Apr 222018
 

As you know, I cover 175 festivals a year and many on the east coast including this festival Charm City Bluegrass which I have covered for two years now on here previous to this one. This is the sixth annual event of this particular event which is being held in the Druid Hill Park area of Baltimore Md. Here is part of their story line about the creation of this event:

Awarded the 2016 IBMA “Momentum Event of the Year,” “Best Festival” in 2015 and “Best Music Festival” in 2014 by Baltimore Magazine, the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival (CCFBF) is simply the best party in Baltimore. By combining music that gets you grooving, regional craft beers and ciders, unique and familiar foods, independent vendors, and thousands of the best people you’ll ever meet, the festival, located in one of America’s oldest landscaped public parks, simply brings out the best Baltimore has to offer.

The Baltimore Magazine and IBMA award-winning Charm City Bluegrass Festival is back in Baltimore for its 6th year! Featuring the best in national and regional talent along with a day full of world-class music, food and drinks. We’re proud to welcome back many familiar vendors including Union Craft Brewing as our exclusive beer sponsor. Join us on Friday, April 27th, 2018 and Saturday, April 28, 2018 for another amazing weekend of music and festivities in Baltimore!

We’re going to have an awesome time Saturday, but we do need lay down some ground rules. The following items will not be allowed into the festival grounds: pets, fireworks, weapons of any kind, outside food or beverages, coolers, illegal drugs. You can bring in: two unopened water bottles per person, low back chairs (in sections where allowed), small snacks for kids and baby food. Re-entry is allowed for those 21 and over. Children under 10 will be admitted free, all others need tickets. The festival is rain or shine. Finally, please use common sense. If it seems like a bad idea, then don’t do it. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, who’s ready for some bluegrass?

Parking Info: Here’s the lowdown on parking. There will be parking on-site provided by the city for $10 per car.

Low back chairs will be allowed, but only in sections where permitted on the festival grounds.

Children under the age of 10 will be admitted to the event with no charge. Tickets are required for all attendees over the age of 10.

The festival is a rain or shine event,so if you already convinced to attend please click HEREfor ticket options and purchases. so now let’s dwell on the whereabouts and what hotels are nearby?

Wilson House Bed & Breakfast
Ad 4.5

$115
3-star hotel
Refined lodging in a Victorian-era home
Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Ad 4.1

$143
3-star hotel
Elegant option with American bistro
Free Wi-Fi
Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown
4.3

$110
3-star hotel
Chic, literary-themed rooms & a bar
DEAL 25% less than usual
Motel 6 Baltimore City MD
3.0

$62
Hotel
Unpretentious motor inn with free Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi
Biltmore Suites
3.6

$83
2-star hotel
Quaint hotel in a Victorian home
Free Wi-Fi
Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
4.1

$143
3-star hotel
Elegant option with American bistro
Free Wi-Fi
La Quinta Inn & Suites Baltimore Downtown
4.0

$97
3-star hotel
Casual hotel with a gym & free breakfast
Baltimore Plaza Hotel
2.8

$76
Hotel
Unfussy lodging offering free breakfast
Hotel Brexton
4.2

$121
3-star hotel
Upmarket hotel in a storied residence
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
3.9

$116
3-star hotel
Upscale hotel with free breakfast
Free breakfast
Hotel Revival Baltimore
3.6

$111
3-star hotel
Upscale hotel with a restaurant/bar
Free Wi-Fi
Downtown Hotel
5.0

Hotel
The Ivy Hotel
4.7

$595
Hotel
Luxe lodging with dining & a spa
Free breakfast
Crowne Plaza Baltimore Dwntn Inner Harbor
Hotel
Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor
3.5

$121
3-star hotel
Upscale option with a rooftop pool
Free breakfast
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor
4.4

$144
4-star hotel
Plush lodging in a storied building
Lord Baltimore Hotel
4.2

$131
Luxury Hotel
Upscale lodging in a historic building
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor
4.0

$119
3-star hotel
All-suites hotel with free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Delta Hotels
Hotel · E Redwood St
Brookshire Suites Inner Harbor, BW Premier Collection
3.9

$89
3-star hotel
Sleek all-suite hotel with a lobby bar
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 23% less than usual
Baltimore hotel
Hotel · 100 Hopkins Plaza
Holiday Inn Baltimore-Inner Harbor
3.7

$89
3-star hotel

So now my dear friends here is the official Charm City Lineup for 2018. This is one hell of a lineup for this area, and I fully plan to bring the website out there one day in the future.

The Devil Makes Three
The Travelin’ Mccourys
The Steeldrivers
Jeff Austin Band
Billy Strings
Larry Keel Experience
Caleb Stine
Trout Steak Revival
The Special Consensus
Front Country
Lonely Heartstring Band
Circa Blue
The Honey Dewdrops
Country Current (U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band)
Bluestone
Mile Twelve
Mountain Ride
Haint Blue
Colebrook Road
The High And Wides
A Man About A Horse

Feb 242018
 

 

Americas Best Value Inn – Valdosta / Lake Park

$35
2-star hotel
Basic hotel offering unassuming rooms
DEAL 29% less than usual

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Live Oak

$129
2-star hotel
Modern hotel with free breakfast & Wi-Fi
 Free breakfast
$80
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
 Free breakfast

Quality Inn

$60
2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with free breakfast & pool
 Free breakfast

Quality Inn

$110
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with a pool & free Wi-Fi
 Free breakfast

Days Inn Lake Park/Valdosta

 

