DelFest Initial Lineup YMSB, Avetts, KW, Grisman, RRE


Del McCoury Band
After much anticipation, bluegrass patriarch Del McCoury and WAMU's Bluegrass Country's Katy Daley announced the initial lineup for the 3rd Annual DelFest live on air this morning. They then proceeded to take calls from fans and play cuts from the Del McCoury Band's new album, Family Circle, which hits stores today.

Along with the Del McCoury Band and Del's sons' spinoff, The Travelin' McCourys, next year's featured artists include Yonder Mountain String Band, The Avett Brothers, Keller Williams and Friends featuring Jeff Austin and Keith Moseley, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Railroad Earth, Dailey and Vincent and others (see below for full list). "While there will be many more acts added, we are proud to announce this first round of artists — many who are friends of ours," says Ronnie McCoury of the announcement.

DelFest will be held Thursday, May 27 through Sunday, May 30, 2010 at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hrs from Baltimore and DC). It 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 3rd 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 serves 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.

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 also include a band competition, with the winners invited to return for a regular set at the following year's gathering, and for the second year, DelFest will be immediately preceded by a 3-day Music Academy hosted by The Travelin' McCourys, where all levels of musicians can learn from their heroes (the Academy will take place May 25, 26, and 27).

A limited number of early bird passes are on sale now, as well as DELuxe Experience (VIP) packages and RV passes. For detailed information and to purchase tickets, visit

3rd Annual DelFest
May 27 – 30, 2010
Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD

The Del McCoury Band (three performances over the weekend)
Yonder Mountain String Band
The Avett Brothers
Keller Williams & Friends featuring Jeff Austin and Keith Moseley
David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
Railroad Earth
Dailey & Vincent
The Travelin' McCourys
Mountain Heart
Joe Craven
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
Greensky Bluegrass
The Hillbilly Gypsies
Many more to be announced!

Tickets on sale now at

$110 4-day pass; $99 3-day pass (prices good through January 11, 2010)

[Published on: 10/27/09]

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