North Shore Music Association
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Discover the Blue Grass Masters, Presented by the North Shore Music Association
Discover the Blue Grass Masters, Presented by the North Shore Music Association
Discover the Blue Grass Masters, Presented by the North Shore Music Association

25th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend: November 6-8, 2015

Reserve rooms now for your bluegrass weekend at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior! Don't miss their "3 days for the price of 2" special, for Bluegrass Masters Weekend attendees only. Call (888) 752-2399 for reservations.

Celebrate, make music, learn, and listen at the North Shore Music Association’s 25th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend!  A quarter-decade of this popular event has been satisfying appetites of bluegrass musicians and fans from all over the region and the U.S., who come to listen to and learn with the nation's best bluegrass players and instructors. Three days of jamming, a full day of instrumental workshops, and an evening concert by our featured group make for a pickin' weekend in a relaxed setting—a great opportunity to connect with your bluegrass friends. This year's featured instrument is resonator guitar (Dobro). Our featured instructor is Mike Witcher. In concert, Mike will be joined by his handpicked bluegrass supergroup: Jordan Tice on guitar, Samson Grisman on bass, and Dominick Leslie on mandolin.

This Year's Featured Instrument : RESONATOR GUITAR
Featured Instructor: MIKE WITCHER

About Mike:
A much-in-demand session player in L.A. and Nashville, Mike Witcher has worked with such artists as Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Peter Rowan, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Laurie Lewis, John Paul Jones (bassist of Led Zeppelin), Joan Osborn, The Gibson Brothers, Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show), and Fernando Ortega. He has played the Grand Ole Opry and Prairie Home Companion many times, and you can hear him on hundreds of records, sound tracks, commercials, and TV shows.

Over the last 15 years, Mike has developed an effective method of teaching the resonator guitar—one that allows his students to integrate complex concepts quickly into their playing. He has written two instructional books: Resonator Guitar: Tunes, Techniques and Practice Skills, which has become a standard; and the recently released Resonator Guitar: 20 Bluegrass Jam Favorites.  He teaches at the top acoustic music camps around the world, including Rob Ickes’ Reso Summit.

What sets Mike apart more than anything, however (and why he has such an impressive resume), is his sound. He has achingly gorgeous tone, dead-on intonation, and ideas and breaks that make the listener feel that sensation deep in the gut when music is just right. His technique is always fresh, jaw-droppingly creative, and tasteful. He is, simply put, one of the best resonator guitar players in the world.

Weekend Schedule:
SATURDAY WORKSHOPS: $7/each, $30/full day. Register at event only. No participant cap.

SATURDAY CONCERT 8 PM: $20 adults, $5 youth (18 & under). Tickets for sale at event only, in Lutsen Resort lobby all day Fri. & Sat., and at ballroom door starting 7 PM Sat.

Saturday Workshop Schedule:
9 AM - Introduction, Rigtht-Hand Technique
10 AM - Left-Hand Technique
11 AM - Understanding the Fretboard Through Triad Chord Shapes
(12 - 1:30 PM - Lunch Break)
1:30 PM - Finding the Melody (Without Music or Tablature)
2:30 PM - Phrasing & Dynamics: How to Make a Simple Melody Sound Great
3:30 PM - Critical Listening
4:30 PM - Questions Answered/Wrap-Up
5 PM - Workshop Ends

For more event information, call 218-387-1272 or e-mail

Lutsen Resort 1- 888-752-2399,  5700 W. Highway 61, Lutsen, MN.
(18 miles south of Grand Marais on Hwy. 61)

When making your reservation, be sure to mention you're there for the Bluegrass Masters Weekend, for a special package deal!

Remember, no matter what the featured instrument, given the ensemble nature of Bluegrass, it's a great time for all. It's also a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to get together and get away to Lutsen Resort and the north shore of Lake Superior, stunning at any time of year. See you in November!


North Shore Music Association
Box 1376 Grand Marais Minnesota 55604
(218) 387-1272