Feb 192018
 

It’s time once again to feature a festival I WILL be attending VERY soon, or sending a representative to cover an extensive series of articles from and that is the almighty DelFest. DelFest is a four day four night extravaganza up in Cumberland Maryland, now in it’s eleventh year. Now folks this is a short piece from their website here:

DelFest is held at the beautiful 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. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 11th Annual DelFest will again offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch.  Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD served 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. The city of Cumberland is also a great host offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown and great amenities including biking, a steam train engine and museum, and some top notch dining.

In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, 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 indoor performances and picking sessions. Delfest will be immediately preceded by a 3-day Music Academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys and other all star players.

There are MANY ticket packages available by clicking HERE and I have camping information as well.

On-Site Camping

All multi-day passes include on-site walk-in camping.  Parking NOT included, see below. On-site camping at DelFest surrounds the perimeter of the fairgrounds among ballfields, in the woods and beyond in Green Acres. On-site camping is walk-in tent camping only. Expect to be parked tightly and efficiently, and to use the wooded areas for walk-in camping. You won’t be too far from your vehicle, but do not expect to camp right next to your car as we need to maximize parking space, and park efficiently. Wagons and hand carts are encouraged. Shuttles will be available to assist in load-in.

Tent Camping at DelFest

The fairgrounds have permanent restrooms and showers, and we supplement the facilities with ample portable toilets. Please be courteous and take only the space you need. Roping off areas and saving space for latecomers is not acceptable festival etiquette. Camping overnight on Sunday is permitted. All patrons must leave the fairgrounds by noon on Monday.

DelFest is accessible to all guests with disabilities. View Accessibility Information and Registration details here.

Family Camp

There will be a family camping area designated for those who would like a more kid-friendly environment that is quieter late at night (and a bit louder early in the morning). If you’ve got little ones in tow and you are interested in camping in Family Camp, let your parking attendant know and you’ll be pointed in the right direction. Must have a Family Camp RV Pass or On-Site Parking Pass to be placed in Family Camp. As always space is designated on a first come, first served basis.

Sherpa2PShow Sherpa 

Are you searching for a hassle-free Delfest camping experience? The Show Sherpa is here to help! Leave the camping gear behind and let The Show Sherpa do the heavy lifting. We have your tent set up when you arrive and we take it down after you leave. Stand up and stretch! No tiny dome tents here. The Sherpa Village is outfitted with large Eureka! cabin style tents with almost seven feet of headroom and 100 square feet of space, not to mention the sturdy comfortable camping cots. The Show Sherpa’s pre-pitched tent rentals also include camping chairs, a lantern, and all Sherpa Village amenities featuring FREE COFFEE in the morning, a complimentary bag of ice daily, large shade tents filled with comfy chairs for relaxing in between the music. We have a full camp kitchen including a large gas grill, an expedition stove as well as all the pots, pans & utensils you need to make a great meal to refuel for more dancin’.  More details here.

DELuxe DELivered RV Packages – New This Year!

Want an RV experience without the hassle of renting and driving an RV?  DELuxe DELivered is for you! 

Our friends at Ace RV Rentals will provide the rental unit, you just show up!  These packages will include:

  • 2 DELuxe Experience passes
  • Waived on-site parking fee for one regular sized vehicle
  • RV or Travel trailer (located at the Pavilion) hooked up to power and water
  • Amenities including bedding (bed linens, pillows, towels), basic kitchen sets, coffee pot, disposable cups, plates, utensils, and camp chairs.

All units are late model RV’s. Two options include RV (31 – 32 foot Class C Motor Home) sleeps 6 for $4,399 and Trailer (25 – 26 foot travel trailer) sleeps 4 for $3,499.  These packages will go on sale with the general on-sale tomorrow, January 9th, at 10am EST.

Prefer to make your own RV arrangements? Ace RV Rentals is the preferred RV rental company for DelFest.  Contact them directly to arrange an RV rental with either pickup (they’re just 5 minutes from Dulles with complimentary pickup between 9am and 5pm) or have it delivered to DelFest!  Use promo code DELFEST for a 5% discount!  They have a lot of festival experience and will take good care of you.

