Reaching out and keeping our music alive and growing
Since 1976, the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA) has kept the bluegrass tradition alive and thriving in our region. We hold several festivals every year that draw top national acts and thousands of people who love to listen - and play - this form of music. But it's not enough to rest on our laurels - we are dedicated to passing the torch on to the next generation!
One of our most special efforts is the Grass Seeds Academy, held every March at our Winter Bluegrass Weekend. Grass Seeds provides personal instruction from professional musicians in a 3-day intensive workshop. Kids come in alone and go out playing in a band with other kids, playing breaks on fiddle, banjo, guitar, dobro, mandolin - even bass!
Kids come from all over for Grass Seeds, from the Twin Cities and surrounding communities, greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, and beyond. We have kids that can barely play a tune on their instrument, some that are already performing musicians, and everything in between. There truly is a place for everyone in Grass Seeds.
Without a doubt, the most frequent comment heard from parents during Grass Seeds is, “I really wish there would have been something like this when I was young,” often followed by “Maybe I would have stuck with it” or “Maybe I would play something now.” We can change that. We are changing that. And you can help. That’s why on Give to the Max Day we encourage you to donate to MBOTMA and do what you can to give those kids today a break. Please join us!