The ballroom, hotel rooms and even the lobby of the ý Marriott at the Convention Center were filled with the sound of bluegrass music Saturday as novice to expert musicians honed their talents and shared their techniques at the Great 48.

"It remains fundamentally a new year’s gathering of bluegrass people who love to play," said Jeff Russinsky, chair of the Great 48 committee and ý regional director, told The Californian before the four-day event. "It’s mostly about getting together to jam and play."