Today is Del McCoury’s 80th birthday. And to celebrate, DelFest, a production of McCoury Music and High Sierra Music, is announcing the following lineup additions to the 12th annual festival: Tyler Childers, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams’ PettyGrass feat. The Hillbenders, The SteelDrivers, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, The Larry Keel Experience, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Kitchen Dwellers, Lindsay Lou, Front Country, Pixie & The Partygrass Boys, and Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra.
Previously announced acts include festival hosts, The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys, along with The String Cheese Incident, Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth, I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan), The Marcus King Band, Billy Strings, Sierra Hull, Gibson Brothers & The Mockingbird Band, Dré & The Gospel Collective, and The Broomestix. The initial lineup, and the additions announced today, reflect why Paste Magazine called DelFest “a music festival that finds just the right balance between roots and branches” -- read the 2018 fest recap here.
DelFest 2019 will take place May 23-26, 2019, and once again be held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland. 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 12th Annual DelFest will offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch. Nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, and personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hours from Baltimore and D.C.) serves as the perfect location for DelFest. The fairgrounds are conveniently located near four major airports and can be easily reached by rail or road. The city of Cumberland, MD, 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 3-day music academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys and friends. DelFest Academy, which takes place May 19-22, provides all levels of musicians an opportunity to learn from some of the best pickers in the world.
Four-day general admission festival tickets (payment plans available) are on sale at www.delfest.com.