2013 GREAT 48
Click here for Rhonda Vincent and Rage tickets, Friday, January 4

Click here for Showcase Showdown tickets, Thursday, January 3

Click here for GREAT 48 hotel reservations at the Doubletree

WOW! Rhonda Vincent at the 2013 “Great 48 (Hour Jam)”

The Great 48 Hour Jam which will take place at the Bakersfield DoubleTree hotel January 3 through 6, 2013. It’s one of the nicest hotels in the region and is a wonderful venue for the event. The 2012 “Great 48 Hour Jam” held this past January lived up to all expectations, and then some. The 5th year of this annual event was bigger and better with tons of non-stop Bluegrass jamming throughout the hotel. Pickers from all parts of California descended on the event in greater numbers and were even joined by some out of state folks, one coming all the way from Wisconsin. Bluegrass clubs and organizations were well represented and in addition to the California Bluegrass Association (CBA) those bringing sizable contingents and hosting jam suites were the Bluegrass Association of Southern California (BASC), Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast (BMSCC), Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS), San Diego Bluegrass Society (SDBS), and the Southwest Bluegrass Association (SWBA).

The “Great 48” has proven to be one heck of a way to kick off the Bluegrass New Year and maybe the best time of the year to pick, sing, grin and rub elbows with folks from the far reaches of California and beyond.

The 2013 “Great 48” recently received a huge shot in the arm when the “Queen” of Bluegrass music, Rhonda Vincent and her band “The Rage” agreed to perform a Friday night concert in the hotel ballroom. A reasonably priced, $20 ticket will buy you a seat for her show and there should be good opportunity to meet and greet this good friend of the CBA who is sure to put on a great night of “dynamite” Bluegrass music...

A great addition to the 2012 event was the introduction of the “Showcase Showdown” Bluegrass band competition co-sponsored by the CBA and the Oildale Kiwanis Club. Four bands from various parts of California were selected as finalists with the winning band, Rocky Neck Bluegrass earning a spot on the 2012 Fathers Day Festival Pioneer Stage. The local Kiwanis club used the event as a fund raiser for the “Tigerfight Light the Night Team” in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and were able to drum up a large local crowd. The evening was quite festive, attendees were well entertained and a good time was had by all. The Saturday night band scramble and open mic was also well attended as were a variety of musical workshops held on Saturday afternoon.

The Kiwanis and Leukemia/Lymphoma Society folks had such a great experience putting on the “Showcase Showdown” that for 2013 they are rarin’ to do it again. The 2013 “Showcase Showdown” is set for Thursday, January 3, 2013 and is open to any non-touring California based Bluegrass Band with last year’s winner deemed ineligible. Four bands are selected from the applicants with each selected band playing a 25 minute set of music in showcase format. Each showcase band will receive a band fee of $500 and one of those bands will be chosen by a panel of independent judges to play a set on the Pioneer stage of the 2013 Fathers Day Festival in Grass Valley which includes a $1000 performance fee. Details are being hammered out but for general information and specifics on entering your band contact Kelvin Gregory: 661-428-7044; kelvin@gregspetro.com .

The Bakersfield DoubleTree hotel is conveniently located, at:
3100 Camino Del Rio Court
Bakersfield, CA 93308 (near the junction of SR-99 and SR-58)

For hotel bookings use:
Group Name: California Bluegrass 48 Hour Jam
Group Code: C-BLU
By Phone:
Central Reservations: 888-779-4694
Front Desk: 661-323-7111
Click here to book online. Be sure to use the above listed group name and group code.

Posted By:  Rick Cornish

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