The Venue

The barn with its new donated roof. //  Photo by Jack Poston

Bluegrass from a Coffee Can

The 60th Anniversary of Suwanee, Georgia’s Everett’s Music Barn “We had a lot of company” Rena (Everett) McDaniel reflected. “It seemed normal to stay up until four, five, or six o’clock on Sunday morning because there were still people here playing…right outside my bedroom door.” She was relating childhood memories of her life in the…

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David Grisman and Jerry Garcia.  Photo by Susana Millman Courtesy of Acoustic Disc.

Jerry Garcia

A Bluegrass Journey On March 28, 2024, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum opens its largest and most interactive temporary exhibition to date—Jerry Garcia:  A Bluegrass Journey.  The exhibition traces the bluegrass career of Jerry Garcia, a music icon known as a founding member of the Grateful Dead.  Born out of the counterculture…

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The AFBA mural on display, painted by D. E. Johnson in 1978. Photo by Jamie Plain


In June, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum unveiled a new exhibition highlighting the history of the bluegrass festival. The culmination of a collaborative effort with the Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association (AFBA), the exhibition explores the roots and evolution of bluegrass festivals. The idea for this project stems from an offer to…

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Lucketts Community Center

Bluegrass at the Lucketts Community Center

Fifty Years and Counting Photos courtesy of Jeff Ludin, Lucketts Community Center For many bluegrass fans living outside of the Northern Virginia/Metro DC environs, the Lucketts, Virginia, Community Center and its long-running series of bluegrass music concerts is known as the location for the much-heralded farewell concert by the Johnson Mountain Boys. The 1988 event…

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Photo by Steve Cale

Ground Zero for Traditional Bluegrass

For thoroughbred racing, it’s the Kentucky Derby. Golf has the Masters. The greatest spectacle in racing? The Indianapolis 500. Traditional bluegrass? That’s Bean Blossom. Only a handful of bluegrass festivals have accomplished as much and lasted so long to have achieved first-name status among the bluegrass and old-time country faithful. Names like Galax, Winfield, Telluride….

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2024 Festival Guide

United States Arizona  Bluegrass on the Beach March 1-4, 2024 699 London Bridge Rd,  Lake Havasu City, Arizona 86403-4655 570-721-2760 Desert Bluegrass Festival  March 8-10, 2024 Gladden Farms Community Park 12205 N Tangerine Farms Rd. Marana, Arizona Dave Polston 520-245-6126 [email protected] Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival September 13-15 Ft…

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