The California Bluegrass Association presents…


The 2023 Great 48 Jam

Bakersfield, CA

January 5 – January 8, 2023

Get ready for the Great 48!


2023 is almost here, and with it comes the Bakersfield Great 48! The Marriott in Bakersfield on Truxtun is anticipating a hotel full of music makers, young and old, and final preparations are being made for your arrival. Please explore this website’s tab for Hotel & Dining to learn how to get on the Marriott’s stand-by reservation list, in case of last minute cancellations. At the bottom of that page you’ll also find links to lodging nearby to the Marriott.

If you have questions about the Great 48, please contact us using the link at the bottom of the CBA Events page. When you arrive January 5-7, please stop by the Welcome table so we can greet you and give you our Event Guide.

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.


Covid Policy


Amtrak’s San Joaquin 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.

Learn more about this unique experience:

Email [email protected] with questions.

Violin on Amtrak train to Bakersfield