The 10th annual Delfest lineup is packed with dozens of groovy jam bands and is a great way to spend Memorial Day weekend with friends and family.The Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland will host the 10th annual Delfest May 25-28. The festival will showcase world class artists as well as one of a kind collaborations, intimate appearances and special guest sit-ins. Delfest is a jam band festival enjoyed by patrons in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains along the banks of the Potomac River. Over the course of the four days, festival goers can attend informal workshops and picking sessions, a friendly atmosphere, and a seemingly endless lineup of musical acts. This year’s musical lineup may be the best yet, on Thursday Cabinet and Fruition will perform late night sets while Donna The Buffalo and the Steep Canyon Rangers will provide late night entertainment Friday evening. Saturday will feature Leftover Salmon and Red Knuckles and The Trailblazers and special guests during the late night sets. On the final night, late night performances of Grateful Dead classics by The Travelin’ McCourys, The Grateful Ball and Jeff Austin Band will close out the festivities. The Del Mcoury Band will once again be the headliner of this year’s festival, also included in the packed lineup are Gov’t Mule – the band started by former Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Hayes and favorite of many jam band music lovers. Hot Rize and The Infamous Stringdusters and Grammy Award winning Bela Fleck and Chris Thile will also perform as will the Trey Anastasio Band, Marty Stuart and Dierks Bentley. If you are less than familiar with the lineup, most of the bands in the lineup are Jam Circuit favorites that are regular performers at weekend festivals and concerts. Patrons can expect psychedelia, Blues, Bluegrass and roots music, a down home vibe and music is the norm at Delfest. Delfest was started by Del Mcoury and his family and has been taking place annually since 2008. The festival’s three stages play host to the musical acts, while the late night sets will take place indoors. The majority of attendees campout during the four days, some arriving Thursday while most Friday and latecomers early Saturday. In typical Jam Festival fashion, the music will be complemented by drum circles, campfires and good vibes. The event promises to be enjoyable, the Fairgrounds has restrooms and showers, camping spaces are a short walk from the parking areas and 24-hour shuttles will be available between the parking areas and festival grounds. Camping is included with all multi day passes, meanwhile parking passes start at $22 offsite and $65 onsite.
In addition to music, an Art and Craft Fair will be onsite, patrons can browse and buy quality jewelry, clothes, crafts and musical instruments from all over the world. The festival showcases handcrafted, rare and unique items not usually carried by conventional stores and shops. If you are thinking of going, one day passes cost $50 on Thursday and $65 the remaining three days of the festival. Two day passes for Saturday and Sunday are $140, three-day passes Friday through Sunday $205 and four-day passes $220 plus service charges. Teen and kids’ passes are also available at reduced rates. Visit delfest.com for more information. What are you looking forward to the most about the festival? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!