Bluegrass Events Around San Diego

April 8, 2016

Wayne Rice


Here are some upcoming bluegrass music events around San Diego and Southern California:.

  • Tuesday, May 22: Chris Cerna and Bluegrass Republic will appear at the Boll Weevil (9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.) at 8:00 PM. No admission charge. Sponsored by the San Diego Bluegrass Society.
  • Sunday, June 10: Bluegrass Day at the Del Mar Fair will feature local bands performing from 11AM until dark. Free with fair admission.
  • Sunday, June 17: Chris Thile will perform at the Escondido Center for the Arts (340 N. Escondido, Blvd.) at 7:30 PM. For tickets and info: (858)988-2453 or visit
  • Friday-Sunday, August 17-19: Summergrass 2018 Bluegrass Festival will feature Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Bluegrass Etc., The Central Valley Boys and many other bands and activities. It will be held at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista (2040 N Santa Fe Avenue). Tickets go on sale April 1 and are available by visiting the Summergrass website or Facebook page.
  • Saturday, August 25: The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome will perform at the Irwin Jacobs Qualcomm Hall (5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego) at 7:00 PM, sponsored by the Museum of Making Music. For more information and tickets visit the museum website, call (760) 304-5820 or email [email protected].
  • Monday, August 27: The Punch Brothers with Madison Cunningham will perform at the Observatory in North Park (2891 University Ave) at 8:00 PM. For tickets and info: (619) 239-8836.

Regular Bluegrass Events Around San Diego:

  • 1st Tuesday of the month: The North County Bluegrass and Folk Club holds it's monthly "featured band" night at Round Table Pizza, Ash and Washington in Escondido. 7-10 PM. No admission charge; donations accepted.
  • 2nd Tuesday of the month: The San Diego Bluegrass Society holds an open mike and jam at Fuddruckers/La Mesa (Grossmont Shopping Center) 6:30-9 PM. No admission charge.
  • 3rd Monday of the month: The San Diego Bluegrass Society holds a "slow jam" at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in North Park (4011 Ohio Street), led by recording artist and music instructor Janet Beazley. There is an admission charge of $5 for SDBS members and $10 per session for non members. Non members can join on site and receive their discount immediately. Janet also conducts a monthly "slow jam" in Poway (time and place varies). For details and information contact [email protected].
  • 4th Tuesday of the month: The San Diego Bluegrass Society holds it's monthly "featured band" night at the Boll Weevil Restaurant (9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd) in San Diego from 6:30 to 9 PM. No admission charge; donations accepted.