Minnesota Bluegrass Winter Weekend

2022 Dates: Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 • Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN

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Weekend Itinerary 

Thursday, March 5th

  • 6:00 FREE EARLY BIRD JAM - Fireside Lounge

Nechville Stage
(Main auditorium)


  • 6:00 Double Down Daredevils
  • 6:50 Long Time Gone
  • 7:40 Now And Then
  • 8:30 King Wilkie’s Dream
  • 9:20 The Fish Heads
  • 10:10 Middle Spunk Creek Boys

  • 11:00 Rosby Corner
  • 11:50 Mother Banjo
  • 12:40 TrueGrass Trio
  • 1:30 Mark Kreitzer Band
  • 2:20 Brian Wicklund & Mike Cramer
  • 3:10 No Man’s String Band
  • 4:00 Roe Family Singers
  • 4:50 Cousin Dad >5:30

Headline Concert
  • 7:30 PM w/ (doors open 7:00),
    • Lady Spruce
    • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

  • 9:45-12:45 Gospel Show
  • 9:45 Whinnie-Muir
  • 10:35 Gloryland Gospel Band
  • 11:25 Singleton Street
  • 12:15 The Seldom Herd
  • 1:00 Grass Seeds Recital

Willies American Guitar Stage (Europa room)

  • 6:00 Buffalo Galaxy
  • 6:50 Back Up & Push
  • 7:40 Sherry Minnick & Phil Nusbaum
  • 8:30 Grit Pickers Old Time String Band
  • 9:20 Blue Groove
  • 10:10 The Good Intentions


  • 10:00-11:20 Open Stage
  • (sign up in Gathering Place
  • starting at 7:00 PM Friday
  • 11:30 Troy Flemming
  • 12:20 Timbre Junction
  • 1:10 Wink The Other Eye
  • 2:00 Def Lester
  • 2:50 Sarah Mae & the Birkeland Boys
  • 3:40 Pickin’ Up Steam
Dinner Celebration
5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
(dinner served until 8PM)
with entertainment by:
  • 5:00 Switched At Birth
  • 5:50 The Silver River Band
  • 6:40 Birtzer-Johnson
  • 7:30 Nicholas Jordan & Mary DuShane
  • 8:20 Biscuit Boys
  • 9:10 Hell-Burnin’ Sinners

Winter Weekend
Festival Committee

Jana Metge, Chair
​Rick Anderson
Bob Bayers 
Eric Christopher 
Brett Day
Jim Dostal 
Mabel Houle 
Anthony Ihrig
Adam Kiesling
Phil Nusbaum 
Rina Rossi
Brent Fuqua

Aaron Tacke

Addison Maass

2021 Winter Weekend

Due to COVID19 restrictions, the event has been cancelled. 

About the Minnesota Bluegrass Winter Weekend

Three incredible days  packed with band showcases, Saturday night headline concert, dances, workshops, instrument exhibitors, and plenty of around the clock informal jam sessions. It all takes place in a comfortable, indoor setting at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, MN.

Reservations: See our Location page for more information.

Save money, purchase winter weekend tickets in advance here. 

Showcase of Bands: More than 40 Minnesota Bluegrass member bands will perform on two stages all three days. Showtimes are 6:00 PM to Midnight on Friday, 10:30 AM to 10:15 PM Saturday, and 9:45 AM to 2:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. A list of groups and detailed stage schedules will be posted soon.

2020 Main Stage Headline Concert: This years main stage will feature Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Lady Spruce. 

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Activities: In addition to all the stage shows and dances, there will also be a Exhibitor Rooms, workshops, the "Spotlight On" presentation,  a Sunday morning gospel show, activities for kids in the Gathering Place, and jam sessions around the clock and throughout the hotel.

Saturday Workshops Information.

Grass Seeds Music Academy: This is a 3-day music camp for young pickers and singers ages 8 to 18 (or so). Pre-registration is required and space is limited. These lucky kids can expect to learn jamming etiquette, ensemble playing, how to play back-up and take a lead break, how to sing lead and harmony, and more. On Sunday they perform a recital on the auditorium stage. They work hard but have fun too.

Volunteers:  To make the weekend a reality we will need to fill 140 volunteer shifts with many volunteers like you - people willing to do their part to make it happen. Would you be able to help us out for just a couple hours? Volunteers get preferential seating at the Saturday Night Headline Concerts. More information about volunteering early in 2020.

Sign up as a volunteer now! 

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Slideshow: Pictures from different festivals, with bands playing live music. 

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