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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.


Emma's Gutbucket Band performs for the general public, schools (public and private), senior organizations, veterans, community centers, convalescents, charitable fund-raisers, and more.

The band plays for free but suggests donations (tax deductible), which go into a fund to buy instruments and musical accessories for students, veterans and other deserving individuals or organizations.

To schedule a performance, or inquire about our instrument donation program, contact: Nancy Brunson by email at: egbb@sandiegobluegrass.org

Interested in participating? Join us at our regular practices:

Wednesday evenings
Whitman Elementary School
(when school is in session)
4050 Appleton St.
San Diego, CA 92117
(Clairemont region) 
6:30 - 9:30 P.M.
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Easiest way to get there:
Get on SR 52 (east or west)
Take Genessee south (between the 5 and 805)
Turn right on Appleton (first stoplight at top of hill)

The school is 7 or 8 blocks down, on the right. The parking lot is small, so it's probably easiest to park on the street.

School Starts: August 28, 2017
School Ends: June 13, 2018

Holidays (no practice)
December 20 & 27, 2017 (winter break)
March 28, 2018 (spring break)



Friday, July 28, 2017 - 2:30pm Chula Vista Veterans Home
700 East Naples Court, Chula Vista, CA. Private Event.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 2:30pm Frederika Manor
111 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA. Private Event.

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 2:30pm Glenner Center
3686 4th Ave., San Diego, CA. Private Event.

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 2:00pm Mission Hills Post Acute Care
3680 Reynard Way, San Diego, CA. Private Event.

Friday,September 15,2017- 10:15am St.David's
5050 Milton, San Diego, CA. Private Event.

Saturday. September 16, 2017- 6:00am American Heart Association Heart Walk
Balboa Park, Location TBA. Open to the public.

Friday, September 29,2017- 2:30pm Chula Vista Veterans Home
700 East Naples Court, Chula Vista, CA. Private Event.


Emma Radcliffe - Balboa Park - 2008
Emma Radcliffe, our founder

Emma's Gutbucket Band- July 2017
Emma's Gutbucket Band performing for the Jewish Family Service Center on July 3, 2017. Photo by David Cupp.

Emma's Gutbucket Band Singing
Singing in three part harmony. Photo by David Cupp.


At the Balboa Oran Pavilion
Performing at the Balboa Park Organ Pavilion, with a spontaneous conga line from the enthusiastic audience.

Donating Instruments to Naval Hospital
Donating a full array of bluegrass instruments to vets in the rehabilitation program at the Balboa Naval Hospital