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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.

Chris Cerna and Bluegrass Republic Featured Band for June 2016

Chris Cerna and Bluergass Republic

Tuesday June 28, 2016
Boll Weevil Restaurant
9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (corner Ruffin Road)
6:30 pm: Open Mic and pick up bands
8-9 pm Chris Cerna and Bluergass Republic in Concert

Chris Cerna and the Bluegrass Republic is based out of the Inland Empire in Southern California. They are a group of talented and seasoned musicians who have come together to share their passion and love for bluegrass. A dedicated band that specializes in hard-driving, traditional & contemporary bluegrass. Their ability to provide clean instrumentals and tight harmonies, is guaranteed to satisfy even the most critical of bluegrass music aficionados. The group is the current iteration of what used to be Lonesome Otis.

Hear Bluegrass Republic on KSON Radio's Bluegrgass Special hosted by Wayne Rice on Sunday June 26, 2016, 10 pm to midnight 97.3 and 92.1 on the FM dial.


Summergrass is a premier 3-day bluegrass festival held each August. Check out our summergrass video to get excited!

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

Bluegrass Day at the Fair!

Saturday June 18, 2016 11 am to 8 pm, Paddock Stage, Del Mar Fairgrounds

Local bands in concert; youth performance; Fiddling Demonstration; BAND SCRAMBLE, and more!

Youth Performance at the Fair

Youth performance, Bluegrass Day at the Fair.


10:00-11:00                        Set up
11:00 – 11:45     Youth Presentation—up to 50 kids
11:45 – 12:30     Old Time Fiddlers—5-10 fiddlers
12:40 – 1:25      Rippling River with Steve Toth--band
1:30 – 2:15        Sunny Side Strings--band
2:20 – 4:20        Band Scramble—bands up to 7 persons each; 10 minutes each
4:30 – 5:15        Lightning Bugs with Dale Desmuke--band
5:15 – 5:30        Band Scramble Winner Announcements
5:30 – 6:15        Rusty Gait--band
6:20 – 7:05        The Full Deck--band
7:10 – 7:55        The Fuel Injectors with Dwight Worden--band
7:55 - 8:00         Closing Remarks

Band Scramble.

Here's how it works:

Put your name and the instrument you play on a slip of paper and we draw names at random to form bands. Each band then has about 15 minutes to work up 2-3 songs to perform on stage for our judges. Winners are selected and prizes given.

The band scramble is open to all ages and abilities, 6 year olds to 90 year olds, beginners to professionals. Categories to enter are: Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bass, Specialty (dobro, harmonica, etc.), male and female vocalist and youth 16 and under. You must also play an instrument to enter as a vocalist--no vocalists only, that's not the "bluegass way!"

TO ENTER: Be at the Paddock Stage by 1:30 with your instrument, ready to sign up.


Winners will be selected in each instrument category as well as best male and female vocalist and best youth performer, and of course, the top three bands will be selected.

Youth winners of the band scramble

Youth Winners, Bluegrass Day at the Fair Band Scramble

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.