Friday, May 7, 2010

ND Bluegrass Association Has Web Page!

For the most up-to-date bluegrass information related to North Dakota, please go to

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

20th Annual Missouri River Bluegrass Festival

20th Annual
Missouri River Bluegrass Festival
Friday & Saturday, June 18 & 19, 2010
Cross Ranch State Park, ND

NewFound Road - N. Carolina, Friday & Saturday
Johnny Butten Band - Minnesota, Friday only
Lonesome Traveler - Colorado, Friday & Saturday
Also Featuring Regional Performers:
The Center Community Band, Sat.
Cottonwood, Fri. • Moose Creek, Sat.
Ogg Creek, Sat. • The Pfliger Sisters, Sat.

Free Kids Fest • Free Bluegrass Workshops
Free Saturday Night Barn Dance
Bluegrass and Old Time Jamming:
Ask about the late night jam & quiet camping areas
Main Stage Ticket Prices:
Adult: Fri. - $15 Sat.: $20 Weekend Pass - $30
Children (16 & under) : Free
Concert Area Guidelines:
No Smoking • No Alcohol • No Unruly Behavior
No Audio Taping • No Video Taping • No Pets
More Info at 701-794-3731
For Camping Reservations: 1-800-807-4723
Sponsored in part by the North Dakota Council on the Arts

Sunday, November 29, 2009

June 26, 2010 is the Date for a New Festival

• Mark June 26, 2010 as the date for a new bluegrass festival being held in the community of Fort Ransom, ND, south of Valley City. The festival will be held at the community ball park. Monroe Crossing and the Johnson Family band have been hired to perform with more to be added.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

New North String Band at Mandan, November 14, 2009

Saturday November 14th the New North String Band from Eau Claire, Wisconsin will be in Mandan, ND at the Mysteria Theater for an evening concert at 7:00 pm. This hard-driving 5-piece bluegrass band is on the return leg of a South and North Dakota tour, heading home.

The band was a headliner at the Missouri River Bluegrass Festival at Cross Ranch State Park this past June where they made many new fans and friends. Their sharp dressing set them apart from the rest of the performers.

Evie Andrus recently caught up with Jake Henry, band leader, lead vocalist, and mandolin player for the group.

EA: “Jake, great to see you’re coming back to North Dakota. What were your impressions when you played the festival this summer?”

JH: "It was great; we loved the (Link) cabin and all the friendly people that we met."

EA: “What do you think about coming back?”

JH: "We are happy to be getting out into the Dakotas, to see friends we made this summer and have fun playing for some new people too. We know Minnesota and Wisconsin pretty well so it is fun to be playing in North Dakota."

EA: “You were saying your recent CD has won some awards.”

JH: “The CD we had at Cross Ranch was our first recording and was only a couple weeks old at that time. Since then four of those songs have gone on to win awards:
"River Bottom Blues"- National Americana Compilation CD
"Liquor and Love"- 3rd place in a songwriting competition in Wisconsin
"Nine Miles Lonesome"- Top 10 in a national songwriting competition
"Billy in the Lowground" (vocal) - 1st place at the Winfield songwriting competition in the general category which had over 100 entries and we got to perform the song on stage.”

More info on the group can be found at www.

You will want to make a reservation for the concert and meal (701-663-2900). The Mysteria Restaurant and Dinner Theater is becoming a great venue to host bluegrass concerts. The building, constructed in 1936, served the community by showing Hollywood films for many years from the 1930's on. The building has served a few other businesses since.
The new restaurant boasts a talented chef (Tyler) who has designed menus for both quick & casual or fine dining. You can get a quick lunch or a fantastic romantic dinner in the facility Wednesday through Saturday.
The theater is active with entertainment on the weekends or by special reservation. In the month that this project has been open, the theater has already hosted area corporations, associations, and private parties of all sizes. Come on out and support the music!

Monday, October 26, 2009

B.A.N.D. Raffles Bluegrass Stars Quilt

Tickets for a queen sized quilt featuring bluegrass instruments and quilted with a pattern of bluegrass instruments and musical notes are being sold by the members of the Bluegrass Association of North Dakota.

The "Bluegrass Stars" quilt is being raffled by B.A.N.D. as a fundraiser for the Association. The money will be used to support bluegrass music events in the North Dakota. The tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. The drawing will be held in Bismarck on January 10, 2010. You need not be present to win.

If you would like to buy tickets, contact Barb Headrick at or call 701-258-0290. If you would like to sell tickets, contact Barb also for that!

Monday, September 7, 2009

B.A.N.D. 2009-2010 Bluegrass Jamming Schedule

All B.A.N.D.-sponsored Bluegrass jams are free of charge and open to the public and feature harmony singing along with the traditional bluegrass instruments, acoustic guitar, 5-string banjo, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro guitar, and acoustic upright bass. Listeners are always welcome, although the jams are not designed to be entertainment for spectators.

Litchville MonthlyBluegrass JamAcoustic-only2nd Saturday of the month September - May1:00 - 5:00 pmLitchville ElementaryQuestions: call John @ 701-762-4891

Bismarck Monthly Bluegrass JamAcoustic-only2nd Sunday of the month, September - May1:00 pm - 5:00 pmGateway Mall Questions: call Pat @ 701-258-0290

Jamestown WeeklyBluegrass JamAcoustic-onlyThursday evenings7:00 pm - 9:00 pmAtonement Lutheran Church1009 12th Avenue NE(near the new High School)
Call John @ 701-952-4618 for more info.

B.A.N.D. is looking for volunteers to host bluegrass jams in new locations in the state. •