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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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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 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 an open jam on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, and brings 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 Dieg

SPECIAL CONSENSUS IN CONCERT

Saturday January 25, 7 pm First Baptist Church of Pacific Beach, 4747 Soledad Mountain Road, San Diego, CA. 92109.

Special C

The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. Band leader and founder Greg Cahill is the recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations. Their infectious sound reminds people of the past while utilizing the innovations of today. They are four talented vocalists and instrumentalists who follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots: Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dan Eubanks, and Nate Burie. Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy, received five 2018 IBMA nominations, and was awarded Album of the Year. The single “Squirrel Hunters” was named Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.

Come enjoy this great band!

See Events Page for details


SUMMERGRASS

Summergrass 2019 was a great success, held August 16-18, 2019 at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Musuem in Vista. .Visit the Summergrass website for detrails coming soon about next year's event.

Summergrass Jam

Photos by David Cupp

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.

SDBS Member? Please vote in the SDBS board of directors election. Download your ballot here: BALLOT board 2019

Note: depending on your computer settings, clicking on the BALLOT link above will either open the PDF ballot on your computer screen, or will open a "Save as" screen so that you can designate where you want the PDF to be downloaded. Either way, you should be able to open and print the ballot, which includes instructions on how to cast your vote.

SDBS ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERS FOR 2019

Click here for a copy of the SDBS annual report to members for 2019. It reviews our activities over the 2019 year, including our events and finances. This is a public docuiment. If you are not already a member, please consider joining us for 2020. It's only $20 for the whole family for the year. Click here to join online with your Paypal account or credit card. You won't regret it!

 

Featured Articles

Bluegrass Day at the Fair June 10, 2018 in photos.

Old time fiddlers

Click HERE to see more of David Cupp's outstanding photos from this year's Bluegrass Day at the Fair

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).

Wayne Rice honored for 40 years on the air with his Bluegrass Special on KSON Radio.

Read the SDBS proclamation honoring Wayne.

Wayne Rice


So Long Doc, Earl & Doug

by Dan Crary

Earl-Doc-Doug
Click here to read the full article.


A Tribute to Mike Auldridge

Mike Auldridge (photo by Jennie Scott)Dobro great 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.