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Toe Tappin' to the 35th Annual Backbone Bluegrass Festival
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Toe Tappin' to the 35th Annual Backbone Bluegrass Festival

The many sounds and styles of bluegrass music will ripple through the rural countryside from July 29-31 during the Backbone Bluegrass Festival in Strawberry Point in the heartland of scenic Clayton County.

The 35th annual Backbone Bluegrass Festival, preceded by the Strawberry Jam Camp on July 27-29, brings people from all over the country together who can bond and share their love for bluegrass music.

The Strawberry Jam Camp, which will take place at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, kicks off the weekend. Open to all, no matter the skill level, the camp is meant to help participants become more proficient on their instrument, while learning to play with old and new friends who share a similar passion. Along with the camp, comes a songwriting workshop with guest instructors Rick Stanley and Donna Ulisse. A combined energy and creative spark with other writers and musical professionals is bound to inspire.

To keep those creative juices flowing, the Strawberry Jam Camp leads straight into the Backbone Bluegrass Festival. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and sit down, relax, and enjoy the string sounds whirring through the crisp country air. The festival features bluegrass bands such as the Highway Home, Platte Valley Boys, Bluegrass Martins, and Castile Ridge. The festival is the perfect weekend for family fun and meeting new people who enjoy the same sounds. Between the constant friendly chatter, crackling campfires, and charming melodies, there is never a dull moment.

More information about the Strawberry Jam Camp and Backbone Music Festival can be found on their website and on Facebook.

A youth scholarship program for the Strawberry Jam Camp has also been created to help young aspiring musicians attend. Donations for the scholarship can be made online and are very much appreciated. 

Whether you’re a bluegrass music aficionado, or just looking to hear some great music, the Backbone Music Festival is perfect for all.

  1. Imagine Northeast Iowa Support
    Imagine Northeast Iowa Support
    Who doesn't love bluegrass? Thanks so much for filling us in on this fabulous event!

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