 

Greensky Bluegrass
The Dawg Trio with David Grisman, Danny Barnes, Sam Grisman
Richard Thompson – RT
The Infamous Stringdusters
Rhiannon Giddens
Mandolin Orange
The Gibson Brothers
The California Honeydrops
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
New Orleans Suspects
The Broomestix
The Grass Is Dead
Justin Moses & Cody Kilby

The Del McCoury Band
The Travelin’ McCourys
Old Crow Medicine Show
Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder
Sam Bush
Richard Thompson
The Jerry Douglass Band
The Wood Brothers
Fruition
Sierra Hull
Billy Strings
Bryan Sutton Band
Rising Appalachia
The Gibson Brothers
The California Honeydrops
the Kruger Brothers
Joe Craven And The Sometimers
The Lil Smokies
Cris Jacobs
The Dustbowl Revival
The Brothers Comatose
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
New Orleans Suspects
Birds Of Chicago
Jon Stickley Trio
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This is a multiple stage outdoor festival event, that is conveniently located by airports and many hotels.  The fairgrounds have permanent restrooms and showers, and we supplement the facilities with ample portable toilets. Please be courteous and take only the space you need. Roping off areas and saving space for latecomers is not acceptable festival etiquette. Camping overnight on Sunday is permitted. All patrons must leave the fairgrounds by noon on Monday. There WILL BE a family type camping area that is quieter at night, and camping IS INCLUDED in your ticket price, however you may not be camped near your vehicle due to attendance. You also have to purchase a separate parking pass to park your vehicle on the adjoining property. As always because I am a patron that requires hotels at my festivals that my website covers here are some that I found on their website and my own research.

Late Night Shows Announced!

Take a nap now because you’re not going to want to miss any of these DelFest late night shows! DelFest is excited to bring you Fruition with The Lil Smokieson Thursday, The California Honeydrops with Dustbowl Revival on Friday,Billy Strings with The Brothers Comatose on Saturday and The Travelin’ McCourys’ Midnight Convention with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades closing things out on Sunday. All shows are separately ticketed events and are only $25 each. Get more details here and BUY LATE NIGHT TICKETS HERE.

 

Grand Ole’ Ditch and Mountain Ride at DelFest and Artists at Large Announced!

We’re happy to welcome back Cumberland locals, Grand Ole’ Ditch to DelFest and from just across the Pennsylvania border, DelFest newcomers Mountain RideStuart Duncan, Ronnie Bowman, Garnet Bowman and DelFest emcee, Joe Craven are this year’s Artists at Large. Can’t wait for some fantastic sit-ins! Check out videos, bios and more on these and all the bands appearing at DelFest by visiting this year’s just published Artist Page.

Hotels and Motels

Fairfield Inn & Suites
21 N. Wineow St.
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.722.0340

Holiday Inn Express & Suites La Vale/Cumberland
1076 National Hwy
La Vale, MD 21502

301.729.4800

Ramada Cumberland
100 S. George Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.724.8800

Red Roof Inn LaVale/Cumberland
I-68 at exit #40
12310 Winchester Rd SW, LaVale, MD 21502
301.729.6700

Super 8 Motel La Vale/Cumberland Area
I-68 at Rt 53
1301 National Hwy
La Vale, MD 21502
301.729.6265

Rocky Gap Casino & Resort
16701 Lakeview Rd. NE
Flintstone (Cumberland), MD 21530
800.724.0828
301.784.8400

Frostburg Days Inn
11100 New George Creek Road
Frostburg, MD USA 21532
301.689.2050

Best Western Braddock Motor Inn
1268 National Highway
La Vale, Maryland 21502
301.729.3300

Comfort Inn & Suites
1216 National Highway
LaVale,  MD 21502
301.729.6400

Hampton Inn
11200 New George’s Creek Road
Frostburg, MD  21532
301.689.1998

Microtel Inn
70 N Tornado Way
Keyser, WV 26726
304.597.1400
toll free: 1.800.771.7171

Bed and Breakfasts/Historic Inns

The Inn On Decatur
108 Decatur Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.722.4887 or 240.727.7039

Town Hill Hotel Bed & Breakfast
31101 National Pike
Little Orleans, MD 21766
301.478.2794

Local Campgrounds

Rocky Gap State Park
12500 Pleasant Valley Road
Flintstone MD 21530

 

Want to learn how to play your favorite stringed instrument with the pros?

