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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 regular Tuesday events 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 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 Diego.

SDBS Presents The Taildraggers as Featured Band Tuesday September 22, 2015 at the Boll Weevil 9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

The Taildraggers

SDBS is pleased to present The Taildraggers as Featured Band for September 2015. The Taildraggers are: Given Harrison on bass and vocals, Michael Wiliams on guitar and vocals, Jason Weiss on banjo and vocals and Dan Sankey on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals.

The Taildraggers present top-notch music comprised of classic bluegrass standards, modern acoustic music with bluegrass roots, and originals. Expect stand out instrumentation and close harmony singing by this great group. SDBS is pleased to present the Taildraggers in concert.

6:30-8:00 pm open mic and pick up bands. Sign up in advance by email to: info@sandiegobluegrass.org, or sign up on-site, space permitting (preference given to those signing up in advance).

8:00-9:00 pm The Taildraggers in concert, Boll Weevil Restaurant, 9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92123.
Admission: Free; donations suggested.

.Summergrass: August 14-16, 2015 was a blast!!

Summergrass logo

Another great Summergrass! Visit www.summergrass.net for photos and follow up info, and check back regulartly to find out early info about next year's festival. Summergrass is produced by SDBS with our sister organization in San Diego, The North San Diego County Bluegrass and Folk Club. Summergrass is a premier 3-day bluegrass festival held each August. Check out our summergrass video to get ecited!

Bluegrass Etc.
Perennial Summergrass favorites Bluegrass Etc. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Andersen)

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.

Featured Articles

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).

Vintage San Diego Bluegrass Club poster


So Long Doc, Earl & Doug, by Dan Crary

Click here to read the full article.

A Tribute to Mike Auldridge

Mike Auldridge (photo by Jennie Scott)It is with great sadness that we report that 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.