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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.

September 23, 2014 (4th Tuesday); 8 pm at the Boll Weevil 9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. SDBS presents Gone Tomorrow as Featured Band

Gone Tomorrow

SDBS welcomes back Gone Tomorrow as Featured Band for SDBS. Gone Tomorrow is one of San Diego's longest running and most popular bluergass bands.Founded by mandolin and guitar player Richard Burkett more than 10 years ago, the bandn currently features Don hickox on fiddle, Steve Dame on banjo, and Dwight Worden on bass.All are seasoned veterans of hte local bluegrass scene, and their talent and experience show in every performance they present.

Gone Tomorrow has performed at the Summergrass Festival on several occassions, at Bluegrass Day at the Fair, as opening band for Dan Paisley and the Southern Grass, as Featured Band for SDBS and the North San Diego County Bluegrass and Folk Club, at SDSU, and at many other public and private events.

You can expect great instrumentation from some of the finest pickers in the area, strong vocals, and real bluergass done right by thhis great band. .

Schedule: Open mic and Pick-up bands 6:30-8; Gone Tomorrow 8-9 pm

Location: Boll Weevil Restaurant, 9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92123.

Admiussion: Free; donations suggested

Summergrass: We had a great festival August 15-17, 2014. Check it out at Summergrass.net

Summergrass logo

With our sister organization in San Diego, The North San Diego County Bluegrass and Folk Club, we co-produce Summergrass, a premier 3-day bluegrass festival held each August. Summergrass was a blast this year! We had a great turnout, great bands, and tons of jamming!

Watch the Summergrass website for updates on next year's event.

Bluegrass Etc.
Perennial favorites Bluegrass Etc. at Summergrass. (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.