SPRING IS COMING!!! SPRING IS COMING!!!
You may or may not know what that means.......What it means is that the California Bluegrass Association is holding their Spring Camp Out 2019 at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds!!! This is when we, musicians, get together to play music with each other for a week, or as long as people can be there. Some of the music that is played is: Bluegrass, Old Time, Gospel, Folk, and Country.....or whatever you like to play with your friends. It's a family type situation, casual, with people camping all week long, or just visiting for the day.
The Spring Camp Out begins on Monday, April 8, 2019 and runs through the week, ending on Sunday, April 14, 2019. You are welcome to spend Sunday night and leave Monday morning, but please be prepared to pay for camping that night, as they charge us for that night too.
There are plenty of RV sites with electric and water but no sewer hook ups. The cost of these sites are $30 per night. There is a dump station on site to use as you leave the event (or whenever you need it). The festival grounds has nice showers for campers to use. You will find lots of open grassy space and a few trees for tent/van/car campers. We ask $10 per night for tents/vans/cars.
There are an assortment of restaurants, wineries and beer breweries available for your taste buds and lots of shopping for those that love that! The Old Town of Lodi is within walking distance and has lots to offer.
The event is free for people who want to come for the day to hear the Bluegrass music or visit with friends.
This year we have something very special happening! We are inviting the California State Old Time Association to join us and they will be holding their 53rd Annual California State Old Time Open Fiddle & Picking Championship.
It will be held on Friday, April 12 - Saturday, April 13, 2019. You can visit their website (www.csotfa.org) for more info on how to compete and the schedule of activities. We will be putting that info on the CBA web site as well (www.cbaweb.org). Saturday night will be the awards ceremony and performance.
We will have our Saturday evening dinner and concert as usual. There will be a raffle too....more details on that as we get closer.....
If you would like to lead a workshop, please let me know. There has been some interest!
As always, I need volunteers to make this event happen. We, the CBA, are run by volunteers. People who give of their time, energy, and even monetarily at times, to provide our Bluegrass Family a safe place to party and play music with family and friends.....please consider giving up four hours or more to help with this event. I need help at the front gate and preparing/serving/cleaning up the Saturday night dinner. There is a benefit to volunteering as well. Contact me at Deblivermore@Gmail.com.....
So let's practice our breaks, thicken up our calluses, update our song lists, check on the camping gear, clean out the ice chest, and prepare to Play Bluegrass with friends and family at a very fun event!!!!
SEE YOU IN APRIL!!!!