The California Bluegrass Association presents…


2022 Great 48 Jam in Bakersfield, CA

Guest rooms for the Great 48 at the Bakersfield Marriott Convention Center are on sale now. CBA members may make reservations at a discounted rate through September 30. Beginning October 1, reservations will open for other California and Western Bluegrass organizations.  Please see below for room reservation details.

The 2022 Great 48 Jam

Bakersfield, CA

Thursday, January 6 – Sunday, January 9, 2022

We are finally back and getting ready for the Great 48!  This is a jamming event, so tune up your guitar, rosin up that fiddle bow, and get ready to pick 24/7. You can play music in the beautiful courtyard and all day and night on designated jamming floors. When you get hungry (for something besides music), check out The Nines Restaurant or the MI Greatroom Lounge & Bar, which is  conveniently located in the hotel. Bakersfield is known for its regional Basque cuisine as well as other International and American fare, all close-by the Marriott. Any visit to Bakersfield should also include a visit to the legendary Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, birthplace of the Bakersfield sound.

The Bakersfield location – equidistant from San Diego and San Francisco – was selected specifically to bring together Southern and Northern California Bluegrassers and Old-time players.  The hotel is within walking distance of the Amtrak station and adjacent to numerous eateries in newly renovated downtown Bakersfield. Beginner-to-advanced pickers from all over the US make the annual trek to Bakersfield to enjoy non-stop jamming, workshops, nightly showcase bands, and Saturday night open mic with great bands.

In a change from past scheduling, the 2022 event will host a staggered workshop schedule, which will allow folks to attend more than one workshop. Details regarding this year’s Friday night professional band performance will be announced soon.  Keep checking this page for updated information.

Amtrak is a great way to travel to the G48 Jam. CBA members often organize a jam car for the Amtrak trip from the Bay Area to get an early start on G48 picking.  Stay tuned on the CBA website for updates!

While the Great 48 is open to all Bluegrassers, we would like to let everyone know that the event is growing every year and guest rooms historically fill up quickly. Fortunately, several hotels are located within walking distance of the Marriott and can comfortably accommodate any overflow crowd. Please read on for reservation details.  

About the Room Block and Reservations


Priority discounted Marriott guest room reservations are available to CBA Members through September 30, after which reservations are open to members of other Bluegrass and Old-time organizations at the same discounted rate.

To make your reservation and to request a room on a jamming floor or on a quiet floor, please call the Bakersfield Marriott Convention Center main desk at (661) 565-9320 or (661) 323-1900 and ask to speak with any of the reservations staff members. Hours for making Great 48 reservations are 9am-12pm and 3pm-6pm weekdays. Please use the CBA member discount code: “CBA-Great48-2022” during the CBA priority reservation period and beginning October 1 for other Bluegrass and Old-time organization member reservations. But don’t fret if you miss getting a Marriott room: you can still attend the event.  We recommend the Best Western Plus Hill House, which is located across the road from the Marriott. There are other nearby hotels, but the only discounted room block is at the Marriott.

This event is open to the public. You don’t have to be a CBA member to attend, but we hope you’ll consider joining!

For more information about the Bakersfield Marriott Convention Center hotel, please visit