The 1st Annual DelFest

McCoury Music and High Sierra Music Present The 1st Annual DelFest
May 23-25, 2008 :: Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD

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!

Del McCoury Band
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.

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 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.

[Published on: 12/20/07]

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mcbain86 starstarstarstar Thu 12/20/2007 03:16PM
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l00ks nasty.........

DELYEAH starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/20/2007 03:29PM
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This will be sick!!

21mmer Thu 12/20/2007 03:40PM
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sounds good to me.....but can it really be the 1st ANNUAL? doesn't ANNUAL imply that it happens once a year on a yearly basis. perhaps INAUGURAL would fit better......anyways, this will be some good pickin'!

manlejo starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/20/2007 03:59PM
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lol thank you, 21mmmmmmmmer, for the lesson in semantics. Shits yes, though, this is going to be a great weekend of bluegrass, and at 99 bones quite a deal! Anyone know about the Alleghany fairgrounds? Cool place?

SCIcane starstarstarstar Thu 12/20/2007 07:32PM
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I was just soo pumped to see this, a reasonably priced festy nearby with a great lineup! But then I realized I am supposed to be going away for the weekend to my girlfriend's family reunion. That cannot stand, cuz I need me some bluegrass!

acomma Thu 12/20/2007 07:55PM
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Might have to make my way to Cumberland this summer. Don't you hate it when people say 2-week anniversary or 6 month anniversary? Anniversary is one year. Just thought I would add that thought. What will be better, this or Dunegrass??

Matty Boh starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/21/2007 12:52AM
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this looks amazingly convenient and some great headliners. I will definitely check this out.

willy2067 starstarstarstar Fri 12/21/2007 07:54AM
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wow....this looks super sweet!!!

AZ~*Droo* starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/21/2007 09:00AM
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well maybe they have a contract there at the fairgrounds to have the fest for a few yrs, therefore 1st annual :0)

O1Roggae starstar Fri 12/21/2007 09:10AM
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Id go just to see the Grisman Experience. Grisman is God

shinjuku starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/21/2007 12:44PM
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Seems really cool, wished it was bit more NOrth. merry x-mas phans

willydog Fri 12/21/2007 07:27PM
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Gotta get down to the Cumberland mines....This line-up is on fire.

tomartinvt starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/22/2007 12:10PM
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Wow I have been in shock for like an hour about this, I was grew up in Cumberland its such a podunk ass town it's hard to believe they would have acts like bela, sam, keller and del all on the same bill. Although we used to have a huge country music/bluegrass festival every year before they turned that space into a golf course, a lot of big name country and bluegrass came through for that every year. I will definately be hitting this up.

And to the person that asked about the fairgrounds. It's a pretty large place, huge open fields right next to the potomac river. It's hard to say how they will do a stage because there is an seating concourse at the race track there. but they may set up a stage in the fields.

MatthewAtienza Sat 12/22/2007 03:53PM
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this looks soooooo good

lovejahlive Mon 12/31/2007 11:01AM
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I love it when all the kids start smokin' that stuff and Del starts to mess up the songs!

gumbrinus1 starstarstarstar Mon 1/7/2008 10:08AM
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There's some very good pictures of the festival site here:

Be advised that Allegany County is a rather strict county when it comes to local law enforcement, so obey all traffic laws and keep your freak flag low when you head into town.

Gricey starstarstarstarstar Mon 11/10/2008 04:30PM
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DELFEST was great! i just got the email about '09...just wondering if we'd get an article anytime soon?