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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.

Prairie Sky Featured Band for September 2016

Prairie Sky

Tuesday September 27, 2016
Boll Weevil Restaurant
9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (corner Ruffin Road)
6:30 pm: Open Mic and pick up bands
8-9 pm Prairie Sky

Prairie Sky is: Ramona Ault, lead vocalist and rhythm guitar. Ramona sings like a songbird and has penned some of the group's original material. Ramona is accompanied by Jeff Smith contributing impressive male lead vocals and duet harmonies with Ramona. Jeff also delivers the group's lead guitar chops and occasional dobro. Avery Ellisman contributes on mandolin, fiddle, and occasional banjo while often rounding out the group's signature three part harmony vocals. Avery also pens some of the group's original material. Dwight Worden anchors the group with tasteful and rhythmic bass while contributing occasional lead and harmony vocals.
Prairie Sky has been performing in the San Diego region for more than five years to strong reviews. The group released a successful CD project last year entitled Shades of Blue that has garnered complimentary reviews. Prairie Sky has played everywhere from Summergrass, to the Del Mar Fair, The Ramona Bluegrass Festival, Urban Solace, and elsewhere.
Visit the band at its website: Prairieskyband.com.
Listen to the band live on Wayne Rice's KSON radio show, The Bluegrass Special, on Sunday evening September 25 from 10 pm to midnight, at 97.3 and 92.1 on your FM dial.

Visit the band at its website: Prairieskyband.com.
Listen to the band live on Wayne Rice's KSON radio show, The Bluegrass Special, on Sunday evening September 25 from 10 pm to midnight, at 97.3 and 92.1 on your FM dial.


Summergrass 2016 was great! Held each August, this year's event took place over the weekend of August 19-21. Here are a few photos, courtesy of David Cupp, to share the great times. Look for a Summergrass 2016 photo display to be added to this website soon!

Summergrass Jam

Jamming into the late hours, above. David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition on the mainstage immediately below, followed by Chris Henry and Hardcore Grass.

David Parmley and CArdinal Tradition

Chris Henry and HGardcore Bluegrass


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

Summergrass--the west coast's premier bluegrass festival! Friday, August 19 through Sunday August 21. Lineup, Camping, Workshops, Kids Camp, Adult Boot Camp, and more. Check it all out here: Summergrass.net

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).

Wayne Rice honored for 40 years on the air with his Bluegrass Special on KSON Radio.

Read the SDBS proclamation honoring Wayne.

Wayne Rice

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.