Jam to bluegrass music all day long in the heart of Falls Church, Virginia.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is canceled. Visit the event's website for more information.
The season of music festivals is upon us, and no festival season is complete without the D.C. Bluegrass Festival! Returning after a year-long hiatus, the one-day showcase celebrates the finest bluegrass musicians working in the genre today. Along with the incredible lineup of artists, attendees can also enjoy a "battle of the bands" competition and the presentation of the renowned Washington Monument Award at the historic Falls Church Episcopal. Between this and Cumberland, Maryland's Delfest, you could say the DMV is nuts about bluegrass!
This year's headliner is the legendary Claire Lynch. Lynch is an accomplished bluegrass musician with many honors, including seven International Bluegrass Musician Association awards and multiple Grammy nominations. She'll perform songs across her storied career along with appearances from Man About a Horse and The Gina Furtado Project. One of the brightest stars in the genre, she's a must-see for any bluegrass fan! You can check out the full schedule here. Artists will even perform multiple sets throughout the day—one afternoon, one evening—ensuring there's a never-ending stream of music to enjoy.
Man About a Horse
The festivities will kick off at noon with the Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition. Here's how it works: participating bands will each get 10 minutes to perform two songs front-to-back in front of a panel of judges. Three winners will be chosen, with the first-place prize being particularly wild—winners will receive $800, a performance spot at The Lucketts Bluegrass Series in Lucketts, Virginia, and their own half-hour set at the D.C. Bluegrass Festival. Registration costs $50, which can be done online or through the mail. The deadline is March 18. Wanna give it a shot? You can find out more here. An added bonus includes participants receiving a discount on festival admission!
The Gina Furtado Project
Tickets are $30 online and $35 on the day of the event. Whichever way you do it, for a whole day of musical entertainment it doesn't get any better than that. Make sure to grab your tickets today!
**All photos courtesy of D.C. Bluegrass Festival website
Are any of you bluegrass fans attending this event? Have any special memories or favorite performances from past festivals? We would love to hear from you in the comments!