NASHVILLE, Tn. (Dec. 14, 2017) – In July, Del McCoury began sending out hand rolled parchment invitations to a select group of deserving musical participants to join his DelFest 2018 Bluegrass Congress. On Memorial Day weekend the Bluegrass Congress, which includes Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan will officially be called to order. These musicians represent the best at what they do in the field of bluegrass and will convene on Saturday evening, joining the Del McCoury Band for a picking party like none other in festival history. In addition to the Saturday evening show, most members of Congress will play their own set during DelFest.
Along with the primary Congress, this year’s lineup is heavy on picking with fan favorites like Old Crow Medicine Show, The Wood Brothers, Elephant Revival, and Fruition. The initial 2018 DelFest lineup is as follows, with more artists to be announced in the coming months:
- The Del McCoury Band
- The Travelin’ McCourys
- The Bluegrass Congress (The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan)
- Old Crow Medicine Show
- David Grisman
- Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
- Sam Bush
- Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
- The Jerry Douglas Band
- The Wood Brothers
- Elephant Revival
- Sierra Hull
- Rising Appalachia
- Bryan Sutton Band
- Billy Strings
- The Kruger Brothers
- Joe Craven & The Sometimers
- The Lil Smokies
- Cris Jacobs
- Dustbowl Revival
- The Brothers Comatose
- Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
- Birds of Chicago
- Jon Stickley Trio
- Twisted Pine
- Dré & The Gospel Collective
- Joe Craven (emcee)
Of the 28 artists announced 10 have appeared on Wick’s Picks including Old Crow Medicine Show, The Wood Brothers, Elephant Revival, Fruition, Billy Strings, The Lil Smokies, Dustbowl Revival, The Brothers Comatose, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Jon Stickley Trio.
DelFest 2018 will take place from May 24-27, 2018, and once again be held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Md.. 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 11th Annual DelFest will offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch.
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 conveniently located near four major airports and can be easily reached by rail or road. The city of Cumberland is a welcoming host offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown, and great amenities that include biking, a steam train engine and museum, and top-notch dining.
In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can once again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances, and late night indoor performances and picking sessions. DelFest will be immediately preceded by a three-day music academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys and friends. DelFest Academy, which takes place May 21-23, provides all levels of musicians an opportunity to learn from some of the best pickers in the world.
For more information, including to purchase tickets, visit delfest.com.
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