A Message from IBMA


What a difference a month makes!

Actually, what a difference a few days  make. We know your inboxes have been bombarded with updates about  COVID-19 and its effects on our community. We've sent our fair share of  information over the last few days, so instead of repeating it ad  nauseam, we will provide a brief description and a link to read more.


  • We have created a Bluegrass Community Resource page with pertinent information about the virus, travel, alternative  revenue streams, relevant articles, and more. Continue to check back as  we update the page with new information.
  • As of right now, there are no plans to cancel IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020. We do not want to make any rash decisions about an event so far in the  future. We ask for your patience as we work closely with the City of  Raleigh to monitor the situation.


  • Let's flatten that curve!
  • To do our part in this effort and to protect the health of each employee and family member, the IBMA office has gone to a remote working environment for the time being. We are still working our regular hours and will answer your emails and phone calls. 
  • We will likely be pushing back ticketing and registration for IBMA World of Bluegrass. More information to come.

Stay safe and support your bluegrass community members!                                       

Kentucky Fried Pickin Canceled- Postponed


 KFP  WILL BE RESCHEDULED!!!!!-We will have new dates later this week. This  decision was not made out of fear, but was one due to the governor  closing bars and restaurants.  Now to decide on a Spring KFP or a Fall  KFP🙂.  We will make this year’s KFP a great and fun one! 

Rivendell Canceled- Watch from alternate date

Rescheduling when possible.

A message from Dustin:

 Sorry folks, the whole state is shut down and there is no real date in  sight where we can say that we will be safe to host an event. I will  continue to monitor the situation and we will reschedule when we get a  chance. I'll let everyone know in advance. Stay healthy and we will see  you all in a few months 

Follow on Facebook for updates.


Forest Fest Postponed.

Follow on Facebook for Updates

St Paul's Tuesday Night Jam, New Albany

Closed until further notice.

COVID-19 changes to Folk School Spring Classes


Regarding COVID-19 impact on our Spring Session of Group Classes- A message from Dave Howard

 Dear Friends,   
The safety of staff, students, and our community is of top importance to  us here at Louisville Folk School. To do our part in preventing the  spread of the novel COVID-19 virus, we are observing the federal, state,  and CDC recommended guidelines and strongly encourage our students to  do so as well.
As a precautionary measure, we are postponing the remainder of our  classes, and workshops until April 4. Individuals who have already registered for any of these will be contacted about new dates. We will  continue to offer private one on one lessons at the Folk School to those  interested, and are also happy to teach private lessons via  Skype/FaceTime/Google Duo.  

Schedule changes

Our spring session of group classes will begin with the weekend classes  on April 4 and 5, and the weeknight classes will begin the week of April  6. The spring group class session will be altered so that each class  meets seven times, and for many of these classes we will be able to  extend the meeting times so that total teaching time is equivalent to our usual eight week class. We will be updating the start times on each  class listed on our website over the next few hours, and are continuing  to enroll in our spring session of classes.

Follow LFS Website for additional details and updates


A Message from Bluegrass HOF regarding Covid19 Reschedules

Dear Patrons and Fans,

 The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum considers the health and  safety of our community – visitors, artists, and volunteers – our first  priority.  Based on recommendation from state government to avoid large  gatherings, which includes concerts, we are postponing our next three  shows:  The Nashville Songwriter (March 19th), The Kody Norris Show  (March 21st), and the Hall of Fame Induction Celebration (March 28th).   While this was a difficult decision to make, we feel it is the correct  one.  The museum remains open under normal operating hours, with special  precautions to disinfect common surfaces daily and providing additional  sanitizing stations for patrons. 

All tickets for these three  events will be transferred to a rescheduled date.  Once rescheduled  dates are established, information about refunds, if necessary, will be  emailed directly to ticket buyers.  

For the time being, all  other events will continue as scheduled.  If there are any changes or  cancellations, we will notify ticket buyers via email, and post any  museum operation changes on social media outlets and bluegrasshall.org.

Thank you for your continued support, please stay tuned. 

Learn More

  Call  270-926-7891 



New Class Schedule- Spring 2020

Now Enrolling!

LFS offers:  One of our best, and largest, collections of classes in the history of  the Folk School! You'll find everything from beginner to advanced  instrument classes, repertoire classes ranging from Classic Bluegrass,  Country Songs by Country Women, Brother Duets, 80's Pop Hits and even a  Pop Choir singing Disco Hits!

We've expanded our African music classes to include a kids drumming class, more adult levels, and an African Choir/Mbira class!

Music Theory for Folk Musicians is also back by popular demand! New  string instrument classes include Bluegrass Guitar Techniques,  Intermediate Mandolin Repertoire, Clawhammer Banjo 2, and an Advanced  Fiddle Repertoire class on Rags and Blues!

We have more than a dozen of the best instructors around teaching over 30 unique group classes!  

Winter Student Showcase Canceled

Visit Louisville Folk School for Recent Schedule Changes!

Bluegrass Anonymous Needs You!

Bluegrass Music creates  wonderful community that crosses all kinds of boundaries. These musical  ties do wonders for us--now it's time to give something back! Bluegrass  Anonymous is seeking board members. We meet (approximately) bi-monthly  to plan events, help promote bluegrass in Greater Louisville, and, if we  have time, to pick! Are you always introducing yourself to people?  Maybe you're very organized, or good with numbers, or know how to throw  the best picking parties. There's a role for everyone--and we need you!  It's a fun way to help make sure bluegrass continues to thrive in Greater Louisville, and to meet new folks who love bluegrass. For more  information, please contact any board member, Rebecca Minnick, Dave Howard, Sonya Cotton,  or Micky Schickel Nelson, Laurance Levine, Marshall Shelor, Jan Nelson, Robin Thixton, and Paula Halfacre. We will be happy to answer any questions, and welcome your participation.  


Our Mission

Bluegrass Anonymous, Louisville’s Bluegrass Music Association, is dedicated to promoting and supporting bluegrass music, preserving its tradition, and nurturing its growth by providing inclusive opportunities for pickin’, singin’, and listenin’.  

So Welcome!

There's lots to see here. So, take your time, look around. We hope you'll enjoy our site, and take a moment to drop us a line.  Looking for great local and regional festivals? Check our Festivals page for the latest Regional Bluegrass fun.   Looking for a jam?  Check our Events Calendar for a list for repeating area open jams! Want to book a band? Visit our Artists page, and lots more. We're glad you're here.


About Us

Welcome to Bluegrass Anonymous!

Bluegrass Anonymous is a Louisville, KY based  music association dedicated to promoting and supporting bluegrass music, preserving it's tradition, and nurturing it's growth by providing  opportunities for pickin', singin' and listenin'.  Our organization received non-profit 501c3 status from the IRS in 2006. 

What's In It for You?

A way to connect with the community and the music you love. New to town, or Bluegrass music?  Want to know where the opens jams can be found?  How about music festivals?  Local and nationally known bands?  We've got it here!

Join Us!

Use this site! Find what interests you.  Then come out to one of the Bluegrass Anonymous events, Pig Roast, Band Scramble, Picnics.  Meet us at one of the jams  or concerts.  We're friendly people, itchin' to pick, and looking forward to including you in the fun!

It's easy when you visit our membership/Contact page.  Just click on Paypal for individual, family or Artist/Band membership, or drop us a line at the contact link at the bottom of the page.