Bad Weather Day at Charm City a Grim Reminder Winter is Almost Back

Mother nature giveth. Mother nature taketh away. That, in a nutshell, is the story of last weekend’s Charm City Bluegrass Fall Throwdown. After a Friday that was just ideal for outdoor music, and a similar start to Saturday’s festivities, a cold front and a line of storms passed through the Baltimore area that changed everything. What followed was a lesson, or at least a reminder of the seasonality of, and the fragility of being able[…]

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David Bromberg Is Going To Give Charm City Fall Throwdown A Little Religion

Much has been made of the story of how David Bromberg used to take guitar lessons from legendary blind bluesman the Rev. Gary Davis. “I learned an awful lot from the reverend,” Bromberg says, retelling the tale of how he started out paying Davis $5 per lesson initially, later to get his lessons free in exchange for serving as Davis’ guide, driving him to gigs and to church to preach. What is less shared about[…]

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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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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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The Healing Power of Sam Bush Revives Sellout Crowd at BChord Brewing

You hear people talk about the healing power of music. About 500 people experienced it Friday night in Round Hill, Va., when the Sam Bush Band stepped onto the newly built stage behind BChord Brewing and launched into a jammy, almost three minute intro to an explosive, emotional “Play By Your Own Rules.” Bush’s usual Cheshire cat grin was even wider than usual as he delivered his trademark “Good evening music lovers” greeting. “I’m happy[…]

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