The Great 48 Jam


Date: January 11 through 14, 2018
Venue: Marriott Convention Center
Address: 801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield California, 93301

On-Line Booking
Phone booking
Group Name: California Bluegrass 48 Hour Jam Group Code: CBA
Direct: (661) 323-1900

For information regarding the event please email Jack Pierce at

Full details are here (download).


     WE ARE BACK and happy to announce the coming of our Great 48-hour 2018 jam event.  Jam, jam and more jamming! Did I mention Jamming????? The Great 48 Hour Jam 2018 is set to take place during the 2nd week of January 2018 beginning on Thursday, January 11 and ending Sunday, January 14, 2018.Once again, our event will be hosted at the Marriott Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield California, 93301. Fortunately, the Marriott is within walking distance of the Amtrak and adjacent to numerous eateries in newly renovated downtown Bakersfield.  According to last year’s surveys, several folks attending the 2017 jam took advantage of Amtrak services, which made travel to Bakersfield a positive experience.The Great 48 Hour Jam is an amazing place to kick off the 2018 bluegrass season.  Literally, indoor, non-stop jamming to the wee hours.  


      Bluegrassers from all over the country, including beginners to advanced, make the annual trek to Bakersfield, California to experience hours of jamming, workshops, showcase bands and a band scramble, not to mention bluegrass camaraderie with new and old friends.  New this year, the 2018 48-hour jam will host two scheduled slow jams in which selected advanced players will teach new jammers jam etiquette, how to play their instrument with others and classic bluegrass jam songs.  This event is open not only to novice bluegrassers attending the event, but we invite folks from the community to join the jam and learn, as well as enjoy, our genre of bluegrass music.   The weekend will boast the annual Friday night performance from a select professional bluegrass band, performing in the Marriott Grand Ballroom.  Details regarding this year’s professional band will be announced at a later date ---- Stay tuned, the Friday night band is going to be a good one! 


Those who have attended the Great 48 Hour Jam in the last several years understand this event is growing every year and early bird reservations are crucial when receiving the CBA group rate.  In fact, last year’s jam attendance surpassed all prior 48 hour jams and the Marriott filled to capacity months ahead of the December deadline. Therefore, Folks who plan to attend the Great 48 Hour Jam 2018 and receive the CBA group rate must reserve their room prior to noontime on the December 11, 2017 deadline.  The  CBA room rate is $95 per night if you reserve before the deadline! After the deadline date, the rate increases to $169, so make your reservation early.    Right now, it may seem far away, but don’t delay.  Rooms will fill fast!   


To make reservations, directly contact Sara Walker at the Bakersfield Marriott Convention center (661) 323-1900. This year, attendees will indicate to Sara their floor preference regarding all night jamming, jamming to 10:00 pm and no jamming floors. Sara will require your first and second choice for your jamming floor preference. 


Kinfolk from hither and yon are on this event like 5 strings on a banjo, and we anticipate a full Marriott house or as the hotel bigwigs say, “run of the house.”  Volunteers are being sought to coordinate organized activities such as workshops, kids on stage, band scramble, etc.   Please contact Jack Pierce at  if you are interested in helping with the Great 48 Hour Jam 2018. 


The Great 48-hour 2018 jam promises to be another memorable weekend for all lovers of bluegrass, so don’t delay make your reservation.  Keep your eyes open and fingers rolling for additional information in the coming months.