Bluegrass and Beyond

The “Bluegrass and Beyond” concert series brings nationally-recognized bluegrass and acoustic musicians to Del Mar several times each year, with some jazz concerts in the mix. See below for the list of past concerts.

For the earliest opportunity to buy tickets for Bluegrass and Beyond concerts, join our email list and check Bluegrass Concerts as an area of interest. Or watch our home page for announcements; tickets are available 4-6 weeks in advance.

Rob Ickes, 15-time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year, dubbed Del Mar “the Nashville of the West” because of Bluegrass and Beyond’s longevity and success. Launched in 2004 at the Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center, the inaugural performance on January 18, 2004 featured acclaimed instrumentalists Todd Phillips, David Grier, Matt Flinner, and Gabe Witcher. Bluegrass and Beyond performances now take place in Town Hall, taking advantage of its larger capacity and the architect’s careful attention to the hall’s acoustics.


Past performances have included: John Jorgenson Quintet (2023, 2015, 2011, 2010), Nefesh Mountain (2022), Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley (2022; 2016 Grammy celebration),Lindsay Lou (2022, 2018), Peter Sprague Group (2021; Salt Water Jazz, 2015),Hawktail (2020), Della Mae (2019), The Barefoot Movement (2019, 2016), Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands (2018, 2010, 2005), The Railsplitters (2017, 2015), The Gibson Brothers (2016, 2010), Blue Highway (2015), The Claire Lynch Band (2015, 2009, 2006), Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst (2012), The Desert Rose Band in a special all-acoustic reunion concert featuring The Byrds founding member Chris Hillman (2012), Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen (2011), Missy Raines & the New Hip (2009), Rob Ickes and Joe Craven (2009), The Infamous Stringdusters (2008), and Phillips, Grier and Flinner, with special guest Gabe Witcher (2004).