DelFest Academy takes place the Sunday through Wednesday prior to the festival (May 20 – 23, 2018), and offers a friendly, encouraging, and intensive four-day learning experience with some of the finest musicians in bluegrass serving as instructors for students of all levels.  The Academy currently offers instruction for guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and dobro. The all-star instructors provide lessons to students which target their individual needs and leave ample time for plenty of one-on-one interaction. Joining the Travelin’ McCourys [Rob McCoury (banjo), Ron McCoury (mandolin), Jason Carter (fiddle), Cody Kilby (guitar), Alan Bartram (bass)], who host The Academy each year, this year’s instructors include Frank Solivan (mandolin), Mike Munford (banjo), Chris Luquette (guitar)Ronnie Bowman, and Jay Starling (dobro) and more.

More info on The Academy her

Mar 032017
 

I am always scouring social media and websites looking for the best festivals possible which fit my lineup of music, and what this website strives to cover. This Florida based festival offers some mighty fine Americana and Bluegrass music of many varieties and is in a truly luxurious part of Florida.

This takes place March 16-18th in St. Augustine Florida at the St. Augustine Amphitheater,  and features many of the acts are scheduled to play twice, which I wish some festivals would do more often so I could have better prep time and meal breaks when I am covering live festivals. There are three stages included in this event the Main Stage, The Parking Lot Stage and the Acoustic Stage.

The Anastasia Music Festival is an epic 3-day music festival featuring over 20 of the brightest traditional and modern bluegrass musicians touring today! Hosted at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida on March 16, 17 and 18!
Children 10 and under are free with paid adult admission!

Friday March 17, 2017 Lineup and Schedule
12:00pm – 12:45pm The Honeycutters (Main Stage)
12:30pm – 1:30pm I Like Dandelions (Acoustic Stage)
1:00pm – 2:00pm Grits & Soul (Front Porch Stage)
1:15pm – 2:15pm The Broomestix (Main Stage)
2:00pm – 3:00pm Flagship Romance (Acoustic Stage)
2:45pm – 3:45pm Fruition (Main Stage)
3:00pm – 4:00pm Dustbowl Revival (Front Porch Stage)
4:00pm – 5:00pm Nikki Talley (Acoustic Stage)
4:15pm – 5:15pm Cabinet (Main Stage)
5:00pm – 6:00pm Mandolin Orange (Front Porch Stage)
5:45pm – 7:00pm David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience (Main Stage)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Robbie Dammit & The Broken Strings (Acoustic Stage)
6:45pm – 8:00pm The Travelin’ McCourys (Front Porch Stage)
7:30pm – 8:45pm Elephant Revival (Main Stage)
8:00pm – 9:00pm Paper Bird (Acoustic Stage)
8:45pm – 9:45pm Jon Stickley Trio (Front Porch Stage)
9:15pm – 10:30pm The Del McCoury Band (Main Stage)

Saturday March 18, 2017 Lineup and Schedule
12:00pm – 1:00pm Joe Pug (Main Stage)
12:30pm – 1:30pm Remedy Tree (Acoustic Stage)
1:00pm – 2:00pm The Broomestix (Front Porch Stage)
1:30pm – 2:30pm Sierra Hull (Main Stage)
2:00pm – 3:00pm The Applebutter Express (Acoustic Stage)
2:30pm – 3:30pm Mandolin Orange (Front Porch Stage)
3:00pm – 4:00pm Jeff Austin (Main Stage)
3:30pm – 4:30pm Alastair-Byrd Review (Acoustic Stage)
4:00pm – 5:15pm Dustbowl Revival (Front Porch Stage)
4:30pm – 5:30pm Fruition (Main Stage)
5:15pm – 6:15pm West King Street Band (Acoustic Stage)
5:45pm – 7:00pm Jon Stickley Trio (Front Porch Stage)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Del McCoury Band (Main Stage)
6:45pm – 7:45pm Town Meeting (Acoustic Stage)
7:30pm – 8:45pm Sam Bush (Main Stage)
7:45pm – 9:00pm Cabinet (Front Porch Stage)
9:15pm – 10:30pm Grateful Ball w/ Travelin’ McCourys & Jeff Austin (Main Stage)

So let’s talk about the usual thing most of you are interested in the most…the lineup:

