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The San Diego Bluegrass Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of bluegrass music in the San Diego area. 

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SDBS is a member of the
International Bluegrass
Music Association.


Emma's Gutbucket Band performs for the general public, schools (public and private), senior organizations, veterans, community centers, convalescents, charitable fund-raisers, and more.

The band plays for free but suggests donations (tax deductible), which go into a fund to support a variety of charitable purposes including to buy instruments and musical accessories for students, veterans, and other deserving individuals or organizations.

To schedule a performance, or inquire about our instrument donation program, contact: Nancy Wyatt by email at: egbb@sandiegobluegrass.org

Interested in participating? Join us at our regular practices:

Email Mary Jane Cupp for time and venue information.




Emma’s Gutbucket Band- A year at a glance. We will update the calendar as soon as we return to normal from the covid pandemic.


Emma Radcliffe - Balboa Park - 2008
Emma Radcliffe, our founder

Emma's Gutbucket Band- July 2017
Emma's Gutbucket Band performing for the Jewish Family Service Center on July 3, 2017. Photo by David Cupp.

Emma's Gutbucket Band Singing
Singing in three part harmony. Photo by David Cupp.


At the Balboa Oran Pavilion
Performing at the Balboa Park Organ Pavilion, with a spontaneous conga line from the enthusiastic audience.


Donating Instruments to Naval Hospital
Donating a full array of bluegrass instruments to vets in the rehabilitation program at the Balboa Naval Hospital