Bluegrass Kids Camp will take place via Zoom, July 6-10, 2020. Camp begins with an optional All Camp Jam at 9:30. Students can sign up for private lessons and workshops throughout the day, and camp ends with an optional Jam and Open Mic from 3-4pm.
Both the New Mexico and the Colorado Governors' recent orders to restrict groups of students to fewer than 10 in Colorado and 5 in New Mexico have made for a really tricky in-person bluegrass camp experience. Those announcements, coupled with survey responses from camp families, have led us to decide that a virtual camp is the best way to move forward this year.
We know screentime is tough on kids, which is why we opted to have an ala-carte camp. You get to decide what will work best for your family.
We are also offering two free options to join in on the fun: the All Camp Jam at 9:30 and the Jam and Open Mic at 3pm are free and open to anyone. If you'd like to join us, email firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
Our favorite part about Bluegrass camp is the community of campers that has grown since 2013. We want to encourage and nourish those friendships, and a lunchtime gathering is a great way to do that! Each day will have themes and sillyness while we all eat together. Lunchtime is completely optional for campers.
Items Your Camper will Need:
● Guitar Pick (or rosin for fiddlers)
We will provide all music and materials for your camper.
Jams & Open Mics:
All family members are welcome during the All Camp Jam and Open Mics! No experience or musical inclination necessary. Making music across many generations is a huge part of the bluegrass tradition, and we'd love to have you!
Single Workshop: $30 (55 minutes)
Single Private Lesson: $25 (25 minutes)
5-Pack of Workshops: $125
5-Pack of Private Lessons: $100
Includes 3 Workshops and 3 Private Lessons
Includes 5 Private Lessons and Unlimited Workshops
Meet Your Teachers!
Bonnie Sims (mandolin) has been performing on stage for 15 years and started in the family band singing with her father while playing guitar and mandolin. Bonnie was awarded Best Female Bluegrass Vocalist in 2006 and 2007. Bonnie has played festivals from Rockygrass to the New West Fest. Currently, Bonnie fronts the six piece original band Bonnie & the Clydes with husband Taylor Sims.
Taylor Sims (guitar, bass) is the current guitarist and singer for the Colorado-based band, Bonnie & the Clydes and founded the bluegrass band, Spring Creek (2003-2012). He has toured nationally and has garnered a reputation as one of the top bluegrass singers guitar players and teachers in the Rocky Mountain Region. Sims teaches all level of bluegrass and flatpicking styles of acoustic guitar as well as ensemble and vocal classes.
Matt Brown (fiddle, banjo) has performed with Tim O'Brien, The John Hartford Stringband, Uncle Earl, Special Consensus, Della Mae, and played twice with Mike Snider on the Grand Ole Opry. Among Matt’s many teachers are fiddle icons Brad Leftwich, Bruce Molsky, Tracy Schwarz, Rafe Stefanini, Dirk Powell, Rayna Gellert, and Rickie Simpkins.
Brian Nelson (guitar) is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied a variety of instruments and musical styles. He has played music for more than 25 years and taught music for fifteen. From West African drum and dance to ukulele sing alongs to guitar lessons for all ages, Nelson brings his passion for music and life into the classroom. In addition to teaching and playing music, he also works for the online music publication Rootfire and is the Artistic Director of Queen Bee Music Association.
Lindsay Taylor (camp administrator) has worked with thousands of students, teaching theatre, Spanish, folk dance and music. Whether in public schools or summer camps, she loves watching kids explore their own talents and possibilities. A proven leader in the nonprofit sector, she is also the Director of Institutional Advancement for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and serves on the Board of Directors for New Mexico Folk Music & Dance Society. Lindsay is the Executive Director of Queen Bee Music Association.
If you live in the Santa Fe area, fiddles, guitars, mandolins, and banjos are available to rent on a first-come, first-serve basis for $25/week.
If you live in the Denver area, we recommend the following stores to contact about rentals:
Denver Folklore Center (banjos, mandolins, and guitars)
(303) 777-4786 |
Kolancy Music (fiddles and basses)
(303) 722-6081 |