Nine days of music to culminate with Ramona Bluegrass Festival

By Karen Brainard

Ramona will be the scene of nine days and nights of music events between late April and early May, Rob Lewallen, co-chair of the Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest, announced during the Ramona Design Review Board meeting.

With Ramona Music Fest set for Saturday, April 27, and the bluegrass festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, plans are to add music events for “six days in between in different places in Ramona,” Lewallen said

The sixth annual Ramona Music Fest is a charity event sponsored by the Ramona Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Ramona at Dos Picos County Park.

This will be the fourth year for the Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest, created by Lewallen and co-chair Chris Anderson. The 19 hours of music is held at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center.

“It’s a really big event for Ramona,” Lewallen said at the Feb. 28 meeting. He and Anderson are design review board members.

The co-chairs are enthusiastic about some new activities planned for this year’s bluegrass fest.

Over by the rodeo arena, Lewallen said, they will have a historical encampment with mountain men, Civil War-era folks, and cowboys. Visitors will be able to visit their camps, and talk and learn about life in the 1800s.

On a nearby stage will be Old West music and cowboy poets.

Anderson said there will be a kid’s corner with animals and children-oriented barrel racing.

There will also be “really good food vendors,” she added. Music workshops will also be conducted.

On Saturday night, May 4, Lewallen said they will have a dance band ­— Hot Club of Cow Town — from Austin, Texas.

The festival committee is still solidifying commitments with bands but will have a variety of bluegrass entertainers on two stages through the two days.

Camp spots will be available where often fireside storytelling and impromptu break-out jams can be found. Lewallen said he hopes to draw 300 to 400 campers.

He and Anderson said they are looking for more event sponsors.

Entertainment hours for the bluegrass festival will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 4, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 5.

For more information about the festival, becoming a sponsor, and ticket pricing, see

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3 Comments for “Nine days of music to culminate with Ramona Bluegrass Festival”

  1. Jane Tanaka MD

    I know that this comment will seem tangential. The Ramona Bluegrass Festival and The Ramona Music Fest are part of the answer to the School District's woes. A decrease in population over the last 11 years , not just because of 2 devastating wildfires, but because of people giving up on the country lifestyle dream due to pragmatics of long drives to work and high fuel costs . Potential new residents in Ramona need inticement and inspiration to move here. The two music fests should be two of many throughout the year to get people from down the hill and elsewhere up here. I know that in the past one of the two groups has been reluctant to spend the money for a billboard down the hill.. but I hope you do.. maybe share one with the other music fest.
    People down the hill are actually freaking out that there is now a shortage of nice homes at good prices ( like a 2 bedroom house for 900K! )…. Yes, my pts from Delmar and RSF who "waited too long to buy a house" are actually in a panic. And although some of them would never consider moving to BFE, others would consider moving up here.. they always comment on how peaceful it feels when they drive up here for an appt.

  2. Jane Tanaka MD

    So between the Murals project and the Heart of San Diego campaign and Music Festivals… lets get Ramona repopulated and schools full, and keep the State School Czar of Insolvency away! Have saved up $3 so far, as a sincere challenge to Dr Graeff to donate his raise back to RUSD , and respectfully request $1/day donations from each household in Ramona to get that school debt paid off. ( more details to come very soon on the 501c3. )
    And in the meantime,lets start a 501c3 program for RUSD to make it appealing to families with young kids to stay here and move here.
    BTW, those of you who didnt "get" the Modest Proposal …. do you get it now? Less apathy, less cynicism, …. more "can do" solution oriented, altruistic, creative attitude would help us as a community. We are all interdependent! And those who dont want to help…. just dont. We have to accept that… and not fight them.

  3. Rick

    Nice! I will be in town and just might attend! AWESOME!

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