GREAT 48 News

Once again we’re happy to announce the upcoming GREAT 48 Hour Jam, which will be held at the Bakersfield DoubleTree Hotel January 9 through 12, 2014. NOTE THAT THIS YEAR THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE SECOND WEEKEND RATHER THAN THE FIRST WEEKEND OF JANUARY. The DoubleTree one of the nicest hotels in the region and is a wonderful venue for the event. The 2013 “Great 48 Hour Jam” held this past January lived up to all expectations, and then some. The 6th 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 a few out of state folks. 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.

A great addition to the 2012 and 2013 events was the introduction of the “Showcase Showdown” Bluegrass band competition. Four bands from various parts of California were selected by an independent panel of judges and performed at the GREAT 48 on Thursday night. That same panel selected a winner which was given a slot at the FDF’s Pioneer Stage. Rocky Neck Bluegrass won the competition in 2013; last year the winner was Grasslands winning the 2013 spot. The 2014 “Showcase Showdown” is set for Thursday, January 9, and is open to any non-touring California based Bluegrass Band, (with last year’s winner ineligible.) The four bands which are selected by the judges perform 25 minute sets and receive $500. As in the past, the band selected as winner of the competition receives a paid set at Grass Valley. For further information regarding the Showcase Showdown and how to enter your band contact Dave Gooding: 707-365-1940. The Saturday night band scramble and open mic has had great support and attendance each year and as usual there will be a number of musical workshops held on Saturday afternoon. At this point it appears we’ll once again have a Friday night concernt, but plans are still pending.
Watch the Bluegrass Breakdown and the CBA web site for more updates on the 2014 GREAT 48

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 go to

On-Line Booking Page

and use:

Group Name: California Bluegrass 48 Hour Jam
Group Code: C-BLU

By Phone:
Central Reservations: 888-779-4694 888-779-4694 FREE
Front Desk: 661-323-7111

Within the next week or so we'll be posting on the web site the url for booking rooms online.
Posted By:  Rick Cornish

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