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

Jun 172017
 

It’s time once again to feature the ROMP Festival that is hosted by  ROMP and International Bluegrass Music Museum. This outdoor festival  takes places in June on the 21st to the 24rth at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro Kentucky.

AS ALWAYS this article WILL include FULL inforamtion on hotels and maps of everything you need to FULLY enjoy this festival. I have compiled MANY emails and researched EVERY angle of this festival, so you can have the ultimate survival guide for this treasure in Owensboro Kentucky.

Folks this one is close to home for me and always a fun time when I cover this festival, and this year’s lineup is super exciting. Here is some history and some information about it straight from their website:

The 14th annual ROMP Festival will be led by the legendary American roots pioneers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, progressive bluegrass virtuosos, Punch Brothers, innovative musician, Keller Williams and his project blending bluegrass and Grateful Dead songs, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass,Grammy Award winning folk rockers, Los Lobos, and multi-instrumentalist and founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens. Held in Owensboro’s Yellow Creek Park, the four-day music, camping, and art festival will take place June 21-24, 2017, and will feature over 30 top bluegrass, folk and Americana acts.

Additional acts include 14-time Grammy winner, Jerry Douglas, progressive bluegrass jam band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Grammy Award winning group, The SteelDrivers, bluegrass pioneer, Peter Rowan, old-time folk music aficionado, Pokey LaFarge, Celtic folk rockers, Scythian, Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3, and 10-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, Michael Cleveland, plus many more. A full list of artists confirmed can be found below.

Daviess County’s Yellow Creek Park, a 150-acre facility famous for its nature trails, winding creek and fishing lake, and sweeping tree-lines, plays host to ROMP each year.

A full line-up of artist-led instrument workshops takes place throughout the day, giving musicians the chance to interact and teach fans and players of all ages and skill levels. Other workshops and forums include songwriting, clogging and flat-foot dancing, yoga (all levels), and healthy living through music.

Additional offerings at ROMP Festival include organic and farm-to-table food vendors, craft vendors featuring Kentucky Proud products, art installations and professionally-led children’s activities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam throughout the weekend, and dance until dawn at the infamous after parties, featuring national acclaimed acts on the cabin stage in the park’s rustic Pioneer Village.

The International Bluegrass Music Museum, producer of the event, will open new exhibits, host performances throughout the daytime, and present a film festival of documentaries the museum has produced on Bluegrass Music’s First Generation.  Museum admission is free to festival-goers.

Artist additions, single day tickets, volunteer opportunities, vendor applications and daily schedules will be available in 2017. To stay up-to-date with the latest news from ROMP fest, music fans can visit rompfest.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and sign-up to become a ROMP insider.

This park has a playground area for kids and a spray area to cool off with, and camping is available for 15 dollars extra and 70 for RV’s. You are required to vacate the area by 11AM the following day of which you pay. The camping area will open to the public at 8 AM wends some campsites require you to walk a short bit. Here is a detailed map of the festival grounds and you can buy tickets HERE.

Wednesday

After party – Pioneer Village

9:00 PM – Kelsey Waldon

11:00 PM – Driftwood

Thursday

Main Stage – Yellow Creek Park

4:00 PM –Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

5:15 PM – Dailey & Vincent

7:00 PM – Peter Rowan Band
8:30 PM –  Rhiannon Giddens

10:30 PM – Los Lobos

After party – Pioneer Village

12:00 AM – Hogslop String Band

1:30 AM – The Wooks

Friday

Main Stage – Yellow Creek Park

2:00 PM – High Fidelity

3:15 PM – The Wooks

4:30 PM –  Billy Strings

5:45 PM – We Banjo 3
7:00 PM – Jerry Douglas Band
8:45 PM – Punch Brothers

10:30 PM – Yonder Mountain String Band

After party – Pioneer Village

12:00 AM – The Dustbowl Revival

1:30 AM – Billy Strings

Saturday

Main Stage – Yellow Creek Park

11:45 AM – Kentucky Bluegrass Allstars

12:45 PM – Snyder Family Band

2:00 PM – Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

3:15 PM – Becky Buller Band

4:30 PM – Rob Ickles & Trey Hensley

5:45 PM – Pokey LaFarge

7:00 PM – The SteelDrivers

8:30 PM – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

10:30 PM – Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass

After Party – Pioneer Village

12:00 AM – Scythian

 

