By Jack Pierce

WE ARE BACK AGAIN! For 2019! and
happy to announce the coming of our Great 48-hour
2019 jam event. Jam, jam and more jamming! Did
I mention Jamming? The Great 48 Hour Jam 2019
is set to take place during the 2nd week of January
2019 beginning on Thursday, January 10 and ending
Sunday, January 13, 2019. Our event is hosted at the
Marriott Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Avenue,
Bakersfield California, 93301.

The Marriott is within walking distance of the
Amtrak and adjacent to numerous eateries in newly
renovated downtown Bakersfield. Several folks
attending the 2018 jam took advantage of Amtrak
services, which made travel to Bakersfield a positive
experience. The Great 48 Hour Jam is an amazing
place to kick off the 2019 bluegrass season. Literally,
indoor, non-stop jamming to the wee hours coupled
with workshops, showcase bands and the annual
Friday night bluegrass concert held in the Marriott

Bluegrassers from all over the country, including
beginners to advanced, make the annual trek to
Bakersfield, California to experience 48 hours of
bluegrass and camaraderie with new and old friends.
This year, the weekend boasts the annual Friday
night performance from two selected high end
California professional bluegrass bands performing
in the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Details regarding
this year’s California professional bands will be
announced at a later date —- Stay tuned, the Friday
night concert is going to be a good one!

Those who have attended the Great 48 Hour Jam in
the last several years understand this event is growing
every year and the early bird reservations are crucial
when receiving the CBA group rate. In fact, last  From Page A-1
year’s jam attendance surpassed all prior 48 hour
jams and the Marriott filled to capacity months
ahead of the December deadline. Therefore, folks
who plan to attend the Great 48 Hour Jam 2019
and receive the CBA group rate must reserve
their room prior to noontime on the December
20, 2018 deadline. The CBA room rate is $99 per
night if you reserve before the deadline! After the
deadline date, the rate increases to $179, so make
your reservation early. Right now, it may seem
far away, but don’t delay. Rooms will fill fast! —
rooms have filled fast every year!

To make reservations, directly contact
Sara Walker at the Bakersfield Marriott
Convention center (661) 323-1900 extension
1015. This year, attendees will indicate to
Sara their floor preference regarding all night
jamming, jamming to 10:00 pm and no
jamming floors. Sara will require your first
and second choice for your jamming floor

Kinfolk from hither and yon are on this event
like 5 strings on a banjo, and we anticipate
a full Marriott house or as the hotel bigwigs
say, “run of the house.” Volunteers are being
sought to coordinate organized activities such
as workshops, kids on stage, band scramble,
etc. Please contact Jack Pierce at [email protected]
gmail.com if you are interested in helping with
the Great 48 Hour Jam 2019.

The Great 48-hour 2019 jam promises
to be another memorable weekend for all
lovers of bluegrass, so don’t delay make your
reservation. Keep your eyes open and fingers
rolling for additional information in the
coming months.