If you love bluegrass–hire the High 48s! I will never forget walking my walk down the aisle with this beautiful music playing…They are the nicest five guys you will ever work with, and they were one of the highlights of our wedding. Thank you to the High 48s! 

Libby M, review on The


The High 48s are award-winning, nationally recognized bluegrass musicians. Members of the band have toured and recorded nationally and internationally with bluegrass legends such as the Grammy-nominated Special Consensus and James King.

But in addition to being regulars on bluegrass festival stages around the country, we have also played hundreds of weddings and commitment ceremonies. We’ve played every kind of wedding in every kind of setting, from country clubs to private homes to yacht clubs to barns — and we would love to play yours!

We know how to get the crowd going. We play high-energy, dance-floor-filling bluegrass that will get your stoical uncle and your too-cool-for-school teenage nephew dancing…at the same time! And we know when to step back and just provide a little bit of atmosphere for the evening.

And as seasoned professionals, we also know how to make our part of the evening worry-free for you. We show up when we say we will, dress to the nines, bring and set up all our own equipment and deliver a fun and flawless show—all at a very reasonable price.

And we’re a traveling band, so we can bring the bluegrass wedding to you, whether your wedding is in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota or the Upper Midwest.

Bluegrass music is perfect for barn weddings!
Bluegrass music is perfect for barn weddings!

The High 48’s were the highlight of our wedding. After putting my husband on the task of choosing the band I was skeptical when he chose Bluegrass. I was thoroughly proven wrong. The High 48’s are a 5-piece band out of Minneapolis, MN, traveled 2 hours to play in our wedding. They are highly acclaimed in the Bluegrass world of the Northwoods, yet down to earth. They grabbed the attention of all of our guests and we danced all through the night. And they played an acoustic song with group sing along to my husband and I as our last dance of the evening. Completely perfect!

Alyssa C, review on The


Ceremony Music

Over the years The High 48s have worked with many couples to put together a program of music that fits the mood of the ceremony, whether it’s a formal church wedding or a casual walk through the grass in a city park or a barn wedding.

And in addition to bluegrass and old-time music, members of the 48s can play jazz, classical, traditional Irish, Scandinavian, Russian and Jewish music (all with a bluegrass touch, of course!). We love hearing your ideas and working with you to create the perfect soundtrack to your walk down the aisle.

Cocktail Music

The High 48s are often hired to provide background music during the cocktail hour. Our cocktail set tends to be a little more low-key and heavier on instrumentals, including tunes from outside the bluegrass genre as well as traditional tunes played at a more relaxed tempo. Acoustic string band music is perfect for the cocktail hour. It’s a unique alternative to the traditional jazz or lounge trio and never so loud that your guests will have to convey their congratulations to you in their outdoor voice!

Wedding Reception

Ever wonder how to get the guests to stay late at your wedding reception? Hire a bluegrass band. Bluegrass music has cross-generational appeal, from the younger crowd who were exposed to bluegrass through bands like Trampled by Turtles and Mumford and Sons, to the thirty-and-over-crowd who were exposed to bluegrass by artists like Gillian Welch and Old Crow Medicine Show or might have heard the many great bluegrass bands that have graced the stage of A Prairie Home Companion. Bluegrass is high-energy music that will get everyone on the dance floor and instantly set a festive, upbeat mood for your reception. And unlike a loud rock band or a DJ, a bluegrass band won’t drive half your guests out of the room or have them frantically stuffing bits of cocktail napkin in their ears!

Wedding Square Dance

The High 48s often work with a square dance caller and instructor who is a master of crowd control.  A square dance is a great way to get your guests onto the dance floor after dinner. If you have painful memories of being forced to square dance to scratchy records during phys ed, put those memories to rest. Whether your wedding is in a barn or an elegant private club, a square dance is a guaranteed good time.

If you have questions or would like more information on booking The High 48s bluegrass band for your wedding, contact Derek Johnson at D String Productions: or 612-720-3746.