Bluegrass fans got what the were waiting for today from the folks at DelFest. The initial lineup announcement has once again struck a chord with the festival goers and the lineup brings DelFest into the spotlight once again. Returning this year are festival favorites Yonder Mountain String Band, Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder, Railroad Earth, 2 sets with the String Cheese Incident and of course the festival namesake and recent Grammy Winner – The Del McCoury Band.
DelFest continues to do what festivals must do from year to year to survive, they keep coming back with line-ups that bring the fans. This festival promises to be both a good party and a family-friendly vacation into the world of old-timey bluegrass bands and current popular bands that cross the genres of bluegrass and jam band.
The most notable new name on this year’s line up is The String Cheese Incident. Billy Nershi has been at almost every DelFest in one configuration or another, but rumors really started flying after the Del McCoury Band guested with String Cheese on New Year’s. The two bands have shared the bill several times and the mutual respect between the two camps led to this being a natural fit this year. The lineup also includes DelFest favorites Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, among others, along with everyone’s favorite emcee, Mr. Joe Craven.
Here’s a look at this year’s initial lineup (more acts will be announced in the coming months):
The Del McCoury Band
The String Cheese Incident (2 Sets)
Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder
Yonder Mountain String Band
Hot Rize feat. Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
The Travelin’ McCourys
Carolina Chocolate Drops
The Gibson Brothers
Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Deadly Gentlemen
Spirit Family Reunion
The California Honeydrops
The Unseen Strangers
Four day festival tickets are currently on sale at www.delfest.com along with DELuxe tickets. All RV passes with hook ups are sold out, and there are a limited number of “dry” RV passes still available. Early Bird Passes on sale now! https://delfest.eventbrite.com/