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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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Regular Tuesday Events

Open Mic at Fuddruckers - Second Tuesday
Open mic, Second Tuesday at Fuddruckers

Second Tuesday

SDBS sponsors a local jam session, open mic & pick-up bands every second Tuesday at the Fuddruckers in Grossmont Center in La Mesa. Open mic and pick-up bands play from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, and this evening also features a popular informal jamming session, outside on the patio. If you want to perform, sign up in advance by sending an email to openmic@sandiegobluegrass.org, or sign up on site, space permitting.
Address: Fuddruckers, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr. La Mesa, CA 91942

Third Monday Instructed Slow Jam!

SDBS sponsors an instructed slow jam on the 3rd Monday of every month. It is held at the Our Savior Lutheran Church at the corner of Lincoln and Ohio in North Park (4011 Ohio St, San Diego, CA 92104). The sessions are an hour and a half structured slow jam learning experience from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm led by SDBS Board President Mary Jane Cupp and special guest teachers, with guidance from music teacher Janet Beazley. The fee is $5 per session for SDBS members and $10 for non-members (you can join SDBS on site). For more information on the slow jam (photo below), or to sign up, email Mary Jane.

Address: Our Savior Lutheran Church at the corner of Lincoln and Ohio in North Park (4011 Ohio St, San Diego, CA 92104).

Slow Jam
Slow Jam at the Third Monday event

Fourth Tuesday

On the fourth Tuesday of every month, SDBS presents a featured band, a top local or regional band in concert for one hour, at The Boll Weevil Restaurant. The schedule for Fourth Tuesday is open mic & pickup bands from 6:30 to 8:00 pm; featured band from 8:00-9:00pm. Sign-up for open mic by email at info@sandiegobluegrass.org. Informal jamming throughout the evening also takes place outside.
Address: Boll Weevil Restaurant, 9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd # E, San Diego, CA (corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd).

Info on this month's featured band is here.

 

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 6:30-9 pm

SPECIAL HOLIDAY PROGRAM!

Guest musicians, Toys for Tots collections with the US Marine Corp.; seasonal music and sing-a-longs. Bring a new unwwrapped toy and make a donation to Toys for Tots to help spread the holiday cheer to less fortunate children.

Boll Weevil Restaurant 9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (corner of Ruffin Rd.).Free / donation appreciated..

Open to all ages and abilities, beginner to expert, 6 to 96. Public welcome. Admission is free, donations requested. Categories will be: guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, fiddle and "specialty" including dobro,harmonica, etc. Vocalists welcome but you must play an instrument as well--no vocalists only--that's not the"bluegrass way." Sign up on site--just bring your instrument.

Friday, November 9, 2018: SIDELINE IN CONCERT! Opening local band (TBD) 7 pm, SIDELINE 7:30 pm. First Baptist Church of Pacific Beach, 4747 Soledad Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92109. Admission is free, donations requested. Plenty of free on-site parking.

Download the concert flyer HERE

Sideline


OPEN MIC SIGNUP

Sign up here for open mic at one of SDBS's regular Tuesday events. Public welcome, but please bring your bluegrass material. These are open mics for acoustic music honoring the bluegrass genre. 10-20 minute slots, or shorter, are available. Sign up in advance by email for priority, or space permitting, sign up on site.

2ND TUESDAY FUDDRUCKERS: 6:30-9 pm. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, Fuddruckers Restaurant, Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942. Send SDBS an email to sign up: openmic@sandiegobluegrass.org.

4TH TUESDAY OF THE MONTH: 6:30-8 pm. Boll Weevil Restaurant, 9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA. 92123. Send host Dwight Worden an email to sign up: info@sandiegobluegrass.org

Calendar

OPEN MIC AND REGULAR EVENTS

To sign up for open mic send us an email, or sign up on site space permitting.Admission: Free; donations suggested.

Tuesdays (2nd, and 4th Tuesday of each month); Regular SDBS events - see details at left. Info on this month's featured band here.

Third Monday: Instructed slow jam. Our Savior Lutheran Church at the corner of Lincoln and Ohio in North Park (4011 Ohio St, San Diego, CA 92104). 7-8:30 pm. $5 SDBS members; $10 non-members. Join SDBS on site. For more info or to sign up: email mjcupp@yahoo.com

Monthly:
Board of Directors meetings

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 at SDBS info  - visitors are welcome.

OTHER EVENTS: For other bluegrass events around San Diego, check out the KSON Bluegrass Bulletin Board. And for bluegrass radio, listen to KSON's Bluegrass Special Sunday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight on KSON-FM 97.3 and 92.1, hosted by Wayne Rice. 

 


SDBS Special Events

SDBS presents a variety of special concerts and events throughout the year, including: Bluegrass Day at the Fair (San Diego County Fair, Sunday June 10, 2018, 11 am to 8 pm on the Paddock Stage; the Summergrass festival (3rd weekend in August--download the 2018 flyer here), occasional campouts, plus periodic concerts of nationally recognized touring bands. SDBS also co-sponsors or supports many bluegrass-related events, including the Santee Wine & Bluegrass Festival, concerts at Acoustic Music San Diego, & the Belly Up; a series of performances at County and City libraries, and the "Bluegrass & Beyond" concerts at the Del Mar Powerhouse, sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation.

Keep Up with SDBS Special Events: Check this page often to learn more about SDBS events.. Better yet, join SDBS to get out monthly e-newsletter called the Tune Up and more, including ticket discounts for some events.

SDBS Bluegrass in the Libraries Series

SDBS and the County of San Diego library system produce a series of Bluegrass in the Libraries concerts. The City of San Diego library system also schedules an occassional concert with SDBS. These concerts are free to the public.

Here are the 2018 library concerts scheduled so far. Check back as more are added. These concerts are all at the Del Mar Library presented by SDBS and the County of San Diego Library System:

April 19 Mohavi Soul
May 17, Full Deck
June 14, Shirthouse Band

July 16, Shoreline Pickers, Rancho San Diego Library, 6:00 pmNovemeber 15, Philly and the Cheese Steaks, Alpine Library

Library concert dates

For times, addresses and details visit :Acoustic Showcase: San Diego County Libraries

When City of San Diego library concerts are scheduled we will post them here.