Lakes Bluegrass Festival returns Aug. 25-29 to Pine River

Return of annual event is first time at new venue.

A group of people from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota jam in the campground at the 2019 Lakes Bluegrass Festival. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal 2019 file

The Lakes Bluegrass Festival returns to Pine River but at a new location Aug. 25-29 to continue its 15-year run.

Hailing from Georgia is one of this year’s headliners: The Appalachian Road Show. The “show” is a theater-style ensemble inviting audiences to come and sit a spell on its porch as the band shares its musicianship through songs and stories emanating from the mountains and hollers of the Appalachian regions of the U.S.

Additional headliners include High Fidelity, Fast Track, The Farm Hands, and Phillip Steinmetz and his Sunny Tennesseans, all of Tennessee; High Plains Tradition, of Colorado; The Firebox Bluegrass Band, of Illinois; plus many other bands.

In addition to four days of main stage performances, the festival features camping, a food court, free day parking, adult beverages, dancing, workshops taught by the musicians, impromptu jam sessions throughout the grounds and more.

Flexible ticket packages are available ranging from a single day, single evening or various weekend packages. Kids 12 and under are free with an adult, and tickets for teenagers are $10 for any length stay. Camping is available for an additional fee.


The new location is the Lakes Music and Events Park, a 30-acre park just a mile north of Pine River along Highway 371. Performances go on rain or shine as the 27,000-square-foot outdoor concert area includes large tents for shade or inclement weather. Concert-goers should bring a lawn chair.

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The Lakes Bluegrass Festival is presented by The Pine River Area Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Following is the main stage lineup, unless otherwise noted:

Wednesday, Aug. 25

  • 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Kevin Wright in the pavilion
  • 6-9 p.m.: The Mark Peterson Country Band in the pavilion

Thursday, Aug. 26

  • Noon-2:30 p.m.: Eric's Old Time Dance Band in the pavilion
  • 3-5 p.m.: Kevin Wright in the pavilion
  • 5 p.m.: Tim and Cindy and Friends
  • 5:30 p.m.: The Sons of Wisconsin
  • 6:15 p.m.: Shaffers Lost 40
  • 7 p.m.: Blue Groove Bluegrass
  • 7:45 p.m.: Firebox Bluegrass Band
  • 8:35 p.m.: Shaffers Lost 40
  • 9:25 p.m.: Blue Groove Bluegrass
  • 10:15 p.m.: Firebox Bluegrass Band
  • 11 p.m: Show concludes.

Friday, Aug. 27

  • 11 a.m.: Blue Groove Bluegrass Band
  • 11:45 a.m.: Shaffers Lost 40
  • 12:30 p.m.: Firebox Bluegrass Band
  • 1:20 p.m.: Sons of Wisconsin
  • 2 p.m.: Break
  • 2:30 p.m.: Phillip Steinmetz and his Sunny Tennesseans
  • 3:20 p.m.: High Fidelity
  • 4:10 p.m.: Fast Track
  • 5 p.m.: Supper break
  • 6 p.m.: Phillip Steinmetz and his Sunny Tennesseans
  • 6:50 p.m.: Blue Groove Bluegrass Band
  • 7:30 p.m.: Firebox Bluegrass Band
  • 8:20 p.m.: High Fidelity
  • 9:10 p.m.: Fast Track
  • 10 p.m.: Appalachian Road Chow
  • 11:30 p.m.: Show concludes

Saturday, Aug. 28


  • 11 a.m.: Sarah Mae and the Birkeland Boys
  • 11:40 a.m.: The Punches
  • 12:20 p.m.: The Dalton Gang
  • 1 p.m.: High Plains Tradition
  • 1:45 p.m.: Break
  • 2 p.m.: Sarah Mae and the Birkeland Boys
  • 2:50 p.m.: High Fidelity
  • 3:40 p.m.: The Farm Hands
  • 4:30 p.m.: Dale Gruber and Friends
  • 4:45 p.m.: Salute to service members and veterans
  • 5 p.m.: Supper break
  • 6 p.m.: The Punches
  • 6:45 p.m.: That Dalton Gang
  • 7;30 p.m.: Appalachian Road Show
  • 9 p.m.: High Plains Tradition
  • 9:50 p.m.: The Farm Hands
  • 10:40 p.m.: High Fidelity
  • 11:30 p.m.: Show concludes
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