Final Dope on the 2019 GREAT 48 JAM IN BAKERSFIELD

The GREAT 48-Hour Jan is January 11-13th at the Bakersfield Marriot Hotel located at 801 Truxton Ave.  Here’s an overview of what to expect…

Thursday Evening, January 10.
Attendees can start the 48- hour bluegrass festivities early by attending the traditional Thursday evening opener in the main jamming room (Presidential Suite) enjoying food, drink, camaraderie, and get the opportunity to hear two showcase bluegrass bands. This year’s Thursday evening bands kick off the 48-hour weekend right around 9: p.m. with two terrific bands.

The Amy Scher and Hailey Pexton. Amy Scher and Hailey Pexton have been a part of the Bay Area bluegrass community for several years, often found in late night jams together or performing in their individual bands. Amy currently plays with the Bernal Hillbillies, and frequently joins other regional bands when they are in need of a fiddler. She hails from the Philadelphia, PA area, and made her way across the country by way of Arizona to settle (for now) in Crockett, CA. Hailey plays mandolin with the Hossettes, and also can be found playing mandolin Stocking Stuffers or guitar with various regional bands. She is a native of the Bay Area, currently residing in San Jose. Amy and Hailey have united in their mutual passion for raw bluegrass and mountain music. Their duet pares the songs they love down to vocals and two instruments in order to highlight the simple yet intricate melodies and expressive lyrics that are inherent in these genres. Their harmonies are soulful, powerful, and magnetic, and their instrumentation shines clear and bright.

Band two, Winfree/Schwartz/Athayde, is a collaboration of five stellar young musicians from three distinct regions of California – Berkeley, the Central Valley, and Los Angeles. High School kids Tessa Schwartz (Berkeley) and Ida Winfree (Turlock) (currently bandmates in the all-teen group, North Country Blue) sizzle on fiddle and mandolin, University of Miami jazz student Max Schwartz (Berkeley, formerly with Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, OMGG and Oak Grove) picks the five-string banjo with ingenuity, humor and taste, and L.A.-area composers and session musicians Nate Schwartz (a recent UCLA ethnomusicology graduate, formerly with OMGG and Oak Grove) and Eliana Athayde (a recent USC jazz alum) are creative forces to be reckoned with on the flattop guitar and upright bass. This is a bluegrass kick-off you don’t want to miss. Thursday evening at 9:00 and 10:00 pm starts off the bluegreass weekend. Don’t miss it!

Friday, January 11
HUGE jamming ALL DAY LONG. Then, the CBA will host the Friday night concert featuring two of the best bluegrass bands in California. High Country and The Bow Ties will perform in the Marriott Grand Ballroom with doors opening at 6:00 pm. Since 1968, High Country has earned its place as the West Coast’s premier traditional bluegrass band. Strongly influenced by the classic styles of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, the band’s blend of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, guitar and bass delivers the upbeat excitement of true bluegrass music. After four decades of performing, the band remains fresh and exciting, bringing their love of traditional bluegrass music to an ever-widening audience. High Country has nine albums to their credit including their latest, “Perfect Companions.” Leader/mandolinist, Butch Waller has a recent solo release, “Golden Gate Promenade” on the Rebel label and the Waller Brothers can be heard on their recent brother duet album entitled “The Old Photograph.” Please visit the High Country website ( for additional information and bio’s for each performer. The CBA is proud to present the Bow Ties, one of California’s best bluegrass bands in the state. The Bow Ties are a group of veracious bluegrass pickers dedicated to precision playing of the masters’ classics. They are happy to bring traditional bluegrass into the hearts of audiences. Please visit the Bow Tie website (http://www. for complete bio’s. Folks, you don’t want to miss this concert. Tickets for this concert are $25 presale, and $30 at the door. Presale tickets will be available through starting October 1st 2018. Stay tuned for more information.

