Annual bluegrass festival starts Thursday near Houston

HOUSTON, Minn. — Bluegrass music is back with the 26th SEMBA Bluegrass Festival, to be held Thursday through Sunday at Cushon’s Peak campground near Houston.

The Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association hosts the festival, which brings bands from as far away as Alabama to perform in concerts each day and evening.

Bands scheduled to perform include the Basement Bluegrass Band from Illinois, the Finley River Boys from Missouri, Southern Gentlemen from Alabama, Terry Smith from Tennessee and the Doubledown Daredevils from Minnesota.

Concerts are at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at noon Sunday. In addition, there is a Gospel music show at 9 a.m. Sunday. Patrons should bring their own lawn chairs.

Music workshops are at 9 a.m. Saturday, and open stage sessions will also be held Thursday through Saturday. Plus, informal jam sessions start up at any time. No alcoholic beverages or pets are allowed in the festival building or concert area.


Camping is available at the site; for reservations, call 507-896-7325.

Tickets are $35 for all four days, $43 for Friday through Sunday, 20 for Saturday only, $16 for Thursday or Friday only, $10 for Sunday. For tickets, call 507-251-1884.

Cushon’s Peak Campground is located at 18696 Minnesota Highway 16, near Houston.

Prior to the start of the festival, a bluegrass instrument workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Wednesday at Cushon’s Peak.

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