blue·​grass | \ ˈblü-ˌgras How to pronounce bluegrass (audio) \

Definition of bluegrass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of several grasses (genus Poa) of which some have bluish-green culms especially : kentucky bluegrass
2 [ from the Blue Grass Boys, performing group, from Bluegrass state, nickname of Kentucky ] : country music played on unamplified stringed instruments (such as banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin) and characterized by free improvisation and close usually high-pitched harmony


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Blue·​grass | \ ˈblü-ˌgras How to pronounce Bluegrass (audio) \

Definition of Bluegrass (Entry 2 of 2)

region of central Kentucky where Kentucky bluegrass abounds that is noted for the breeding of fine horses

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Vasona Vibrations The concert series, which sees Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks team up to host free, family-friendly concerts in support of Second Harvest Food Bank, continues with bluegrass band Blue Summit. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "West Valley calendar of events for the week of July 5," 30 June 2019 Two musical groups performed on stage — classic rock band OTR and Fox Crossing Stringband, a high-energy, all-girls bluegrass band. Denys Bucksten,, "'Very friendly and supportive' craft brewing community gathers for annual Mundelein festival," 10 June 2019 Mendocino Music Festival: The seaside festival’s 33rd season includes more than 30 events in classical, jazz, big band and bluegrass, with food and wine events a big part of the attraction. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "It’s a humdinger of a summer for SF Bay Area classical music fans," 20 June 2019 On his recordings Avicii teamed with a wide range of musicians, including bluegrass artist Dan Tyminski, country-rock singer Zac Brown, glam-pop vocalist Adam Lambert, and rapper-singer Wyclef Jean. Liam Stack,, "Avicii, Electronic Dance Music Producer and DJ, Is Dead at 28," 21 Apr. 2018 Other artists making their first appearances at the festival include bluegrass artists Hot Rize, British folk-rocker Beth Orton, the husband and wife duo The War and Treaty and the vocal group Choir! Choir! Choir! Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Jeff Tweedy, Rhiannon Giddens & More to Play 40th Annual Clearwater Festival Honoring Pete Seeger's Legacy," 1 Mar. 2018 There's something for wine enthusiasts and foodies, music for every taste (bluegrass, jazz, and chamber music), and gatherings for yogis, endurance athletes, and film buffs. Zoe Settle, Town & Country, "What To Do In Telluride This Summer," 18 July 2014 Tonight: The Acoustic Turnpike band plays bluegrass music. Ron Browning,, "Havre de Grace: First Friday and Jazz & Blues Fest highlight weekend," 6 June 2019 Saskatchewan’s The Dead South draws you in with their unique storytelling, foot-stomping bluegrass-folk, and a 1800s pioneer-type style. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "The Dead South Tells a Sordid Puppet Tale In 'Miss Mary' Video: Premiere," 1 June 2018

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1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bluegrass

: a type of traditional American music that is played on stringed instruments (such as banjos and fiddles)


blue·​grass | \ ˈblü-ˌgras How to pronounce bluegrass (audio) \

Kids Definition of bluegrass

1 : a grass with bluish green stems
2 : a type of traditional American music that is played on stringed instruments

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