Our workshops are designed for musicians of all levels, but may be described as being more appropriate for certain levels. Regardless, everyone is welcome to attend our workshops and sidestage events which also include some jamming opportunities and experience our talented lineup in a more informal and more intimate way. All are welcome to attend.

Workshops are 1 hour unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.
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Navajo Ramada

12:30 Old Time Banjo with Frank Lee of The Freight Hoppers

1:45 Songwriting Workshop with Steve Spurgin & Friends

3:00 Ukulele Kanikapila with Makana and Kawika

Yavapai Ramada

All Day Open Jamming Zone

Commercial Building

12:30 Luthiers Roundtable with Bobby Wintringham (San Juan Mandolins), & Friends

1:45 Mando-Mania with Frank Solivan & Friends

3:00 Fantastic Fancy Fiddlin’ Techniques


Navajo Ramada

11:45 Old Time Jamming and Instruction with The Freight Hoppers

1:00- Open Jamming Zone

Yavapai Ramada

11:00 Young Jammers Introduction (open to the young and young at heart)

Commercial Building

9:00 – 11:00 Band Contest First Round

12:00 Blue Highway Showcase featuring songs & stories from over 25 years together

1:15 Sugar & The Mint Showcase

2:30 Crying Uncle Showcase

Commercial Building – Fine Arts Wing

9:00 – 12:00 Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Class* with Rick Sparks (3 hrs) – Saturday & Sunday


Navajo Ramada

11:00 Family Jug Band Jammin’ with Ted Nation, open to the young and young at heart, instruments provided

Yavapai Ramada

All Day Open Jamming Zone

Commercial Building

11:00 Slack Key Guitar Workshop and Performance with Makana

12:15 Old Time Fiddlin’ Focus & Jam with The Freight Hoppers

1:30 Becky Buller Showcase

Wernick Method
Bluegrass Jamming Class

Taught by Rick Sparks using The Wernick Method
Saturday & Sunday, Sep 14-15, 2019

Assisted by Karen Roemmich

  • All bluegrass instruments
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first session!


Sign up online and pay only $65 for both days!
$75 for both days (on site) or $40 per Session
*festival admission also required

It’s easier than you may think! If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro… you can be part of a bluegrass jam.

Only requirements: You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords.) Fast playing is not expected, nor is the ability to solo required.

Rick Sparks is equally at home playing banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro and pedal steel guitar, and singing either lead or harmony. He has developed a reputation as an outstanding teacher on all of his instruments and currently has over 30 students under his wing.

Pete Wernick (Dr. Banjo, originator of Banjo Camps and Bluegrass Jam Camps) has created a method that has taught thousands nationwide how to fit into bluegrass music jams at their own level. Wernick Method teachers are personally certified by Pete based on their knowledge of bluegrass, teaching in general, and teaching bluegrass according to his methods.



Photos by Gene Balzer

Photos by Gene Balzer

Photo by Kenneth A. Walters