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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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We had a great first try out at the Southwestern Yacht Club on Shelter Island on February 20, 2023. Lots of pickers and listeners were in attendance enjoying the beuatiful venue, great food and outstanding service. A show of hands vote gave strong endorsement to returing to this venue. We're working on that, so stay tuned for updates.

Regular Tuesday Events: 2nd Tuesday 6:30-9 pm, Mainstream Bar and Grill 13385 Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064. SUSPENDED PENDING BETTER WEATHER. 4th Tuesday pending locating a great new venue.

Open Mic at Fuddruckers - Second Tuesday
Open mic, Second Tuesday


SDBS sponsors a local jam session, open mic & pick-up bands every second Tuesday. Open mic and pick-up bands play from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, and the evening also features a popular informal jamming session. If you want to perform, sign up in advance by sending an email to openmic@sandiegobluegrass.org, or sign up on site, space permitting. CHECK BACK IN SPRING WHEN THIS OUTDOOR VENUE WILL BE RESTARTED.

Address: Mainstream Bar and Grill 13385 Poway Road, Poway CA. 92064 6:30-9 pm. Plenty of free parking, good food!

Third Monday Instructed Slow Jam!. The 3rd Monday Slow Jam is now meeting in person on the 3rd Monday of the month, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 4011 Ohio St., San Diego, CA 92104.  For info. Email Mary Jane for the latest.

SDBS sponsors an instructed slow jam on the 3rd Monday of every month. The sessions are held at Our Savior Lutheran Church at the corner of Lincoln and Ohio in North Park (4011 Ohio St, San Diego, CA 92104). The sessions are an hour and a half structured slow jam learning experience from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm led Mary Jane Cupp and special guest teachers, with guidance from music teacher Janet Beazley. The fee is $5 per session for SDBS members and $10 for non-members (you can join SDBS on site). For more information on the slow jam (photo below), or to sign up, 

email Mary Jane.

Address: Our Savior Lutheran Church at the corner of Lincoln and Ohio in North Park (4011 Ohio St, San Diego, CA 92104).

Slow Jam
Slow Jam at the Third Monday event

Fourth Tuesday-Looking for a Venue

The SDBS 4th Tuesday Featured Band Night is looking for a venue.

Once we have a permanent venue we plan to restart the SDBS 4th Tuesday event to be held the fourth Tuesday of every month, SDBS will present a featured band, a top local or regional band in concert for one hour. The schedule for Fourth Tuesday is open mic & pickup bands from 6:30 to 8:00 pm; featured band from 8:00-9:00pm. Sign-up for open mic by email at info@sandiegobluegrass.org. Informal jamming throughout the evening also takes place outside.

Emma's Gut Bucket Band: Meeting at Mission Bay Park

SDBS's free music outreach program is called Emma's Gut Bucket Band after its founder Emma Radcliffe. Here they are in action at the Veterans Home in Chula Vista in Spring 2021. Photo by David Cupp. For info about the band, to join, or for details on the Mission Bay jams email Mary Jane Cupp





SDBS Presents NU BLUE in concert

April 13, 2023 at 7 pm

First Baptrist Church, Pacific Beach 5055 Governor Dr, San Diego, CA 92122. Admission is free; donations requested. Opening band TBD

2nd Tuesday open jam.SUSPENDED PENDING BETTER WEATHER. When the weather improves join us at this great outdoor venue for jamming, open mic, and pick up bands at Mainstream Bar and Grill at 13385 Poway Road in Poway, CA 92064 6:30-9 pm.

3rd Monday SlowJam.See info at left for the latest updates.The 3rd Monday Slow Jam is now meeting in person on the 3rd Monday of the month, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 4011 Ohio St., San Diego, CA 92104.  For info email Mary Jane Cupp.

4th Tuesday Featured Band Night. Open mic 6:30 pm-8 pm; Featured Band 8-9 pm.Location to be determined and announced soon when the 4th Tuesday event restarts. .

Emma's Gut Bucket Band. The group normally meets every Wednesday. Currently, the group is meeting at Mission Bay Park in the RV rec room when it's cold. Email Mary Jane Cupp for details.

4th Sunday Duck Foot Brewery Jam Session. join us at Duck Foot Brewery for jamming and fun every 4th Sunday of the month from 1-3 pm, 8920 Kenamar Dr. #210, San Diego, CA 92121 .Next up: Sunday March 26, 2023. Check here for details: https://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Bluegrass-Music-Meetup/

Bluegrass Day at the Fair. Sunday June 11, 2023 on the Paddock Stage. Check back for programming details.


Sign up here for open mic at the SDBS regular 2nd Tuesday event. Public welcome, but please bring your bluegrass material. These are open mics for acoustic music honoring the bluegrass genre. 10-20 minute slots, or shorter, are available. Sign up in advance by email for priority, or space permitting, sign up on site.

2ND TUESDAY: SUSPENDED. Mainstream Bar and Grill, Poway: openmic@sandiegobluegrass.org.


4th SUNDAY: DUCK FOOT BREWERY OPEN JAM SESSION. Duck Foot Brewery 8920 Kenamar Dr., Suite 210, San diego, CA 92121. 1-3 pm. No signup required

To sign up for open mic send us an email, or sign up on site space permitting.Admission: Free; donations suggested.

Third Monday: Instructed slow jam. To sign up and participate email Mary Jane Cupp. We will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church at the corner of Lincoln and Ohio in North Park (4011 Ohio St, San Diego, CA 92104). 7-8:30 pm. $5 SDBS members; $10 non-members. Join SDBS on site. For more info or to sign up: email Mary Jane.

SDBS MEET UP. ACTIVE ONLINE. If you enjoy listening, jamming, and playing bluegrass, and networking with like minded folks check out this SDBS sponsored site:


Monthly: Board of Directors meetings. Meetings are virtual through Zoom. If you would like to participate online, email Board Prez Mark Pullin. Board meetings are held once a month on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. If you have an item you would like to bring to the Board, or if you would like to attend a Board meeting, please send an email to SDBS at SDBS info  - visitors are welcome.

OTHER EVENTS: For the best in bluegrass radio, listen to Wayne Rice and his Bluegrass Special every Sunday from 4 to 7 pm on Alpine Mountain Country Radio at FM 107.9. Note the show has moved to Alpine Mountain Country from KSON. Learn how to listen in and check it all out here: Alpine Mountain Country Radio 


SDBS Special Events

SDBS presents a variety of special concerts and events throughout the year, including: Bluegrass Day at the Fair. WE'RE BACK! Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 11, 2023 from noon to 5 pm on the beautiful Paddock Stage. We will post program information as it is developed, so check back!

The Summergrass festival (3rd weekend in August, (August 18-20, 2023); occasional campouts, plus periodic concerts of nationally recognized touring bands. SDBS also co-sponsors or supports many bluegrass-related events, including the Santee Wine & Bluegrass Festival, bluegrass acts at the Belly Up, a series of performances at County and City libraries, and the "Bluegrass & Beyond" concerts at the Del Mar Town Hall, sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation.

Keep Up with SDBS Special Events: Check this page often to learn more about SDBS events.. Better yet, join SDBS to get our monthly e-newsletter called the Tune Up and more, including ticket discounts for some events.

SDBS Bluegrass in the Libraries Series: First up: Join the Full Deck at the Del Mar Library on April 18, 2023 at 6 pm. 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014. SDBS produces a series of Bluegrass in the Libraries concerts. These concerts are free to the public. Upcoming concerts are all at the Del Mar Library at 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA. 92014 and start at 6:30 pm.

Del Mar Library