Thursday, April 10, 2008

DelFest schedule looks dandy

The full music schedule and other festival details are up for the first ever DelFest, coming Memorial Day weekend in Cumberland MD. Besides the great lineup (more below), the festival has special touches like a late-night stage, artist workshops, kids' area and great onsite camping. Early bird ticketing ends April 14. Go here for more on ticketing and the deluxe VIP plans.

The lineup is a delightful mix of styles that is a reflection of the festival's namesake Del McCoury—some big country names (Vince Gill and Dierks Bentley), a top lineup of jam bands (Keller Williams and The Keels, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Railroad Earth, Vince Herman's new project, and Jon Fishman as artist-at-large, the best in progressive bluegrass (Sam Bush, David Grisman, Chris Thile and more), and assorted other folk musicians (David Bromberg, Abigail Washburn, and Adrienne Young).

For great straight-ahead bluegrass, there is the Steep Canyon Rangers, Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass, Ronnie Reno and of course the host Del McCoury Band, on stage each night at 8:30 as a warm up for the big closing act.

This is shaping up to be a great festival launch, and its western Maryland location is in easy reach of cities around the eastern U.S. Partners McCoury Music and High Sierra look like they have a winning concept here.

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