The Great 48 Jam


Date: January 10 through 13, 2019
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 AGAIN! For 2019! and happy to announce the coming of our Great 48-hour 2019 jam event. Jam, jam and more jamming! Did I mention Jamming? The Great 48 Hour Jam 2019 is set to take place during the 2nd week of January 2019 beginning on Thursday, January 10 and ending Sunday, January 13, 2019. Our event is hosted at the Marriott Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield California, 93301.

The Marriott is within walking distance of the Amtrak and adjacent to numerous eateries in newly renovated downtown Bakersfield. Several folks attending the 2018 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 2019 bluegrass season. Literally, indoor, non-stop jamming to the wee hours coupled with workshops, showcase bands and the annual Friday night bluegrass concert held in the Marriott ballroom.

Bluegrassers from all over the country, including beginners to advanced, make the annual trek to Bakersfield, California to experience 48 hours of bluegrass and camaraderie with new and old friends. This year, the weekend boasts the annual Friday night performance from two selected high end California professional bluegrass bands performing in the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Details regarding this year’s California professional bands will be announced at a later date ---- Stay tuned, the Friday night concert 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 the 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 2019 and receive the CBA group rate must reserve their room prior to noontime on the December 20, 2018 deadline. The CBA room rate is $99 per night if you reserve before the deadline! After the deadline date, the rate increases to $179, so make your reservation early. Right now, it may seem far away, but don’t delay. Rooms will fill fast! --- rooms have filled fast every year!

To make reservations, directly contact Sara Walker at the Bakersfield Marriott Convention center (661) 323-1900 extension 1015. 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 2019.

The Great 48-hour 2019 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.