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Looking for bluegrass music in San Diego? You're in the right place!

Ezra at the Boll Weevil open mic The San Diego Bluegrass Society sponsors a wide variety of bluegrass music events, including regular Tuesday events with open mics and jam sessions for San Diegans and visitors who desire to play bluegrass in a group setting, with a featured band on the 4th Tuesday. SDBS also sponsors bluegrass concerts by nationally recognized bands touring through our region, along with workshops and other educational activities.

Check out our Events+Calendar page for details. Better yet, sign up for our email list and we'll keep you informed of special events. Best of all, join the SDBS for our monthly e-newsletter, special member discounts, and more, You'll enjoy becoming part of our family-friendly community, and knowing that your support keeps bluegrass music alive and well in San Diego.

THE VIRTUAL STRANGERS Tuesday July 24, 2018

Virtual Strangers

The Virtual Strangers, 2007 Arizona Bluegrass Band contest winners, bring a great mixture of traditional and progressive songs. Their sound is a mixture of the traditional with Stanley, Monroe, and Flatt & Scruggs material along with more progressive material from Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band and Del McCoury. They have shared the stage with Rhonda Vincent, Bluegrass Etc., California, the Dillards, Lonesome River Band, Nashville Bluegrass Band, and many others.

Virtual Strangers have performed in numerous events & festivals in San Diego and throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado. In addition, Virtual Strangers led the annual Cruise2Jam Carnival Line Catalina/Ensenada Cruise each February for several years during which they taught passengers about jamming etiquette and held on board jam sessions. 

The Strangers are: Mike Tatar Sr. on banjo, Jon Cherry on mandolin, Kit Birkett on guitar, and Vonnie Tatar on bass. Last fall Mike & Vonnie moved to Tennessee to be closer to family, but the band will be doing concerts and events in the summer months when the Tatars plan to be in the So Cal area.

Don't miss this great band, our featured presentation for July.

Boll Weevil Restaurant
9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (corner Ruffin Road)

6:30-9:00 pm:

See Events Page for details

SUMMERGRASS

August 17-19, 2018. San Diego's premier bluegrass festival is held each August at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. The 2018 event will take place the third weekend in August.Visit the Summergrass website for info about tickets, workshops, vendors, camping , and more. Here are a few photos from prior years to get you excited, courtesy of David Cupp,

Summergrass Jam

Jamming into the late hours, above. David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition on the mainstage immediately below, followed by Chris Henry and Hardcore Grass.

David Parmley and CArdinal Tradition

Chris Henry and HGardcore Bluegrass

Free Music Outreach with Emma's Gut Bucket Band

Emma's Gut Bucket Band on stage

SDBS has an active music outreach program with Emma’s Gut Bucket Band, bringing bluegrass music and instruction to public and private schools, senior centers, assisted living facilities, homeless centers and the like at no cost. We also offer a lending library of instructional materials, plus an instrument lending Library, to our members. An instrument donation program is also available. Send us an email for info: info@sandiegobluegrass.org.

 

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Featured Articles

Bluegrass Day at the Fair June 10, 2018 in photos.

Old time fiddlers

Click HERE to see more of David Cupp's outstanding photos from this year's Bluegrass Day at the Fair

History of the SDBS in Words & Pictures
by Dwight Worden

SDBS (originally the San Diego Bluegrass Club) has been a force for bluegrass music in San Diego since the 1960s.

For a fascinating glimpse into its storied past, illustrated with lots of photos and historical images, and chock-full of interesting anecdotes and memories, download A Brief History of the San Diego Bluegrass Society (in print-friendly PDF format).

Wayne Rice honored for 40 years on the air with his Bluegrass Special on KSON Radio.

Read the SDBS proclamation honoring Wayne.

Wayne Rice


So Long Doc, Earl & Doug

by Dan Crary

Earl-Doc-Doug
Click here to read the full article.


A Tribute to Mike Auldridge

Mike Auldridge (photo by Jennie Scott)Dobro great Mike Auldridge passed away on Dec. 29, 2012, one day before his 74th birthday. Visit the Mike Auldridge Tribute site to learn more about MIke: his 2012 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship; his 2007 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award; and his significant contributions to the Dobro and to bluegrass music.. Rob Ickes' moving eulogy is also posted there, along with a guestbook with hundreds of tributes from his friends and fans.

 


Looking for a bluegrass band for your event? Let us know, and we'll assist you in locating a band that meets the particular needs of your party or event. Contact: info@sandiegobluegrass.org.

SDBS ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS FOR 2017

Click here for a copy of the SDBS annual report to members for 2017. It reviews our activities over the 2016 year, including our events and finances. This is a public docuiment. If you are not already a member, please consider joining us for 2017. It's only $20 for the whole family for the year. Click here to join online with your Paypal account or credit card. You won't regret it!