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Bluegrass 1st Annual Delfest Complete Line-Up Announced!

05 April 2008
(Nasvhville, TN) - Bluegrass master Del McCoury announced the complete line-up for his inaugural DelFest, May 23 through 25 at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD.

DelFest complete line-up includes: The Del McCoury Band, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, Keller Williams and The Keels, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet feat. Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Punch Brothers feat. Chris Thile, Railroad Earth, David Bromberg with special guest The Angel Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Great American Taxi feat. Vince Herman, Jon Fishman, Steep Canyon Rangers, Adrienne Young, The Lee Boys, Dre’s Rude Awakening, Ronnie Bowman, Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass, Mike Garris & Area 51, The Davisson Brothers Band.

DelFest was born 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. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, DelFest will offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch. With Del’s easygoing yet uncompromising commitment to quality combined with his experience at the High Sierra Music Festival (whose 18th annual High Sierra Music Festival takes place July 3 through 6 in Quincy, CA) Del has created a world-class event with a down-home feeling. McCoury says, “I’ve had opportunities to host a festival before but I always thought that if I was going to do it, I’d want to make sure that it was done right.”

Personally chosen by Del, Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD is the perfect location for the inaugural 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.

In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, and various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy. Each day’s schedule will also feature more 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. Whether “parking lot pickers” or just plain music fans, festival-goers will have plenty of opportunities to interact with their favorite artists. Rounding out the program, DelFest will include a bluegrass band competition, with the winners invited to return for a regular set at the following year’s gathering.

Yet while music will be central to Delfest, every aspect of the festival experience will be shaped by Del’s concern for and appreciation of the fans. The festival will offer interactive children's programs, a craft fair featuring regional and international artisans, and an eclectic food court along with the chance to simply relax and camp with good friends in gorgeous weather. The Fairgrounds have ample tent and RV camping on site with plentiful lodging nearby. Those who venture into the surrounding area will find a range of recreational options, including swimming, fishing, hiking, and biking. Finally, VIP packages will be available for those who want to take their Delfest experience to the ultimate level.

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