Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association


The Winter Bluegrass Weekend:
A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance
Friday-Sunday, March 4-5-6, 2016

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN

Grass Seeds 2016 - our 13th year!

Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro and Bass

Grass Seeds and GS2 are MBOTMA sponsored youth workshops held in conjunction with the Winter Bluegrass Weekend. The groups meet for one session Friday night, two sessions on Saturday and one session Sunday morning. The kids then have the opportunity to show us all what they have learned with a concert on Sunday at 1:00.

The students learn about jamming etiquette, ensemble playing, how to play back-up, how to take a lead break, plus singing lead and harmony vocals. The kids have a lot of fun, but they work hard too.

Grass Seeds is NOT just for beginners or little kids – or just the really talented kids. Students who can play a few common chords or fiddle a few tunes will fit in at Grass Seeds. For more experienced students who are at least 14, there is GS2, which includes advanced instrumental technique, 3- and 4- part vocal harmonies and improvisation.


The High 48s (thehigh48s.com), winners of the 2009 Rockygrass band competition, will return as instructors in 2016. Marty Marrone, Anthony Ihrig, Rich Casey, Mike Hedding and Eric Christopher will offer instruction on guitar, banjo, dobro, bass, mandolin and fiddle.

Catie Jo Pidel will return to teach fiddle as well. Her youthful energy and enthusiasm is absolutely infectious - the kids love her.

Chris Silver (chrissilver.wix.com) will teach GS2 in 2016. If there are strings on it, Chris plays it - and plays it well. Before The Chris Silver Band, he was a member of Stoney Lonesome and is also well known for his songwriting. Chris has firm roots in bluegrass but has honed his own sound from many influences, making him perfect for GS2.



Grass Seeds Schedule
Friday 7-9 pm
Saturday 10 am-Noon and 1-4 pm
Sunday 10 am-12:30 pm, concert at 1 pm

Registration is $85 per student, which includes a weekend ticket for the Winter Bluegrass Weekend and one ticket to the Saturday night Headline Concert. Students can only register for one instrument. Be sure to register early, as space is limited. To register, please call MBOTMA at 1-800-635-3037.

If you have any further questions, please call Sandi Pidel, the Grass Seeds Coordinator at 763-784-5286 or email info@minnesotabluegrass.org.



MBOTMA is committed to passing this music on to the next generation. Our goal is to keep Grass Seeds as affordable as possible, especially for families who want to register more than one child. “I wish there would have been something like this when I was a kid” is without a doubt the most often heard comment about Grass Seeds. The registration fees alone do not cover the cost of putting on a workshop of this quality.

If you would like to support our young musicians and help MBOTMA continue to grow this program, please consider making a donation. You may do so online via givemn.org or by sending a check to MBOTMA at PO Box 16408 Mpls, MN 55416. Please specify that your donation is for Grass Seeds. All donations are tax deductible; you will receive a tax receipt by mail.

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To make the entire WBW 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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