Philly and the Cheesesteaks

Longtime San Diego bluegrass musicians play mostly traditional bluegrass, with some swing and country mixed in.

Phil Levy – banjo; Dale Desmuke – guitar, vocals; Don Hickox – fiddle; Jim Blakemore – mandolin; Pete Varhola – bass

Ol' Train

Phoenix-based Ol’ Train plays bluegrass the ol’ fashioned way, with much attention paid to the original music from founders like Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt & Scruggs. Ol’ Train are seasoned pros with decades of experience and some of the best in the business in the western US. Fans will enjoy their music played the way it used to be, and still is played… by Ol’ Train.

Dick Brown – banjo, vocals; Thomas Porter – guitar, vocals; Dan Sankey – mandolin/fiddle, vocals; and Bob Denencourt – bass, vocals.

John Moore and Friends

In addition to having been the mandolinist, guitarist and vocalist for the internationally acclaimed band Bluegrass Etc, John Moore was also the mandolinist with the award-winning band California, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Band of the Year, three years in a row.

John’s musical performances have led him throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan, as well as into the studio doing radio and television commercials, along with movie soundtracks and sessions for other artists.

He has appeared in productions by, and done musical soundtracks for, HBO, Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and A&E Television Network. He most recently appeared in the HBO Series Deadwood, and has appeared on the cover of Bluegrass Now, Bluegrass Unlimited and Flatpick Guitar magazines.

He is also a sought-after teacher, having taught some of today’s hottest young musicians. John has taught, and continues to teach, at numerous music camps, including Wintergrass Academy (WA), Steve Kaufman’s Guitar Camp (TN), Bluegrass On The Beach (OR), Sore Fingers Music Camp (England), Rockygrass Academy (CO), Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Camp (AB, Canada), Levelland College (TX) and Northern Minn. Bluegrass Camp (MN), among many others.

This year’s “friends” include Stuart Duncan, America’s favorite fiddler, is known for his tasteful touch that’s been enjoyed by millions. Nashville Bluegrass Band member since 1985, Stuart has garnered many Grammys & other awards, and is a sought-after session musician. Homegrown So Cal legend Ron Block, from Allison Krauss & Union Station, gathers many accolades with his stellar banjo picking & singing as he performs many musical genres. Rick Faris, formerly with Special Consensus, adds some amazing guitar playing and was recently named “New Artist of the Year” at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Association’s awards ceremony. Summergrass welcomes Missy Raines – 2021 International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year, for the 10th time – more than any other bass player in the history of the organization. She is a bass players’ bass player, a singer, songwriter, teacher, sideman, and bandleader. In addition to the Bass Player awards, she’s received multiple awards from the IBMA for Recorded Event of the Year and Song of the Year.

John Moore – mandolin, guitar, vocals; Stuart Duncan – fiddle; Ron Block – banjo, vocals; Rick Faris – guitar, vocals; Missy Raines – bass, vocals

Sweet Tidings

SWEET TIDINGS GOSPEL JAMSummergrass welcomes back Sweet Tidings Gospel Jam. They perform hymns and traditional gospel music with emphasis on Americana roots gospel done in a jam-style. In 2014, they played a special “under the trees” Summergrass set that folks are still talking about. Sweet Tidings Gospel Jam is Don Hergert on banjo, Diana Hergert on guitar, Kim Conley on fiddle and Eric Uglum on bass. Be sure to see Sweet Tidings Gospel Jam Sunday morning! Enjoy their great gospel music!

Breaking Grass


We welcome again Breaking Grass from Mississippi!

Cody Farrar – guitar, vocals; Britt Sheffield – bass, vocals; Tyler White – fiddle; Zach Wooten – mandolin, vocals; Jody Elmore – banjo, vocals

Known for their high energy performances and original material, Breaking Grass delivers heartfelt music with haunting harmonies to match.  Now in their 14th year together, Breaking Grass has had multiple albums reach the Top 10 Billboard Bluegrass Charts, numerous songs in the Top 10 Bluegrass Today Charts (boasting multiple number one’s), and are acclaimed nationally after performing across the globe. With influences ranging from rock, gospel, country, and soul, this group of award-winning musicians brings something for everyone to each live show.  If you have never been a fan of bluegrass music, it might be because you haven’t heard it quite like this.