McCoury Music and High Sierra Music Present The 1st Annual DelFest
May 23-25, 2008 :: Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD
DELFEST 2008 INITIAL LINEUP:
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 plus many more to be announced!
Bluegrass master Del McCoury offered up a holiday gift to music fans today with the announcement that he'll be hosting a world-class music festival over Memorial Day weekend in 2008. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, DelFest will build on McCoury's record in presenting a popular New Year's Eve concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, his success with his own McCoury Music label—and, of course, his reputation as a legendary artist whose appeal crosses generations and genres—to offer a festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch.
| Del McCoury Band|
In addition to traditional stage sets by 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 they're "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 band competition, with the winners invited to return for a regular set at the following year's gathering.
"I've had opportunities to host a festival before," says McCoury, "but I always thought that if I was going to do it, I'd want to make sure that it was done right." And between the easygoing yet uncompromising commitment to quality that's characterized every one of his activities and the experience of High Sierra Music, whose 18th annual High Sierra Music Festival will follow the new event by a matter of weeks, it's certain that DelFest will be just that — a world-class event with a down-home feeling.
Tickets and Information
The 1st Annual DelFest takes place Friday, May 23 through Sunday May 25, 2008 at the Allegany Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. on May 23. Tickets are on sale now at delfest.com. Three-day adult passes are $99 through February 4 or while supplies last. Three-day pass for kids aged 6 to 12 are $30; 5 & under admitted free. On-site camping is included with all multi-day passes. On-site RV passes with hookups are $100. Premium VIP Packages include three-day festival passes, separate entry and camping areas, access to a VIP lounge near the Grandstand Stage featuring a special viewing area, private port-o-johns, chair massage, a lounge area with beverages and snacks, admission to all Late Night performances, festival t-shirts, festival posters and drink tickets. These packages are designed for both individuals and groups of two. Package #3 includes an RV pass with guaranteed, reserved hook-up. Prices range from $375 to $800.