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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.

July 25, 2017 SDBS 4th Tuesday: Vulcan Mountain Boys in Concert

Vulcan Mountain Boys

Boll Weevil Restaurant
9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (corner Ruffin Road)

6:30-7:30 pm: Open Mic and Pick Up Bands
8-9 pm High Mountain Road in Concert

The Vulcan Mountain Boys band is comrised of seasoned bluegrass veterans from the San Diego area, and you can expect a great show of high energy, stellar picking and singing, and some good fun thrown in. While this will be the Vulcan Mountain Boys debute performance as Featrued Band for SDBS, the members are no strangers to our audience as they are all veterans of other bands..

On banjo and vocals is Jim Henderson. Billie Frisbie takes on the lead guitar role and contributes on vocals as well, while Lou Shirnkle sings and performs on the mandolin. Eric Bentley keeps it all solid holding down the upright bass.


Summergrass 2017 coming soon: August 18-20, 2017! Held each August, this year's event will take place the third weekend in August. Click HERE for the Summergrass website to see the lineup, for info about tickets, workshops, vendors, camping , and more. Here are a few photos from last year to get you excited, courtesy of David Cupp,

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

See a full listing of upcoming events, including Bluergass Day at the Fair Sunday June 4, 2017, 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.

The Brombies with Dennis Caplinger FREE Concert


Saturday Aprirl 8, 2017 3 pm. First Baptist Church of Pacsific Beach 4747 Soledad Mountain Road, San Diego CA 92109. Dennis Caplinger will sit in for Patrick Sauber. and the group will feature George and Ellen Doering backed by John Goux on guitar and Keith Rosier on bass. There will be a short opening by Gospel According to John. Click HERE for the flyer.


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.


Click here for a copy of the SDBS annual report to members for 2016. It reviews our activities over the 2016 year, including our events and finances. This is a public docuiment. If you are not already a member, please consider joining us for 2017. It's only $20 for the whole family for the year. Click here to join online with your Paypal account or credit card. You won't tregret it!