Bluegrass Events Around San Diego

April 8, 2016

Wayne Rice

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Here are some upcoming bluegrass music events around San Diego and Southern California:.

  • Friday-Sunday, August 17-19: Summergrass 2018 Bluegrass Festival will feature Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Bluegrass Etc., The Central Valley Boys and many other bands and activities. It will be held at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista (2040 N Santa Fe Avenue). Tickets go on sale April 1 and are available by visiting the Summergrass website or Facebook page.
  • Saturday, August 25: The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome will perform at the Irwin Jacobs Qualcomm Hall (5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego) at 7:00 PM, sponsored by the Museum of Making Music. For more information and tickets visit the museum website, call (760) 304-5820 or email [email protected].
  • Monday, August 27: The Punch Brothers with Madison Cunningham will perform at the Observatory in North Park (2891 University Ave) at 8:00 PM. For tickets and info: (619) 239-8836.
  • Saturday, September 15: The Vulcan Mountain Boys and Mohavi Soul will perform at the Santee Bluegrass (and Wine) Festival, Town Center Community Park, 550 Park Center Drive in Santee, from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. Admission includes food and drink sampling. For info, visit the City of Santee website.
  • Friday-Sunday, October 5-7: Huck Finn's Jubilee in Ontario (Guasti Regional Park, 800 North Archibald in Ontario, CA) will feature the Infamous Stringdusters, Balsam Range, The Yonder Mountain String Band, The Seldom Scene, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Keller Williams' Grateful Grass, Blue Highway, Love Canon, Old Salt Union and other bands. For information and tickets, visit HuckFinn.com.
  • Friday, November 9: Greensky Bluegrass and The Lil' Smokies will perform at the Observatory in North Park (2891 University Ave) at 8:00 PM. For tickets and info: (619) 239-8836.

Regular Bluegrass Events Around San Diego:

  • 1st Tuesday of the month: The North County Bluegrass and Folk Club holds it's monthly "featured band" night at Round Table Pizza, Ash and Washington in Escondido. 7-10 PM. No admission charge; donations accepted.
  • 2nd Tuesday of the month: The San Diego Bluegrass Society holds an open mike and jam at Fuddruckers/La Mesa (Grossmont Shopping Center) 6:30-9 PM. No admission charge.
  • 3rd Monday of the month: The San Diego Bluegrass Society holds a "slow jam" at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in North Park (4011 Ohio Street), led by recording artist and music instructor Janet Beazley. There is an admission charge of $5 for SDBS members and $10 per session for non members. Non members can join on site and receive their discount immediately. Janet also conducts a monthly "slow jam" in Poway (time and place varies). For details and information contact [email protected].
  • 4th Tuesday of the month: The San Diego Bluegrass Society holds it's monthly "featured band" night at the Boll Weevil Restaurant (9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd) in San Diego from 6:30 to 9 PM. No admission charge; donations accepted.