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Bluegrass Masters Weekend

29th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend: November 1-3, 2019



Celebrate, make music, learn, and listen at the North Shore Music Association’s 29th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend! Over a quarter-century of this popular event has been satisfying appetites of bluegrass musicians and fans from all over MN, the U.S., and Canada, who come to listen to and learn with the nation's best bluegrass players and instructors. Three days of jamming, a full day of 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.
 
No matter what the featured instrument is each year, 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!
 
More Event Information: call 218-387-1272 or e-mail music@boreal.org

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



 
The North Shore Music Association presents the 29th Bluegrass Masters Weekend on November 1-3 at beautiful, historic Lutsen Resort. This year our instrument of focus is the fiddle, and our workshop instructor is master fiddler Dan Kelly, who has played and toured with played with Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner, Lonestar, and now Michael & Jennifer McClain & the Banjocats



Registration and concert ticket sales happen at the event only. There's no maximum on workshop participants. Just look for our information table in the lobby when you arrive, and we will help you get set with all you need. 

Workshops are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and are broken down hourly into several topics. Attendance is unlimited, open to all, and will be $40 for the entire day, or you can attend part of the day at $2/each 15 minutes. (Full schedule below.)

The Concert, featuring Michael & Jennifer McClain & the Banjocats, begins Saturday night, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets will be available at the NSMA table in the resort lobby and at the ballroom door: $20/adult and $10 for ages 12 and under.

Lutsen Resort has a reduced rate if you stay for at least three days. Call them at 888-795-7425 or book online at www.lutsenresort.com.

For more information about the weekend, contact NSMA Director Kate Fitzgerald at 218-387-1272, or music@boreal.org

Saturday (10/2) Fiddle Workshop Schedule
9:00-9:30 am - Finding a good fiddle and how to make a fiddle sound good; Fiddles, strings, bows, rosin, and pickups used for different gigs
9:30-10:30 am - Bowing and left-hand and right coordination; Perpetual motion exercise
10:30-11:00 am - Discussion/demonstration about different styles
11:00 am-12:00 noon - Questions and one-on-one help with technique
12:00-1:30 pm - Lunch
1:30-2:30 pm - Techniques for playing in different keys
2:30-3:00 pm - Double stops exercises and how to use them
3:00-3:15 pm - Break
3:15-4:15 pm - Using your fiddle as a rhythm instrument; Techniques for backing up another solo instrument
4:15-5:00 pm - Techniques for backing up a singer (fills and breaks)

 
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Samite - Lessons of Humanity: What My Grandfather Taught Me
Samite - Lessons of Humanity: What My Grandfather Taught Me
10/11/2019: 7 PM@ Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Taught traditional flute as a child by his grandfather in Uganda, Samite Mulondo studied western flute in school, became one of East Africa's most acclaimed flutists, and is now known the world over for his musical talent and humanitarian work.
 
Samite has released ten internationally distributed CDs and has scored and appeared in acclaimed documentary films. In 1998 Samite was the subject of the documentary Song of the Refugee, distributed by PBS. In 2009 the film Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, featuring Samite's original score, debuted nationally on PBS. Samite's humanitarian work began in 2002, with his founding of Musicians for World Harmony, an organization that enables global musicians to promote peace, understanding, and harmony among people. As a MWH ambassador, Samite travels to perform music and exchange stories with victims of war, poverty, and HIV/AIDS. 

While in Grand Marais, Samite will perform Lessons of Humanity: What My Grandfather Taught Me, his solo show full of stories and music that illustrate the resilience of the human spirit and the fundamental appreciation that "we are all the same."

Tickets to "Lessons of Humanity" are $15 adults, $5 youth ages 18 & under, for sale at www.tix.com (search "Arrowhead Center for the Arts") and at door night of show. 
 
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