MCCOURY MUSIC & HIGH SIERRA MUSIC
ANNOUNCE COMPLETE LINE-UP FOR
1ST ANNUAL DELFEST MAY 23-25, 2008
Line-Up Includes The Del McCoury Band, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, Keller Williams and The Keels, David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience, Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet feat. Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Punch Brothers feat. Chris Thile, Railroad Earth, David Bromberg w/ special guest The Angel Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Great American Taxi feat Vince Herman, Jon Fishman, Steep Canyon Rangers, Adrienne Young, The Lee Boys, Dre¬?s Rude Awakening, Ronnie Bowman, Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass, Mike Garris & Area 51, The Davisson Brothers Band
3 DAYS, 3 NIGHTS, LATE NIGHT SHOWS, ONE-OF-A-KIND COLLABORATIONS, TRIBUTES TO DEL MCCOURY, INTIMATE PLAYSHOPS, FOOD, CRAFT FAIR, CHILDREN¬?S PROGRAMS ALLEGANY COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, CUMBERLAND, MD TICKETS NOW ON SALE, WWW.DELFEST.COM
(Nasvhville, TN) — Bluegrass master Del McCoury today announced the complete line-up for his inaugural DelFest, May 23 through 25 at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD.
DelFest complete line-up includes: THE 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, David Bromberg with special guest The Angel Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Great American Taxi feat. Vince Herman, Jon Fishman, Steep Canyon Rangers, Adrienne Young, The Lee Boys, Dre¬?s Rude Awakening, Ronnie Bowman, Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass, Mike Garris & Area 51, The Davisson Brothers Band.
DelFest was born 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. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, DelFest will offer a quality
festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch. With Del’s easygoing yet uncompromising commitment to quality combined with his
experience at the High Sierra Music Festival (whose 18th annual High Sierra Music Festival takes place July 3 through 6 in Quincy, CA) Del has created a world-class event with a down-home feeling. McCoury says, “I’ve had opportunities to host a festival before but I always thought that if I was going to do it, I’d want to make sure that it was done right.”
Personally chosen by Del, Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD is the perfect location for the inaugural 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 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 “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 bluegrass band competition, with the winners invited to return for a regular
set at the following year’s gathering.
Yet while music will be central to Delfest, every aspect of the festival experience will be shaped by Del’s concern for and appreciation of the fans.
The festival will offer interactive children’s programs, a craft fair featuring regional and international artisans, and an eclectic food court along with the chance to simply relax and camp with good friends in gorgeous weather. The Fairgrounds have ample tent and RV camping on site with
plentiful lodging nearby. Those who venture into the surrounding area will find a range of recreational options, including swimming, fishing, hiking, and biking. Finally, VIP packages will be available for those who want to take their Delfest experience to the ultimate level.
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
For detailed information and to purchase tickets, visit www.delfest.com.
Three-day adult passes, $125, Two-day adult passes, $110 through April 14 or while supplies last. Kids 6-12: Three-day passes are $30 and Two-day passes are $20; 5 & under admitted free. On-site camping is included with all multi-day passes. Limited On-site RV passes with hookups are $100. RV Passes with no hook-up are $35.
DelFest offers a limited number of VIP Packages. All packages include three-day festival passes plus access to a VIP lounge near the main stage,
giving you an opportunity to catch your favorite artists up close. The VIP Lounge will feature elevated viewing, private port-o-johns, a massage chair (limited hours), beverages and snacks. Additionally, each day there will be a happy hour and Artist Meet and Greet. VIP purchasers will have a separate entry procedure, the option for early entry on Thursday evening, and designated VIP camping areas. Packages also include tickets to all late night shows plus festival t-shirts, festival posters and drink tickets. These packages are designed for both individuals and groups of two. VIP
Package 3 includes an RV pass with guaranteed, reserved hook-up. Prices range from $375 to $800.
ABOUT DEL McCOURY
At the age of 69, McCoury is at the height of his game, and has become a major bridge in bringing bluegrass to a wider audience. At McCoury’s
shows, college students cheer alongside the fans that have been following McCoury’s music since his very first album. McCoury (along with his ban) has now won more International Bluegrass Music Association awards than any other artist (including 9 Entertainer of the Year Awards), has won a Grammy, along with seven total nominations, and has even had a top 10 video on CMT. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 2003 and now divides his time between traditional bluegrass festivals, jam gatherings–recently playing with such bands as Phish, Leftover Salmon, and Yonder Mountain String Band, and prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
ABOUT HIGH SIERRA
High Sierra Music has been producing world-class music festivals since 1991. An independent production company based in Berkeley, CA, the organization was founded with the first High Sierra Music Festival, its cornerstone event that takes place every July 4th weekend in Northern California, and remains committed to its grassroots beginnings by drawing support from its loyal community of patrons, staff, volunteers and non-corporate sponsors. In addition to the High Sierra Music Festival, the organization has produced events in Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri and Las Vegas, and presents concerts in San Francisco and the Lake Tahoe area. This year, High Sierra Music presents the 18th Annual High Sierra Music Festival July 3-6, 2008 in Quincy, CA.