NOTE: Tickets for the 48 Concert can be purchased at the CBA web site by going to

Saturday, January 12th
The great 48- hour jam will host various workshops inviting folks to hone their musical skills. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and bass workshops will be conducted by experts in the bluegrass world. This year‘s workshops will be held in various assigned suites and presented by the best of the best! Stay tuned for the line up of Workshop instructors. The CBA will host two organized slow jams taking place on Friday and Saturday afternoons. The CBA is proud to have Julio Boysenberry host both slow jams. We invite all novice bluegrass players as well as folks from the Bakersfield community to grab their bluegrass instruments and play on.
Join the Saturday night fun and experience the annual Great 48 Hour Jam band scramble and open mike activities held in the Marriot Grand Ballroom.

Sunday, January 13th
Join bluegrassers and folks from the Bakersfield community for the Sunday gospel jam held in the Little Switzerland room hosted by Rich Ferguson.

About Accommodations
As of October 25, Marriott rooms at the CBA rate are no longer available. We have filled the hotel, or as the “big wigs” say, “Bluegrassers have the run of the house”. However, there are a few Marriott rooms available at the current hotel rate ($179/night) if one chooses to stay at the Marriott. Please be advised that the Marriott staff DOES NOT ALLOW RV LODGING IN THE MARRIOTT PARKING LOT AREAS. Below is a list of alternative lodging areas and contact information regarding RV facilities.

Option 1:
Rooms are currently available at the Best Western Hill House located a little over one block east of the Marriott and directly across the street from the Amtrak train station. Room rates are $104.99/night with a complimentary breakfast. Contact information for the Best Western Hill House is 700 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93301. Reservations can be made at 661- 327-4064. Please reserve in a timely manner.
Option 2:
Rooms are currently available at the Padre Hotel approximately 1 mile from the Marriott. Room rates are $149.00 Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Contact information for the Padre Hotel is 1702 18th Street, Bakersfield, California 93301. Reservations can be made at 661- 427-4900.

Option 3:
For the folks who wish to travel to Bakersfield using their RV and desire full hookups, space is available at the Kern County Fairgrounds at the rate of $25/night. Contact information for the Kern County Fairgrounds is 1142 South P Street, Bakersfield California, 93307. RV reservations can be made with Jeannie Burton at 661-833-4917. For those traveling from areas around Bakersfield to the Marriott, Blue Star Taxi represents the official bluegrass transportation service. The Blue Star Taxi service can be reached at 661-345-1125.
Although the Marriott is full, lodging options are available. It’s anticipated the January 2019 weekend will boast full attendance of Bluegrass jammers from all over the state as well as folks attending from out of state. Non-stop jamming, Thursday night showcase bands, instrument workshops, band scrambles, and the traditional Friday night concert featuring High
Country and the Bow Ties is a great way to begin the 2019 bluegrass year! Did I say jamming? — How about lots and lots and lots of jamming!!
Schedule of Events at The Great 48 Hour 2019-Jam

Thursday, January 10
Free Concert: 9:00 p.m. & 10: 00 p.m. in the Presidential Suite featuring The Amy Scher and Hailey Pexton Band plus Winfree, Schwartz, Athayde Band
Friday, January 11
Slow Jam: 1:30-3:00 pm in Little Switzerland with Julio Boysenberry
Concert: “High Country” with opening act “The Bow Ties” in the Hotel Ballroom
6:00 p.m. Doors Open
7:00 p.m. Concert
Admission: $25.00 prior
to January 5, 2019, $30.00 after January 5, 2019 and at the door
Midnight Showcases: Little Switzerland and assigned suites.
Saturday, January 12
CBA Board of Directors Meeting: 11:00 am – Hotel Board Room
Workshops 1:30-3:00 pm , assigned suites: Banjo, Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro and Autoharp.
Afternoon Showcases:
Little Switzerland and selected suites
Slow Jam: 3:30-5:00 pm – in Little Switzerland with Julio Boysenberry
Band Scramble Drawing – 5:00 pm – Little Switzerland
Band Scramble/Open Mic 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Hotel Ballroom
Midnight Showcases: Little Switzerland and selected suites
Sunday, January 14 Gospel Jam
9:00 a.m. – Little Switzerland with Rich Ferguson