DC Bluegrass Union plans Festival

DC Bluegrass Festival 2010The DC Bluegrass Union has announced plans to hold the first-ever DC Bluegrass Festival in Spring 2010.

The announcement and the unveiling of the DC Bluegrass Festival logo was the focal point of the 1st annual DCBU Fundraiser Gala where, following a festive sit-down dinner in the home of Regina and Jim Derzon, fifty people were treated to an intimate acoustic concert by Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band.

DCBU President and Chairperson Randy Barrett is very clear in his intent ……

“Washington, DC, has a rich, 60-year history of bluegrass music. But it has never had its own festival. We’re going to change that by creating a first-rate event that will help put this town back on the map, musically.”

Founded in 2003, the DCBU is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting bluegrass music in the Washington, D.C. area, which they define as anywhere within a 2-3 hour drive of D.C.

DCBU helps connect new and existing bands with community music resources; broadens the audience for Bluegrass; reaches out to new fans, burgeoning musicians, and potential supporters; promotes and supports a wide range of bluegrass-oriented activites and DCBU events.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.

  • mtndas

    As someone born in Georgetown, D.C. and raised in Springfield, Virginia I’m thrilled to hear about this new event. As I read liner notes, bluegrass books, see bands and talk to musicians about influences, I’m again and again reminded of the incredible bluegrass history from in and around the D.C. area. My head was immediately filled with names of musicians and bands that I would like to see at this event. I only wish those who have gone on were around to pick and sing: Buzz Busby, Red Allen, John Duffey, etc…