About This Site
“Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world.”
—Bill Monroe, The Father of Bluegrass Music
Huck Finn Jubilee has long been a place for friends and family to share in one of America’s greatest treasures: bluegrass music. Over a long weekend in June, bluegrass fans young and old gather in Southern California to lie in the sun, play games, and learn about bluegrass while banjos twang in the background.
This site is a celebration of bluegrass, the Huck Finn Jubilee and what it brings to Southern California. I welcome fans of all types: bluegrass, newgrass, jamgrass, or whatever new subgenre crops up next. You can read news about the Huck Finn Jubilee, learn about bluegrass history, and find new festivals to attend. Just like bluegrass, I want to bring people together.
The pictures I am using are photos from the internet, or photos I have collected throughout from either festivals I’ve been to or from friends. If you see a picture of here that you own the rights to and would like me to take it down, please do not hesitate to let me know.
About Huck Finn Jubilee
The Huck Finn Jubilee is a true homegrown festival, having been established and run by Don Tucker and his family for 38 years. It is a three-day event featuring some of the most well-known bluegrass musicians, camping, river rafting, fence painting, swimming, dancing, and much more.
In 1976, Don decided to create a festival themed around Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer and bluegrass: the Huck Finn Jubilee. The first festival was held on Father’s Day at the Mojave Narrows Regional Park in Victorville, California, where it remained until it moved to a new location at the Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario in 2013. The following year, the Tucker family handed over the reins to the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau, which now organizes the festival.
In 40 years, the Huck Finn Jubilee grew to its now legendary status as one of the best bluegrass festivals on the West Coast, having hosted the likes of Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and Ricky Skaggs, among many others.
I was born and raised in California, where I first encountered bluegrass through my dad, John, who would always break out the records when company was over. Although I initially didn’t appreciate it (especially as a young, easily embarrassed kid) I quickly grew to love the music, the feeling, and the camaraderie among bluegrass fans.
Outside of bluegrass, I am an IT consultant for a number of different organizations, and have worked in IT for about 30 years. I’ve also been married for almost 20 years to Lisa, with whom I have two sons: Jake and Anthony, who are both teenagers.
To keep the bluegrass spirit alive within the family, I bring them (or make them come with me!) to festivals and concerts, or simply let them listen to some of my favorites: Vassar Clements, Ricky Skaggs, The Stanley Brothers, Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and many, many others.
I have been attending the Huck Finn Jubilee for over 20 years. Though I didn’t attend as a kid, I have been to enough of them to realize the festival’s importance to the community. I am not associated with the official Huck Finn Jubilee festival or its organizers, but I created this website as a way to keep the festival (and bluegrass) alive.