Keep Tahoe Bluegrass

By Jenn Sheridan ·



Dust off that old guitar and get down to Moe’s Original BBQ every Sunday during March for free bluegrass workshops, jam sessions and performances from local musicians. Founded by Kurt Beckering, Keep Tahoe Bluegrass is a movement to bring people together to create music. A long-time Tahoe resident, Beckering has been playing music in the community for years. Most recently, playing banjo and guitar with the North Lake Tahoe trio No Deal.

“I’ve been playing here for a long time and I felt it was time to start something,” said Beckering.

Launched in 2012, the first Keep Tahoe Bluegrass month took place at Bar of America in Truckee with open bluegrass jams on Wednesday nights and live bands on Fridays. Although the official event took a short hiatus, Beckering continued to organize shows in the community and paid homage to musicians such as John Prine and Townes Van Zandt.

This year, the focus has shifted toward offering more instruction through workshops with local musicians. Each evening begins with an hour-long workshop followed by an open jam. The night closes with a performance by Beckering’s band, No Deal, however the trio is sure to invite special guests to join the stage.

Keep Tahoe Bluegrass Month starts on March 1 with a beginning guitar workshop led by Kerry Andras. In addition to playing bass with No Deal, Andras also picks strings for Sneaky Creatures and Rusty Strings.

Aspiring songwriters can drop in for a songwriting workshop with Darren Senn on March 8. Senn is a local musician who plays solo shows around Tahoe. He began writing music after learning to play many of his favorite songs growing up. Senn also plays in the Americana band, Fried Mojo.

Learn to take the solo with Dan Hurley on March 15. Hurley has taught music at Sierra Nevada College and plays with the local group Caddywhompus.

Take March 20 to 22 off and enjoy the WinterWonderGrass festival at Squaw Valley. The festival brings great bluegrass musicians from near and far including headliners Trampled by Turtles and Greensky Bluegrass, as well as West Shore locals Dead Winter Carpenters.

Beckering closes out Keep Tahoe Bluegrass month with a beginning bluegrass banjo workshop followed by the final jam session and show with No Deal.

Each workshop and jam session is free, and all musicians are invited to bring instruments and join in the fun.

“It’s one of those things where anyone can do it,” said Beckering. “That’s what folk music it, it’s for the folks.”


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March is Bluegrass Month

Keep Tahoe Bluegrass
Sundays in March (except March 22)
5 p.m. | Free music workshop
6:30 p.m. | Bluegrass jam (bring an instrument)
8 p.m. | Live bluegrass music
Moe’s Original BBQ | Tahoe City, Calif.
Free | All ages

“A Night Out on the Townes”
March 8 | 5 p.m.
Moe’s Original BBQ | Tahoe City, Calif.
A birthday celebration for the late Townes Van Zandt with performances by Tahoe Flow Arts

March 20-22
Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley, Calif.


Keep Tahoe Bluegrass lineup

March 1 | Beginning Guitar with Kerry Andras

March 8 | Songwriting with Darren Senn

March 15 | Intro to Soloing with Dan Hurley

March 20 | No workshop

March 29 | Beginning Bluegrass Banjo with Kurt Beckering