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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

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

For more information about the weekend, contact NSMA Director Kate Fitzgerald at 218-387-1272, or

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)

Calendar of Events
7pm Dylan Fresco: The Holocaust and Me
Dylan Fresco: The Holocaust and Me
Dylan Fresco: The Holocaust and Me
02/22/2020: 7 PM@ Arrowhead Center for the Arts

Dylan Fresco's performance "The Holocaust and Me" is the story of how Dylan came to realize the impact of the Holocaust on his family and his own life, despite his being born decades after it happened. The performance includes music accompanied by guitar and sung in Ladino, a language based on medieval Spanish and Hebrew that is spoken by many Sephardic Jews. Dylan will facilitate a critical reflection period afterward.


About Dylan: Dylan Fresco is a musician and theater artist who works as a writer, performer, and educator with a diverse array of communities and arts partners. His work takes place in theaters, classrooms, community centers, and even on neighborhood sidewalks. A graduate of Carleton College and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Dylan has created solo performances that have been sold-out hits at Fringe Festivals across the country. He has written songs and helped create plays in the Twin Cities with Upstream Arts and Children’s Theatre Company, and he's worked in partnership with multiple organizations serving people with disabilities. He recently helped lead the creation of the original play “Birds Sing Differently Here," which premiered at the Guthrie Theater, in collaboration with a group of Iraqi-Americans and the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. Dylan's work has received support from Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, Springboard for the Arts, the Arts on Chicago Initiative, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the MN State Arts Board.


Tickets for the event are $10 adults, $5 youth, for sale in advance at (no fees, search "Arrowhead Center for the Arts") and at the door on the night of the show, starting at 6 pm. 

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