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The San Diego Bluegrass Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of bluegrass music in the San Diego area. 

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SDBS is a member of the
International Bluegrass
Music Association.


About Us

The San Diego Bluegrass Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of bluegrass music in the San Diego area.

2020 Annual Members Report

Access your annual report for 2020 here: 2020 annual report

Contact us:

Email: info@sandiegobluegrass.org.
Postal address: P.O. Box 15292, San Diego, CA 92175 

SDBS’s goals include:

  1. Educating all those who are interested, especially young persons, about the history of bluegrass music in America.
  2. Organizing regular jam sessions and open mics on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, an instructed slow jam on the 3rd Monday, with a featured band on the fourth Tuesday.
  3. Presenting bluegrass concerts by local and traveling bands.
  4. Working cooperatively with other bluegrass organizations, including IBMA and our sister organization in San Diego, The North County Bluegrass and Folk Club in promoting a variety of bluegrass related activities.
  5. Co-producing Summergrass, a premier 3-day bluegrass festival held each August.
  6. Organizing an annual Bluegrass Day at the Fair, at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar (see photo at right).
  7. Conducting a music outreach program with SDBS’s Emma’s Gut Bucket Band to bring bluegrass music and instruction to public and private schools, to senior centers, assisted living facilities, homeless centers and the like at no cost, Visit the Gut Bucket Band website for more info.
  8. Such other activities as deemed appropriate to promote bluegrass music in San Diego.

Full Deck performs at St. Mark's



Band Scramble Bluegrass Day at the Fair 2013
Bluegrass Day at the Fair sponsored by SDBS

The SDBS Board


SDBS is governed by a nine member Board of directors. Board members are elected every two years for two-year terms, and the Board then elects a president, vice president and other officers every year. Board membership is open to all SDBS members.

Board of Directors meetings are held once a month on Sunday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. If you have an item you would like to bring to the Board, or if you would like to attend a Board meeting, please send an email to SDBS President Mary Jane Cupp - visitors are welcome. Note, during the covid pandemic Board meetings are held online through Zoom.

Current board members and officers:: Dwight Worden,  Mary Jane Cupp, Board President; Jack Lohman:; Pete Varhola,  John DeckardMark Pullin, vice president, Richard Burkett, and Roger Taylor, and  Nancy BrunsonSecretary.

Other key volunteers include: Mike and Vonnie Tatar, leaders of the Summergrass program and David cupp who shoots greatpictures for us.

Want to Join In?

SDBS is an all-volunteer organization, and we welcome your help! Whatever your skills, we can put them to good use! Contact us at info@sandiegobluegrass.org to volunteer! Not a member already? Join us!