The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old time Music Association (MBOTMA) annual four-day festival features headliners like:
- The trending, Twin Cities New Grass favorites, Pert Near Sandstone
- The Travelin' McCoury's (including the sons of the legendary Del McCoury) that Rolling Stone recently raved about!
- The Revelers, Louisiana Supergroup playing Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp Pop and more!
- The Clay Hess Band (featuring its namesake, a flatpicking guitar maestro)
- Rising old-time traditionalists, The Horsenecks via Portland and Liverpool
- The twin Canote Brothers playing old time and country, virtuosos and vintage!
- Recently back from South Korea, Minnesota's hardest working bluegrass band, Monroe Crossing.
See the full list of acts at www.minnesotabluegrass.org
Tickets range from a 4-day pass at $85.00 in advance to $95.00 --with $10 discount for MBOTMA members -- plus 3,2 and 1 day rates. Teens are $10 for the entire weekend, or $10 at the gate for single days. Kids under 12 are FREE. Order advance tickets online at the MBOTMA website (www.minnesotabluegrass.org) until August 5, or pay at the site.
Keepers of a Music Tradition that's Not Static -- and Year-Round Programming that Cross Generations and Educates
"The MBOTMA annual August Festival always captures the latest groups who are expanding the boundaries again of America's rootsiest music as well as the bedrock traditionalists who can conjure up the past with a standard tune, or a breakneck solo on a fiddle, guitar, mandolin or banjo," says MBOTMA's new Executive Director, Arne Brogger. "As one of the longest organizations keeping the music viable in Minnesota, MBOTMA is proud to present this year's 40-year celebration."
In addition to the August MBOTMA Festival, the organization also produces and supports throughout the state:
- The Winter Bluegrass Weekend (March)
- Cabin Fever Festival (Duluth, April)
- The Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff (June)
- Minnesota Americana-Roots Music Contest (State Fair)
- Harvest Jam (September)
- Minnesota Bluegrass (the monthly member magazine)
- The Grass Seed Academy (youth -- and beginner -- workshops)
"MBOTMA members and member bands, plus the public that supports our programming throughout he year, know how important it is to present and preserve festivals with this much range of old and new music," Brogger adds. "The immense popularity of contemporary groups like Trampled By Turtles, Per Near Sandstone, The Mammals, The Old Crow Medicine Show and other bands and artists like Chris Thile's Nickel Creek group, Punch Brothers, The Dillards, Mumford & Sons, and others, proves again this is not a static music tradition but a vibrant, evolving work-in-progress that crosses generations."
As The New York Times noted of the new generation of players and artists who've built on, borrowed and re-invented the Bluegrass and Old Time traditions, the music endures because of its widespread and heartfelt appeal: "In this decade more and more musicians under the age of 30 have picked up banjos and fiddles and hit a burgeoning circuit of festivals, small-town theaters and big-city nightclubs. They don’t want to play their parents’ music, but they do long for a tradition older than themselves, one with memorable melodies, deep stories and a boisterous beat."