Every year, bluegrass artists and enthusiasts from around Minnesota gather for the Winter Bluegrass Weekend in Plymouth, and it’s back for the 38th annual event. For those unfamiliar with bluegrass, this weekend may be much bigger than expected. “We took over Crowne Plaza West in 1994, and we’ve grown so large that we took over the entire hotel. We’ve been there ever since,” says Bea Flaming, member services for Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association.
The Winter Bluegrass Weekend offers entertainment for bluegrass fans of all kinds. If a young person is interested in starting an instrument or honing their skills, there are four Green Seeds Music Academy sessions over three days. Participants in the academy will put on a concert Sunday afternoon. For adults, there are workshops for all skill levels throughout the weekend.
There will be two stages at the event, showing more than 50 bands. The headliner is Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands. There are also exhibits and booths with items for sale.
General admission: $20 on Friday, $25 on Saturday, $5 on Sunday, $40 in advance for three day pass or $45 at the door. Laurie Lewis concert on Saturday March 4 at 7 and 9:30 p.m., $23 in advance, $30 at the door, $10 for teens and kids. Grass Seeds Music Academy, $85 per person, includes 3 day pass.