Tucson tuning up for bluegrass jam

October 22, 2013 by  

A venue in Tucson is gearing up to host a weekend of colorful music. Later this week, the Desert Bluegrass Festival will be coming to the AVA Amphitheater for its 14th consecutive year. The demand for postcard printing may be higher than usual as the area prepares for the likely arrival of thousands of tourists.

The event will take place over the course of three days. A large number of bluegrass bands will compete for cash prizes and give live concerts. Some of this year’s participating groups will be new to the music scene, while others will be veterans. Artists will include Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, The Tuttles, The Greg Morton Band, and the Desert Heart Bluegrass Band.

Musicians will lead a variety of workshops for interested attendees. Topics will include tips on songwriting and the basics of playing the banjo, guitar, and mandolin.

Bluegrass lovers from across the nation are expected to visit the festival. Those who arrive in RVs will enjoy free parking on the grounds. Attendees will also be welcome to set up tents in designated areas if they wish to stay overnight. In addition, they will have the option of staying at the neighboring Casino Del Sol Hotel or at the Country Inn and Suites for reduced rates.

The Desert Bluegrass Festival will begin this Friday, October 25 and run through Sunday, October 27. The amphitheater is located at 5655 West Valencia Road.

Those seeking directions, ticket information, or other details may call (520) 760-0745.