Nasvhville, TN -- Through their many comments on Facebook and other social media sites, DelFest bluegrass music fans have made it clear that they are excited about the already announced DelFest lineup. But that was just a sneak preview of what has shaped up to be one epic show. Additions to the lineup include the versatile Bela Fleck (playing with members of the Travelin' McCourys and Danny Paisley, as well as a set with the Marcus Roberts Trio), festival favorites Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, and Greensky Bluegrass.
The full list features this awesome talent: The Del McCoury Band, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck with Alan Bartram - Jason Carter - Ronnie McCoury - Danny Paisley, Sam Bush Band, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Travelin' McCourys (feat. Keller Williams 5/26), Preservation Hall Jazz Band Bela Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio, Keller Williams, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Infamous Stringdusters, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Luther Dickinson and The Wandering, Darol Anger and the Furies featuring. Brittany Haas, Maeve Gilchrist, & Emy Phelps, Sara Watkins, Greensky Bluegrass, The Devil Makes Three, Della Mae, Joe Craven, The David Mayfield Parade, Split Lip Rayfield, The Larry Stephenson Band, Mountain Sprout, Madison Violet, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Mon River Ramblers, and ORBO & The Longshots. Wow - that's some great music.
DelFest is May 24 through 27, 2012 at the 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. Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD serves 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.
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 shows and picking sessions. DelFest will also include a band competition, and once again the festival will be preceded by the 3-day DelFest Academy hosted by The Travelin' McCourys, where all levels of musicians can learn from some of the best pickers in the world (May 22 - 24).
Discount tickets are now on sale with the next price increase on March 6th. DELuxe (VIP) packages and RV passes are also available. Information and tickets at www.delfest.com