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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.

SDBS Presents a apecial HOLIDAY PROGRAM! Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at the Boll Weevil, 9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 6:30-9 pm.

Dennis and Zach CaplingerToys for Tots

Above: Dennis and Zach Caplinger; US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Holiday Prorgam. SDBS presents noted musician and lcoal KSON DJ Wayne Rice, host of the Bluegrgass Special radio every Sunday night from 10 pm to midnight, 97.3 and 92.1 on your FM dial, along with a collection of his musicial friends in a special holiday program. Join Wayne and Friends and participate in our holiday sing-a-long (song books will be provided.) Following that SDBS presents Dennis Caplinger of Bluegrass Etc. in concert with his son Zach Caplinger, lead singer and guitar player for the exciting local band Next Generation.

Toys for Tots. SDBS will not be holding a 4th Tuesday event in December so that everyone can enjoy the holiday time with their friends and family, so join us in November to share holiday cheer. Bring a new, unopened, and unwrapped toy to support SDBS's participation in Toys for Tots. Representatives of Toys for Tots from the US Marine Corps Reserve will be on-site to accept your donation.

Boll Weevil Restaurant, 9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92123.
Admission: Free; donations suggested.


Summergrass is a premier 3-day bluegrass festival held each August. Check out our summergrass video to get excited!

Bluegrass Etc.
Perennial Summergrass favorites Bluegrass Etc. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Andersen)

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.

Upcoming events

See a full listing of upcoming events on our Events+Calendar page.

Featured Articles

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).

Vintage San Diego Bluegrass Club poster


So Long Doc, Earl & Doug, by Dan Crary

Click here to read the full article.

A Tribute to Mike Auldridge

Mike Auldridge (photo by Jennie Scott)It is with great sadness that we report that 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.