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Courtyard by Marriott Owensboro

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$119
3-star hotel
Contemporary hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Owensboro Downtown

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$124
3-star hotel
Redbrick hotel with free WiFi & a pool
Free Wi-Fi

Courtyard by Marriott Owensboro

$119
3-star hotel
Contemporary hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi

Comfort Suites

$83
2-star hotel
Suite hotel with a heated indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront

$108
3-star hotel
Informal riverside hotel with a pool
Free Wi-Fi

Super 8 Owensboro

$59
2-star hotel
Budget option with free breakfast & WiFi
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Days Inn Owensboro

$59
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 17% less than usual

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Owensboro

$93
3-star hotel
Lodging with free WiFi and hot breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Hampton Inn by Hilton Owensboro South

$95
3-star hotel
Classic rooms, a pool & a putting green
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Owensboro Downtown

$124
3-star hotel
Redbrick hotel with free WiFi & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Motel 6

$56
2-star hotel
Simple budget lodging with outdoor pool

Cadillac Motel

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Motel 1311 W 2nd St

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Motel 1640 Triplett St

Ramada Owensboro

$76
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with casual dining & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Wingfield Inn & Suites

$90
$100
2-star hotel
Casual hotel with free breakfast & a gym
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 10% off

Sleep Inn

$89
2-star hotel
Modern hotel with a pool & a gym
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Comfort Inn & Suites

$92
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with indoor pool & hot tub
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Quality Inn

$81
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with seasonal outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Family Friendly: For families with children; no late night parties 
Bring the kids and have a fun-filled family festival experience! Family Friendly camping includes quiet hours from 10 p.m.-7 a.m.

Late Night: The ‘Wrong Side of the Creek’; very close access to the After Party stage 
Feel the need to stay up all night and enjoy live music until sunrise? This is the place for you!

General #1: For those in the middle; easy access to stage and vendors
Camp within a close walking distance to the main stage and the food and craft vendors. Good place for those to camp who don’t want to be in a Family Friendly quiet zone, and don’t want to stay up all night in the Late Night camping area.

Woods: For those in the middle; easy access to stage
Camp within a close walking distance to the main stage. Good place for those to camp who don’t want to be in a Family Friendly quiet zone, and don’t want to stay up all night in the Late Night camping area.

1 Day Only:
A Wednesday Only, Thursday Only, Friday Only, or Saturday Only night camping is valid for that night only, and must be vacated by 11AM the following morning.

Dancin’ Dave’s Festival Camping

Have you ever heard of “Glamping”?  Glamour camping…nothing like having your comforts of home setup and ready for your arrival to ROMP. We’re proud to announce that Dancin’ Dave’s Festival Camping will be joining us for the second time. Flying to ROMP and want to camp? Dancin’ Dave’s has got you covered.

Dancin’ Dave’s is excited to announce that we will be providing 4 nights of cushy camping accommodations for this epic event! Our village only has a capacity of 35 tents, so get in while the gettin’s good! Just show up and we’ll take care of the rest.

  • Small (pup tent) – $100 – Sleeps up to 2 on floor bedrolls. Best for kids. No cots.
  • Medium (8′ x 8′) – $125 – Sleeps 1 on a cot (up to 2 on floor bedrolls)
  • Large (9′ x 9′) – $155 – Sleeps up to 2 on cots (or 3 on floor bedrolls) – Most popular tent for 2 adults!
  • Jumbo (11′ x 11′) – $205 – Sleeps up to 3 on cots (or 4 on floor bedrolls)

*Packages DO NOT include admission to the festivals. To pay by personal check, select the “Money Order” option when checking out. Prices are for the entire weekend, Wednesday through Sunday.

Your tent will come with the number of cots listed above. If you would like a different number of cots or bedrolls, or would like to bring your own bedding (an air mattress, for example) please let us know by sending a message via our contact form.

