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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.

Rusty Gait Featured Band for August 2016

Rusty Gait

Tuesday August 23, 2016
Boll Weevil Restaurant
9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (corner Ruffin Road)
6:30 pm: Open Mic and pick up bands
8-9 pm Rusty Gait

Rusty Gait is a San Diego North County band focused on Bluegrass, Western Swing and Old Time music. The band name connotes both an old rustic metal gate and a dance gait, both swinging with a bit of a creak. The group's eclectic set lists delight with foot-tapping rhythms and long-forgotten lyrics to fiddle tunes.

Rusty Gait is:
James Rust. Mandolin and tenor vocals in an old-timey way.
David Collins. Fun-loving fiddler who likes to sneak a little jazz and swing into the old tunes.
Bill Frisbie. Obsessed flat-picking guitarist and song writer strongly influenced by Doc Watson.
Lance Gucwa. Multi-genre performer who brings powerful, driving bass lines combined with tasteful infusions of classical and jazz influences.
Jason Weiss. Seasoned banjoist who weaves a complex musical fabric of hard-driving rhythms and ornamented melodies.

Hear Rusty Gait on KSON Radio's Bluegrass Special hosted by Wayne Rice on Sunday Augfust 21, 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

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.