North Shore Music Association
Dedicated to presenting & supporting musical arts in Northeast Minnesota
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
24th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend: October 31 - November 2, 2014

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.

Each year the North Shore Music Association sponsors a great weekend for Bluegrass musicians and fans. Friday is check-in, registration, and jamming. Saturday is workshops, more jamming, and an evening concert by our featured group. And Sunday is... more jamming before check-out. It's a pickin' weekend in a relaxed setting, and a wonderful opportunity to connect with your Bluegrass friends. There's no cap on workshop participants, so you can register when you arrive.

This Year's Featured Instrument : Mandolin
Featured Instructor: Emory Lester

EMORY LESTER is one of the day’s foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attack of his playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious. He has inspired and influenced many of today’s current wave of mandolinists, pointing the way with his clean, clear, fast, and efficient mandolin techniques.

Emory is currently touring with Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, performing shows across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the U.K. His fourteen-year friendship and musical collaboration with noted clawgrass banjoist Mark Johnson has yielded four creative recording projects. Mark and Emory have toured across the U.S. and have been featured on several performances with Steve Martin, most notably on Late Night with David Letterman in September 2012.  

AL SMITH, from Jasper, GA, is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who adds his wealth of experience and musical creativity to the Emory Lester Set. A top-notch player, who has shared the stage for performances with Mark O'Connor, Alison Krauss, Randy Howard, and a long list of other notable names, Al's passion for new acoustic music has brought him attention and notoriety in the world of Grisman-style acoustic music.    

KENE HYATT, originally from Pennsylvania, is one of the foremost bass players in acoustic music today. A master bassist, Kene studied at the York University in Toronto and excelled in Jazz bass. A past winner of the Bass Player of the Year award at the Central Ontario Bluegrass Awards, Kene has regularly performed with Emory Lester and other bluegrass artists, as well as branching out to other genres such as rock, salsa, and country.

Saturday Mandolin Workshops: $7/each, $30/full day. Register at event.

Saturday Concert with The Emory Lester Set, 8 PM: $20 adults, $8 youth (18 & under). Tickets for sale at event only --  in Lutsen Resort Lobby starting at 6 PM, and at Lutsen Ballroom door at 7 PM.

FRIDAY – Check-in, sign up for workshops, jam, and socialize

Mandolin Workshops with Emory Lester

 9:00 – Introduction; Technique Checkup
10:00 – Chords and Rhythms
11:00 – Crosspicking; Playing with Speed 
            (12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch Break)
1:30 – Creative Backup
2:30 – Improvisation and Creativity
           (3:15 - Break)
3:30 – Art of the Lyrical Mandolin
4:30 – Practice Techniques; Summary and Questions Answered
8:00 – CONCERT with “The Emory Lester Set”
          (Emory Lester, mandolin, etc.; Marc Roy, guitar; Kene Hyatt, bass)
10:30 – Jamming
SUNDAY – Jamming and checkout
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