You can also add the following amenities (you must rent a tent to rent any of the following items):
Solar Shower – $35 Gazebo with Table – $75 Kitchen – $115

Don’t leave the kids at home
We’ve planned the perfect family weekend including tons of kids activities, family camping and so much more! Don’t forget, children 12 & under are FREE!
Kids can enjoy hours of fun including music workshops, arts & crafts, games, face painting and educational exhibits.
Full schedule of activities listed below. You can also schedule your weekend using the official ROMP app. Download now from your app store.
Kids Zone Schedule
Thursday, June 22
8am – 9am: Parachute Fun
9am – 10am: Create your own wind chime
10am – 11am: Create your own cape
11am – Noon: Exploring Rocks & Minerals
Noon – 1pm: Growing a Garden
1pm – 2pm: SKy Science Festival – “Light”
Friday, June 23
8am – 9am: Create your own Mask
9am – 10am: Create your own Fan
10am – 11am: Fiddle Fun with Randy Lanham
11am – Noon: Harmonica with Art the Dude
Noon – 1pm: First Aid Fun
1pm – 2pm: SKy Science Festival – “Celestial Objects”
Saturday, June 24
8am – 9am: Create your own ROMP Owl
9am – 10am: Create your own Pinwheel
9am – 1pm: Fun with Body Zorbs
10am – 11am: Kazoo with Art the Dude
11am – Noon: Meet & Greet with Hootie & friends
Noon – 1pm: Dance workshop with Barry Lanham
1pm – 2pm: SKy Science Festival – “Rainbows”

Welcome, campers!

Gates open Wednesday, June 21st for the 14th annual ROMP festival!
Entry Times:
8:00am – RV camping pass holders
10:00am – Tent campers, all ticket holders 
Upon arrival, let us know in which area you wish to camp. You must have a camping wristband to camp. Wristbands will be checked throughout the festival; be sure to wear the right one for that day. Reminder signs will be posted throughout the park. If you only purchased a single day ticket and wish to stay additional days, just go to the gate to buy the proper wristband. 
One-Day and Two-Day campers will have a specific area in which to camp. You must be out by 11AM the following morning.
If camping in an RV, everyone in your RV must have both ROMP and camping wristbands.
Some campsites require that you park and hike into the area. If you have to park and hike your camping gear into the camping area, it should only be a 2-5 minute walk.
ROMP Camping 101

In preparation for this years festival, we asked our friend and long-time ROMP attendee and camping expert, Kelly Farr, for some ROMP camping tips.

Camping at Romp is an awesome way to immerse yourself in the full festival experience!  The following is a suggested list of things to bring and some tips for enhancing your camping experience.
 
  • suncreen/hat/sunglasses
  • water!
  • tent
  • sleeping bag
  • air mattress/cot/sleeping pad
  • pillow
  • extra tarp (can be used under tent for moisture, or above for shade)
  • flashlight/head lamp/lantern
  • fan (battery powered)
  • extra batteries
  • chair/blanket 
  • towel (hot showers available!)
  • bandana
  • rain jacket
  • bug spray
  • citronella candle 
  • hammock 
  • $ for vendors
  • Romp app to create your schedule
  • musical instrument/frisbee/hula hoop/etc
 
Camping Tips:
 
The first thing to do is chose your camping area, for example; late night, family friendly, etc.  Then you will need to chose a campsite.  Somewhere flat, with shade, and that will drain well in case of rain is ideal.  It will be helpful to put a tarp under your tent to protect from moisture.  An additional tarp can be hung over your tent for shade or extra rain protection.  Since it sometimes rains at Romp, it is a good idea to roll up your sleeping bags and clothing and place them in the middle of your tent to keep them from getting wet if you are away form your campsite.  It is also a good idea to keep your food/cooler outside your tent, or in your vehicle to keep animals from being tempted.  A bandana or blindfold can also keep the early morning sun out of your eyes if you need to sleep in a little.  Remember to drink plenty of water, and just ask the friendly ROMP staff if you have any questions!

Explore Yellow Creek Park

Beyond the music: Yellow Creek Park offers many activities for all age groups. Located in the park is a softball field, disc-golf course, tennis courts, and basketball courts. Along with these, there are spots for fishing as well as picnic shelters to cool off during the heat. The park also provides an idyllic nature trail stretching farther than two miles appealing to those who enjoy peaceful hikes and great scenery. Yellow Creek is very kid-friendly and includes a spray park and play ground for children, as well as playing home to the Western Kentucky Raptor Rescue Center and the ROMP mascot, Hootie.