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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.



NEW! 2nd Monday of every month from 6:30 -9 pm. Join us for open mic, jamming, and band performances. See details at right.


NEW! 4th Monday of every month from 6:30- 9pm. Join us for open mic and jamming 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 So, we have a new 4th Monday of the Month event scheduled at the Southwestern Yacht Club!. See details at right. Open to SDBS members and their guests

Open Mic at Fuddruckers - Second Tuesday
Open mic

Second Tuesday: SUSPENDED

Third Monday Instructed Slow Jam!. The 3rd Monday Slow Jam is 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, 

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-Suspended

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





NEW! 2nd Monday event at Duck Foot Brewery replaces 2nd Tuesday..6:30-9 pm. We'll have open mic and band performances. Details here: Duck Foot flyer. Next up: Monday June 12, 2023. Admission is free (donations encouraged!)

3rd Monday SlowJam.See info at left for the latest updates.The 3rd Monday Slow Jam is 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 Monday at Southwestern Yacht Club.6:30-9 pm. Open mic, pick up bands and jamming. Next up: Monday May 22, 2023 Admission is free (donations encouraged!), free parking, food and beverage service. 2702 Qualtrough St, San Diego, CA 92106

Emma's Gut Bucket Band. The group normally meets at Mission Bay Park outdoors or 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 May 28, 2023. Check here for details: https://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Bluegrass-Music-Meetup/

SDBS PICNIC. Sunday May 20, 2023; Noon--4 pm. Harry Griffen Regional Park in La Mesa 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA 91942. Free to SDBS members and their guersts. Food provided. Bring your instrument. Please RSVP with how many a ecoming in your group to help us plan for food. RSVP

Bluegrass Day at the Fair. Sunday June 11, 2023 on the Paddock Stage. Here's the schedule:

Noon to 12:30      Youth performance
12:40 - 2:10 pm:   Band Scramble
2:20-2:50:            Band No 1
3:00-3:30:            Gut Bucket Band
3:40-3:50:            Band Scramble Awards
3:50-4:20:            Band No 2
4:30-5:                 Band no 3


Sign up here for open mic at the SDBS regular 2nd and 4th Monday events. 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 here: email for priority, or space permitting, sign up on site. Admission: free; donations suggested.

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's Bluergass 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: Next up August 22,2023 at 5:30 pm. Band TBD. 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. :

Del Mar Library