Bluegrass and Bites

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History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 West Circle Drive, Rochester

3 bluegrass bands playing outdoors under the historic George Stoppel Barn with tasty bites from local food trucks. About this Event A hootenanny at the History Center. Enjoy a crisp fall afternoon listening to blazing banjos, fiery fiddles, and melodic mandolins play old-timey country tunes while you graze on bites from Rochester's finest food trucks. The bands will be playing on the grounds of the historic 1860s George Stoppel Farmstead. While music plays, take a peek in the barn and the caverns and check out the vintage farm equipment displayed on the grounds. Ticket price includes admission to the History Center museum.

Music begins at noon with Root River Jam, an Americana Roots band based in SE MN. Their original music includes styles from folk, country, rock, blues, Celtic, and jazz. Up next are the Double Down Daredevils, a 6-piece bluegrass band playing bluegrass and Americana music with a special emphasis on 2, 3 and 4 part vocal harmonies. They're a kind of "Bluegrass Boys meets The Oak Ridge Boys" group. Closing out the jam is a duo from the High 48s, joined by the incomparable Becky Schlegel.

You can enjoy this outdoor event while following our pandemic protocol. All family/friend groups will be seated at picnic tables dispersed at least six feet apart. Wear a mask when not eating or drinking. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held one week later on Saturday, September 19th at the same time and location. All tickets will be honored at that time. No refunds.