$58
2-star hotel
Straightforward hotel with outdoor pool
 Free breakfast

Americas Best Value Inn – White Springs/Live Oak

 

$60
2-star hotel
Pool & free breakfast at a budget hotel

Travelodge Lake Park Valdosta

$48
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with free WiFi & a pool
 Free breakfast

Hampton Inn Valdosta/Lake Park Area

$99
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with free WiFi & a pool
 Free Wi-Fi
 Free breakfast

Motel 6 Lake Park

$49
2-star hotel
Modern budget lodging with outdoor pool

Best Western Plus Madison Inn

 

$88
$100
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
 Free breakfast
DEAL 12% off

Days Inn Madison

 

$65
2-star hotel
Straightforward hotel with outdoor pool
 Free breakfast

Super 8 Madison

 

$68
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
 Free breakfast

American Inn

 

Motel

Hotel Joia

Hotel

Bat House

  (6)

Hotel  9759 Co Rd 132

North Florida Inn

 

Hotel

Bienville Plantation

  (22)

Resort  16673 SE 81st Drive, County Road 137

Camp Rad

Hotel

Suwanee Camp

Hotel

 

LIVE OAK, FL — Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is excited to announce the addition of Vassar Sunday to the Suwannee Spring Reunion which takes place on March 23-26, at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Florida. The full schedule of events is now up at www.suwanneespringreunion.com/schedule.html. Along with incredible music, expect camp pickin’ parties, wonderful food and crafts, and enjoy SOSMP’s many other attractions including disc golf, miles of hiking and biking trails, the bat house, and the chance to venture Way Down Upon The Suwannee River.

Music starts at 2 p.m. Thursday and Donna the Buffalo holds the headlining slot at 8 p.m. on The Amphitheatre Stage, followed by the Grass Is Dead. Other sets that day on both the Amphitheater and Porch stages include Joe Craven, Turtle Duhks, The Applebutter Express, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Bobby Miller & Virginia Daredevils, and Flea Market Hustlers on Amphitheatre and Porch Stages.

On Friday folks can bounce between those two stages for a sensory feast of music which includes Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Jeff Mosier with Pickled Holler, Ralph Roddenbery & the B-Sides, Verlon Thompson, and another set by Donna the Buffalo. There will also be a special set called the Craven Rum Jam which includes Joe Craven and Hot Buttered Rum’s Erik Yates, Zeb Bowles, and James Stafford closing out the Porch Stage for the night.

Saturday holds lots of room for some magical musical moments with Sara Watkins, Peter Rowan Band, two sets with Hot Buttered Rum, Jeff Mosier with Pickled Holler, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, Turtle Duhks, two sets with Tornado Rider, and more.

Workshops and performances will also be going on all day in the Music Hall and on the Music Farmer’s Stage on Friday and Saturday with appearances by Peter Rowen, Verlon Thompson, Joe Craven, Jim Lauderdale, Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, Whetherman, Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp, Lon and Lis Williamson, The Applebutter Express and more. All the kids can get really excited too because Tania & the Magic Moon Traveling Circus and Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp will be providing a weekend to remember with kids’ activities and shows. (Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.)

Sunday is Vassar Day, a day of remembrance for all the festival family no longer with us, and for this reunion it is also fun day, a more relaxed day to visit our friends and family and enjoy the beautiful campground. Vassar Clements was a regular at the Spirit of Suwannee performing at every spring and fall event at Spirit of Suwannee until his passing in 2005. Not only was he a legend in his own time, he also became a dear friend to many at the festivals because of his cheer, friendliness, and non-stop pickin’. After his passing, Sundays became the day of remembrance to celebrate Vassar’s life as well as those of other loved ones who passed over.

The Sunday schedule includes special activities in the morning, music on the Porch Stage from 10-2 p.m. Tania & The Magic Moon Traveling Circus Kids open the stage in the morning, followed by Rushadicus and Friends (Tornado Rider) and what is sure to be a memorable Vassar Gospel Jam hosted by “Rev” Jeff Mosier and the Spring Reunion Backsliders Porchestra.

Sunday is also host to art project for roots in the afternoon, a morning permaculture workshop called “Transforming Spaces for Health Food & Living” in the Butterfly Garden, as well as scheduled jams in the campground late afternoon & evening at the Bill Monroe Shrine, Slopryland, and throughout SOSMP. Camping Sunday night is included.

Festival Director Beth Judy says, “I am so excited about Suwannee Spring Reunion. To me, when spring is in the air, it is a very special time of year to gather with friends and family. This festival is truly a reunion; we have artists coming together who have been at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in different incarnations many times over the years, so much they are family. It’s a coming home too for many friends, family, and chosen family joining together to celebrate life love & music under the oaks.”

Suwannee Spring Reunion is offering a multi-day ticket that includes festival admission as well as primitive camping Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia state line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville and is host to a variety of events.

For more information and to reserve camping, please visit www.suwanneespringreunion.com.

Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus
Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp

For four days in March, you can slip your shoes off and dance under the bright blue vistas and star-studded skies. Wander the endless trails along the Suwannee River, tell stories around the crackling campfire or simply lie back and watch the Spanish moss that drapes the sheltering Live Oaks that sway in the breeze. Dance the days away at the Stages and while away the late night hours around the “Picking Parties” that spring up into the dawn’s early light. There are no wrong choices when you arrive at your home and the place where live music lives for the founding of a new tradition, built on the love of the past, the Suwannee Spring Reunion.
For more information and to purchase tickets and reserve camping, please visit www.suwanneespringreunion.com.
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