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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 Front Porch Music Preservation Society as Featured Band March 24, 2015 at the Boll Weevil


SDBS welcomes back for its second Featured Band appearance, the Front Porch Music Preservation Society or FPMPS as they are often called. This relatively new North County band brings to SDBS a combination of seasoned bluegrass pickers along with new blood, which goes right to the heart of the bluegrass tradition - young and old sharing the music and keeping it alive.   

Front Porch Music Preservation Society consists of Corky Shelton on banjo, Jeremy Shelton on rhythm guitar, Scott Edwards on bass, and Greg Burroughs on lead guitar. Enjoy this band's compilation of old & new tunes performed in that front porch tradition.
Some of these folks will be familiar to SDBS members. Corky Shelton has long been active in bluegrass circles in San Diego, serving as the first Summergrass chair and as an officer in the North County Bluegrass and Folk Club. Corky is a skilled luthier building wonderful guitars in his Illusion Guitar Company and is famous for his kitchen pot banjos (you can see one in the photo above). Corky is also the creator of the famous green jellyfish parachute shade structure at Summergrass.
Greg Burroughs is a veteran guitarist with strong bluegrass chops, having played in Highway 76 and in several other top bands. Scott Edwards on bass and Corky's son Jeremy on guitar may be less familiar names, but you will remember them after you hear this great new band! 

The action starts at 6:30 pm with 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).

Schedule: Open mic and Pick-up bands 6:30-8; FPMPS 8-9 pm Location: Boll Weevil Restaurant, 9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92123.Admission: Free; donations suggested.

Summergrass: August 14-16, 2015.

Summergrass logo

With our sister organization in San Diego, The North San Diego County Bluegrass and Folk Club, we co-produce Summergrass, a premier 3-day bluegrass festival held each August. Summergrass was a blast in 2014 and looks to be even better this year! Check out the linieup and all the details here: Summergrass. 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.