DelFest 2014 will once again be held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hrs from Baltimore and DC). The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent with a down-home feeling. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 7th Annual DelFest will again offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch. Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD served as the perfect location for DelFest--nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, the Fairgrounds are convenient to four major airports and easily reached by rail or road.
The hardest part of any festival is continuing to not only march out strong lineups year after year, but marching out a lineup that the fans feel is the strongest yet. DelFest continues to rise to the challenge, and once again, organizers feel like they are on track to give the fans exactly what they want. DelFest takes place Memorial Day Weekend -- May 22 to 25, 2014 in Cumberland, Maryland.
The most notable new name on this year’s line up is The String Cheese Incident. Billy Nershi has been at almost every DelFest in one configuration or another, but rumors really started flying after the Del McCoury Band guested with String Cheese on New Year’s. The two bands have shared the bill several times and the mutual respect between the two camps led to this being a natural fit this year. The lineup also includes DelFest favorites Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, among others, along with everyone’s favorite emcee, Mr. Joe Craven.
In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances, both at unique “playshops”—informal workshops where the emphasis will be on performance rather than instruction—and in late night indoor performances and picking sessions. Delfest will be immediately preceded by a 3-day Music Academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys, where all levels of musicians can learn from some of the best pickers in the world (the Academy will take place May 19, 20, 21).
Here’s a look at this year’s lineup:
The six bands selected in the first-ever DelFest Artist Open Submissions have been announced. Give a warm DelFest welcome to The Barefoot Movement, Dead Horses, Kitchen Dwellers, Liz Frame and the Kickers,Mo' Mojo and Tuckahoe Ridge String Band! Representing traditional and progressive bluegrass, Americana, folk and beyond, these groups will each perform one set, setting the stages for jam-packed days of great music this Memorial Day Weekend.
Artist Open Submission Winners: