The California Bluegrass Association presents…


The 2023 Great 48 Jam

Bakersfield, CA

January 5 – January 8, 2023

Get ready for the Great 48!

The Great 48 is open to everyone at no cost, and all Bluegrass and Old-time music fans are invited and encouraged to attend.  Come count in the New Year together – January 5,6,7,8!

The Bakersfield Great 48 Jam kicks off the California Bluegrass Association’s 2023 calendar of musical events, so tune your strings and get ready to pick with friends, old and new.

The beautiful Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA will once again welcome acoustic musicians from beginner to experienced, encouraging non-stop jamming throughout the lobby, on the patios, in designated ballrooms and jamming floors. Whether you come to play, or come to listen, CBA associations from California and Nevada will have jamming suites open to all on the 2nd and 9th floors. We hope you will stop by these suites and find out more about the diverse and exciting world of Bluegrass and Old-time music.

The CBA has negotiated a special room rate at a substantial discount for CBA members.  Registration for CBA members opens August 30.  Stay tuned here for the registration link and details.

Members of other Bluegrass groups (including SWBA, NCBFC, SDBS, BMSCC, BASC, and NCBS) are invited to reserve rooms at the same discounted rate starting September 13th. But why not join the CBA right now and book the room of your choice as soon as registration opens on the 30th?

New to jamming?

Just starting to figure out how to play your bass, dobro, banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, or other acoustic instrument? Along with opportunities to join impromptu jams of all levels, the Great 48 will also offer educational workshops, hosted welcome jams, theme jams, and an open mic night for you to “just make music!”

About Bakersfield

Bakersfield, sprawling between Highway 5 and Highway 99, lies midway between coastal and mountain communities and equidistant from San Diego and San Francisco. Any visit to Bakersfield should also include a visit to the legendary Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, birthplace of the Bakersfield Sound. Check back here for concert information – to be announced soon!

The Great 48 is within easy walking distance to various eateries in the newly renovated downtown Bakersfield and Great 48 participants will receive directions and descriptions to a wide variety of quality food/casual dress restaurants. Since the Great 48 is open to all acoustic musicians, guest rooms at the Marriott have been known to fill up quickly. Fortunately, hotels that can comfortably accommodate G48 participants are located within walking distance of the Marriott.


Amtrak’s San Joaquins train line provides a way to travel and jam all the way to the G48 from the Bay Area, starting in Oakland and making stops down the Central Valley. Details coming to this space soon.  Email [email protected] with questions.