The Del McCoury Band
David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience
Sam Bush
Elephant Revival
Fruition
Cabinet
Jeff Austin Band
The Travelin McCourys
Mandolin Orange
Sierra Hull
Joe Pug
Dustbowl Revival
The Broomstix
The Honeycutters
Taylor Martin
Jon Stickley Trio
Grits And Soul
Nikki Talley
The Applebutter Express
Paper Bird
Flagship Romance
Town Meeting
West King String Band
Remedy Tree
I Like Dandelions
The Alastair-Byrd Revue
Robbie Dammit And The Broken Strings
Steve Pruett

What to bring when you come to a concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheater:

  • Tickets
  • Seat Cushions
  • Poncho or Jacket
  • Blankets
  • Palm-size Point & Shoot Camera (unless prohibited by show)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray

What NEVER to bring to a concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheater:

  • Backpacks
  • Outside Food or Drinks
  • Umbrellas
  • Large Cameras with Detachable Lenses
  • Ipads or Tablets
  • Strollers
  • Weapons or items construed as weapons (e.g. guns, knives, sticks, fireworks)
  • Video Cameras
  • Audio Recorders
  • Musical Instruments
  • Gifts for the band
  • Chairs
  • Alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
  • Animals (except guide dogs)
  • Skateboards or inline skates
  • Personal property that is a potential hazard to others (e.g. chains, wallet chains or jewelry with spiked edges)

So under my usual guise of working these festival articles I shall include to the fullest of my knowledge the hotel in that area I have found. And to my knowledge there are a few campgrounds in the direct area to stay at.

ST AUGUSTINE ISLAND INN
(904) 471-1440 / 894 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080

AMERICAS BEST VALUE INN
(904) 471-8010 / 3955 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080

SCOTTISH INN
(904) 824-2831 / 420 Anastasia Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080

BUDGET INN
(904) 824-1962 / 12 Anastasia Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080

EDGEWATER INN
(904) 825-2697 / 2 N St Augustine Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080

QUALITY INN
(904) 471-1474 / 901 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080

THE CONCH HOUSE MOTEL
(800) 940-6256 / Bldg 1, 57 Comares Ave, St Augustine, FL 32080

COURTYARD ST AUGUSTINE
(904) 940-3800 / 605 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine Beach, FL 32080

SLEEP INN
(904) 825-4535 / 601 Anastasia Blvd., St Augustine, FL 32080

SUPER 8 ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH
(904) 471-2330 / 311 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080

REGENCY INN & SUITES
(904) 471-7700 / 331 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080

HILTON GARDEN INN
(904) 471-5559 / 401 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080

HAMPTON INN BEACH
(904) 471-4000 / 430 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080

CASTILLO REAL
(904) 471-3505 / 530 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080

BEST WESTERN SEASIDE
(904) 461-9990 / 541 A1a Beach Blvd, St Augustine Beach, FL 32080

LA FIESTA INN & SUITES
(904) 471-2220 / 810 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080

HOLIDAY ISLE OCEANFRONT RESORT
(904) 471-2555 / 860 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine Beach, FL 32080

From their website, a brief history of the St Augustine Amphitheater:

History

The St. Augustine Amphitheater was built in 1965 to commemorate St. Augustine’s 400th Anniversary as our nation’s oldest permanent European settlement. The 16-acre section of Anastasia State Park that makes up the amphitheater grounds includes an old quarry where coquina rock was obtained to build early St. Augustine homes and commercial buildings, as well as the fort, Castillo de San Marcos.

Pulitzer-prize winner Dr. Paul Green wrote The Cross & Sword, a symphonic drama to re-enact the founding and early years of St. Augustine under Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Following the completion of the Amphitheatre in 1965, the play began its 32 year run on the stage. In 1973, Cross & Sword was designated “Florida’s Official State Play” by the State Legislature in recognition of the cultural and historic value of the production and the events portrayed on stage. In 1996, the Cross & Sword had its final performance.

In 2002, St. Johns County made the decision to invest in refurbishing the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. After 5 years of construction and a sizeable investment, the Amphitheatre is a state of the art performing arts venue with the capacity to hold up to 4100 concert goers. A brand new conference room, 4 concession stands, a merchandise area, a large plaza, and an elaborate arboretum of walking trails make up the new facility.