Dispatch from Gettysburg, where Thursday was a homecoming for pickers with Pa. roots

There was an interesting theme Thursday at the 81st Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, one that bodes promising for the kids who are taking part in the festival’s bluegrass academy this weekend. The two bands that bookended Thursday’s lineup were both bands with sort of roots at the Gettysburg festival. Members of Serene Green, which was appearing at Gettysburg for the first time, and the Travelin’ McCourys, who have graced the Starling Pavilion stage many times, both[…]

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Lineup Was Less Filling, But B Chord’s Lite Version Tasted Great To DelFest Fans

Hugs were back in fashion last weekend at DelFest LIte at B Chord Brewing Company as the CDC lifted its mandatory mask advisory for vaccinated folks, especially outdoors. It wasn’t quite back to pre-covid “normal.” Greetings among old friends not seen since 2019 usually included folks’ vaccination status. Folks stopped and asked before hugging. But make no mistake, hugging was back. Which does not mean people didn’t still greet by bumping elbows. After all, the[…]

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DelFest takes “Lite” version of its Memorial Day tradition on the road

If the people can’t come to DelFest, then the McCoury family will bring DelFest to the people. That, in an oversimplified nutshell, is the story of this weekend’s DelFest Lite at B Chord Brewing in Round Hill, Va. and a pair of semi-related Del McCoury Band shows. DelFest, in its full glory, will return to Cumberland, Md. in the fall, its late September dates chosen as an alternative when concerns over the Covid pandemic created[…]

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Festival season makes an impressive comeback in Gettysburg

Let the record show it was 2 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, when life as we used to know it took a giant step on its comeback trail when Donna Ulisses and her band took the Sterling Pavilion stage to kick off the long awaited 80th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. It came a year late and not a minute too soon for the smaller than usual, socially distanced, but hyper enthusiastic crowd at Granite Hill Campgrounds. Gathered[…]

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Songs From the Road Band will help Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival kick off festival season in the Mid-Atlantic

Sweet mother of Bill Monroe it is happening. After a year that seemed like 20, festival season is returning and in the Middle Atlantic region it kicks off in earnest this weekend with the 80th rendition of the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.One thing that won’t change is the lineup, which, as always, is filled with a fine blend of traditional and more contemporary acts.Among the bands that will grace the Sterling Pavilion stage will be Songs[…]

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Porch Pride Festival to run throughout month of June

Editor’s note: Occasionally we receive press release from artists’ representatives that we think would be of interest to our readers. This is such a release. For Immediate Release: Bluegrass Pride Announces Porch Pride: A Month-Long Queer-antine Festival Programming to run virtually throughout June Featuring Lavender Country, Rainbow Girls, Gangstagrass, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Sunny War, Luisa Lopez, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Maddie Witler, and more. May 3, 2021 – San Francisco, CA – Bluegrass Pride, a Bay[…]

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MerleFest says save the date, lineup to be announced in June

Editor’s note: Occasionally we receive press release from artists’ representatives that we think would be of interest to our readers. This is such a release. Festivalgoers and music fans worldwide will be delighted to know that MerleFest, presented by Window World, will officially reconvene September 16-19, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest, dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the gold standard for bluegrass, Americana, and string music festivals,” is normally[…]

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Del McCoury Band Puts a Fine Cap on Festive Weekend of Music at B Chord

It’s fall. The chilly temperature and the cool breeze rolling down the hillside at B Chord Brewing Sunday night made that abundantly clear. Fall, of course, is time for baseball metaphors. Time to write clever headlines like “B Chord knocked it out of the park again,” or “B Chord hits a grand slam,” or “B Chord keeps hitting streak alive.” Any of which, cliche aside, would work to describe the weekend’s festivities in Round Hill,[…]

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MerleFest 2020 falls victim to Covid-19

MerleFest 2020 Cancelled in Response to Directives from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Wilkes County officials have cancelled all mass gatherings of more than 100 people in Wilkes County through the end of April Wilkesboro, NC – In response to directives from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and growing concerns out the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Wilkes County officials have cancelled all mass gatherings of more than 100 people in Wilkes County through[…]

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DelFest Announces Initial Lineup for 2020

November 21, 2019 – Cumberland, MD – DelFest, the festival brainchild of Del McCoury and his extended McCoury family now in its 13th year, in partnership with High Sierra Music, announced an initial star-studded lineup today. Held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in beautiful Cumberland, MD, Editor’s note: Occasionally we receive press release from artists’ representatives that we think would be of interest to our readers. This is such a release. DelFest originated from the[…]

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