concert. And this year will be extra special with nine-time IBMA Fiddler of the Year Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper.

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Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Michael’s talent was recognized early as he picked up a fiddle at age four. In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars. Later that year Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest appearances over the years is a who's who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, and Ralph Stanley.




After high school Mike toured with Dale Ann Bradley & Coon Creek before joining Rhonda Vincent & The Rage in 2000. The very next year Mike won his first IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year award, and shared the title of Entertainer of the Year with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. A year later he rejoined The Dale Ann Bradley Band and won his second Fiddle Player of the Year award. His third award came in 2004, and he has swept the title since 2006 and now claims a total of nine trophies.

Michael Cleveland’s accomplishments go well beyond just playing fiddle. Mike's first solo project as a Rounder recording artist, “Flame Keeper,” was released in February 2002 and was chosen as IBMA’s Instrumental Album of the Year. In 2004, Mike shared the Instrumental Album of the Year award with Tom Adams for “Tom Adams and Michael Cleveland Live at the Ragged Edge,” an album of fiddle and banjo duets. That was followed in 2006 by a second solo project, the award-winning “Let ‘Er Go, Boys!” and in 2008 by the first Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper CD, “Leavin’ Town.” The band’s second CD, “Fired Up,” was released in March 2011.

Members of the Flamekeeper band include accomplished singer, songwriter, resophonic guitarist and banjo player Glenn Gibson. Glenn’s credits as a sideman include such acts as Dale Ann Bradley and Karl Shiflett. Nathan Livers plays mandolin with Flamekeeper and is an alumnus of Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers and Tony Holt & The Wildwood Valley Boys. Tyler Griffith is an experienced multi-instrumentalist who has played in several genres of music throughout the Midwest, and now plays bass with Flamekeeper. Joshua Richards is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, and plays guitar with Flamekeeper. Joshua has played in several bands including the 2008 SPBGMA band contest winner Blue River.

There will be two headline concert showings, one at 7:00 PM (with special guest The Platte Valley Boys) and one at 9:30 pm (with special guest No Grass Limit). Tickets for the headline concerts can be purchased separate from the daily and weekend festival tickets ($19 adult, $18 member, $10 teens & kids), or as part of the 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). Advance tickets are recommended as both shows often sell out. Advance tickets can be purchased on our ticket page or by calling 800-635-3037 with Visa/MC/Discover.

To make the Winter Bluegrass 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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