Five Great Festivals for Tourists Visiting the Metropolitan Northeast Corridor

EDITOR’S NOTE: This travel guide to festivals in the Middle Atlantic States was written with British bluegrass fans in mind who might want a sidetrip to experience American bluegrass in a festival setting while visiting the cities in the NYC-Philly-D.C. corridor. It is not inclusive. There are a plethora of other fine festivals in the region. We looked for larger festivals with artists with names that a fan from across the pond would recognize. I[…]

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Tradition Holds Sway as 77th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival Gets Underway

If you want to see a pretty good illustration of the divide between the Flatt Earth Society bluegrass purists and those with a less parochial view of what bluegrass is, Thursday night in Gettysburg would have been a good place to be. The folks who put on the two Gettysburg Bluegrass Festivals each year are hardly purists. While unlike some festivals, you will not find non-bluegrass “folk” acts spicing the menus at some festivals, Rich[…]

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Beautiful Venue, Solid Lineup. Much to Like About NEPA Bluegrass Festival

Editor’s Note: This festival “review” thing is an evolving notion. The “Brewskis” awards idea we trotted out at Gettysburg doesn’t work at places where you cannot see every act. We did sort of a “notebook” with our favorite sets after DelFest. We’re just going to sort of write about our impressions from NEPA Bluegrass Festival here. Eventually we will decide on a preferred style for festival recaps. Or not. If there is such a thing[…]

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And the winner is . . . handing out Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival honors

Thought we’d try a different way of reviewing a festival by handing out some awards following this weekend’s 76th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. The idea is pretty simple — after each festival we cover, we will hand out our best of show honors and at the end of festival season we will bestow Brewskis (or maybe we will come up with a better name) to the bests we experience during festival season. Or maybe we will[…]

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A (slightly) Dissenting View From Bluegrass Legend Del McCoury

We’ve made no secret how we feel about people who yak with their friends while the music is playing. Plain and simple, we think it is rude and disrespectful, both to your fellow show attendees, and to the artists performing. A lot of artists have told us they feel the same. Turns out, though, it doesn’t bother all of them. At least it doesn’t bother IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Famer Del McCoury. Del, who is[…]

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Make a New Year’s resolution to STFU (go ahead, start early!)

Here is what our friend Randi Brent Starrett would call a “pro tip” for those attending live shows this weekend, courtesy of Mr. Bob Weir. Seriously, be kind to your neighbors and respectful of the performers. You would never dream of going to a symphony concert and letting out a whoop when the bassoon player hits a high note. You would not sit through the ballet carrying on a conversation with your buddy next to[…]

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Cabinet has to do what Cabinet has to do

We heard this news a while back from a promoter friend. At the time, everybody was being hush-hush. But it soon seemed to be the worst kept secret in the Brewgrass world. That is right folks. If you like to Get High On Pennsylvania Bluegrass will have to find a new dispensary. Cabinet announced today on Facebook what a lot of people seemed to already know. They are going on an indefinite hiatus after the New[…]

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