Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association

WELCOME

 

Welcome to the official web site of the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA), a 501c3 nonprofit, volunteer-based organization serving Minnesota and the Midwest. Our mission is to preserve and promote bluegrass and old-time string band music in Minnesota.

Our activities include four annual festivals, plus numerous concerts, dances, jam sessions, workshops, and educational programs. Our events and programs keep people who love to play and listen to traditional acoustic music busy all year around throughout the state of Minnesota. Check out our calendar of events for a full list of what is coming up. We encourage you to become a member of MBOTMA and welcome you at all of our events!

  Coming Up Soon


The Harvest Jam Acoustic Music Experience  
November 18-20, 2016

Help us welcome headliners Breaking Grass from Mississippi! The Harvest Jam is all about jamming and band development, with theme jams, band workshops, and open mic opportunities. Plus the amazing RACE FOR A PLACE band contest all day on Saturday. Come on out to the Minneapolis Marriott for a great time with your friends in bluegrass, old-time and related acoustic music.

Tickets for the Harvest Jam will go on sale on October 1, 2016.

About Breaking Grass:
"Everywhere I look now days I see new artists, bands and singers. Though many are good with many levels of talent, I haven't seen or heard any that can compare to the originality that Breaking Grass offers with the good songs they write and the way they sing them. This is certainly going to be a band to watch and I'm sure they will begin climbing the ranks of Bluegrass once fans see and hear what I do with this wonderful band." Jamie Dailey-Dailey & Vincent


  Past Events

Minnesota Americana-Roots Music Contests
September 1 & 2, 2016 at the Minnesota State Fair

Congratulations to our winners!

Duet Contest:
First Place: Sherri and Chuck Leyda (Singleton Street)
Second Place: Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart (The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers )
Third Place: Bill & Kate Isles

Band Champions
First Place: New Riverside Ramblers
Second Place: Porcupine Creek
Third Place: The Lost Tracks
Band Champions
First Place: New Riverside Ramblers
Second Place: Porcupine Creek
Third Place: The Lost Tracks
Band Champions
First Place: New Riverside Ramblers
Second Place: Porcupine Creek
Third Place: The Lost Tracks

Band Champions
First Place: New Riverside Ramblers
Second Place: Porcupine Creek
Third Place: The Lost Tracks

10 duos and eight bands competed in MBOTMA's Minnesota Americana-Roots Music Contests, held September 2 & 3 at the Minnesota State Fair. Prizes: cash (up to $1,000), festival gigs, Minnesota Bluegrass articles, recording sessions (audio & video), and ribbons, of course! 


Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival

Thursday through Sunday, August 11-14, 2016, Richmond, MN
Held annually at El Rancho Manana the second weekend in August, this festival features four days and nights of music on multple stages, great national and regional bands, workshops and showcases. Nominated as IBMA Event of the Year in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2014.

This year's headliners



The Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff 
Friday through Sunday, June 3-5, 2016, Richmond MN

An outdoor festival held every year the weekend after Memorial Day at El Rancho Manana near Richmond, MN, featuring leading regional bluegrass, old-time and related acoustic MBOTMA member bands, plus workshops, jam with the bands, the gathering place, jam sessions, and more.

The Main Stage Schedule is posted, so take a look to see which of your favorite regional bands performed at this year's Homegrown. Plus, we joined forces again this year with area ukulele clubs to bring you the Great Minnesota Uke Gathering.